Available on the St Magnus Festival website: Gerda Stevenson’s film of writer George Mackay Brown’s play, created in lockdown in 2021 by members of the cast on their mobile phones, with additional footage by Fionn McArthur.

A powerful & poetic piece, the drama presents the lives, anxieties, regrets, fears & memories of women as they they deal with the waiting & the aftermath of a storm with all their men at sea.

6 hours ago

Mirror, mirror on the wall
show me in succession all
my faces, that I may view
and choose which I would like as true…

—“Through the Looking Glass”, by Veronica Forrest-Thomson (1947–1975) – born , 28 November

8 hours ago

“The magic for me growing up was that, behind closed doors, there were these interesting, eccentric characters. They were doing strange and fascinating things – in Airdrie. Think about that: how hard it must have been to be Iggy Pop here. Harder than being Iggy Pop wherever the real one was hanging out.”

THIS IS MEMORIAL DEVICE author David Keenan on growing up in Airdrie, & why small towns should be loved & cherished more


1 day ago

Starting on BBC Radio 4 tonight – a new adaptation of Dorothy Emily Stevenson’s 1934 novel MISS BUNCLE’S BOOK

As the ripples from the Great Depression reach a cosy English village, Barbara Buncle finds an inventive way to supplement her meagre income. Life in Silverstream will never be the same once Barbara Buncle’s thinly fictionalised novel lays bare the life, loves & eccentricities of her neighbours…

1 day ago

So on the bus through late November running,
by yellow lights tormented, darkness falling,
the two girls sang for miles and miles together…

—Iain Crichton Smith, “Two Girls Singing”
Published in DEER ON THE HIGH HILLS, ed. by John Greening (Carcanet 2021)

2 days ago

“Scottishness is not some pedigree lineage. This is a mongrel tradition!”

William McIlvanney (1936–2015) – author & poet (& provider, at a rally in Edinburgh in 1992, of our profile header, as quoted in Neal Ascherson’s STONE VOICES) – was born , 25 November
A 🎂 🧵

3 days ago

New Writing Scotland seeks a new co-editor for English- & Scots-language work. Applicants should be currently based in Scotland & have a strong publishing record, with a focus on poetry. Post is up to 3 years: stipend £1500 per issue

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4 days ago

Oot behind a lorry,
Peyin nae heed,
Ablow a doubledecker,
A poor wean deid…

—James Copeland (1918–2002), “Black Friday”

Actor & writer James Gordon Copeland’s much-anthologised “Black Friday” packs tragedy, compassion, & a sense of close community into nine short verses

4 days ago

Wha’s Doctor Wha? Wha better kens nor he
that jouks the yetts and rides the birlin wheels
o time and space, shape-shiftin as he reels
through endless versions o reality? …

First published in Where Rockets Burn Through (ed. Russell Jones, 2012). In 2018, to maintain synchronicity with the time vortex, James Robertson reversed the polarity of the pronoun flow in the poem’s final line


5 days ago

The City is of Night; perchance of Death…

James “B.V.” Thomson (1834–1882) – poet, journalist, translator, anarchist, atheist – was born , 23 Nov, in Port Glasgow. Best known for his long poem THE CITY OF DREADFUL NIGHT, he influenced TS Eliot & is seen as a progenitor of

5 days ago

Making a Collective Poem

Severe weather unfortunately prevented Kathleen Jamie from attending our Schools Conference in October – but to make up for it she & the good folks at the Scottish Poetry Library have created this video about how to make a collective poem in the classroom

November 22, 2023