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2022 Preview: Music

21 Jan '22
Our music titles this year explore music heritage and social history from Edinburgh to the White House, and include brilliant anecdotes about...
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2022 Preview: Poetry

21 Jan '22
We have an exceptionally strong poetry offering this year, with new titles from Jenni Fagan, Hannah Lavery, and Alicia Pirmohamed, as well as a...
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2022 Preview: Literary Fiction

21 Jan '22
2022 is shaping up to be an excellent year for literary fiction in the Birlinn and Polygon schedule, with exciting new titles from established names...
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2022 Preview: Crime and Thriller

18 Jan '22
This year promises to be an excellent one for crime fiction and thrillers, with a mixture of familiar faces and new names in our publishing schedule....
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2022 Preview: Sports

14 Jan '22
Our 2022 sports titles tackle timely topics like racism and misogyny in the sporting world, as well as looking back at some of the most memorable...
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2022 Preview: Out of Doors

14 Jan '22
There has never been a keener appetite for writing about the great outdoors, and we have an exciting array of new nature and outdoor books and guides...
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Blood and Gold is in the News

03 Oct '21
‘How do you address racism in Scotland? Award-winning storyteller and writer, Mara Menzies’s way is with words. Powerful words…....
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Highlights from EIBF 2021

31 Aug '21
Mara Menzies The live audience at the EIBF Sculpture Court theatre were held in suspenseful silence by Mara Menzie’s performance reading of a...
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Cool Down on Ice Cream Day

15 Jul '21
The heat is on… so we are delighted to report that July is officially ice cream month and it would appear that 18 July is National Ice Cream...
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Something Money Can’t Buy

23 Apr '21
Michael McEwan on the failed European Super League At the entrance to Celtic Park, the home of Glasgow Celtic FC, there is a bronze statue of the...
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Your Chance to Join the Team

13 Apr '21
Birlinn Ltd, Scotland’s largest independent publishing house, is seeking to employ a full-time Events Co-ordinator and Campaign Assistant – come...
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Spring Comes, Even This Year

19 Mar '21
This weekend we mark the Spring Equinox and International Day of Happiness on Saturday (20 March), and World Poetry Day on Sunday (21 March). It...
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A Day Like Any Other

26 Feb '21
An Extract From Chapter 2. Tonto Was a Woman They’d met, George and Anna, when they were nine years old. George’s family had not long moved to a...
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Jimmy in Paris, 1948

16 Feb '21
To celebrate publication of the new edition of James Campbell’s essential biography of James Baldwin, Talking at the Gates, here is an extract...
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Hedy’s War Crosses the Pond

15 Feb '21
Hedy’s War by Jenny Lecoat has become the new literary sensation across America. 100,000 copies went out to booksellers in advance of...
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Two Love Poems by Edwin Morgan

08 Feb '21
As Jackie Kay writes in her introduction to twenty poems by Edwin Morgan about love, ‘Edwin Morgan knew all about love: its mysteries, its...
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Looking Forward to… Rhubarb!

08 Feb '21
Even if you don’t feel like going out in the cold, there is plenty of planning-ahead to do for your green space. Our gardens have been in deep...
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2021 Preview: Arena Sport

26 Jan '21
Discover the magic of the 1970 World Cup in Mexico, learn the real story behind one of the world’s most iconic sporting stars as well as one of...
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A January Bargain

21 Dec '20
Remember when there used to be the ‘January Sales’? Or did you ever queue up early on a freezing Boxing Day? We seem now to be in an...
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Your Guide to Festive Fizz

15 Dec '20
Davy Zyw’s 101 Champagnes and Other Sparkling Wines offers a handy guide to the festive season. It’s also the perfect stocking-filler for...
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Cassius X: Sunshine and Upheaval

15 Dec '20
In the below extract from his newest book Cassius X, Stuart Cosgrove transports us to the sticky heat and neon glare of Miami in 1963, where Cassius...
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A Wee Bird Was Watching

09 Dec '20
Karine Polwart tells and sings the ‘Tale of the Wee Bird ‘in the Royal Lyceum Theatre Christmas season for all ages in a beautiful and...
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04 Dec '20
This week we sat down (figuratively speaking) with Denzil Meyrick to discuss his new books and the wider events of what has been a tumultuous year! A...
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Sweets in Shoes?

02 Dec '20
By Ann Landmann, Sales Rep When I was growing up in the East of Germany, the 6th December was Nikolaus – your first haul of sweets or...
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Ten Years to a Tapestry

26 Nov '20
Ten years to celebrate Scotland. Ten years to bring a dream to fruition. Ten years to reach the new starting point for something incredibly...
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In thrall to the small

24 Nov '20
This spring, there were lofty and gargantuan reading-intentions abroad. Lockdown was the time to finally read War and Peace, or any one of the...
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Books! Books! Everywhere!

