Scotland Street in the Press

David Garyan interviews Jean Findlay, Head of Publishing at Scotland Street Press

David Garyan interviewed Scotland Street Press’ founder Jean Findlay about her new novel, The Hat Jewel, published in December 2021. Read the interview here.

“Rewriting Colonial Past Through Culture” An Interview with Bashabi Fraser, CBE

In the words of Bashabi Fraser, CBE, “When I moved to Scotland, I carried India with me, just as I had carried England back to India as a girl. The two nations have never left me and I guess that is why I find myself explaining one to the other and even catch myself defending one nation to the other.” In this interview Bashabi talks about her experience as a Scottish-Bengali poet and academic, exploring the themes of racism and integration. Bashabi has collaborated with artist Vibha Pankaj to publish a collection of poems and paintings, published by Scotland Street Press in July. Pre-order Patient Dignity here. To read the full article, follow this link.

Republic of Consciousness Prize 2021 (longlist). An Interview with Jean Findlay

Alindarka’s Children has been longlisted for the Republic of Consciousness Prize for 2021. In this interview, Jean Findlay, Head of Publishing at Scotland Street Press, discusses the journey of the novel from pitch, to translation, to publication. Read the full interview here.

Alindarka’s Children longlisted for the Republic of Consciousness Prize 2021

Click here to read more about the Republic of Consciousness Prize for Small Presses.

Belarusian Diary: “The Authorities threaten us, but we see they are afraid.”

Click here to read the new Financial Times article on Belarus.

Gerda Stevenson, Jackie Kay and Claire Brown in conversation at Makar2Makar.

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Janice Forsyth in conversation with Hamish MacDonald

Click the following here to listen to the conversation on BBC Radio Scotland.

“You would think a writer’s natural habitat would be hunched over a laptop at home, but for Hamish MacDonald every day he is out in the field or the forest drinking in the birdsong.”

– Margaret Chrystall, What’s On North

‘Hamish MacDonald’s love of birds takes wing in his new book of poems celebrating them in Scots’. Read the full article here.

“These publishers find those undiscovered gems and bring them to the world so we can enjoy contemporary literature that takes risks and reveals new insights about humanity.”

-Ezvid Wiki

Scotland Street Press has been included in the most recently published video wiki “Independent Book Publishers Producing Quality Literature” on Ezvid Wiki. Founded in 2011, Ezvid Wiki was the world’s first video wiki, and is now among the top 3,000 websites in the United States. Their YouTube channel has over 500,000 subscribers, with nearly 300 million views since founding.

“At a time when it seems as if a new mass shooting takes place in the US almost every day, the publication of Scottish writer Douglas Bruton’s Mrs Winchester’s Gun Club could hardly be more timely.”

-Jane Bradley, The Scotsman

Click here to read the full review.

“It’s time to protect books and those who create them … We all value books and their inspiring, civilizing effect on our lives but they are becoming cheapened and their creators impoverished.”

– “Taming the Selfish Giant” by Jean Findlay, Product Magazine

Click here to read the full article written by Jean Findlay, publisher at Scotland Street Press, where she argues for the protection of books and publishers.

“Scotland Street Press have produced a pocket inspiration for our impressions of Old Town and New. Everyone who loved Edinburgh will cherish this book.”

– A review of Aspects of Edinburgh by Donald Smith.

Edinburgh Old Town Association Newsletter August 2019 

People who know and love Edinburgh are often pushed onto the defensive, in the effort to protect our legacy. So, it is heartening to turn the pages of this perceptive and finely realised response to the city’s beauty in poetry and drawing. Stewart Conn, Edinburgh’s first City Makar, provides visual poetry full of wry observation, precise evocation, and celebration. John Knight provides not illustrations, but a parallel response to the city that combines an exceptional eye for detail with scenic evocation. You can follow either path and interweave between the two.

At some points the two streams fully overlap, as at the Queen’s Hall – ‘She sits in the gallery, eyes closed, her sparse hair/ catching the light, head tilted as the melody soars.’ Accompanying this is a fine external representation of the spire, between the trees of the Meadows, Southside flats and Arthur’s Seat beyond. Both artists catch Edinburgh in mood and season. ‘At heart she possesses/ a sliver of ice…’ writes Conn. The cover is a scenic panorama from Inverleith. Scotland Street Press have produced a pocket inspiration for our own impressions of Old Town and New. Everyone who loves Edinburgh will cherish this book.

Donald Smith

“The author’s voice is very distinctive. he has that rare ability to create a world which is recognisable and real but not quite like anywhere else.” A new review for Errant Blood by Kate Vane.

Follow the link to the full review by clicking here.

“From Corsets to Communism, life and times of Zofia Nałkowska”
Biography by Jenny Robertson

– A review by Tadek Wojewódka

Jenny Robertson’s recently published book tells of the life of an impoverished but talented woman, born in Warsaw in November 1884 into a Polish society, not only divested of its nationhood by neighbouring oppressors, but one that is male-dominated and conservative. In 1907, she spoke at the first Women’s Conference in Poland calling for sexual equality and yet, as her life unfolds, this ambition remains unfulfilled through two marriages and a series of affairs in which she experiences unfaithfulness and betrayal, a theme explored in “Women” (1906) and  “Narcissa” (1910).

