Rankin found hung in the Portrait Gallery

The Scottish National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh reopened a couple of years ago after a major refit and it is a truly gorgeous place, inside and out. One more face was added to its collection today, commissioned and donated by none other than Alexander McCall-Smith: a portrait of crime writer and vinyl fanatic Ian Rankin.... Continue Reading →

Lucius Shepard 1947-2014

Lucius Shepard, who wrote many books and short stories, predominantly science fiction, died on Tuesday. His work won many industry awards including a Nebula, a Hugo and a World Fantasy Award. There are a few interviews scattered around the net, but he wasn't a particularly high-profile author; he was, though a prolific one, even writing... Continue Reading →

‘Top Tories love Thatcher’ awards shock.

The former deputy chairman of the Conservative party, Lord Ashcroft last night presented the Political Book of the Year award to Charles Moore - conservative columnist and former editor of the Daily Telegraph, the Sunday Telegraph and the Spectator - for his authorised biography of former Conservative prime minister Margaret Thatcher, Margaret Thatcher: The Authorized... Continue Reading →

Edinburgh International Festival 2014 lineup

Festival time already? Today the Edinburgh International Festival (the slightly posher older sibling of the Fringe) published its 2014 programme and while it would be hard to argue there's something for everyone, there do seem to be a few nods towards more accessible programming. After the ritual disembowelment on the Castle ramparts of whoever designed... Continue Reading →

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