Tag Archives: Scotland

Remembering Alasdair Gray

Artistic blooms tend to be triggered by seismic technological or political change. Where the first Scottish literary “renaissance” arrived as the result of the brutal shock to romantic sentiments the First World War had dealt, a new flurry of writing … Continue reading

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I do not mean our political and civil liberties. They will endure. […] The threat is nearly invisible in ordinary ways. It is a crisis of confidence. It is a crisis that strikes at the very heart and soul and … Continue reading

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The man o’ independent mind: who was Robert Burns?

Robert Burns is the National Poet of Scotland – a phrase I use to introduce the most important figure of Scottish literature. This led, after about the third repetition to the question of: Why does not England then have a … Continue reading

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Opposites Album Review

Biffy Clyro are an alternative rock band from Kilmarnock. They comprise of Simon Neil, the principal songwriter, on guitar and vocals and twins Ben and James Johnston on drums and bass respectively. Their musical style involves a lot of stop … Continue reading

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