Kelman, Suspicion and the Fantasy of Homeland Security

At the risk of blowing my own cover, James Kelman doesn’t really belong in the company of spies, murder and intrigue in this issue of The Bottle Imp. In fact, he defines his work against the phony excitements of genre fiction: I think the most ordinary person’s life is fairly dramatic; all you’ve got to do […]

Scottish Literature, Devolution, and the Fetish of Representation

In October 2013 I received a flurry of messages informing me that James Kelman had changed his position on Scottish independence. (Big news in my world.) Speaking at the Radical Book Fair in Edinburgh, Kelman was quoted as follows: No, I’m not voting. I’m in solidarity with those who want to change things by voting Yes […]


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