BookSpace: Stroke; Vicky Romeo + Joolz; Let Me Tell You This; Emerald; When They Call You a Terrorist
Chiara Bullen’s February edition of BookSpace reviews some of the latest Scottish literary productions
SPRING is in the air, the days are getting longer, and with the sense of new beginnings comes the desire for plenty of new books (at least for me, anyway). This month sees the publishing world come out of a January slumber; it’s the perfect time to try something new and read out of your comfort zone, which I hope you’ll find in the selection below.
Stroke: 5% chance of survival, Ricky Monahan-Brown
BookSpace: We Were Always Here; The Wolves of Leninsky Prospekt; The Year after You; February's Son
Chiara Bullen’s January edition of BookSpace reviews some of the latest Scottish literary productions
WITH the new year came a flurry of tidying, clear-outs and an evaluation of what sparks joy in our homes thanks to Marie Kondo’s ‘Tidying Up’. However, the book-world demonstrated a backlash against Kondo’s mere suggestion that one should only keep thirty books on the shelves to reduce clutter. Whether or not the books featured in this month’s column spark joy, they’ll definitely spark something upon reading that’s guaranteed to keep the January Blues at bay.
BookSpace: Saltire Literary Award Winners 2018
CommonSpace book reviewer Chiara Bullen reads 2018’s Saltire Society Literary Awards winners
THE Saltire Society Literary Awards have been a firm fixture of the Scottish literary scene since 1937, and the event is widely regarded as Scotland’s most prestigious book awards. This year’s awards took place in Edinburgh’s Dynamic Earth, the sparkling hall an ideal location to recognise Scotland’s literary stars. Here you’ll find a review of some of this year’s winners — consider it a ready-made, well-judged Christmas gift guide for bookish family and friends.
BookSpace: The German Room; The Art of Coorie; Beautiful Country Burn Again; Crocodile; Here We Fucking Go
Chiara Bullen’s October edition of BookSpace reviews some of the latest Scottish literary productions
THE nights are longer, the days are wetter and the temptation to curl up with a good book whilst the rain rages outside is never stronger than in November. Scottish publishers are the ultimate enablers for that temptation this autumn, releasing a wide variety of titles to warm you up and get you through the dreich weather.
The German Room, Carla Maliandi (translated by Frances Riddle)
Hannah Wilson: Paisley Poems and a flourishing of art and culture
Writer Hannah Wilson issues a call to Paisley poets
WHEN I tell people I’m from Paisley, I get very different reactions depending on the audience.
For a lot of people, especially abroad, they go straight for the Paisley pattern.
Some think of Paisley’s famous sons and daughters: Paolo Nutini, Mhairi Black, Gerry Butler or Rafferty. And there was that one guy in a bar in Reykjavik who got really excited because I’m from the same town as the avant-garde musician Momus.
Event: New Scottish Literary Canon with Kirsty Logan & Kirstin Innes
Join Kirsty Logan and Kirstin Innes for an evening of Scottish fiction and politics
TWO of Scotland’s most celebrated new authors, Kirstin Innes and Kirsty Logan, will take part in an event this week discussing the developments in Scottish literature and politics over the past few years and where Scotland could go next.
The event called “The New Scottish Literary Canon” will be a panel discussion hosted by the bookseller D Franklin and also featuring Maxine Blane of CommonSpace.
Scottish primary school pupils to receive over 450,000 free books
As part of Book Week Scotland, all children in Primary 1-3 will receive free books from the Scottish Book Trust
SCOTTISH CHILDREN IN PRIMARIES ONE, TWO AND THREE will receive 453,450 free books as part of Book Week Scotland 2017.
The books come courtesy of the national literary charity the Scottish Book Trust (SBT), working in partnership with the Scottish Government, Education Scotland and Creative Scotland.