Voices from Modern Literary Glasgow: ‘Buddha Da’ and ‘Psychoraag’

Anne Donovan’s Buddha Da (Canongate, 2003) and Suhayl Saadi’s Psychoraag (Black & White, 2004) are two novels set in multicultural, twenty-first century Glasgow. Buddha Da tells the story of the events that befall Jimmy, his wife Liz and their daughter Anne-Marie when he discovers Buddhism, and Psychoraag explores the life of Zaf, a Glaswegian DJ whose parents immigrated to Britain from […]

Scots Word of the Season: Gloaming

gloaming n. evening twilight, dusk; (less commonly) morning twilight, dawn Gloaming seemed an apt choice for this issue, now that the nights are fair drawin in. Yet the word is by no means restricted to couthy remarks. Ian Banks refers to ‘the calm summer gloaming’ in The Crow Road (1992) and Matthew Fitt describes a place ‘wi nae […]

The Scots Continuum and Descriptive Linguistics

There is a tendency to talk about ‘Scots’ and ‘Scottish English’ as though these two entities were somehow clearly delineated and neatly identifiable, but on closer examination the situation can appear less clear-cut. For this and other reasons, Scots has often been conceived of as a language continuum that reaches from Broad Scots to Scottish […]

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