NEW POETRY BY MAGI GIBSON

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MAGI GIBSON poetry collections include Chapman’s best-selling Wild Women of a Certain Age. Her poems appear in Modern Scottish Women Poets (Canongate), Scottish Love Poems (Canongate), The Edinburgh Book of Twentieth Century Scottish Poetry,… 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

READS OF THE YEAR 2016: Anne Kniggendorf

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This year I did a lot of binge-reading, mostly of Candice Millard, Anna Quindlen, Margot Livesey, and Neil Gaiman.  My favorite of Millard’s three books was Destiny of the Republic: a Tale of… Continue reading

READS OF THE YEAR 2016: Peter Adkins

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Stephen Watts – Republic of Dogs / Republic of Birds (Test Centre, 2016) Written in the late 1980s and rediscovered in 2012, Republic of Dogs / Republic of Birds is the first book-length… Continue reading

READS OF THE YEAR 2016: Lyn Marven

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My best reads of 2016 are wishful thinking, an act of fictional construction of a life where I have copious free time to read for pleasure (accompanied by unlimited cups of hot tea,… Continue reading

READS OF THE YEAR 2016: David Ross Linklater

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William Letford‘s Dirt (Carcanet, 2016) was one of my favourite publications this year for sure. He is one of the most exciting Scottish poets writing just now. You should really get yourself a copy,… Continue reading

READS OF THE YEAR 2016: Rebecca DeWald

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Regardless of all other events in this bizarre year of 2016, it’s been a very good reading year for me (partly because I finished my PhD and finally seemed to have more brain… 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

NEW POETRY BY JILL JONES

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JILL JONES’ most recent books include Breaking the Days (Whitmore Press 2015), which won the Whitmore Press Manuscript Prize in 2014, The Beautiful Anxiety (Puncher & Wattmann 2014) which won the Victorian Premiers’… Continue reading

ON THE AFTERLIFE OF CZECH SURREALISM: Vítězlav Nezval’s ‘The Absolute Gravedigger’ translated by Stephan Delbos and Tereza Novická

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Vítězlav Nezval The Absolute Gravedigger. Translated from the Czech by Stephan Delbos and Tereza Novická (Prague: Twisted Spoon Press, 2016) by Anna Förster In 1938, at a time that can be called both the… Continue reading