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Margins: Scottish Writing Then & Now (25/02/12)

February 26, 2012

With its indie-music ethos, one of the defining characteristics of the Margins Book and Music Festival is its bringing together of established and up-and-coming talent. This year, there was possibly no better example of this than an afternoon’s teaming up of the award-winning and much loved author...

Margins: A Night in the Gutter (24/02/12)

February 25, 2012

It’s a sad fact of life that good writers are by no means always the best people to read their work out in public, even assuming they want to. So, it was perhaps for the best that the team behind Scotland’s current top dog in literary magazines — already getting on for three years old — opted...

Margins: Octavius Magazine (24/02/12)

February 25, 2012

It reflects well on its organisers that they chose to underline their championing of new writing by giving the opening slot of the 2012 Margins Book and Music Festival to what was, essentially, an unknown quantity.  Announced last autumn, Octavius magazine aims to publish new creative writing by...

Inspirations at NLS: Liz Lochhead (23/02/2012)

February 25, 2012

The National Library of Scotland’s Inspiration events are based on a very simple idea; a notable personage is, essentially, let loose among the NLS’s extensive collections and asked to select and then talk about a half-dozen or so “treasures” from the shelves that reflect some of the people,...

Preview: Edinburgh Science Festival

February 8, 2012

Europe’s largest public celebration of science, the Edinburgh Science Festival, is in the process of reinventing itself, thanks in no small part to the input of new Deputy Director Amanda Tyndall. According to Festival Director Simon Gage, Tyndall has already revitalised the festival’s core adult...

Preview: StAnza 2012

February 1, 2012

StAnza — Scotland’s International Poetry Festival, now in its 15th year — certainly can’t be accused of resting on its laurels in these cash-strapped times. Well supported by a host of funders, sponsors and other partners, this year’s programme runs to five full days (14-18 March), and...

Preview: Margins Book & Music Festival 2012

January 30, 2012

Scotland has a higher number of book/literary festivals, per capita, than any other country in the world, at least according to the good people at bookfestivalscotland.com. At least 40 literary, poetic and storytelling festivals can be found the length and breadth of Scotland, ranging from pertinently...

How to fund a museum of literature (dump football)

January 30, 2012

Paul Henderson Scott’s plea for a Scottish Literary Museum next to the National Library, which ought to be supported, spurred the reflection that the fine rebuild of the National Portrait Gallery still perpetuates one nonsense and commits a new one. The gallery of great Scots round the entry court...

New poem by Aonghas MacNeacail

January 27, 2012

the true whiteness     because snow arrived   yesterday, with its settling   like linen over every hill and   house-gable, and with its   folding around young eyes,   for which it is perfect proof   that paradise was possible,   let us enjoy the...

SRB Scottish Book of the Year

December 21, 2011

Alan Taylor, editor  Alasdair Gray’s A Life in Pictures (Canongate) which was published in 2010 but won this year’s Saltire Society Prize. If the SS can stretch the calendar then so can I. Even by Gray’s standards this is an astonishing piece of work, reminiscent of Blake but actually inimitable,...