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Scottish Book Trust, the national charity changing lives through reading and writing, is delighted to announce that the four Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowships for 2018 have been awarded to Jenni Fagan, David Keenan, Theresa Muñoz and Shane Strachan. The Fellowship was initiated in 1994 by Franki Fewkes, a Scottish Robert… read more >>

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Bookbug Week 2018 – the annual celebration of Scotland’s national book-gifting programme and Song and Rhyme Sessions is run by Scottish Book Trust, and is back this year with hundreds of free events for children and babies across the country. This year’s theme is ‘Bookbug’s Friends’ and events will take… read more >>

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On 29th April, the Government of Japan announced that Professor Emeritus Alan Spence of the University of Aberdeen would be awarded an Order of the Rising Sun. Professor Spence introduced Japanese sensibilities, including those of seasonality, through his work of haiku and lectures at universities, thereby contributing to the promotion… read more >>

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Hidden Door is returning to Leith, Edinburgh this year from 25 May – 3 Jun, with its 10-day multi-arts festival showcasing the work of emerging creatives in Scotland. Hidden Door is a not-for-profit, volunteer-run multi-arts festival transforming disused spaces in Edinburgh into temporary new and exciting places to discover and… read more >>

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The shortlist for the £25,000 Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction 2018 was announced today, with six books chosen from a previous longlist of thirteen. The six-book shortlist is:  Manhattan Beach  Jennifer Egan (Corsair)  Sugar Money  Jane Harris (Faber) Grace  Paul Lynch (Oneworld) The Wardrobe Mistress  Patrick McGrath (Hutchinson) Miss Boston and Miss… read more >>

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Edinburgh-based author Aileen Paterson, who has died aged 83, became one of Scotland’s best-loved children’s writers and illustrators through her stories of the adventures of the ‘the best-kent Kitty in Scotland’, Maisie Mackenzie. Originally born in Fife, Burntisland, Aileen moved to Kirkcaldy as a child. Later on she settled in Edinburgh… read more >>

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Ljubljana UNESCO City of Literature is offering two one-month residencies for writers at the newly restored Svicarija/Swisshouse Creative Centre. It is open to published writers connected with any of the UNESCO Cities of Literature. Ljubljana, a UNESCO City of Literature since 2015 is running a new residency through September and… read more >>

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The shortlist for Britain’s oldest literary awards has been announced and features a fascinating blend of books by emerging talent and award winning authors. Biographies of HRH Princess Margaret – the Queen’s sister – and legendary boxer and activist Muhammad Ali are contenders for the James Tait Black Prizes. They feature… read more >>

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