Notes from the Basement – 9 March 2021

  09 Mar '21   |  Posted by: Birlinn
Tuesday, March 9th, 2021

The second of our extracts from Scotland: Her Story in Women’s History Month tells the inspirational story of Ayrshire’s Rose Reilly, whose dream of playing for Celtic was thwarted because she was a lassie. She made a stellar career in international football nevertheless. 

Ahead of Mother’s Day on Sunday 14th, Matt Hopwood’s collection of gathered stories, Mother: A Human Love Storyis a richly varied compendium of different experiences of motherhood. Read an extract here.

There’s still time to choose the perfect book-gift in our Mother’s Day sale

Stand aside, Prometheus. Roseanne Watt rewrites myth Shetland-style in her poem ‘Kishie Wife’ from her acclaimed 2019 collection Moder Dy. Both film-poem and book-poem are here. Roseanne is appearing at STAnza, the St Andrews poetry festival, on Saturday. The online event, ‘Beyond Any Curtain’, is a creative collaboration with Ukrainian poets Myroslav Laiuk and Lyuba Yakimchuk, and fellow Scottish poet Andrew Blair. Expect many languages and scintillating fun. 

STAnza also brings you poet Andrew Greig reading from Later That Day as part of Hugh McMillan’s ‘A Plague of Poems’. These two sonnets are part of a sequence about musician Jimmy Shand. Get your dancing shoes on. | [STAnza]

Birling back into the past, Alistair Dalton reviewed Old Ways New Roads in the Scotsman, and pointed out some rather racy satirical prints of Regency ladies on tour with spyglasses. | [Scotsman] 

Saturday 13th March marks the 80th anniversary of the devastating Clydebank Blitz. John Macleod, author of River of Fire, wrote about the horrifying loss of life, destruction and its aftermath here. | [Sunday Post]

Still on the Firth of Clyde, Trevor Royle’s Facing the Bear: Scotland and the Cold War, features in this fascinating BBC article about the establishment of the US naval base on the Holy Loch sixty years ago. | [BBC]

ITV’s DNA Journey returns on Thursday for a full series, with celebrities including Romesh Ranganathan, Amanda Holden, and Freddie Flintoff. Alistair Moffat, who wrote the book on how cutting-edge science can unravel history in the most personal way, is an architect of the series. | [ITV]

And, on late night, Ben Thomson, author of Scottish Home Rule: The Answer to Scotland’s Constitutional Question, will be a panellist on Debate Night with Stephen Jardine, on Wednesday 10th at 10.30pm on BBC One Scotland, BBC Scotland and BBC Radio Scotland | [BBC] 

Ca’ canny, 
Team Birlinn
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