Notes from the Basement – 5 May 2021

  05 May '21   |  Posted by: Birlinn
As May snows fall in the Cairngorms, Merryn Glover has an essay in the Sunday Post about all the things that create a sense of place and how she started writing Of Stone and Sky on Midsummer Night.

Of Stone and Sky launches this Thursday, so take a break from the election coverage and tune in for music, readings and conversation.

The novel’s early reviews have been great: the brilliant Liz Robinson at LoveReading calls it ‘beautifully readable, echoing the past and asking questions about the future’. | [LoveReadingAnd Vee Walker ponders which section of your bookshop you might find a novel that’s a powerful tale of life on the land, richly descriptive landscape writing, and a gripping family mystery.| [Vee Walker Writes]

On the other side of the world, but with an equally evocative sense of place are Jan-Philipp Sendker’s Burma novels. The Heart Remembers, the third and final instalment of the trilogy which began in The Art of Hearing Heartbeats, is out on Thursday. Here’s an extract.

May 1st saw the 90th birthday of the National Trust for Scotland. Andrew Painting’s Regeneration: The Rescue of a Wild Land is a testament to the challenges and hard-won battles in the Trust’s long-range conservation work.

BBC Radio Scotland’s Out of Doors has a very special two-part episode airing this Saturday morning. Be up with the lark (0630!) to hear a journey to the source of the Dee in the footsteps of Nan Shepherd and a tour of Mar Lodge Estate with Andrew Painting. | [BBC Radio Scotland] 

NTS CEO Phil Long talked to Jackie Bird about the anniversary on the For the love of Scotland podcast.

If you’re celebrating a birthday, we recommend Sue Lawrence’s Scotch Pancakes with Smoked Trout and Horseradish to go with that fizz. It’s a recipe from A Taste of Scotland’s Islands, which is the perfect companion for planning all the foodie stops on your next island holiday.

Scottish Badger Week begins on Saturday May 8th. The magnificent Polly Pullar is giving a talk ‘Wildlife and Us’ on May 15th. Tune in for a sneak preview of some of the themes explored in her forthcoming release A Scurry of Squirrels. 

Stay warm and dry out there!
Team Birlinn 
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