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Writer's Bloc

Writer's Bloc | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it

I'm being Inspired by Independence (Word Power Books) edited by Ross Colquhoun and Christopher Silver and in particular the work of Lyndsay Allardyce (great gulls!); Meg Bateman on th...


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Bigotry, Football and Scotland

Bigotry, Football and Scotland | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it

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 and political topics.

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Antarctica book named best of year

Antarctica book named best of year | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it

An Edinburgh GP who wrote a book after spending 14 months at a research station at the south pole has won Scotland's largest literary prize.

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Minority Reporter

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“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 Bhain with the former First Lady of America. But the idea behind her inspirational epigram is a recurring theme for the Donegal-based writer in Minority Reporter Scotland’s Attitude Towards Her Own Irish’, his follow up to bestseller ‘Downfall’.


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Books Upside Your Head

Books Upside Your Head | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it

Provoked by Peter’s article and regularly harassed by people who’s books we have promised to review, and haven’t (sorry), today Bella launches it’s new book review section. We’ll be focusing on an eclectic mix of contemporary fiction and non-fiction relating to the wider agenda of this journal, namely ‘connecting the independence movement with the realities of failed elite rule’ and  ‘For self-determination, autonomism & independence.’


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MLitt in Modern Scottish Writing / Creative Writing

MLitt in Modern Scottish Writing / Creative Writing | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it

This joint programme is for writers interested in both mapping and making Scottish literature.

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Five Books to Save Scotland

Five Books to Save Scotland | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it

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.

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Neighbours

Neighbours | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it

Walking west on Argyle Street, I once enjoyed a fleeting, one-sided exchange with a man slumped against a bin. Crossing the road at the Park Bar, I stepped onto the pavement at the other side and, as I passed him, the man shouted: ‘Hey you, ya cunt, Ah cin smell the fuckin spunk on yer troosers.’ I stopped, laughing a bit, but also in the back of my mind hoping this wild-bearded, elaborately drunk, old man wouldn’t find a sudden reservoir of co-ordination and leap up to stab me. And then it was over. I carried on to the part-time job I had while at university, and the man returned to his silence, a squalid sidewalk ornament for folk to swerve around.

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Culloden via Tesco?

Culloden via Tesco? | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it
A preview of Unstated: Writers on Scottish Independence, ed. Scott Hames This book (which I think and hope will enliven the whole debate) started in discussion between Bella Caledonia and [...]
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Creative Scotland: Calling Scotland's young writers!

Creative Scotland: Calling Scotland's young writers! | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it
Creative Scotland: Opportunities – Jobs, commissions and events for the arts in Scotland and worldwide...
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Five contemporary Scottish authors on the writers who have inspired and influenced them

Five contemporary Scottish authors on the writers who have inspired and influenced them | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it
Rodge Glass on Alasdair Gray. As Gray’s secretary, I watched him carve his sentences out first-hand, seeing how he always sought clarity in the fewest words possible. That was my writer’s education.
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BBC set to create new kids' show based on Katie Morag books

BBC set to create new kids' show based on Katie Morag books | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it
THE series of books by Mairi Hedderwick about a redheaded Highlander are to be turned into a TV show for CBeebies.
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Unstated

Unstated | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it
Coming soon, a new book published by Word Power books Unstated: Writers on Scottish Independence edited by Scott Hames. Book it here.
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The Loneliest Boy in the World - Review

The Loneliest Boy in the World - The last child of the Great Blasket By Gearóid Cheaist Ó Catháin with Patricia Ahern. Collins Press. The Blasket Islands, off the coast of Kerry in the extreme west...
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Gruffalo author Donaldson quits Scotland for England

Gruffalo author Donaldson quits Scotland for England | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it
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Cheers to independence... or a cocktail for disaster? | East Lothian Courier

Cheers to independence... or a cocktail for disaster? | East Lothian Courier | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it
WITH pubs the venue for many a political debate, one Musselburgh debut author has used the premise of a pub crawl by a nationalist, unionist and swing voter to write about the forthcoming independence referendum.
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George Davie: Life and significance

George Davie: Life and significance | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it

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

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Neil Gaiman on why Scotland is his second home

Neil Gaiman on why Scotland is his second home | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it
A shy child with his nose permanently stuck in a book, Neil Gaiman grew up to become a publishing phenomenon writing scripts, graphic novels and fiction.
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Scots writers told to lighten up

ALEXANDER McCall Smith, the author of the No1 Ladies' Detective Agency novels, has admitted he finds Scottish crime novels "strange" and said they show Scotland in a grim light.

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Book Week Scotland to become annual event

Book Week Scotland to become annual event | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it
Scotsman Book Week Scotland to become annual event Scotsman A selection of the best contributions to the “treasures” initiative will be compiled for another free book, around 150,000 copies of which will be given away to coincide with the second...
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Comment: ‘Scottish literature is often overlooked’

Comment: ‘Scottish literature is often overlooked’ | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it
NEXT year is certain to be a big year for Scotland – not just at home, but on the world stage. There’s the Commonwealth Games, the 700th anniversary of Bannockburn, a second Year of Homecoming, and – of course – that referendum.
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Authors’ books of the year: Scotland’s top authors select their favourite reads

Authors’ books of the year: Scotland’s top authors select their favourite reads | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it
Christopher Brookmyre, Irvine Welsh, Ian Rankin and Alexander McCall Smith are among a litany of Scots literary stars offering up their favourite books of the year.
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Scotland's Favourite Book Competition

Scotland's Favourite Book Competition | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it
Scotland's Favourite Book competition run through Facebook and Twitter pages to celebrate Book Week Scotland & St Andrews Day.
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Edinburgh set to honour literary giant with day dedicated to Robert Louis Stevenson

Edinburgh set to honour literary giant with day dedicated to Robert Louis Stevenson | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it
HE is perhaps the greatest literary figure from a city not short of famous writers.The creator of enduring fantasies and adventures from the children’s favourite Treasure Island to the dark horrors of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Robert Louis Stevenson...
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The Pushkin Prizes - A unique writing competition for young Scottish and Russian writers

The Pushkin Prizes - A unique writing competition for young Scottish and Russian writers | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it
Scottish arts charity organising a creative writing prize for Scottish and Russian school pupils.
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