Get a SHIFT On

By Cal McGregor Poetry has long had a special place in Scottish culture. Anywhere that can hold Tom Leonard, Kathleen Jamie and Ivor Cutler in one hand and Don Paterson, Jenni Fagan and Roddy Lumsden in the other, can’t doing… Read More ›

Book of the Day

A Bird is  Not a Stone Edited by Henry Bell and Sarah Irving (Freight Books, Glasgow) is the first major collection of contemporary Palestinian poetry translated by some of Scotland’s finest writers and poets. As the stench of Faragism still… Read More ›

I Shall Vote No

[After Christopher Logue, I Shall Vote Labour (1966)] By A.R. Frith I shall vote No because, without Westminster, We’d never have got rid of the Poll Tax I shall vote No because eight hundred thousand Scots live in England, and… Read More ›


  Listen up Uncle Sam’s Auntie’s back in town; Get on message (you can forget Plan B) Wake up and smell whatever’s going down: Close your eyes – tastes just like W.M.D. Better Together with Land of the Free Empirically… Read More ›

Neu! Reekie! #23

    Aside from Bella Caledonia an arts project I’m heavily involved with is Neu! Reekie!  Neu! Reekie! is a monthly anti-cabaret now based at Edinburgh’s Summerhall arts complex.  The Neu! Reekie! ‘happenings’ on the last Friday of each month… Read More ›

Not Burns

By Dougie Strang Last month the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum was officially opened by the First Minister and by Liz Lochhead, our new Scots Makar.  Earlier, it had opened to the public on the 1st of December 2010. There’s a hard… Read More ›

So now begin

Open the doors! Light of the day, shine in; light of the mind, shine out! We have a building which is more than a building. There is a commerce between inner and outer, between brightness and shadow, between the world… Read More ›