Notes from the Basement – 20 April 2021

  20 Apr '21   |  Posted by: Birlinn
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Tuesday, April 20th, 2021
We’re hiring! Would you like to work at the heart of Scottish publishing? Read on for an exciting opportunity.

Ian Williams, author of the chilling and timely Every Breath You Take: China’s New Tyranny, is in the Spectator this week, asking ‘Who can take on China in the tech arms race?’ | [The Spectator]
Ian is also on the Spectator’s flagship podcast, The Edition, in conversation with Bruno Maçães. Listen to them discussing how decades of light-touch regulation have allowed Chinese interests to infiltrate UK national security and our tech industries. | [The Edition]

For Autism Awareness Month, here is an extract about seeking diagnosis from Gordon Darroch’s powerful memoir All the Time We Thought We Had.

Get the kettle on. Tomorrow, April 21, is National Tea Day. In June we will publish Les Wilson’s Putting the Tea in Britain: The Scots Who Made our National Drink.

Stuart Kelly wrote a deep and compelling review of Helen McClory’s Bitterhall for Scotland on Sunday: likening it to the writing of Stevenson, Hogg and Iain Banks, he even recommends you buy it. | [Scotsman]

Almost simultaneously, Stephen McGinty called Bitterhall ‘rich and gamey’ in the Sunday Times and was fascinated by how it harnessed the timebending power of books. | [Sunday Times, £]

The Scottish Vegan Cookbook is back in stock! Serve up Jackie Jones’ leek and mushroom flan for some hearty spring flavours while the nights are still chilly.

Northward ho! The John O’Groats Book Festival is going online this weekend. They have a fantastic line-up featuring three Birlinn authors.

Historian Jim Hunter will be talking about Insurrection, Scotland’s famine winter of 1846-7.
Chart-topping crime writer Gillian Galbraith will be giving an insight into her medico-legal thrillers, including The End of the Line.
And musician Freeland Barbour will be doing two events. One for his biography of the fascinating nineteenth-century songwriter Carolina Oliphant, The White Rose of Gask. And the other about his own music, collected in the beautiful compendium The Music and the Land. Sign up here.

And finally, here’s that job opportunity! We are seeking a passionate, creative and highly organised individual to co-ordinate our wonderful Events programme and join our marketing team. More information is here.

Apply to join us!
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