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Dead Girls: gender violence and the radical imagination for Book Week Scotland

CW: Gender-based violence As Carolina Orloff, co-founder of Edinburgh-based Charco Press, softly reads the epilogue to Selva Almada’s Chicas muertas (‘Dead Girls’), the effect is piercing. Though panels such as this have had to migrate to the virtual sphere and audiences are quite literally muted, the silence that accompanies Almada’s devastating list of only a […]

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Looking back at a semester of literature

Each year, the autumn months take the ready-rich tapestry that is Edinburgh’s literary scene and take it to new heights. The last four months have been an unrelentingly busy time indeed. Let’s start with the Scottish International Storytelling Festival, which celebrated its 31st year this October on the theme Beyond Words. This two-week event showcases […]

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Book Week Scotland Poetry Slam

‘Read. Rebel. Repeat.’ The theme of Book Week Scotland this year is ‘Rebel’, perfectly captured by this annual poetry slam event. Upon entry to the Netherbow Theatre, an enthusiastic, lively atmosphere greets the audience. The host of the event, Sian Bevan, injects an immediate burst of humour and energy through the theatre, sending waves of […]

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Book Week Scotland: Hunger Pains: Foodbank Britain with Kayleigh Garthwaite

With a theme as broad as ‘Nourish’, Book Week Scotland has hosted a number of events marking the intersection between food and literature. Nestled within the programme Lighthouse Bookstore’s typically unconventional event, hosting Kayleigh Garthwaite as she discussed her book Hunger Pains: Life Inside Foodbank Britain. To an intimate audience, Garthwaite explained the rigorous process […]

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Book Week Scotland: Scribbles in the Margins: 50 Eternal Delights of Books

When temperatures dip below zero and the sun seems to set before it’s even completely risen, a long, cold walk to the National Library of Scotland might not seem the most inviting idea. However, at this stage of the year any chance to leave the library is a blessing, and yes, I  realise the irony […]

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Book Week Scotland: Joy of Spines

Joy of Spines was advertised as a slideshow and found poem by Graeme Hawley comprised of book titles from the National Library’s 120 miles of underground shelves. Intrigued but unsure what to expect, I was ushered into a room in the library along with an audience several decades older than me. The room was packed. […]

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Book Week Scotland: Poetry Slam 2017

Our host promised the evening would be “friendly, joyful and whimsical” – and it certainly was. The four poets, Jenny Lindsay, Harry Giles, Andrew Blair and Katie Ailes all performed three poems, one in each round. This could have made for a competitive or even slightly uncomfortable atmosphere, given the very different subject matter of […]

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Book Week Scotland: The Chef and The Poet

The theme of Book Week Scotland this year is ‘Nourish’, so why not merge nourishment for the body with that of the spirit? Acclaimed Scottish poet Tom Pow and chef Neil Forbes of Edinburgh’s Café St Honore did just that at The Chef and The Poet, an evening of food and poetry which took place in the […]