Notes from the Basement – 23 March 2021

  23 Mar '21   |  Posted by: Birlinn
Tuesday, March 23rd, 2021
Allan Massie reviewed Andrew Painting’s Regeneration: The Rescue of a Wild Land, calling the writing ‘entrancing’ and praising it as an unflinching and thoughtful invitation to think about conservation and land use. | [Scotsman] 
Andrew will be talking about Regeneration and the Mar Lodge story in an online event for Sheffield Libraries’ ‘Hope Season’ on Thursday evening. Prepare to be entranced. 

Congratulations to erstwhile Birlinner Sally Pattle and the team at Far From the Madding Crowd Bookshop in Linlithgow for winning Best Independent Bookshop in the Scotland category of the British Book Awards, aka the Nibbies. | [British Book Awards] 

Far From the Madding Crowd teams with the Edinburgh Bookshop and Atkinson Pryce for the Wee Three Indies Nature Fest this week: catch Andrew Painting in conversation with Jim Crumley on Friday 26th and Patrick Laurie talking about Native on Saturday 27th. Sign-up instructions are here

We are delighted to announce launch details for Helen McClory’s Bitterhall, which is hosted by Edinburgh’s Lighthouse Books on April 1. Book your tickets here

In our continuing Women’s History Month series from Scotland: Her Story we look at the aftermath of the Battle of Flodden, in fact and fiction. 
Crime aficionados will want to catch medico-legal-eagle Gillian Galbraith talking about her hit Alice Rice novels and her new writing, on Wednesday 24th. The latter involves vaccine pioneer Waldemar Haffkine. Intriguing.

The biggest anniversary in Scottish literature this year launched this weekend. Walter Scott 250 features a scintillating lightshow at Smailholm Tower. Catch up with that and all the other goings on here. | [Walter Scott 250] 
Scott’s global popularity started the first Highland tourist boom.

Nigel Leask, Regius Professor at the University of Glasgow and an editor of Old Ways New Roadswrote about it for the Herald. | [The Herald] The Sunday Post picked up the theme, with this list of novels that will take you to all corners of the country. | [Sunday Post] 

With Palm Sunday and the reflective time of Holy Week on the horizon, we head west, taking this week’s poem from The Book of Iona. 

Brunch could be just the ticket for a select garden gathering under the ever-strengthening March sun. Ghillie Basan’s Scottish Brunch Bible is published on April 1. No fooling. Here is her recipe for Fried eggs with chanterelles and polenta wedges.

We went to the Royal Botanical Garden of Edinburgh to record a new spring poem by Alexander McCall Smith. 

And, staying in the Botanics, the silver birch is our Scottish Tree of the Month. This extract from Scottish Plant Lore includes a recipe for birch wine. 

Team Birlinn
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