The Fall at Home: New and Collected Aphorisms

On October 4th, Professor Don Paterson published The Fall at Home: New and Collected Aphorisms (Faber). The Spectator stated that ‘The Fall at Home offers the reader a bracing combination of the profound, the comic and the often hilariously self-revealing,’ while The Herald suggested that ‘this swirling stew of spontaneous thoughts offers an unguarded view … Read more

Lesley Glaister’s Aphra’s Child

Lesley Glaister’s YA novel Aphra’s Child, the first volume in the Chimera series, was published on October 24th. It is a magical, dark and timely novel about ‘othering’, resistance, and love. The book was launched with events at Blackwells in Edinburgh and Waterstones in Glasgow earlier in October.

Oliver Emanuel’s The 306: Dusk

The final instalment of Oliver Emanuel’s trilogy of plays about the 305 British soldiers executed for cowardice during the First World War premiered at the Perth Theatre in October. In a five-star review, The 306: Dusk was praised by The Stage as being ‘haunting and powerful’, and ‘providing a reminder of how little has changed … Read more

John Ashbery and Anglo-American Exchange: The Minor Eras

Oli Hazzard published a study of John Ashbery’s poetry, John Ashbery and Anglo-American Exchange: The Minor Eras (Oxford University Press). This book shows how the work of a major post-war American poet has been centrally concerned with questions of national identity and intercultural poetic exchange, by reading crucial episodes in Ashbery’s oeuvre in the context … Read more

When the Pips Stop

Oliver Emanuel interrupted The Archers on BBC Radio 4 with his play “When the Pips Stop” on Thursday 11 October – catch up on the BBC iPlayer Oliver says: “I heard a story that in the event of a nuclear attack on the UK, BBC Radio 4 will go off air. I thought this was a … Read more

Oliver Emanuel’s Flight

Oliver Emanuel’s Flight, an adaptation of Caroline Brothers’s novel Hinterland, was produced at the McKittrick Hotel in New York City earlier in the year. It is an immersive, sui generis piece, which requires the audience to wear headphones, and observe a series of tableaux which appear on a revolving carousel. It tells the story of … Read more

New Zinnie Harris production of The Duchess of Malfi

Professor Zinnie Harris is producing a new version of John Webster’s The Duchess of Malfi, to be premiered at the Lyceum in Edinburgh in 2019. Of the production, Harris said: ‘In this #MeToo age of feminist uprising in the face of toxic masculinity, now feels like the perfect time to revisit this incredible, brutal story … Read more

Don Paterson publishes The Poem: Lyric, Sign, Metre

On May 17th, Professor Don Paterson published his monumental study The Poem: Lyric, Sign, Metre (Faber). This work is a treatise on the art of poetry in three sections – one on lyric, the music of poetic speech; one on sign, and how poetry makes its unique kind of sense; and one on metre, the … Read more

Oli Hazzard’s second collection of poetry published

Oli Hazzard’s second collection of poetry, Blotter (Carcanet), was published in February. The book consists of five sequences, each constructed using a different process. In ‘Graig Syfyrddin’ notes on hillwalking in the Welsh marches – the poet’s former home – alternate with found text taken from an online walking forum. ‘Blotter’ is a shepherd’s calendar … Read more

John Burnside publishes On Henry Miller: Or, How to Be an Anarchist

On February 13th, John Burnside’s book On Henry Miller: Or, How to Be an Anarchist was published as part of Princeton University Press’s Writers on Writers series. Previous volumes in this series have included Colm Toibin’s On Elizabeth Bishop, and Alexander McCall Smith’s What W. H. Auden Can Do For You. Publisher’s Weekly stated that … Read more