Robin Hodge

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Geraldine McCaughrean – Where the World Ends

27 Mar 2019

What really happened when a boat went missing in St Kilda in 1727

About 100 people used to live on Hirta, the main island of St Kilda located some 40 miles out into the Atlantic beyond the Outer Hebrides. In early summer each year, a group of men and boys would be taken from Hirta to a sheer stack of rock hidden from…

Inspecting Lewis

27 Mar 2019

Delving into Peter May's compelling series of novels that get to the heart of contemporary life in the Hebrides

It has been speculated that there are more literary murders in Scotland per year than actual ones. Nowhere is this more evident than on the Isle of Lewis, where various gruesome homicides take place in Peter May's gripping trilogy. Although the…

Island hopping with Hamish Haswell-Smith

27 Mar 2019

Journeys both old and new to Scotland's fabled islands are waiting to be uncovered

Touring Scotland's west coast by visiting a number of different islands is a delightful adventure which dates back to the 18th century when James Boswell persuaded his London friend, Dr Samuel Johnson, to travel north.

Scotland's islands boast some of the world's most beautiful beaches

27 Mar 2019

Robin Hodge shares some of his favourites

The combination of golden sand, turquoise blue water, rolling surf and a backdrop of wild mountains has captured the heart and soul of countless visitors to Scotland's islands on the west coast. This all makes a compelling reason to visit and explore…

The List celebrates 750 issues

27 Sep 2018

To mark our 750th issue, Robin Hodge has trawled through the archives and selected a few of our more memorable cover stars

Ever since it first launched back in 1985, The List has tried to discover and celebrate outstanding creative talent from Scotland and beyond. Over the years, we like to think we've helped to launch the careers of a host of singers, performers, writers…

A Tribute to Stephanie Wolfe Murray

22 Aug 2017

The List's publisher, Robin Hodge, pays tribute to Canongate's visionary co-founder, who died this year

The Book Festival is staging a special tribute to one of the most inspiring and visionary of Scottish publishers, Stephanie Wolfe Murray, who died recently. She co-founded Canongate in 1973 and led it forward to help establish a new international…

Pete Irvine steps down from Edinburgh's Hogmanay

10 Mar 2016

The creator of Edinburgh’s Hogmanay is retiring from programming the festival

In February, it was announced that Unique Events' Pete Irvine is stepping down from his role as Director of Edinburgh's Hogmanay. Pete has had a tremendous impact on Scottish culture in general and on how Hogmanay is celebrated.

Shakespeare in the Garden: What You Will

19 Aug 20153 stars

Compilation capturing the heart of the Bard

It’s an old fashioned idea and presented in an old fashioned way. But in compiling scenes from the Bard’s most powerful plays, Shakespeare in the Garden succeeds in capturing the emotional heart at the centre of the works. Opening with the storm at…

The Great Gatsby

15 Aug 20143 stars

The American classic gets a Broadway makeover at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

There are many literary parties that catch the imagination and inspire dreams of what it might have been like to be there. Satan’s Ball in The Master and Margarita and Kitty’s first dance in Anna Karenin stand out but the lavish scale of the extravagant…

Jeanette Lennartsson 'will be sadly missed by all who were lucky enough to work with her'

20 Jun 2014

List publisher Robin Hodge remembers the noted Scottish designer, who died recently

It is with great sadness that we note the death after a long illness of Jeanette who was the designer of The List from 1994 until 1997. Jeanette started work at The List when she and her husband, Marc Lambert (now Director of the Scottish Book Trust…

The strength of Scottish culture should give us the confidence to continue to connect with our neighbours

22 Jan 2014

We have much to celebrate together and a wide range of emerging new talent to encourage

It is often said that decisions need to be taken by the head or the heart. In the debate leading up to the referendum in September, the discussion has so far mainly focused on the economic and political issues. What exactly would independence mean in…

UnCreative Scotland?

8 Jan 2009

As the arts world waits for a clear proposal from Creative Scotland, the current stalemate is potentially damaging, argues Robin Hodge

NEWS - Stop the demolitions

18 Oct 2007

The battle to save Edinburgh’s Old Town from the vast Caltongate development is gathering momentum. The proposals to demolish listed buildings and tenements in order to build a five-star hotel, conference and office complex just off the Royal Mile have…

News - Extra - 6 June 2007

6 Jun 2007

This year's Edinburgh Fringe Festival is back, bigger and better than ever before. Shining highlights from the 2007 programme include a one-off performance from Extras star Ricky Gervais, who will be performing his Fame! live show at Edinburgh Castle on…

Nick Barley appointed director of The Lighthouse

30 Oct 2006

Nick Barley, the editor of The List, has been appointed director of The Lighthouse, Scotland’s National Centre for Architecture, Design and the City. Although adept at multi-tasking, even Nick is unable to take on these new responsibilities while…

Jimmy Boyle - A Sense of Freedom (1977)

1 Jan 2005

100 Best Scottish Books of all Time

This is one of the most important books ever published about crime and punishment in Britain. A Sense of Freedom is the autobiographical account of how a boy from the Gorbals grew up in the gang culture of the 60s to become 'Scotland's Most Violent…