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Emerging Critics is Back!

February 12, 2018

‘I would recommend this programme… it is incredibly supportive and interesting with a varied curriculum, interesting recommended reading, and full of great networking opportunities’ – Participating Mentee, 2016/17 Following the success of the first Emerging Critics programme, we are back! This...

THE SRB INTERVIEW: Kapka Kassabova

February 10, 2018
by Nick Major

Earlier this month, Kapka Kassabova won the Stanford Dolman Travel Book of the Year Award for Border: A Journey to the Edge of Europe. Kapka Kassabova is a poet of itinerancy and transience. Her prose and verse inhabit the physical and imaginary edge-lands of our lives. She was born in 1973 in Communist...

Scotland’s Bookshops – Topping Books, St Andrews

February 5, 2018

Scottish Review of Books in conversation with a bookseller—Duncan Furness, Topping & Company, St Andrews

Kapka Kassabova wins Stanford Dolman Award for Travel Book of the Year

February 2, 2018

Kapka Kassabova has won the Stanford Dolman Travel Book of the Year for her latest book, Border: A Journey to the Edge of Europe. Scotland-based writer Kapka Kassabova last night lifted the prestigious Stanford Dolman Award for the Travel Book of the Year. Her book, Border: A Journey to the Edge of...

Spectator Podcast: The Life and Work of Muriel Spark

February 1, 2018

From the wider world of literary podcasts: Listen to author Alan Taylor and critic Philip Hensher as they talk about Spark’s life, legacy, special strengths as a novelist – and the mystique that continues to surround the Scottish-born, Tuscan dwelling author of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. ...

Muriel Spark on stage at the Usher Hall

February 1, 2018

Muriel Spark’s centenary was marked in fine Edinburgh style at the Usher Hall last night. Close to 2000 people crammed into the theatre with only a handful of restricted view seats left unfilled. All had come in expectation of  a celebration of Muriel Spark’s life and work but with advertising...

Often despised in life, Muriel Spark should be an inspiration for any woman

January 31, 2018
by Rosemary Goring

IN THE winter of 1918, Scotland was dismal. The First World War was almost but not yet over, and the country reeling from grief. Never the cheeriest place on the planet, Edinburgh was more sombre and inward-looking than ever. Into this atmosphere, on February 1, in a tenement in Bruntsfield, Muriel...

10 Things You May Not Know about Muriel Spark

January 30, 2018

Live on the BBC today and heralding the Centenary on Thursday (1 Feb 2018) — an entertaining and enlightening article by our own editor Alan Taylor, author of the best-selling book  An Appointment in Arezzo: A Friendship with Muriel Spark on 10 Things You May Not Know About Muriel Spark . You can...

Professor Willy Maley on Muriel Spark

January 25, 2018

To mark Burns Night, Professor Willy Maley of Glasgow University has written a piece on Muriel Spark for Scottish Book Trust: Muriel Spark Burns Bright on Burns Night. ‘The great men of Scottish literature have had their suppers, their statues, and their scholarly societies. Only now are we beginning...

Muriel Spark – centenary reading groups, events, films and exhibitions

January 23, 2018

Readers of The Scottish Review of Books might be interested to know of an Edinburgh Readers’ Group focussing on the writing of Muriel Spark. Throughout this, her centenary year, Waterstones in Edinburgh West End are hosting The Spark Challenge Book Group. Every month they are meeting to discuss...