Category Archive: women

READS OF THE YEAR 2015: Laura Waddell

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This year I’ve found myself reading more translation, more books by women, and more from independent publishers. The most significant reading experience I’ve had in 2015 has been Elena Ferrante’s Neopolitan series translated… Continue reading

LYRIC MEDIUMS: Joanna Newsom’s ‘Divers’

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Joanna Newsom, Divers (Drag City, 2015) Brad Buchanan (ed.), Visions of Joanna Newsom (Roan Press, 2010) by Rebecca Varley–Winter In reviewing Joanna Newsom’s Divers – an album of music, after all – for… Continue reading

LILAC CANOPIES, STAR-LIKE APPLES AND RAKIA: Liliya Aleksandrova translates Antina Zlatkova

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by Liliya Aleksandrova Antina Zlatkova was born in 1990 in Montana, Bulgaria. She currently lives in Vienna, Austria. Her first collection of poems, Кораби от хартия (Paper ships) was published in Bulgaria in… Continue reading

A TINY BLOW: Kathleen Jamie reads from ‘The Bonniest Companie’ in Edinburgh

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Kathleen Jamie The Bonniest Companie (Picador Poetry, 2015), launched on 29th October 2015 at Out of the Blue in Edinburgh By Naomi Richards 2014 was the year Kathleen Jamie, inspired by the energy of… Continue reading

EIBF 2015: MARINA WARNER AND KIRSTY LOGAN

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This is one of a number of pieces covering events at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, which runs from 15th–31st August 2015 at Charlotte Square Gardens, Edinburgh. Marina Warner and Kirsty Logan’s discussion took place on… Continue reading

RETURN TO THE 1950S: Rachel Cooke’s ‘Her Brilliant Career’ and the novels of Mary Renault and Barbara Pym

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Her Brilliant Career: Ten Extraordinary Women of the Fifties, Rachel Cooke (Virago, 2013) The Charioteer, Mary Renault ([1953] Virago, 2013) Excellent Women, Barbara Pym ([1952], Virago, 2009) By Clare Walker Gore In the General… Continue reading

SMALL-TOWN SOUTH AFRICA: Colette Victor’s ‘What to Do with Lobsters in a Place like Klippiesfontein’

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Colette Victor, What to Do with Lobsters in a Place like Klippiesfontein (Cargo, 2015) By Lynnda Wardle Post-apartheid South Africa is not an easy setting for a novel. Writers feel bound somehow to tackle… Continue reading

READS OF THE YEAR 2014: Laura Waddell

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Rebecca Solnit, Men Explain Things To Me (2014) A series of essays themed around gender and inequality (among them an experience which prompted a reader to coin the popular term “mansplaining”), Men Explain Things to Me is… 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

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