independence – self-determination – autonomy


  • Poetry


    ORDER! ORDER! ORDER! shrieks the lion’s mane across the border. Order no.1 – you’ll have had your Scottish Parliament then. Order no.2 – sit down, […]

    Stuart Paterson 13th Jun'18 5
  • Poetry

    Order of the Rising Sun

    On 29th April, the Government of Japan announced that Alan Spence (Professor Emeritus of the University of Aberdeen) would be awarded an Order of the […]

    2nd May'18 6
  • Poetry

    Noble Poets

    The poetry world is having a meltdown [if you don’t care just to let you know that I don’t care that you don’t care, so […]

    Mike Small 26th Jan'18 10
  • Poetry


    Why can’t they give these damn mountains proper names? Their names are in our language; the mountains understand it and know each other by these […]

    Tessa Ransford 12th Dec'17 1
  • Poetry

    If This is a Lament

    Kurdish poet and activist Bejan Matur will be appearing at Neu! Reekie! in Summerhall Arts Centre on Thursday evening. Bejan is one of the international […]

    Kevin Williamson 15th Nov'17 0
  • Poetry

    Catalonia Caledonia

      (The Falangists reappear on the streets of Barcelona 1.10.17) If they were given permission by the Angel of History to be confounded by their […]

    George Gunn 2nd Oct'17 2
  • Poetry

    Poor. Old. Tired. Horse

    Ian Hamilton Finlay’s experimental visual poetry magazine Poor. Old. Tired. Horse (1962–68) is now online. “Ian Hamilton Finlay’s Poor.Old.Tired.Horse. is one of the most important visual poetry […]

    12th Sep'17 1
  • Poetry

    September 14

    Following on from Charlottesville Magi Gibson has written this anti-fascist poem remembering the events of George Square the day after the Independence Referendum. She writes about […]

    Magi Gibson 22nd Aug'17 11
  • Poetry

    Lean Bastards

    Kate Tempest’s searing opening at Glastonbury is worth a listen and a share …  

    26th Jun'17 4
  • Poetry


    In which her body was a question-mark querying her lies; her mouth a ballot-box that bit the hand that fed. Her eyes? They swivelled for […]

    Carol Ann Duffy 12th Jun'17 0
  • Poetry


    they will disperse, eternally they will disappear, entirely, wrapping their forms in the hides of rainbows the unpaid unarmed armies are surplus to requirements, bullfrog […]

    Niall McDevitt 15th May'17 0
  • Poetry

    35 Years

    THERE should be no second independence referendum for at least 35 years” – Ruth Davidson THERE should be no more Top Gear for at least […]

    Alec Finlay 15th May'17 6
  • Poetry

    Country Break

    I thought it would be fitting if we were driving North to a holiday cottage in Aviemore, our country rolling out before us, autumn-ripe. But […]

    Ciara MacLaverty 3rd May'17 12
  • Poetry


    Today I’ll wear a new dress, a fresh dress, a still-yes dress with shoes I’ve never worn before. I’ll show no signs of tears or […]

    Magi Gibson 14th Mar'17 2

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