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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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Meet our Home Office Assistants

08 Apr ’20
Working from home can be a bit lonely. However, some of us are fortunate to be sharing our workspace – please meet our home office assistants.
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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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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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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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Four Blokes Go Wild(ish) in Spain

04 Feb ’20
Prologue For the last few years Bloody Scotland has been forging a relationship with a noir festival, Xabia Negra, in the town of Javea on Spain’s…
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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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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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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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  • Hardback | Pub: 06 Sep 2018
    £12.99

    We’re in the middle of a Gin Craze. Scarcely a day goes by without an established brand offering a fresh take on their established styles or, more likely, a new boutique distillery opening its doors – where gin is de rigueur. From Adnams to…

  • Hardback | Pub: 07 Jun 2018
    £12.99

    Rum, once the poor relation of the spirit world, has undergone a revival and is no longer seen just as the preferred tipple for tipsy pirates. The craft drinks movement has certainly stimulated the rum world, with high numbers of new artisan rum…

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Ian Buxton

‘Ian Buxton tackles the drink that used to be called “Mother’s Ruin” in a book that’s newly revised and updated to take into account the new kids on the block. …You’ll find Buxton’s learned take on products such as Harris Gin and Achroos and don’t think your choice of tonic water is any less open to innovation and variety’ – Herald on Sunday