Posted by: scottishwriters | December 14, 2017

On the seventh day of Christmas, the SWC gave to me…

…Seven book-to-TV adaptations

 

In the latest 12 Days of Christmas post from the Scottish Writers’ Centre, SWC’s Digital Media Officer Jessie Docherty shares her favourite book-to-TV adaptations. Read More…

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Posted by: scottishwriters | December 12, 2017

On the sixth day of Christmas, the SWC gave to me…

…Six literary Instagram accounts

 

If you’re a fan of beautiful books and aesthetically pleasing photos, then look no further than #bookstagram. This Instagram phenomenon – which boasts nearly 16 million photos attached to its hashtag – is a celebration of literature in all its forms and a reminder that the so-called convenience of e-books and Kindles will never drive physical books out of business. With everything from #shelfies (photos of carefully arranged bookshelves, for the uninitiated) to in-depth book reviews; posts revelling in quaint bookshops to piles of unread books that are just waiting to be tackled, there’s something for every book-lover out there. Here are some of SWC’s favourites!

 

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Posted by: scottishwriters | December 10, 2017

On the fifth day of Christmas, the SWC gave to me…

…Five Animals in Literature

 

As far back as the Garden of Eden, literature has often measured its characters through their relationships with animals. From Smaug the Dragon to Winnie the Pooh, animals have featured in fiction, often as some of our most memorable characters, and even as protagonists themselves. Here, the Scottish Writers’ Centre presents five animals who help shape the stories in which they appear. Read More…

Posted by: scottishwriters | December 8, 2017

On the fourth day of Christmas, the SWC gave to me…

…Four authors who illustrate their own books

 

Continuing our SWC Christmas recommendations, we’ve put together a list of writers who also illustrate their work. Whether it’s fiction, fantasy, poetry or children’s literature you’re after, we’ve got you covered. After all, who doesn’t love books with pictures in them?

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Posted by: scottishwriters | December 6, 2017

On the third day of Christmas, the SWC gave to me…

… Three Scottish Crime Books

Everyone knows somebody who loves a good crime thriller, and Christmas is the perfect time to start thinking about giving the person you love a book about gruesome murder. It might be to do with all the red decorations, or watching people brutally rip apart crackers but whatever the case might be, people love crime novels at this time of year. Below are some of my favourites from this year, to give you some inspiration for your homicidal holiday shopping! Read More…

Posted by: scottishwriters | December 4, 2017

On the second day of Christmas, the SWC gave to me…

… Twa Bubblyjocks (and the trimmings)

As someone who works for the Scottish Writers’ Centre, I don’t think it would come to a shock to anyone to find out I love books. In fact, if you are reading this post, I imagine you quite like books as well, so I am in good company. However, the sort of book I love the most, more than a pamphlet of poetry or a serialised sci-fi, is a cookery book. In fact, my cookery book collection has expanded so much since my first purchase (a Nigella Lawson classic), they now have their own bookcase in the kitchen. I have books dedicated to spices, authentic Mexican cooking (a lot more insects than I first expected), and two Jewish cookery books from a time where I was searching for the perfect matzah ball soup recipe. The cookbooks I hunt for the most, however, are those inspired by Scotland. I long to find out how to make the perfect haggis, or a clootie dumplin that can rival that of the one my aunt makes (since I have yet to weasel the recipe from her). So far I have two, detailed below, and while this post is meant to entertain you it is also a call to arms. If you have your own favourite Scottish cookbooks, for the love of stovies share them in the comments! And since this post needs to be festive in some way, rather than inspired by my hunger, we will be looking at the most Christmassy recipes I could think of… Roast turkey, and its perfect partner, stuffing.

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Posted by: scottishwriters | December 2, 2017

On the first day of Christmas, the SWC gave to me…

….An interview with Jean Rafferty

 

To kick off the SWC’s Christmas celebrations – and to ensure all of our lovely SWC members are excited for our next brilliant event on Tuesday – we have an interview with talented novelist, journalist and founder of peace charity Dove Tales, Jean Rafferty! Read on to find out more about her interest in the dark side of life, how journalism has influenced her novels and her favourite writers…

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Posted by: scottishwriters | November 30, 2017

Dias de los Muertos

On the 2nd of November, the Scottish Writers’ Centre hosted their third annual ‘Dias de los Muertos’. Following the Mexican tradition for the ‘Day of the Dead’, we had an evening of poetry dedicated to those who are no longer with us. The night was held in partnership with Dovetales, a Scottish charity organization which seeks to promote peace and understanding through art and writing. The night was hosted by Liz Niven, a Scottish poet with a special interest in looking at the history and experiences of other countries through a Scottish perspective. Liz is also known for exploring the ways in which people rebuild their lives when they have been drastically altered or devastated.

The primary focus of this year’s event was to honour those who have died as a result of war or conflict, specifically the current humanitarian crisis in Yemen. Since 2015 Yemen has been in the grip of a brutal civil war which has left the population decimated, with little hope of resolve. Dovetales is part of a wider movement urging an enquiry into the situation in Yemen, with regards to the numerous violations of human rights law which have occurred there. The evening was divided into two sections: the first consisted of readings from several poets with direct links to organizations promoting peace and justice, both in Yemen and elsewhere in the world. The second section consisted of an open mic night where poets and prose writers were free to read their own works on the theme of remembrance.

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Posted by: scottishwriters | November 24, 2017

#SWCRED pitch competition winner announced!

One month ago today, the Scottish Writers’ Centre and Red Squirrel Press ran a competition for writers to tweet us their pitches using the hashtag #SWCRED, with the hopes of getting their work published. We had some amazing entries, and it was hard work cutting down the first lot of pitches. Then a few weeks ago, Sheila from Red Squirrel Press had the even harder task of picking her winner. While she wants all those who submitted to know how stunning their pitches were, she was swept away by the winner, whose submission she describes as “tailor-made” for her!

So, without further delay, the winner of #SWCRED’s pitch competition is… just a click away!

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Posted by: scottishwriters | November 13, 2017

Top 10 Literary Glasgow… Continued

A couple of years ago, we published one of our most successful blog posts ever, Top 10 Literary Glasgow, in which we celebrated the vibrant and exciting literary scene in Glasgow. A lot has changed since then, but our love of literature in Glasgow certainly hasn’t diminished. Check out our list of some more of our favourite literary ventures in our beloved city, compiled by SWC’s Literary Editor Rachel Walker.

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