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    Book of the Day

    A Bird is  Not a Stone Edited by Henry Bell and Sarah Irving (Freight Books, Glasgow) is the first major collection of contemporary Palestinian poetry […]

    Mike Small 2nd Jun'14 0
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    Bigotry, Football and Scotland

    Scots in general love football, but we’re not very good at it. Football talk in this country frequently centres around off-field issues, touching on social […]

    Dominic Brown 23rd Jan'14 8
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    Republic of Books

    There’s quite a commotion about a book – The Claim of Scotland – published in 1968 by HJ Paton. It’s as though some have come […]

    Mike Small 13th Jan'14 22
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    Adequately Explained by Stupidity?

    Adequately Explained by Stupidity? – Lockerbie, Luggage and Lies by Morag G. Kerr, Troubadour Publishing Ltd Most of us who are old enough will remember […]

    Graeme Purves 3rd Jan'14 10
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    Book Report

    There seems to be an outpouring of good non-fiction titles around Scottish politics, culture and identity. I don’t know if this is just an illusion […]

    Mike Small 25th Nov'13 2
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    A Revolution of Rising Expectations

    Although he used language with the lapidary ease of a don, Stephen Maxwell could also coin some very useful one-liners. Take this one on nationalism’s […]

    Pat Kane 5th Nov'13 10
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    The Missing Million

    I never met (or cannot remember meeting) the late Stephen Maxwell. But I wish I had met him, or could remember him. The internet serves […]

    Pat Kane 4th Nov'13 8
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    Minority Reporter

    “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams” – so said Eleanor Roosevelt. You wouldn’t immediately associate Phil Mac Giolla […]

    Mike Small 2nd Oct'13 30
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    Digging the Seam

    How the 1984-5 miners’ strike for jobs inspired film, art, music and literature, is explored in a series of essays in a new book. Photographer […]

    Mike Small 21st Aug'13 0
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    George Davie: Life and significance

    An excerpt from the Introduction to the new edition of George Davie’s The Democratic Intellect, Edinburgh University Press, 2013. George Davie’s The Democratic Intellect: Scotland […]

    Murdo Macdonald 16th Aug'13 5
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    The Sea Inside

    The sea surrounds us. It gives us life, provides us with the air we breathe and the food we eat. It is ceaseless change and […]

    Kathleen Jamie 13th Aug'13 1
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    Stewart Sanderson 26th Jul'13 14
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    Five Books to Save Scotland

    No one reads books anymore. The idea that literature will play a key role in the coming months of debate and argument seems lamentably laughable. […]

    Christopher Silver 4th May'13 6

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