Notes from the Basement – 2 March 2021

  02 Mar '21   |  Posted by: Birlinn
Tuesday, March 2nd, 2021
It’s Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day is coming up… next week, on March 8. Rosemary Goring’s anthology, Scotland: Her Story, is the essential guide and we’ll be sharing extracts throughout March. 

First up, Janice Galloway’s powerful account of reading and writing, ‘Who do you think you are?

’Another unstoppable woman, Jenny Lecoat continues her march up the New York Times bestseller list. The Girl from the Channel Islands (known on these islands as Hedy’s War) is now at No. 8. | [NYT]

To celebrate your nearest and dearest, Mother’s Day follows on March 14th. We’ve put together a collection of gift ideas here and added a special discount.

Thursday is World Book Day and there’s a packed programme of online events and activities to encourage reading in kids of all ages. This may be the year for the shyer amongst us to dress as our favourite literary character while WFH. | [World Book Day]

As if there weren’t enough banner celebrations this month, here we are in British Pie Week. Sweet, savoury, pastry- or potato-topped, there’s a pie for everyone. Claire Macdonald’s Game Cookbook has this gem, along with a puff for Bell’s pastry (the butteriest best).

An early review for Andrew Painting’s Regeneration is in, from Mark Avery’s blog Standing up for Nature. It is full of thoughtful observations and reasons to relish this book about conservation work on Mar Lodge Estate in the Cairngorms. | []

This piece in the Guardian about winter hiking reminded us of Mike Cawthorne’s Walking Through Shadows, a journey into a winter wilderness in search of hope and healing. | [Guardian]

The wait is over for getting your hands on a copy of Patrick Laurie’s memoir about farming the Galloway hills – Native was published in paperback yesterday.

We’ve put together a collection of ‘further reading’ for folk who’ve been enjoying the plethora of TV travelogue shows in recent months. From Paul Murton, to Sue Lawrence and Brigid Benson, these books are essential companions for trip planning or armchair travel.

Cannae sleep? Michael Pedersen captures that feeling so well in this week’s poem from his collection, Oyster.

Alexander McCall Smith talks light relief and his new Professor von Igelfeld novel, Your Inner Hedgehog, in this interview.  | [Sunday Post]

Keep washing your hands, and March forth!

Team Birlinn 
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