Scotland's 5th Estate


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    Graeme Purves 18th Feb'18 1
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    R. Eric Swanepoel 4th Feb'18 15
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    Scottish Spleen and other Stories

    Christie Williamson’s Shetlandic skites off the page like spume onto skerries – ‘An da wind, da swall, da staur, da bird, da clock’ll tell de […]

    Stuart Paterson 26th Jan'18 0
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    Hamilton 1967

    Hamilton 1967: The by-election that transformed Scotland, by James Mitchell; Luath Press, £8.99 “Bliss was it in that dawn to be alive, / But to […]

    John Herdman 15th Jan'18 2
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    The mercurial elfin polymath Karine Polwart’s Wind Resistance is a tour de force at the Lyceum Theatre. The one-woman show manages to express and articulate […]

    Mike Small 9th Nov'17 5
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    Otto English 7th Nov'17 4
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    On Safari

    Book Review – Poverty Safari by Darren McGarvey, (Luath Press £7.99) reviewed by Jim Monaghan. Darren McGarvey’s publishers make a very bold claim for this […]

    Jim Monaghan 26th Oct'17 3
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    Màrtainn Sgioba Misneachd 20th Sep'17 26
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    From Millais’ Ophelia to Alien’s Ripley, Kathryn Briggs’ Magpie utilizes a myriad of symbols to explore and subvert the female experience. Told through and over […]

    Katy Lennon 8th Mar'17 0
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    Aye’s right!

    Stuart A. Paterson’s recent pamphlet, Aye, for Tapsalteerie signals a return to his native Scots, following the success of his last English-language collection, Border Lines, […]

    Marcas Mac an Tuairneir 22nd Feb'17 0
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    Digging and Dreaming

    Digging and Dreaming: a review of Alastair McIntosh’s Poacher’s Pilgrimage. I spent a chunk of my twenties living and working on the Isle of Iona, […]

    Dougie Strang 19th Dec'16 3
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    Bella Review Night

    This Wednesday (21 Dec) we’ll be looking back over the carnage of 2016. Join our two panels of commentators and writers to look back (and […]

    17th Dec'16 2
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    John O'Dowd 14th Dec'16 63
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    Scotland the Bold

    Review of Scotland the Bold by Gerry Hassan, Freight Books, Glasgow, 2016, £9.99. Available from Word Power books. Politics is the lifeblood for some, and […]

    Alastair McIntosh 14th Dec'16 28

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