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Literature and Publishing

CYMERA - Scotland's festival of science fiction, fantasy and horror - kicks off in Edinburgh

Settle in for a big event, genre fans: the inaugural Cymera Festival of science-fiction, fantasy and horror writing is taking place from 7-9 June 2019 in Edinburgh.

Kirsty Logan on her time as a Gavin Wallace Fellow at ASLS

Kirsty Logan talks about her experience as the inaugural Dr. Gavin Wallace Fellow at the ASLS. Summerhall will host the Fellowship in 2019.

Lost in Translation: An afternoon discussing the art and the business of publishing translated fiction

Translated fiction opens a window onto cultures and creative techniques from across the globe, often hidden from English-speaking readers behind any number of languages.

Flying the flag for Scottish books at Frankfurt Book Fair 2018

What it's like to represent Scotland's publishing industry at the Frankfurt Book Fair, as around 300,000 publishers, agents, booksellers and other trade visitors converge on the German city for a frenetic five days of buying and selling.

A quick chat with Big Wig - the blue furry mascot of Wigtown Children's Festival

For your delectation, Creative Scotland has secured an exclusive interview with the newest member of Scotland's literati. Big Wig is, of course, a large, blue furry creature that lives in a secret reading den in the woods outside of Wigtown.

Ten events we're excited for at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

Every year, the Edinburgh International Book Festival serves up an extraordinary programme, celebrating literature from around the globe. We pick just ten events from 2018's programme that we're excited about.

Why we're Flying the Flag for Glasgow Women's Library

You may have heard that the Glasgow Women's Library has been shortlisted for the Art Fund's Museum of the Year Prize. In fact, you almost definitely have heard, since social media has been ablaze with support for this terrific organisation and their bid to win the £100,000 prize.

Kirsty Logan on Lord Fox: A story of 'betrayal, murder and female power'

This month, writer Kirsty Logan, songmaker Kirsty Law and contemporary harpist Esther Swift will bring Lord Fox to the Scottish Poetry Library. This new show has been billed as 'a fable with music,' but it promises to be so much more than that.

Emerging Critics: Laura Waddell on writing, the arts and criticism today

Emerging Critics is a scheme run by Scottish Review of Books in partnership with Creative Scotland. We caught up with Laura Waddell: a writer and publisher based in Glasgow, who took part in the programme's first round. 

Neu! Reekie!: 2017 in poetry, music, and glittery jumpers

Seven years ago this December, Michael Pedersen and Kevin Williamson were planning their first Neu! Reekie! event. Now, they're busy planning a festive show which also doubles up as something of a greatest hits show, with artists including Irvine Welsh, Bill Drummond, Aidan Moffat, Charlotte Church and Hollie McNish all (...)