Shelley you can’t be serious, Mr Gove?

Today's stooshie in the world of literature is the news that Michael Gove wants to take Harper Lee, Arthur Miller and John Steinbeck off the curriculum for English literature in favour of pre-20th century works by English authors, notably Dickens, the Romantics and Shakespeare. I have nothing against those dead white chaps - indeed, a... Continue Reading →

Grid Iron in Charlotte Square at the EIBF 2014

With the Edinburgh International Book Festival's programme launching two weeks today, they're building up interest already with news that this year the site-specific theatre company Grid Iron will be bringing promenade theatre to Charlotte Square this August. Fringe audiences have been consistently wowed by Grid Iron for years, and their work has garnered many awards... Continue Reading →

Daunderlust by Peter Ross

Today, a well-deserved plug for yet another former colleague, Peter Ross, whose book Daunderlust* - a collection of his weekly columns for Scotland on Sunday - was published recently. During my time at the Scotsman I'd occasionally end up working on Scotland on Sunday. The moment a piece by Peter appeared in the queue I'd... Continue Reading →

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