Brood by Rhian Edwards Translating Mountains by Yvonne Reddick A White Year by Anna Lewis Each of these pamphlets is tightly themed (on birds, mountains and life in a Late Iron Age village, respectively), but some ideas surface in all three collections: the sudden loss of family members, the indifference of the natural world to […]
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A Minor Incident on the Way to Buy Toothpaste

Ellie Rees

PUBLISHED ON: 25/07/17

CATEGORY: Essays

The teenage years were over, both sons were safely ensconced at St Andrew’s University and they were happy and healthy. I had untied my apron strings …

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Not About Heroes

Devi Boulton

PUBLISHED ON: 10/03/17

CATEGORY: Blog

A touching examination of the love that existed within the Great War, Stephen MacDonald’s ‘Not About Heroes’ is as simple in execution as it is terrif …

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The Fish Ladder: A Journey Upstream by

In this new contribution to the ‘new nature writing’ genre, shaped around journeys to river sources, Samantha Hunt sees considerable craft in vivid landscapes but misses their emotional connection to the author’s search for her birth mother

PUBLISHED ON: 01/08/15

CATEGORY: Reviews

Katharine Norbury’s The Fish Ladderis a touching lamplight on loss and grief. The memoir follows Norbury on a school holiday project with young Daught …

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Burning Issues: Shetland’s Up Helly Aa

Monica Germanà

PUBLISHED ON: 20/11/13

CATEGORY: Essays

Shetlanders have had a thing for fire since the 1840s, when the burning of barrels marked the end of Yuletide. These days, Up Helly Aa is the largest …

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Welsh Periodicals in English, 1882-2012

Alyce von Rothkirch

PUBLISHED ON: 22/05/13

CATEGORY: Reviews

Malcolm Ballin has made something of a name for himself as a researcher of periodicals, particularly little magazines and miscellanies such as those c …

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Islands on the Edge: St Kilda

John Harrison

PUBLISHED ON: 28/05/12

CATEGORY: Blog

I forget about the face of the young woman in the photo as the massive bird attacks my face. I duck my head at the last second, my sea-boots make me s …

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Edwin Morgan, 1920-2010

Kathryn Gray

PUBLISHED ON: 19/08/10

CATEGORY: Notes

Scotland’s finest poet, and one of the finest poets in the UK, Edwin Morgan, has died aged 90. During a publishing career that spanned over half a cen …

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