Category Archive: history

HOPE DEFERRED: 20 Years of Democracy in South Africa in The Bloody Miracle by Meg Rickards and Bert Haitsma

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The documentary was shown in Glasgow at the Africa in Motion festival which ran from from October 30th – November 9th 2014.  South Africa at 20: The Freedom Tour, the touring programme of South… Continue reading

VERY LONG ROAD TO FREEDOM? South Africa at the Africa in Motion Film Festival in Glasgow and Edinburgh

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The Glasgow Africa in Motion festival ran from from October 30th – November 9th 2014. South Africa at 20: The Freedom Tour, the touring programme of South African cinema, continues in the UK… Continue reading

READS OF THE YEAR 2014: Mark West

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George Packer, The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America (2013) This is a genuine 21st century masterpiece. The comparisons with Dos Passos’ U.S.A. Trilogy do not do it a disservice, neither does the suggestion that this… Continue reading

READS OF THE YEAR 2014: Laurie Donaldson

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James Ellroy, Perfidia (2014) As with each new Ellroy, for me this was an event. I am not a natural fanboy – reading is a lifelong pleasure, a resource, a cave, but I am not… Continue reading

READS OF THE YEAR 2014: Tom White

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Richard Seymour, Against Austerity: How We Can Fix the Crisis They Made (2014) An angry yet clear-sighted analysis of austerity: what it really means, how it works, and, most importantly, who it benefits. Refusing… Continue reading

READS OF THE YEAR 2014: R.A. Davis

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Walter Scott, Waverley (1814) In this year of celebration and examination of all things Scottish, the bicentenary of Walter Scott’s prose debut seemed to fall almost faintly. Far greater tribute was paid to… Continue reading

THY NEIGHBOUR’S PIANO: DESIRE AND POWER IN KATHARINE GRANT’S SEDITION

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Katharine Grant Sedition (Virago, 2014) by Michael O’Brien Katharine Grant’s historical adventures for children have taken place in various colourful settings around the world, such as the south of France, the Holy Land, and… Continue reading

EAST OF EAST KILBRIDE: My Journey Behind the Iron Curtain – A Photo Essay by Fiona Rintoul

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In 1986, Fiona Rintoul travelled from her home in East Kilbride to the Karl Marx University Leipzig (KMU) to study German for a term. This trip behind the Iron Curtain led to a… Continue reading

“NO MORE WORDS”: Pat Barker’s “Regeneration” on stage in Edinburgh

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Regeneration by Pat Barker, adapted for the stage by Nicholas Wright, a Touring Consortium Theatre Company and Royal & Derngate, Northampton Co-Production. Voices of War, poetry reading in association with the Scottish Poetry… Continue reading

A GAME OF ARTHURS: The Romance of Arthur, edited by Norris J. Lacy and James J. Wilhelm

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Norris J. Lacy and James J. Wilhelm (eds.) The Romance of Arthur: An Anthology of Medieval Texts in Translation (Routledge, 2013) by R. A. Davis Part 1: ‘…he was not Arthur’ “It is difficult… Continue reading