ED2011 Book Reviews

The New Scottish Writing – How Fact And Fiction Influence Our Understanding Of Ourselves (Edinburgh International Book Festival / Open University)

By | Published on Wednesday 31 August 2011

Three major Scottish literary figures – Alan Taylor, Louise Welsh, and Sophie Cooke – discussed a myriad of topics: Welsh touched on the variety contained in this country, noting that the accents and landscape change every forty miles, while Cooke suggested factors that lend a distinctive shape to Scottish literature – this includes socioeconomic status; although many English ‘Best Young Writers’ come from state schools and Oxbridge, that is not the case up here. Taylor added a theory about the Scottish attitude of mind, formed by geography, education, and the religious atmosphere. Much more could have been said, but of course, one could spend days hashing out the nuances without scratching the surface – which is, surely, one of the strengths of Scottish literature itself.

ScottishPower Studio Theatre, 28 Aug, 5.00pm (6.00pm), £8.00 – £10.00, bfpp52.