21 Nov '20
In the last few years there has been a true resurgence of not only bookshops (Edinburgh has gained four new bookshops in the last five years) but...
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RLS Day 2020: On reading

09 Nov '20
 ‘I like hourglasses, maps, eighteenth-century typefaces, etymologies, the taste of coffee, and the prose of Robert Louis Stevenson’ –...
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A Poem for Remembrance

07 Nov '20
Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day look somewhat different this year, with the commemorations at the Cenotaph scaled back and distanced....
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Thick Frost: Breathing Sweet

06 Nov '20
A NOVEMBER EXTRACT FROM NATIVE: LIFE IN A VANISHING LANDSCAPE BY PATRICK LAURIE I have sold an animal, and now I see the first wink of income after...
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#solwaybore with Ann Lingard

27 Oct '20
Last week, residents along the Solway Firth were lucky enough to witness a tidal bore, an infrequent phenomenon where the leading edge of the...
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Spooky Books for Dark Nights

22 Oct '20
As the nights stretch out and we approach Halloween, we’ve selected six books that we think you might enjoy. Click on any cover to find out...
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Festivals Galore!

08 Oct '20
Autumn is always a busy time for authors, festival programmers, booksellers and publishers alike, and we’re so happy that this year has been no...
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Bloody Scotland is Under Way

18 Sep '20
Scotland’s Crime Writing festival, Bloody Scotland, has moved online and is under way. Popcorn, beer/coffee, screen – you are sorted. As with...
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#UntitledThree is LIVE

14 Sep '20
On Saturday 12th September, our friends at Neu! Reekie! broadcast a fabulous wee video celebrating their brand new Polygon anthology, #UntitledThree....
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Scottish Plant Lore – Tune In!

16 Jun '20
BBC Radio Scotland have recorded a really powerful podcast interview with Gregory Kenicer, author of our Scottish Plant Lore. Greg is a researcher...
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Dryburgh (Part 5)

12 Jun '20
Dryburgh – a novel in parts (read part 4 here) 5. Reivers. “Christ all bloody mighty, Wilson!” Just as I began to exert pressure on the...
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Dryburgh (Part 4)

05 Jun '20
Dryburgh – a novel in parts (read part 3 here) 4. Dark Moon. 21st December, 1944. A slow, pink dawn crept over the snow-covered landscape, the...
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Dryburgh (Part 3)

08 May '20
Dryburgh – a novel in parts (read part 2 here) 3. The Wasteland Disobedience of a direct order from a superior officer had only one...
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Meet Polygon Author Isla Dewar

07 May '20
Isla Dewar’s first book, Keeping Up with Magda, was published in 1995. Dewar found success with her second novel, Women Talking Dirty, the film of...
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Dryburgh (Part 2)

24 Apr '20
Dryburgh – a novel in parts (read part 1 here) Explanatory Note What you have in your hands is an account of history in the old sense. For the...
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Dryburgh – Alistair Moffat

09 Apr '20
I like yarns, ripping if possible, and in these the strangest of times, the escape offered by reading a ripping yarn is more valuable than ever....
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A Time of Distance

09 Apr '20
Our own Alexander McCall Smith, author of 44 Scotland Street, wrote a poem for readers last week. It was read on BBC Radio 4 PM and appeared in the...
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An update from the Birlinn team

18 Mar '20
We have made the difficult decision to cancel all author events until the end of May as a result of concerns surrounding coronavirus. We are working...
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A look ahead to March events

28 Feb '20
Please note that unfortunately we have cancelled our author events until further notice in light of the coronavirus pandemic. We hope to reschedule...
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Train ride to the Tapestry

27 Feb '20
A snow covered train on the Borders Railway chugged passed flooded fields, seemingly stranded livestock, stunning white hill tops and sodden ground...
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Giving voice to the Lost Poets

24 Feb '20
Creativity in the Library… On a cold February lunchtime, the legendary Lost Poets gathered at the National Library of Scotland for a 40th...
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The Lost Poets: Found

07 Feb '20
There was a decidedly celebratory air at the National Library of Scotland yesterday afternoon as crowds gathered for a momentous occasion: the...
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Burns Night in a Bowl!

24 Jan '20
Celebrate Burns Night on 25 January with a recipe from Sue Lawrence’s book – A Taste of Scotland’s Islands – for a wonderful...
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Coming up for Spring 2020

04 Jan '20
The BIRLINN publicity team is delighted to release details of just some of the highlights coming up in the first half of 2020 in fiction,...
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Time to get Running?

01 Jan '20
Eaten too much over the Christmas break? Thinking of taking up running for 2020? Need a little kick-start? These two books will keep you on track....
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Academic Interests Covered

28 Dec '19
Over the last ten years, Birlinn has published high-profile and often award-winning Academic titles on its John Donald list. A flavour of the list is...
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Add Spark-le to their stockings!

14 Dec '19
Just a handful of complete sets of the novels of Muriel Spark remain in stock. Order now to bring a smile at Christmas. In 2018, Polygon republished...
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02 Dec '19
Don’t miss out! You have until midnight tonight to enjoy 20% OFF across the full range of books published. OFFER ENDS MIDNIGHT TONIGHTTAKE...
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A Library of One’s Own

09 Nov '19
'From the moment I first ventured into a library I wanted one of my own.' Famously, Virginia Woolf said that a woman must have money and a room of...
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