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From the archives: Tom Adair reviews Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh

This review originally appeared in Scotland on Sunday on 5 September 1993

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Scottish author Jenny Colgan. Picture: Graham Jepson.

Scots author Jenny Colgan quits Twitter after Nadiya Hussain backlash

Scottish ‘chick-lit’ author Jenny Colgan has deleted her Twitter account after a review she wrote of Great British Bake Off star Nadiya Hussain’s debut novel received a fierce backlash.

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Pupils from Dyke Primary School in Moray feature in Tatler magazine. Picture: Contributed

Society mag Tatler puts Moray primary in ‘top school’ list

TOP society magazine The Tatler has picked a Highland primary school as one of the best in the UK.

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Jason Donald PIC: Des Smith

Book review: Dalila, by Jason Donald

Attempt to give asylum seeker a voice rings false

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Wioletta Greg PIC: Izabella Banaszkiewicz

Book review: Swallowing Mercury, by Wioletta Greg

Poet digs deep to reveal strata of human history

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Nan Shepherd

Ascent to greatness: the charmed afterlife of Nan Shepherd

Unassuming and largely unrecognised during her lifetime, Nan Shepherd is finally being acclaimed for her literary legacy – and her books are influencing a whole new generation of writers

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Mind the (myth) gap: a Polar bear walking on sea ice in the Arctic

Book review: The Myth Gap, by Alex Evans

Alex Evans says it is going to take more than mere facts and arguments to change the world’s attitude to climate change. He’s probably right

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Ian Rankin will be touring the world to celebrate 30 years of John Rebus in 2017.

Ian Rankin lifts lid on plans for his first 'RebusFest'

Ian Rankin has unveiled plans for his first ever “RebusFest” to mark 30 years of his best-selling novels.
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Paolo Lemos Horta

Book review: Marvellous Thieves, by Paulo Lemos Horta

The labyrinthine account of how Arabian Nights reached an international audience reveals it as a truly postmodern classic, writes Stuart Kelly

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Jason Donald PIC: Des Smith

Ones to watch in 2017: author Jason Donald

Witnessing the disturbing similarities between the plight of asylum seekers in Glasgow and apartheid-era South Africa prompted Jason Donald to write his powerful new novel

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Brian Conaghan, whose book The Bombs That Brought Us Together has won the Costa Children's Book Award. Picture: Ben Turner

Scots writer Brian Conaghan wins Costa Children’s Book Award

A former apprentice painter who was rejected hundreds of times by publishers has won a coveted literary award for a novel inspired partly by the tensions of the Scottish Referendum.

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J.K. Rowling said Donald Trump put 'valued institutions in potential jeopardy'. Picture: Dan Hallman/AP

JK Rowling brands Donald Trump a ‘bigot’

One of the world’s most successful authors has branded the president-elect of the United States a “bigot” in a passionate defence of free speech.

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Sheena Mackay PIC: Copyright Graham Jepson/Writer Pictures

2017 Arts Preview - The Year Ahead in Books

Murder stalks the publishers’ 2017 catalogues. They know that crime pays

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Poet Kevin Williamson of Neu! Reekie!

Scot:Lands reviews - Sorley:Land | Wig:Land | Mountain Thyme:Land

On the screen, a giant image of Alexander Moffat’s legendary 1980 group portrait of eight great Scottish poets in an Edinburgh pub; and on stage, a series of much younger poets performing the work of the greats in the portrait. When I arrive at the Roxy, there’s Janette Ayachi raising the spirit of Edwin Morgan with his great love poem, Strawberries; then there’s Peter Mackay performing Sorley McLean, Kevin Williamson with Sidney Goodsir Smith’s brilliantly timely Year Of The Crocodile, and an inspired Iona Lee giving a spellbinding performance of George Mackay Brown’s Beachcomber.

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Dublin during the events of the Easter Rising in 1916. Picture: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Memoirs of Scots sniper during Easter Rising to be published

The memoirs of a Scottish woman who played a key role in the Easter Rising that was to eventually lead to Irish independence have been published almost a century after she wrote them.

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The latest annuals from Oor Wullie and The Broons were included in the top 10. Picture: Alan Rennie

Amazon reveals 10 most popular Scottish Christmas gifts

The Broons and Oor Wullie 2017 annuals have made it into Amazon’s list of ten most popular Christmas presents purchased in Scotland.

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Watership Down author Richard Adams has died aged 96. Picture: PA

Richard Adams, Watership Down author, dies aged 96

Watership Down author Richard Adams has died aged 96, a statement on the book’s official website has said.

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Amy Liptrot

Stuart Kelly on the year in books

From the stooshie over the Booker to some unforgettable festival readings, it’s been an invigorating 12 months

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Amy Liptrot

The best travel books of 2016

The pick of this year’s travel books take readers to some fascinating places

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Bruce Springsteen plays The River Tour '16 at Hampden Park, Glasgow PIC: Greg Macvean

Aidan Smith: The best music books of 2016

In the interests of suspense I’ve created my own personal Hit Parade of the best music books of 2016, and straight in at No 10…

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