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Tim Clare – The Honours

26 Mar 20154 stars

Performance poet’s debut is one of the most exciting fantasy novels of recent years

In his debut novel, poet Tim Clare has succeeded in creating a world that is at once fantastical and absorbingly real. Initially, the story seems to follow a familiar spy thriller trajectory: 13-year-old heroine Delphine is displaced when her family…

The best Edinburgh Science Festival arts and culture events

26 Mar 2015

From drone orchestras to geek songs, we’ve picked our top tips for this year's science fest

The white coats are let out for the day to hop on their bikes as part of Edinburgh International Science Festival’s Street Science team. Engaging with audiences across the city, the aim is to shake up science, blow off the cobwebs and prove that it’s…

Interview: David Torrance, author of Nicola Sturgeon: A Political Life

20 Mar 2015

The First Minister’s biographer compares cautious Nicola Sturgeon to the theatrics of Alex Salmond

During the last decade in British politics, it has been suggested that we don’t have the personalities and ‘characters’ we once had. If Spitting Image was starting in 2015, it might be quickly pulled due to a lack of raw material.

Book-to-film adaptations that deserve another shot

20 Mar 2015

With a new Little Women film coming up, we look at adaptations that could have gone better

It has been announced that Sarah Polley is to direct a new version of Little Women. Alongside producer Amy Pascal, the pair are introducing a new take on the 1868 novel by Louisa May Alcott, adding to the line of Little Women films, the most recent…

Aye Write! Top 5 picks

19 Mar 2015

Nathan Penlington, Mark Millar and Kerry Hudson among the highlights of Glasgow's book festival

Glasgow's annual book festival Aye Write! offers nine days of events, talks and debates celebrating the written word at the Mitchell Library. Heather McDaid picks the top five to wet your literary appetite.

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Aye Write! launches 2015 programme

19 Mar 2015

Glasgow’s annual book festival welcomes Jane Hawking, Kevin Bridges, Lucy Ribchester and more

Launched in 2005 and hosted annually in the iconic Mitchell Library, Glasgow's book festival Aye Write has reached its tenth birthday. To mark a decade showcasing international literature, the festival is hosting a celebratory event There's Only One Aye…

Jane Alexander – The Last Treasure Hunt

17 Mar 20153 stars

This debut novel is a pleasant look at a Scottish barman’s journey to celebrity status

Scottish author Jane Alexander's debut novel follows Cam, a blokey Gen-X barman who, after reconnecting with childhood friend-turned-Hollywood star Eve, finds himself at the centre of celebrity. Early on, The Last Treasure Hunt is more Hello! than…

Illustrator Korky Paul heads for Scottish schools

13 Mar 2015

Winnie the Witch co-creator talks about the art of illustration

With precious few words on each page, your average picture book could be done and dusted in seconds. But something keeps little ones and their big readers lingering time and again – the illustration. Not only does it bring the author’s story to life…

Terry Pratchett: five ways the writer made the world a better place

13 Mar 2015

A look back at some of the late author's many accomplishments

As the world mourns the news that fantasy fiction author Terry Pratchett has died at the age of 66, we take a look at some of the ways the writer helped to make the world a brighter place. He gave us some beloved fantasy fiction Over his writing…

Author Terry Pratchett has died

12 Mar 2015

Writer of the popular 'Discworld' series has died aged 66, after long battle with Alzheimer's

Renowned fantasy author Sir Terry Pratchett OBE has died at his home, aged 66, it has been announced by his publishing company. Pratchett is best know for the Discworld series, which stretches to some 40 installments dating back to 1983, and with…

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StAnza 2015: Why we need more poetry events like StAnza

11 Mar 2015

Packed houses for the St Andrews festival show there's an audience for poetry

What would make you go to a poetry reading? There are some folk who can’t get enough of the things, attending poetry events on an almost nightly basis. But even they would have to admit that, for the average reading, you don’t expect gigantic audiences…

The books that made me: Karen Campbell, author of This Is Where I Am

11 Mar 2015

Ahead of the release of new novel Rise, the writer discusses the books that have influenced her life

After four novels centering on the life and investigations of Sgt. Anna Cameron, Karen Campbell broke away from the crime mould for her fifth novel, This Is Where I Am, which highlighted the plight of asylum seekers in Glasgow. The profound tale of Abdi…

StAnza 2015: Kei Miller comes home

10 Mar 2015

Former Glasgow-based poet returns to rapturous welcome in Scotland

The Jamaican-born poet Kei Miller was, until recently, claimed as one of Scotland’s own poets; he was Reader at Glasgow University until 2014. Sadly for Caledonians, he has since moved to teach at Royal Holloway in Surrey, but he made a return visit to…

StAnza 2015: Simon Armitage, one of Britain’s best?

