2013: Reads of the Year – Rebecca DeWald

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Iosi Havilio Open Door (And Other Stories, 2013 [2006]); translated by Beth Fowler) Argentine literature in English is having a revival, with the large amount of books being translated only comparable to “el boom” of… Continue reading

2013: Reads of the Year – Andrew Rubens

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Walter Benjamin Baudelaire. Edited by Giorgio Agamben, Barbara Chitussi et Clemens-Carl Härle, with an introduction by Giorgio Agamben (La Fabrique, 2013) Giorgio Agamben stumbled upon Benjamin’s lost manuscripts in the Bibliothèque Nationale de France… Continue reading

2013: Reads of the Year – Calum Gardner

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Paula Meehan Dharmakaya (Carcarnet, 2000) Seeing Meehan read at the StAnza poetry festival in St Andrews in March prompted me to investigate her work in more detail; a picture of contemporary Irish writing is really… Continue reading

CABINET OF CURIOSITY: Daniel Canty’s Wigrum

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Daniel Canty Wigrum translated by Oana Avasilichioaei (Vancouver: Talon Books, 2013) by Calum Gardner The “cabinet of curiosity” was once a staple of the private home of the wealthy eccentric, containing unique and unusual objects from… Continue reading

LOVERS AND DEMONS: Bethany Ruth Anderson’s Swings and Roundabouts

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Bethany Ruth Anderson Swings and Roundabouts (Bamboccioni Books, 2013) by Karyn Dougan New Scottish author Bethany Ruth Anderson has teamed-up with new Scottish-based publisher Bamboccioni Books to publish her debut novel, Swings and Roundabouts. Think… Continue reading

MAPPING OUT FORGIVENESS: Linda Cracknell’s Call of the Undertow

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Linda Cracknell, Call of the Undertow (Freight, 2013) by Emilie Anderson Linda Cracknell’s Call of the Undertow begins with Maggie Thame, a cartographer, moving from Oxford to a remote village on the coast of Caithness… Continue reading

EDWARD PUGH: Place and Landscape in Six Views of Denbighshire, 1794

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John Barrell, Edward Pugh of Ruthin, 1763-1813. ‘A Native Artist’ (University of Wales Press: Cardiff, 2013). by Ailsa Hutton In 1794, Edward Pugh was to publish by subscription a series of images known as… 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

THE BURNING SAND, A New Glasgow-Based Journal of Art and Literature

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The Burning Sand Vol. 2  by Caspar Wilson The Burning Sand is a new bi-annual periodical specialising in the arts scene of Glasgow. Edited by Sarah Lowndes and designed by Sophie Dyer and… Continue reading