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Tales of home this winter with Homecoming Scotland 2014 events

27 Nov 2014

Featuring Station Stories by Sven Warner, Ae Spark o’ Nature’s Fire and The Home Straits

Pop-up theatre, fire sculptures, music and poetry are on offer during November and December as part of finale events celebrating Homecoming Scotland 2014. Taking place across the country in a variety of exiting and unusual place, check out these brand…

Interview: balletLORENT's Liv Lorent discusses new family-friendly production Rapunzel

16 Sep 2014

Collaborators include Carol Ann Duffy and creatives from Game of Thrones and Doctor Who

Despite the often brutal content in the original texts, fairytales aren’t known for their adult appeal. But why restrict them to bedtime stories and Disney films, when tales such as those written by the Brothers Grimm have so much to say about life?

Paul Muldoon, Carol Ann Duffy and John Burnside announced for StAnza 2014

3 Oct 2013

Sujata Bhatt, David Constantine, Tishani Doshi, Brian Turner and Menna Elfyn also to appear

StAnza, Scotland's International Poetry Festival, has revealed the names of some of the poets who will be appearing at the festival from Wed 5–Sun 9 Mar 2014, including Paul Muldoon, Carol Ann Duffy and John Burnside. The full program, which will not be…

Provocateur author highlights at the 2013 Edinburgh International Book Festival

16 Jul 2013

Laurie Penny, Shereen el Feki, John Gray among those who might ruffle some feathers during EIBF

Laurie Penny. Describing herself as ‘young, angry and progressive’, Penny has ruffled some feathers. But can 67,000 Twitter followers be wrong? Shereen el Feki. While researching Sex and the Citadel, el Feki travelled from Egypt to Saudi Arabia and…

Scottish Book of the Year Award 2012 shortlist announced

16 Nov 2012

Nominees include Alan Warner, Aonghas MacNeacail, Carol Ann Duffy, Ewan Morrison and Irvine Welsh

The shortlist has been announced for the 2012 Saltire Society Scottish Book of the Year. This years award will be chosen from a list of seven authors including James Kelman, Irvine Welsh and Kathleen Jamie to become the best Scottish book of…

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Alice Oswald revives Homer at the Edinburgh International Book Festival 2012

2 Aug 2012

Laureate-championed poet revives ancient craft of storytelling with Homer yarn

‘As your poet laureate, I’m ordering you to go,’ announced Carol Ann Duffy at the Bath Literary Festival this year. She was talking about Alice Oswald’s event the following evening. ‘She’s a much better poet than I am.’ When the laureate says that, you…

Aye Write! 2012 - highlights

28 Feb 2012

Seven of the best events at Glasgow literary festival, including William McIlvanney and William Boyd

William McIlvanney The Saltire and Whitbread-winning author from Kilmarnock reflects on a distinguished literary career which kicked off in 1966 with Remedy is None. Was he the man who began the Tartan Noir phenomenon? 9 Mar, 6pm, £8 (£7). Janice…

The Hot 100 2010 - Mark Millar, Kevin Bridges and Alasdair Gray take top 3 spots

16 Dec 2010

Our annual chart of the top creatives in Scotland

The Hot 100 is a list of Scots who’ve made a sizeable creative splash in 2010. It includes musicians, artists, writers, actors, fashion designers, technological innovators, shop owners, festival directors, record label heads and one mad cyclist.

How seven key figures in Scottish culture have fared over 25 years

23 Sep 2010

25 years of The List

Didn’t they do well? Scotland has more than its fair share of talent, finds Kirstin Innes, as she chronicles the highs and lows of some of our finest exports over 25 years, including Peter Capaldi, Carol Ann Duffy, Ian Rankin, Douglas Gordon, Tilda…

Work by photographer Chris Close returns to 2010 Edinburgh Book Festival

21 Jul 2010

Portraits of visiting authors appear in Charlotte Square for second year

Chris Close, the photographer behind last year's successful 'almost live' photography display at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, is set to return to Charlotte Square this year with a new series of portraits of visiting authors. Visiting…

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Book and Literary festivals in Scotland 2010

28 May 2010

With Glasgow’s Aye Write! and Aberdeen’s Word behind us for another year, Scotland’s book lovers are now holding their breath for the real heavyweight of the nation’s literary calendar, the Edinburgh Book Festival (Charlotte Square, Edinburgh, Sat…

