Literature and Publishing

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, packed with over 200 events and activities for all ages. We spoke to Adrian Turpin, the festival's Artistic Director, to find out more about the 2017 programme, what he is looking forward to this year, and an initiative (...)

10 events to book at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

Readers, writers and bibliophiles of all stripes have been flocking to this year's Edinburgh International Book Festival since it opened on 12 August. And while the last week-and-a-bit has been packed with impressive events, there are still plenty of talks and readings to attend before the festival wraps up on (...)

404 Ink: A year of Nasty Women and winning over Margaret Atwood

It's been one whole year since independent publisher 404 Ink launched, and boy, what a year it’s been. The ladies behind 404 (Laura Jones and Heather McDaid) spoke to us about some of the highlights of the past 12 months, including having their Nasty Women anthology praised by Margaret Atwood, (...)

2017 Robert Louis Stevenson Writing Fellows Announced

Scottish Book Trust announce that the four Robert Louis Stevenson Fellows for 2017 are Liz Lochhead, Nalini Paul, David Bishop and David Manderson.

Defying expectation: 404 Ink

We speak to Laura Jones and Heather McDaid, founders of new, alternative, independent publisher 404 Ink ahead of the publication of their debut book Nasty Women.

Scots' favourite type of fiction unconvered as Book Week Scotland 2016 begins

On the first day of Book Week Scotland 2016 (Monday 21 November), Scottish Book Trust has shone a spotlight on the reading habits of the nation, revealing the single most popular type of fiction in Scotland...

Talking About Lobsters

The latest collection of contemporary literature from the Association for Scottish Literary Studies is out now.