Sarah Neely speaking at BFI Reuben Library about Margaret Tait

Sarah Neely, author of Between Categories: The Films of Margaret Tait. Portraits, Poetry, Sound and Place, will be speaking at the BFI Reuben Library on Monday 10 April. Described by novelist Ali Smith as “A pioneer. A modernist. A far sight. A first voice. An original. A maker.” (The Margaret Tait Years) Margaret Tait’s work … Continue reading

New book on Margaret Tait to be launched at the Glasgow Film Festival

Between Categories: The Films of Margaret Tait: Portraits, Poetry, Sound and Place, by Sarah Neely, will be launched at the Glasgow Film Festival on 16 February. The event has been organised by LUX Scotland and will be held at the Centre for Contemporary Arts in Glasgow. Sarah Neely will be in conversation with actor/writer/director Gerda … Continue reading

Between Categories: The Films of Margaret Tait published

Margaret Tait – filmmaker, photographer, poet, painter, essayist and short story writer – is one of the UK’s most unique and remarkable filmmakers. She was the first female filmmaker to create a feature-length film in Scotland (Blue Black Permanent, 1992). Although for most of her career Tait remained focused on the goal of making a … Continue reading

New publication: Death in Modern Scotland, 1855–1955

The period 1855 to 1955 was pivotal for modern Scottish death culture. Within art and literature death was a familiar companion, with its imagined presence charting the fears and expectations behind the public face of mortality. Framing new concepts of the afterlife became a task for both theologians and literary figures, both before and after … Continue reading

Excerpt from Mick Imlah: Selected Prose published by Scottish Poetry Library

Click here to read an excerpt from Mick Imlah: Selected Prose, published today on the Scottish Poetry Library’s website. The piece comes from Imlah’s 1994 review of Douglas Dunn’s poetry collection Dante’s Drum-kit. As well as a highly respected poet and editor, Mick Imlah (1956–2009) was one of the finest literary critics of his generation. … Continue reading

Review of Mick Imlah: Selected Prose

Mick Imlah: Selected Prose, edited by André Naffis-Sahely and Robert Selby, has been reviewed by Theresa Muňoz in the Scottish Review of Books. To read the review, please click here. As well as a highly respected poet and editor, Mick Imlah (1956–2009) was one of the finest literary critics of his generation. He spent most … Continue reading

The Fiction of Brian McCabe and (Scottish) Identity

This study is the first monograph on the Scottish writer Brian McCabe. It focuses mainly on McCabe’s fiction and on the elements in his writing that allow for a redefinition of individual and national identity. The book opens with an examination of the socio-cultural context that shapes McCabe’s position in contemporary Scottish literature. The author … Continue reading

James Kelman: Politics and Aesthetics

This study argues that James Kelman’s work should not be construed as a resigned capitulation to capitalist domination or to the fracture of a once unified working-class collective purpose. Politics are to be found not only in the content but also the form of Kelman’s work. The radical aspect of his style is that rather … Continue reading

Celtic Connections

While a number of published works approach the shared concerns of Ireland and Scotland, no major volume has offered a sustained and up-to-date analysis of the cultural connections between the two, despite the fact that these border crossings continue to be politically suggestive. The current collection addresses this area of comparative critical neglect, focusing on … Continue reading

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