10 Mar 2015

Highly accomplished StAnza headliner justifies an ever growing reputation

Simon Armitage began his Saturday night headliner set at StAnza Poetry Festival in St Andrews with a comic poem about airports. ”Thank you for waiting”, it began, before the voice in the poem - taking the form of a flight attendant inviting passengers…

StAnza 2015: Helen Mort

10 Mar 2015

The Derbyshire Poet Laureate impresses at Scotland’s poetry festival with new work engaged with the

On Friday night at the StAnza Poetry Festival 2015, the young Derbyshire poet Helen Mort held a packed house spellbound with poems about ghosts, whippets, running and climbing through the craggy British landscapes. WB Yeats wrote that poetry ‘makes…

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Mothers Day: why we need more great writing about being a mother

9 Mar 2015

Poets Hollie McNish, Carolyn Jess-Cooke & Kathryn Maris appear at StAnza’s Writing Motherhood event

‘The mainstream is scared of motherhood,’ says the poet Hollie McNish, speaking in St Andrews at the StAnza Poetry Festival 2015. ‘I feel I’m not allowed to talk about it.’ She has been trying to get a book of poems about motherhood published, but has…

Interview: Jon Ronson on his new book, So You Think You've Been Publicly Shamed

6 Mar 2015

Journalist and broadcaster investigates a new kind of threat: it’s us, on social media

The pros and cons of the internet have long been a source for great debate – and with the rise of social media, the arguments are raging even further. For Jon Ronson, journalist, broadcaster and highly active member of the Twitterati, on balance it’s…

Most inspiring female characters in literature

5 Mar 2015

Celebrating International Women’s Day by recognising fiction's pioneers, radicals and role models

This week we're celebrating International Women’s Day by recognising inspiring female role models across the arts world. Here we look at women in literature – who stands out and why they deserve recognition as we approach IWD 2015... Katniss…

Interview: Stuart Cosgrove on Detroit ‘67

4 Mar 2015

Popular Scottish football presenter’s passion for soul music inspired his latest book

He’s familiar to Scottish radio listeners as half of a double act with Tam Cowan on BBC Radio Scotland’s football satire and discussion show Off the Ball. But Stuart Cosgrove’s career extends into areas which most of his listeners are probably unaware…

Interview: Matt Haig

4 Mar 2015

Author of Reasons to Stay Alive discusses his experiences with depression and anxiety

Matt Haig's first non-fiction work, Reasons to Stay Alive, is an authentically optimistic account of his experiences with depression and anxiety, offering insight and advice on the illness that will effect one in five of us at some point in our lives.

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Winners of the 2015 Scottish Children’s Book Awards announced

4 Mar 2015

Ross Collins, Alex McCall and Cathy McPhaill win after over 28,000 votes are cast

The winners of the Scottish Children's Book Awards have been revealed. Scotland's largest children's book awards celebrate excellence in Scottish writing, with three age categories: Bookbug Readers (ages 3-7), Younger Readers (ages 3-11) and Older…

Chrononauts – Mark Millar and Sean Murphy

26 Feb 20154 stars

Time travelling action adventure from writer Mark Millar and artist Sean Murphy

Scottish writer Mark Millar is famed for his edgy action comics. Sharp, satirical and often packed with the old ultra-violence. Through his creator-owned Millarworld imprint, he's launched a plethora of new characters and realities. His work ethic is…

Comic news and new releases – March 2015

26 Feb 2015

Mad Max: Fury Road spin-off and Judge Dredd among March's hottest comics releases

As if we weren’t all bloody excited enough about George Miller’s forthcoming, Tom Hardy-starring sequel to his demented petrolhead dystopiana trilogy, the comic tie-ins have just been announced. Published by DC’s long-standing mature readers imprint…

Entries open for aspiring writer programmes at the London Book Fair

25 Feb 2015

The LBF announces a call for entries for Agent One-to-One and The Write Stuff

The London Book Fair (LBF) is looking for entrants to apply for its Agent One-to-One programme and The Write Stuff competition, both of which offer unique opportunities for aspiring writers. In the Agent One-to-One, authors are given the chance to…

Ewan McGregor to make directorial debut on American Pastoral

19 Feb 2015

Actor takes over from Phillip Noyce, will adapt Philip Roth’s Pulitzer-winning Vietnam-era drama

Ewan McGregor is stepping behind the camera to direct his first feature, an adaptation of Philip Roth’s 1998, Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, American Pastoral. McGregor will also star in the film as Levov along with Dakota Fanning and Jennifer…