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Literature and Publishing

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 (...)

Settle in for the Scottish International Storytelling Festival

The Scottish International Storytelling Festival programme explores an ancient art form across 12 days of live storytelling, family events, talks, tours and more. This autumn, 69 events will take place in Edinburgh, with a further 29 events happening throughout Scotland. Here, we take a look at just five.

Wigtown Book Festival: Accessible, inclusive and packed with top authors

The Wigtown Book Festival is one of the UK's best-loved literary events. Now in its 18th year, the programme is packed with over 200 events and activities for all ages, including music, theatre, food and visual arts. After a sucessful trial in 2016, Wigtown has now fully implemented StageText: an (...)