Literature

All That Was Lost

All That Was Lost by Alison May tells the tale of the esteemed yet feigned psychic, Patrice, and her desire to capture her final moments in the bibliographical writing of Leo, a sceptical journalist. Leo sets forth on a path of discovery and...

Exploring Edinburgh’s bookshops: Till’s

Till’s was opened in 1986 by Rick and Ann Till and is still managed by Rick today. The Canadian transplant boasts a huge selection of fiction and non-fiction, many of the books sporting charming discontinued covers. When the fire is lit on a...

Can we improve our mental health by reading more?

In today’s world, many people use escapism as a means to get away from our sometimes harsh reality. Reading books is one of the most conventional forms of escapism, transferring the reader away from mundane routine to an alternate  existence....

A Thousand Doorways

Dismayed by the suppression of Kurdish culture in Turkey, American storyteller Diane Edgecomb decided to travel to the remote mountain villages that are fast becoming the last vestiges of the Kurdish language. She enlisted the help of Kurdish...

Borderlands: Irish Border Symposium

“One of the things about borderlands,” remarks author Donald Smith as he takes the stage, “is that they are culturally rich.” Smith, who is the Director of this year’s Scottish International Storytelling Festival, opens the Borderlands...

Open Hearth: Full Moon

With Edinburgh’s early evening darkness fully underway and buffeting winds becoming the common denominator of all walks through the city, the coming of winter doesn’t seem far away at all. But, before official hibernation commences,...

Pumpkin-spiced reads for all your autumnal needs

As Halloween has been and gone and Edinburgh rapidly gets chillier by the day, it’s hard to ignore the rat-tat-tat of winter at the door. To celebrate the final month of the autumn, we asked our writers which books they recommend cosying up with...

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