Category Archive: fiction

‘SOME DEY LEUCH/BIT IDDERS GRET’: Mark Ryan Smith’s The Literature of Shetland

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Mark Ryan Smith The Literature of Shetland (Shetland Times, 2014) by Stewart Sanderson Just over a year ago I visited Shetland for the first time. It was a long-awaited trip, facilitated by the opportunity… Continue reading

A BOX TO CLIMB OUT OF: Anneliese Mackintosh’s Any Other Mouth

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Anneliese Mackintosh Any Other Mouth (Freight Books, 2014) by Laura Waddell In one of the short stories that make up this collection, “One Nothing Everything,” the narrator describes writing from her hospital bed one… Continue reading

ON THE EDGE: HEAD FOR THE EDGE, KEEP WALKING

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Kate Tough Head For the Edge, Keep Walking (Cargo, 2014) by Margaret Callaghan Head For the Edge, Keep Walking published by Cargo, is the first novel by Glasgow writer Kate Tough, who is… Continue reading

EIBF 2014: KATE TOUGH

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This is one of a number of pieces covering events at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, which runs from 9th–25th August 2014 at Charlotte Square Gardens, Edinburgh. Kate Tough performed on 11th August 2014. by Karyn Dougan… Continue reading

EIBF 2014: DONAL McLAUGHLIN and ANDRÉS NEUMAN

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This is one of a number of pieces covering events at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, which runs from 9th–25th August 2014 at Charlotte Square Gardens, Edinburgh. Donal McLaughlin and Andrés Neuman read on 19th August… Continue reading

EIBF 2014: JACKIE KAY – INSIDE A WOMAN’S MIND

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This is one of a number of pieces covering events at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, which runs from 9th–25th August 2014 at Charlotte Square Gardens, Edinburgh. Jackie Kay performed at the Edinburgh International Book Festival on 12th August… Continue reading

EIBF 2014: XIAOLU GUO

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This is one of a number of pieces covering events at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, which runs from 9th–25th August 2014 at Charlotte Square Gardens, Edinburgh. Xiaolu Guo read at the Edinburgh International Book Festival… Continue reading

LATIN AMERICA’s OTHER BITE

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by Jessica Sequeira After FIFA suspended Uruguayan footballer Luis Suárez for “biting” Italian player Giorgio Chiellini’s shoulder during the World Cup, fans around the world raised questions about commissions and kickbacks. Symbolically, at least, they may… Continue reading

MONSIEUR SIMENON HAS LOCKED HIMSELF IN

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Georges Simenon The Grand Banks Café translated by David Coward and The Mahé Circle translated by Siân Reynolds (both forthcoming with Penguin Classics, June 2014) by Graeme Macrae Burnet In November 2013, Penguin… Continue reading

A CURIOSITY BEYOND THE IMMEDIATE: Miha Mazzini’s Crumbs

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Miha Mazzini Crumbs, translated by Maja Visenjak-Limon (Freight, 2014) by Emilie Anderson Crumbs is the best-selling novel in what is now known as Slovenia, published just before the country’s independence from Yugoslavia almost 25 years… Continue reading