The New Orkney Language Literature

“Orkney Library and Archive, Kirkwall” by summonedbyfells is licensed under CC BY 2.0 For a small place, Orkney has produced an extraordinary literature. Simon W. Hall’s 2010 study, The History of Orkney Literature, which won the Saltire Society First Book Award that year, drew a magisterial line from the sagas through modernism to the contemporary […]

Scotland’s Fantasies of Postcolonialism

During the 2014 Referendum, I remember the repeated assertion — in tweets, columns and books — of the normality and ordinariness of Scottish independence. If a people and the land they live on are a nation, then the default state for that nation should be statehood.  These arguments persist forward and backward in time: in […]


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