Category Archive: history

‘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

JUST A GAME: THE FOOTBALL CRÓNICAS, edited by Jethro Soutar and Tim Girven

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The Football Crónicas, edited by Jethro Soutar and Tim Girven (Ragpicker Press, 2014) Artwork by Ernesto Muñiz, used with permission of the publisher. by Rebecca DeWald and Mark West Rebecca: Knowing that I… Continue reading

MAKING OUR DREAMS COME TRUE: JAMES FOLEY AND PETE RAMAND’S YES: THE RADICAL CASE FOR SCOTTISH INDEPENDENCE

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James Foley and Pete Ramand Yes: The Radical Case for Scottish Independence (Pluto Press, 2014) by Tom Coles  1. Radical Skepticism A couple of weeks ago this reviewer attended the Glasgow Skeptics‘ discussion on Scottish Independence,… Continue reading

“YOU’RE NOT DONE IN IF YOU’RE STILL DREAMING”: At the Salon de la Revue, the DIY antidote to the corporate bookfair

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   by Andrew Rubens Vincent Rougier, artist and editor, is perched behind his stall. Still wearing red scarf and Indiana Jones fedora in the slightly chilly hall, he is conversing with friends and… Continue reading

TURN, TURN, TURN AGAIN: Elizabeth Carolyn Miller’s ‘Slow Print: Literary Radicalism and Late Victorian Print Culture’

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Elizabeth Carolyn Miller Slow Print: Literary Radicalism and Late Victorian Print Culture (Stanford University Press, 2013) by Owen Holland “Turn! Turn! Turn! (to Everything There is a Season)“ is a song adapted almost entirely from… Continue reading

EIBF 2013: PERCEPTIONS, PREOCCUPATIONS, PREJUDICES – Jerry Brotton on Maps

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This is one of a number of pieces covering events at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, which runs from 10th – 26th August 2013 at Charlotte Square Gardens, Edinburgh.  by Rebecca DeWald “Maps are not just… Continue reading

MAD SCOTLAND HURT YOU INTO SONG: The Poetics of a Stateless Nation

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by Stewart Sanderson (image attribution: Angus McCulloch) In 1940, the English poet W.H. Auden declared that “poetry makes nothing happen: it survives / in the valley of its making.” From its first publication,… Continue reading

ARIKA 2013: HISTORY ROUND A TABLE

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Arika Episode 4 – Freedom is a Constant Struggle. At Tramway, Glasgow, 18th – 21st April 2013. Episode 5 – Hidden In Plain Sight. At Tramway, Glasgow, 24th – 26th May 2013. by… Continue reading