READS OF THE YEAR 2014: Stephanie Green

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Geraldine Mitchell, Of Birds and Bones (Arlen House, 2014) I’ve read this many times, and love it. There is an overall quietness and dignity in this poetry book, especially when dealing with topics like a relative’s… Continue reading

READS OF THE YEAR 2014: R.A. Davis

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Walter Scott, Waverley (1814) In this year of celebration and examination of all things Scottish, the bicentenary of Walter Scott’s prose debut seemed to fall almost faintly. Far greater tribute was paid to… Continue reading

READS OF THE YEAR 2014: A.W. Strouse

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First, a shout-out to my boy Alexander Nemser, whose The Sacrifice of Abraham came out this year with Bookieman. Sacrifice is a relentless series of pseudo-midrashim about the tale of the binding of… Continue reading

“THIS PIECE OF EARTH”: SCOTIA NOVA: POEMS FOR THE EARLY DAYS OF A BETTER NATION

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Alastair Findlay and Tessa Ransford, eds. Scotia Nova: Poems for the Early Days of a Better Nation (Luath Press 2014) by A C Clarke I had better declare my hand at the start.… Continue reading

NEW POETRY BY KATE ASHTON

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KATE ASHTON was born in Beith and qualified as an RGN from the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh before spending the mid to late 1970s as a features editor on Nursing Times. She then lived… Continue reading

NEW POETRY BY RICK CRILLY

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RICK CRILLY is the author of The Tablecloth Trick (ECW Press/2007), described by Rikki Ducornet as “sweetly mysterious and clairvoyant”. His work has appeared in Litmus: the Neurological Issue, Zone Magazine, Molly Bloom, Blackbox… Continue reading

THE TOXIC DOMESTIC: AN INTERVIEW WITH KATHARINE GRANT

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This interview was conducted on 1st July 2014 and accompanies Michael O’Brien’s review of Sedition. by Michael O’Brien Katharine Grant (b. 1958 in Burnley, Lancashire) has worked as a journalist for many years,… Continue reading

THY NEIGHBOUR’S PIANO: DESIRE AND POWER IN KATHARINE GRANT’S SEDITION

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Katharine Grant Sedition (Virago, 2014) by Michael O’Brien Katharine Grant’s historical adventures for children have taken place in various colourful settings around the world, such as the south of France, the Holy Land, and… Continue reading

NEW POETRY BY BRIAN BEATTY AND DAVID MOFFAT

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BRIAN BEATTY‘s jokes, poems and stories have appeared in numerous print and online publications, including The Bark, Conduit, Dark Mountain, Elephant Journal, The Evergreen Review, Gulf Coast, Hobart, Kentucky Review, McSweeney’s, The Moth,… Continue reading

EAST OF EAST KILBRIDE: My Journey Behind the Iron Curtain – A Photo Essay by Fiona Rintoul

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In 1986, Fiona Rintoul travelled from her home in East Kilbride to the Karl Marx University Leipzig (KMU) to study German for a term. This trip behind the Iron Curtain led to a… Continue reading