Mick Kitson’s debut novel Sal, out this March from Canongate, tells the story of eponymous teenager Salmarina, who after enduring years of abuse by her mother’s boyfriend is forced to take matters into her own hands when he threatens her younger sister, Peppa. She must stop him and flee and, at all costs, she and Peppa must stay together. The book follows the girls’ flight into the depths of the Galloway forest park. Kitson’s spare, McCarthyesque prose tugs the reader along with highly textured procedural details; the making of a camp, the building of a shelter, the gutting of an animal–or a man.Read More
Taupe describe themselves thusly: “a Newcastle-upon-Tyne based trio specialising in razor-sharp polyrhythmic play, exploratory improvisation and raw, high energy live performance.” In person, they’re a spare, suburban-looking three piece group, led by Jamie Stockbridge on the sax, with Mike Parr Burman and Adam Stapleford on guitar and drums. They played Edinburgh’s Jazz bar to a gradually thickening Thursday-night crowd, ending their set with a packed house.Read More
A haunted pub, a series of mysterious deaths that may be linked, and one long night; Vaults is a one-act play by actor and playwright Jonathan Whiteside, performed in situ at locations where ghosts are said to walk. This year it was the vaults beneath Edinburgh’s Banshee Labyrinth, but in 2018 Vaults will be touring at the Withorn Crypts.Read More
Kaite Welsh is the author of The Wages of Sin (2017, Tinder Press), a historical crime novel following the exploits of Sarah Gilchrist, a medical student with a murky past. When Sarah believes one of her patients, a prostitute, has been murdered, she knows she is the only one willing to discover the killer. She must navigate the highest echelons of Edinburgh society and the depths of its slums, facing mockery, violence and misogyny along the way, before she can solve the crime.Read More
Saturday’s talk was a conversation between Paul Beatty, author of Man Booker prizewinning satire The Sellout, and Ethan Canin, author of A Doubter’s Almanac, chaired by Daniel Gray. Both books feature unconventional, even problematic, scientists and father figures, and both are set in California. It was a bit jarring to me, as a Californian, to find myself listening to two of my countrymen discussing works set there at such a remove.Read More
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