Nałkowska’s writings are drawn from her own life experiences during a period of violent upheaval – the First World War, Polish independence, the inter-war years, Nazi invasion and occupation, and a Communist regime. “Count Emil” (Hrabia Emil, 1920) sets a contemporary romance within a backdrop of the Polish-Russian conflict and addresses themes of war; “The Romance of Teresa Hennert” (Romans Teresy Hennert 1924) and “The Knots of Life” (Węzły Życia, 1948) presents criticism of Polish governments of the Second Polish Republic;   “Medallions” (Medaliony 1946), a collection of short stories, brings into focus the reality of the Nazi occupation.  

Nałkowska is known to generations of post war Polish secondary school students through the study of the set book “Boundary” (Granica 1935), her most acclaimed novel, set in Grodno in the Eastern borderlands (Kresy) for which she won the state prize in 1936.  However, her work fell out of favour and suffered criticism under the Communist regime which left her feeling that she had no further contribution to make to Polish literature.  She did not join the Communist party but, yet, was appointed to the Committee for the Investigation of Nazi War Crimes. Her life and work have become better known since the publication of her diaries in six volumes, the first of which was published in 1975 and the last in 2001.  She is the author of 15 novels, 11 collections of stories and three plays.

Jenny Robertson, author, poet and teacher, first had contact with “things Polish” as a schoolgirl, corresponding with a Polish lady in a displaced persons camp in Germany.  She graduated in Polish from Glasgow University and spent a post-graduate year in Warsaw. Since then she has developed an intense interest in Eastern Europe. She is author of books including, “War Hero Bear” (2014) about Wojtek the bear adopted by Polish soldiers during WWII, “Don’t go to Uncle’s Wedding” ( 2000) about the Holocaust and “From the Volga to the Clyde” (2014) a collection of true, thought-provoking stories.
Her output extends to some 40 titles for children as well as adults ranging from Bible stories to themes of mental health.

Highland Jaunt: An essay by author Rupert Wolfe-Murray in The Scottish Review of Books

Land Girl’s Tale by Mona MacLeod

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“It’s a novel about the human appetite for life, about the delight in sharing and companionship,…about heroic eccentricity versus agents of conformity.”
Review of Auntie Robbo 

Reviewed by Dr Nick Campbell on his blog The Impossible Library. Available here

“… fast-paced and entertaining topical satire…” Review of Fox in

Fox reviewed by Georgia DC on BookBlast. Available here.

Raddlesham Mumps on the Air

Ana Matronic in conversation with Murray Lachlan Young and Julie Verhoeven on BBC Radio 2.

“… a tale that will haunt readers…” Review of Black Snow Falling  in The Scotsman

Black Snow Falling reviewed by Beth Goodyear in her teen fiction round up. Available here.

L.J. MacWhirter’s Guest Blog on The History Girls – The Importance of Libraries

Black Snow Falling author L. J. MacWhirter discusses the importance of libraries. Available here.

Alan Taylor about A Large Czesław Miłosz With a Dash of Elvis Presley by Tania Skarynkina.

“She writes as if penning a letter to a close friend, loosely, intimately, but never less than engagingly. One imagines she’d be fun over a drink or two.”
Full review available here.

PEN Award Winner

We’re amongst the winners of the English PEN award 2017 for translation for A Large Czesław Miłosz With a Dash of Elvis Presley by Tania Skarynkina. Page available here.

Find all the reviews for Black Snow Falling by L.J.MacWhirter following the links below!

Review of It Takes a Lifetime to Become Yourself

Scots Law and assisted dying researcher, Amanda-Jane Ward has written a very moving review of Kay Carmichael’s book It Takes a Lifetime to Become Yourself. Full review available here: KCarmichaelReview

Scotland Street Press launches YA list

An article from The Bookseller announcing the start of Scotland Street Press’s Young Adult list with L. J. MacWhirter’s Black Snow Falling. Available here.

Article on A Land Girl’s Tale

A lovely article from The Drummond Civic Association on Mona Macleod’s A Land Girl’s Tale.

You can find an extract from their newsletter available here.

Goodbye to all that: one man’s story of facing up to death

A moving and courageous extract from Don’t Look Down where Roger Chisholm discusses facing the end of his life. Available here.

Don’t Look Down featured in The Scotsman

Roger Chisholm’s new book featured in The Scotsman. Article available here.

Mona McLeod interviewed by the BBC World Service

Full interview available here.

Reviews of Errant Blood in Scots Whay Hae! and Undiscovered Scotland

Glowing review of Errant Blood in Scots Whay Hae! Full post available here.

Very first review of Errant Blood available here.

Article on STV News about Sara Trevelyan

Sara Trevelyan on her life with Glasgow gangster Jimmy Boyle. Full article available here. (5.3.2017)

Sara Trevelyan interviewed by BBC Radio Scotland

Listen to Sara Trevelyan’s interview on BBC iPlayer. Starts at 1:42:45. Available here.

BBC Timeline interviews Sara Trevelyan

Watch Sara Trevelyan’s interview on BBC iPlayer. Stars at 7:40.  Available here.

Articles in the Herald Magazine about Sara Trevelyan

Freedom Found: Sara Trevelyan on her life with Jimmy Boyle (25.2.2017)

I met Moors murderer Myra Hindley but we didn’t dwell on violent past, says former wife of Jimmy Boyle (25.2.2017)

‘A combination of derring-do and naivety’. Nine Months in Tibet, by Rupert Wolfe Murray (10.9.2016)

Sunday Times features articles on Sara Trevelyan

Feature: A marriage made in prison and ended in solitude (26.2.2017)

News: Boyle’s ex wife in prison plea (26.2.2017)

Review of ANT in Times Literary Supplement

Full article available here.

Review of 9 Months in Tibet in The Press and Journal and Reviewsphere

Reviewsphere article available here.

The Press full article available here.