Category Archive: non-fiction

READS OF THE YEAR 2016: Vicki Husband

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My book choices are inspired by an all-too-brief trip to Pakistan this year as part of a creative and cultural exchange organised by Highlight Arts. There is so much I don’t know about… Continue reading

READS OF THE YEAR 2016: Tom White

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I’m a little behind on my main pick for read of year: as many GRB readers will be well aware, Maggie Nelson’s remarkable memoir and work of “auto theory” The Argonauts (Graywolf Press)… Continue reading

Direct and Spontaneous Testimony: ‘Edwin Morgan: The Midnight Letterbox’

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Edwin Morgan: The Midnight Letter Box: Selected Correspondence 1950-2010, edited by James McGonigal and John Coyle (Carcanet, 2015) by William Bonar James McGonigal and John Coyle, the editors of this “selection of a… Continue reading

RIPOSTES AND ADDENDUMS: TEJU COLE’S ‘KNOWN AND STRANGE THINGS’

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Teju Cole, Known and Strange Things (Faber and Faber, 2016) by Rachel Sykes For the author of a critically lauded debut novel, Teju Cole is winningly reluctant to publish fiction. Open City (2011)… Continue reading

EIBF 2016: ‘THE SORROWS OF MEXICO’: Diego Enrique Osorno, Sergio González Rodríguez and Emiliano Ruiz Parra

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This is one of a number of pieces covering events at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, which runs from 13th–29th August 2016 at Charlotte Square Gardens, Edinburgh. The discussions between Diego Enrique Osorno, Sergio González Rodríguez,… Continue reading

AN EXCERPT FROM CATRIONA KNAPMAN’S EDINBURGH FRINGE SHOW ‘OUT ON THE WORLD’

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CATRIONA KNAPMAN is a Scottish writer and human rights worker. Originally from Glasgow she has lived in eight countries in four continents over the past ten years. She currently works on land and… Continue reading

ANTHROPOCENE FLOTSAM: Steve Mentz’s ‘Shipwreck Modernity: Ecologies of Globalization, 1550-1719’

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ECOCRITICISM NOW: The essays, reviews, and poetry collected in this thread trace responses to the interlinked terms nature, ecology, and ecocriticism, all of which have come to occupy increasingly important roles in a… Continue reading

KIRUNA’S CHOICE: Dominic Hinde’s ‘A Utopia Like Any Other: Inside the Swedish Model’

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By Rory Scothorne Utopias are hard to avoid. Look at the popular culture of rich western societies, for instance. TV series like Master of None show implausibly wealthy millennials spending implausible quantities of… Continue reading

READS OF THE YEAR 2015: Mark West

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I’m going to cheat ever-so-slightly by choosing not three individual books, but three groupings, because this was a year I was able to read more widely and more voraciously after the narrower, more… Continue reading

IMPERSONAL UTOPIA: Joanna Walsh’s ‘Hotel’

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Joanna Walsh Hotel (Bloomsbury Books, 2015) by Laura Waddell Hotels are where our desires go on holiday. Object Lessons is “an essay and book series on the hidden lives of everyday things” which takes quotidian objects as… Continue reading