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Boswell Book Festival enjoys summer sunshine

May 7, 2018

Boswell Book Festival, the annual book-filled treat at Dumfries House in Ayrshire, took place over this Bank Holiday Weekend and was a great success thanks to the meticulous planning by Caroline Knox and her team who run the festival. Authors and readers alike enjoyed the glorious setting of Dumfries...

Catch up with the Christian Aid Book Sale – one of the BIGGEST charity book fairs in the world

May 3, 2018

St Andrew’s and St George’s West Church in George Street, Edinburgh is well-known for its annual second-hand book fair. The event takes place across one week in May—Christian Aid week—and over the last decade the sale has raised more than £1 million for the work undertaken internationally...

And we’re off! – Emerging Critics Season Two is up and running

April 27, 2018

‘Good critics, passionate critics, are motivated by a desire to be the best audience member that they can be. A critic needs to be informed, enthusiastic, curious and open-minded. This is all I ask of other critics; it’s a I ask of myself. I don’t want to be a judge, or the judge, but I...

The Scottish Poetry Library reveals the best poems of 2017

April 27, 2018
by Colin Waters

The Scottish Poetry Library publishes its online anthology Best Scottish Poems, today, Friday 27 April on its website. The latest anthology, which is drawn from poems written by Scots or poets based in Scotland, covers 2017. The guest editor is Idlewild frontman and solo musician Roddy Woomble (pictured)....

Judging the Booker – when a Scot won for the first (and so far only) time

March 9, 2018

In this, the 50th anniversary year of the Booker Prize, Alan Taylor reveals the details of How Late It Was, How Late’s incredible comeback in the judging rounds. This article was first published in Scotland on Sunday in 1994. Prize Fight EVERY circus needs its big top, and the grandiloquent Guildhall,...

Viv French wins the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award

March 6, 2018

 Scottish Book Trust have announced that their 2018 Outstanding Achievement Award will go to Vivian French The author or illustrator nominated for the Outstanding Achievement Award is an individual with an impressive backlist, a long record of engaging with their audience, and meaningful engagement...

Emerging Critics 2 – Deadline for applications extended to 14 March 2018

March 5, 2018

Don’t miss your chance to apply for a place on Emerging Critics 2. Deadline for applications 14 March 2018 We are looking for those interested in Arts Criticism – literature, performance, visual. Those new to criticism and those wanting to improve their skills can apply to join this FREE programme...

An SRB Podcast special: Muriel Spark – The Crème de la Crème at the Usher Hall

March 3, 2018

A Scottish Review of Books podcast with live recording of 'Muriel Spark: The Crème de la Crème' at the Usher Hall, Edinburgh

Photographs from Muriel at the Usher Hall

February 13, 2018

New photographs have been made available from the Usher Hall Centenary celebration for Muriel Spark, January 2018.  With thanks to Alan McCredie, Edinburgh International Book Festival

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...