Fresh Reading, Fresh Thinking
A new year, a new start, a new adventure. Yet, as ever, some things remain the same - good books and good reading! We kick off the new year with recommendations for books that will fire the imagination, take you somewhere new, and make you think about the world we live in - from fiction, poetry and memoir to childrens' books, essays and reimagining classics, let's see in the new year in style.
Allan Cameron, Vagabond Voices
For a start I should catch up on Gabriela Cabezón Cámara’s The Adventures of China Iron (Charco Press) which was shortlisted for the Booker. I like the sound of Tania Skarynkina’s collection of essays from Byelorussia, A Large Czeslaw Milosz with a Dash of Elvis Presley (Scotland Street Press) and the new edition of Douglas Watt’s The Price of Scotland (Luath Press), which takes another look at the Darien Scheme. Perhaps most compelling for me is Ke...
There’s Only One Danny Garvey By David F. Ross Published by Orenda Books
The Outliers Book Festival: A Design for the Future
In the latter part of2020, this most unusual of years, I was invited to mentor design students from City of Glasgow College for an interesting project. Through collaborative practice, the BA Design Practice Degree -4th year (hon) students were to explore the possibilities for the creation of a new literary festival for...
‘Luckenbooth is a love letter to Edinburgh.’
‘At the very moment when the UK government recognised journalists as essential workers, the industry itself looked more fragile than ever.’
‘Covid was transforming, reorientating society in ways both good and bad, as if all the old hierarchies were being pushed aside and new possibilities were emerging.’
‘Fictionalised literary biography is a hard art to master. It demands almost the same amount of research as a biography, but also the ability to show how characters change through time and to reanimat …
‘I probably file mannerisms and conversational tics away without even being particularly conscious of it.’
‘Loved it. Noo we’re gittin separate trains back tay oor separate lives.’
‘Yes, North can simply be a cardinal point. But for me it’s also a concept that can stir imagination and creativity.’
‘There was one thing I could have done differently.’
‘”Time, the deer, is in the wood of Hallaig”’
‘Ka was struck by the elegance of the choughs’ flight, and slightly embarrassed by the efforts he needed to make just to keep up.’