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‘Major Barbara’ by George Bernard Shaw

It is the Undershaft inheritance. I shall hand on my torch to my daughter. She shall make my converts and preach my gospel – George Bernard Shaw is rarely easy and never simple. He continually pushed boundaries and tested limits, and his 1905 play ‘Major Barbara’ is no exception. Set against the backdrop of Edwardian … Continue reading

5 Books . . . To Put A Little Magic In Your Life

The nights are drawing in and the days have grown cold, so let TTR’s top five Magical Realism books brightened up your Winter . . . Sexing the Cherry by Jeanette Winterson Set in the 17th century, this is a story about love and sex; lies and truths; and twelve dancing princesses who lived happily … Continue reading

‘Journey by Moonlight’ by Antal Szerb

Some weeks ago, whilst pulling more books I don’t have time to read out of the library, I happened to glance up and notice this novel. It was the author’s name that caught my eye. I’m a sucker for foreign or unusual sounding names. I had until that point never heard of Antal Szerb, or … Continue reading

J. C. Conway on Science Fiction and studying the craft of writing

The blogsphere is literally exploding with talented writers and poets, very few of whom get the attention they deserve. INTERVIEWS will introduce you to a new generation of writers and thinkers. So watch this space, who knows what you’ll find . . . Science Fiction, fantasy and romance writer J. C. Conway talks about military … Continue reading

‘The History of Mr Polly’ by H.G. Wells

Have you ever had that moment? You might be sitting at your desk, cooking tea for your kids, driving to work – and suddenly you think ‘Is this it? Is this all there is?’ It is at this precise moment that we crash land into the life of one Mr. Alfred Polly: draper, dreamer and … Continue reading

‘Haroun and the Sea of Stories’ by Salman Rushdie

The last time I encountered Salman Rushdie’s work it was in the form of ‘Midnight’s Children‘. I was immediately struck by his vivacity of language. Six hundred pages on however, I was decidedly less enthralled. Its textual aesthetics struggled to carry me over its sheer scale and by the time I reached the last page I … Continue reading

Budding Writer: Rebecca Sweeney

Welcome to the Budding Writers Series. Here you will find interviews with budding writers in and around Edinburgh. Its purpose is not only to highlight the amazing literary potential within the city, but also to give advice and inspiration to other new writers. Meet our next Budding Writer, Rebecca Sweeney. Currently studying English Literature and … Continue reading

The Budding Writer: Jennifer Hayward

Welcome to the first of (hopefully) many interviews with budding writers in and around Edinburgh. Their purpose is not only to highlight the amazing literary potential within the city, but also to give advice (new writer-to-new writer) to other budding writers. First in line is literature student, Jennifer Hayward. Currently studying at the University of … Continue reading

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