Category Archive: Scotland

NIGHT OOT (AN EVENING TO REMEMBER) – A SHORT STORY BY ALASDAIR MACQUARRIE

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The crisp night air was a reviving tonic as he stumbled a few more steps out the street away from the woozy warm fug of the bar. Autumn leaves swirled around his feet.… Continue reading

AN OBSCURE AND UNUSUAL WINDOW ONTO A CITY: Jason Donald’s ‘Dalila’

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Jason Donald, Dalila (Jonathan Cape, 2017) An interview with Jason Donald By Lynnda Wardle Jason Donald’s second novel, Dalila, tells the story of a young Kenyan asylum seeker who flees her rapist uncle… Continue reading

READS OF THE YEAR 2016: Rosie Mapplebeck

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As someone who tells stories for a living I find myself reading very widely, for background about material and to understand my audience. This was the first year I have managed to attend… Continue reading

READS OF THE YEAR 2016: Henry Bell

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2016 eh, what a shanner. As Gramsci says, the old world is dying etc… so, grief, death anxiety, and more grief are my reads of the year. Liz Lochhead Fugitive Colours (Birlinn, 2016) Liz… 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

A CONVERSATION WITH MARGOT LIVESEY, AUTHOR OF ‘MERCURY’

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Margot Livesey Mercury (Harper, 2016) by Anne Kniggendorf (author image Tony Rinaldi) Studying logic at the University of York made a deep impression on Scottish novelist Margot Livesey. “Oneof the developments in logic was the… Continue reading

EIBF 2016: REDRESSING IMBALANCES: The Different Faces of Translation

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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 Charlotte Collins, Deborah Smith, Daniel Hahn… Continue reading

FORMS OF IMPATIENCE: Vicki Jarrett’s ‘The Way Out’

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Vicky Jarrett, The Way Out (Freight, 2015) By Gerard Lee McKeever Writing about the poor is a dangerous game. It is, perhaps, the most dangerous game in literature. The exploration of disadvantaged social… 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

POROUS AND RESILIENT: ‘Tales from a Cancelled Country’, ed. by Alan McMunnigall, Brian Hamill & Stuart Blackwood

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Tales from a Cancelled Country: An Anthology of Fiction, ed. Alan McMunnigall, Brian Hamill & Stuart Blackwood (thi wurd books, 2015) By Gerard Lee McKeever Back in early April, Darren “Loki” McGarvey wrote a… Continue reading

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