“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.
“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.
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“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 bookblast.com
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. The interview begins at 1:19:18. Available here.
“… 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.
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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
Sunday Times features articles on Sara Trevelyan
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.