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Extract from Barn Owl By Jim Crumley Published by Saraband Books
I was very young when I understood why a heart shape symbolises love. It was the shape of the fair face of barn owls – and I loved barn owls.
Prefab childhood in 1950s Dundee was essentially lived more out of doors than in. The prefabs were neatly buttoned to a west-facing hillside along the last street in town, and the farmland of Angus began across the road. Fields were as much for playing in as growing crops. From the top of the highest fields the land fell away northwards and rose again to the promise of the Sidlaw Hills. I considered winter geese and spring and summer skylarks to be as much my neighbours as my fellow prefab-dwellers ever were.
The entrance to the farmyard was no more than a quarter of a mile away from our prefab, but it was forbidden territory, and inhabited by what Lewis Grassic Gibbon would have called “coarse brutes”. Thinking about it now, they must have been simply people who did not know how to get on with the non-farming neighbours surrounding them on three sides. I hid when I saw them coming, though it does me no good to admit it now. One of them, only slightly older than myself, once opened a nasty cut in the side of my leg with an astonishingly well-aimed stone.
But the stackyard was a different proposition from the farmyard. I thought of it as no-man’s land. It belonged to the farm, of course, and farming things happened there, but it was frontier land that lay between the farmyard and the street from which it was only flimsily fenced off. And mine was the kind of childhood that did not pay much heed to flimsy fenc...
Recipe from The Parlour Café Cookbook By Gillian Veal Published by Kitchen Press
250g shortcrust pastry 2 red onions, divided into eighths 1 tablespoon olive oil 150g ricotta cheese 3 sprigs thyme, leaves only zest and juice of 1 unwaxed lemon 1 whole egg and 2 yolks, beaten 100g rocket 250g creamy Italian gorgonzola 3 ripe fresh figs, quartered salt and freshly ground black pepper
10” tart tin, greased
Preheat the oven to 190ºC and put a baking tray in to heat up.
Introduction Edited by Kate Molleson Published by Waverley Books
What makes a city musical? Glasgow’s cultural history is all fits and starts: centuries of reformation and migration, industrialisation and depression, great wealth, deep ...
Extract from Potter’s Field By Chris Dolan Published by Vagabond Voices
The morning’s sweetness had curdled, the sky a simmering grey gruel. Maddy, heading west, waded against the flow of Sauchiehall Street shoppers. She’d worked till ten on Monday, had ...
Extract from Gods of the Morning By John Lister-Kaye Published by Canongate Books
Did ever the raven sing so like a lark, That gives sweet tidings of the sun’s uprise? Titus Andronicus, Act III, scene I, William Shakespeare
There is nothing dull about a raven. As glossy as a midnight puddle, bigger than a buzzard, with a...
Extract from Novel in Progress By Claire Squires
They launched the wherry as the rain began to fall, and headed north across the dark river. Their kit lay across the flat bottom of the boat; the ladders, and the old and new ropes. Each one thought ahead to the Dome, standing solid at the centre of the city, seemingly unassailable, but their target for the evening. Aly felt her stomach twist and tighten, mingled anticipation and fear. At her side, she felt Paw’s eyes trained upon her, but she...
An Autobiography in Poetry
Portraits of Canine Regulars in the City’s World Famous Hostelries
Leah from Floris Books gives us the inside scoop on working with illustrators.
Louisa Preston on the V&A coming to Dundee.
A Round-Up of Exciting New Releases
Experience the Islands of Scotland
Scotland Takes to the International Scene
A Look Back
What happens when bad advice is given at the worst possible time?
The Great War and a Rural Lewis Community
A Celebration of Stevenson and His Language
A Catalogue Sample of The Two Roberts Exhibition by National Galleries of Scotland
Aye Write! Celebrated Its 10th Year in April 2015