‘The White Stag Adventure’ by Rennie McOwan

Like Light on Dumyat, the first novel in Rennie McOwan’s series, The White Stag Adventure, re-issued by Rowan Tree in a new paperback edition in November 2017, is a thoroughgoing adventure story in the best tradition of Enid Blyton’s adventurous and resourceful Five and Seven, minus the very English middle-class notions and the lashings of […]

‘Every Short Story 1951-2012’ by Alasdair Gray

For those who are already familiar with Alasdair Gray’s short stories, this is a collection to be prized and rejoiced in; dipped into or read from cover to cover chronologically; explored and pored over. Almost every page reveals an unexpected delight of lexicon, illustration or typographical embellishment (sometimes all three together), and even the gloriously […]

‘Cosmotopia: Transnational Identities in David Greig’s Theatre’ edited by Anja Müller and Clare Wallace

This is, as the blurb informs us, ‘the first sustained and multifocal analysis of [Greig’s] work with a collection of twelve original scholarly essays and a specially commissioned interview with the author…’ Given that Greig has been writing and directing since the early 1990s, and has been commissioned by national theatres such as The Royal […]

‘The Lamplighter’ by Jackie Kay

This is a slim volume with a huge content. In a poetic chorale of individual, distinctive female voices, Jackie Kay’s first play creates the world of the slave from capture in the African village through the appalling sea journeys to the markets and then to the sugar plantations of the West Indies. The style is deliberately non-naturalistic, […]

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