Hot 100 2009 - Carol Ann Duffy profile

17 Dec 2009

In one year as Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy has made more of an impression than Andrew Motion managed in a decade in the job. Her appointment in itself was pretty iconoclastic, and we all dutifully reeled off the reasons why it was a historic event…

Carol Ann Duffy

2 Oct 2009

Taking a look at her kids poems, moon verse and a tale of a Christmas cheer

The appointment of Carol Ann Duffy as Poet Laureate was always going to raise eyebrows and temperatures among certain elements of the literary establishment and seamier side of the media. In this writer, there is a spirit of rebellion and…

The World's Wife

13 Aug 20094 stars

Poetry in motion

There are some things in life that even a suspicious Fringe audience can trust in, and Linda Marlowe interpreting the poems of Carol Ann Duffy’s best-known collection is a double gold-star guarantee of quality. Marlowe is a phenomenal performer, and…

Book Festival day planner

10 Aug 2009

Our guide on the festival's must-see events

As with most of the festivals, the Book Festival is a scary prospect at first glance. Here, Lizzie Mitchell maps out a plan which should make the minefield a little easier to negotiate. All events are based in Charlotte Square Gardens.

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5 Questions: Carol Ann Duffy

6 Aug 2009

Glasgow-born Carol Ann Duffy may be a tad busy being Britain’s Poet Laureate at the moment, but she still found time to answer our 5 Questions

Five festival over-achievers

6 Aug 2009

Robin Ince One can only assume that Robin Ince sits in a thick blue funk for that small portion of the day when he isn’t A) hosting a ‘lunchtime celebration of science and the wonderful’, B) being a ‘bleeding-heart liberal’ or C) opposing ‘the moral…

Home truths

6 Aug 2009

From fish factory worker to TS Eliot Prize-winning poet, Jen Hadfield talks to Kirstin Innes

It’s been a strange old year for poetry. Although the highs of Carol Ann Duffy’s appointment as the first female Poet Laureate and the unpleasantness of Ruth Padel and Derek Walcott’s fight for the Oxford Professor of Poetry position have almost…

Alistair MacLeod, Libby Purves and more Carol Ann Duffy

4 Aug 2009

New events at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

New events added to the Edinburgh International Book Festival line-up include Alistair MacLeod on Fri 28 Aug, who arrives to discuss No Great Mischief and renowned broadcaster and novelist Libby Purves. Following great demand, more tickets are also up…

The World's Wife

20 Jul 2009

Visceral poetry from the new laureate

You can't fault Linda Marlowe for timing. No sooner had the original Oh! Calcutta star and Berkoff protégé decided to adapt Carol Ann Duffy's The World's Wife for the stage, than the Glasgow-born Duffy landed the job of poet laureate. An hour or so…

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Carol Ann Duffy does it for the kids

13 Jul 2009

The Princess' Blankets mixes verse, music and storytelling

Carol Ann Duffy’s appointment as Poet Laureate earlier this year caused an excited flapping of broadsheet papers, as commentators hailed the first person in that post to be either female, gay or Scottish. All this boundary-smashing seems to promise a…

Edinburgh International Book Festival and Edge Festival add to line-up

25 Jun 2009

From a Poet Laureate to cult TV show writers, this year’s Edinburgh International Book Festival launched in style, with a programme boasting writers, poets, politicians, photographers and artists from 45 countries. Highlights of the August line-up…

StAnza 2009 - Patience Agbabi and Carol Ann Duffy

24 Mar 2009

Two contrasting women poets with a fondness for the sonnet form electrified the audience at their prime time reading on Saturday night at StAnza. Patience Agbabi on her third visit to the festival read from her collection Bloodshot Monochrome…


19 Mar 2009

Scotland’s International Poetry Festival sets out its stall in St Andrews with the usual brew of literary genius. This year’s highlights include Ian Rankin (pictured), Helen Dunmore, Carol Ann Duffy and First Minister Alex Salmond. Byre Theatre…

Kids events

21 Aug 2008

Getting arty and yucky, all in the same week

If you suffer from Crayola on the carpet and finger-painted furniture, The Big Picture Event (24 Aug) should be the destination of choice for your little ‘uns. Chairman and Children’s Laureate Michael Rosen leads an exquisite event of drawing and…