Scottish review of books essay competition

You must be a citizen of a Commonwealth country. More here. Submit a short story on any theme up to words. Judge: Carrie Etter Submit poems of up to 40 lines. Submit the first 5, words plus a one page synopsis of novels for children or teens […].

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Narrate an account of an experience in your life that brought you closer to nature. OR Write a short piece on your ideal utopia and some of the things you would find there. OR Write an informational piece on something […]. Open to writers aged 11 to Submit fiction between words. The judges are looking for fiction from writers which is set in a time before they were born.

They accept any kind of fiction. Open to 14 to 18 year-olds in the UK, in partnership with First Story. Write an essay, max words, and tell them what you think you need to make your future as a writer. Open to residents of the UK and Ireland who have yet to publish a single-authored poetry collection or pamphlet in any language. They only accept entries of poetry portfolios 5 — 10 pages per portfolio , as opposed to single-poem entries. Judges: Rachael Allen, […]. The Wales Poetry Award is open until November 28, Submit poems of up to 70 lines. Open to writers around the world, aged 17 and over.

The winners will also receive a Seren book bundle and publication in Poetry Wales. The WOW! Women On Writing Contests are now open. Women On Writing Creative Nonfiction Essay Contest Deadline: October 31, Submit creative nonfiction essays on any topic — words and in any style—from personal essay to lyric essay to hybrid and more.

Judge: Ruth Padel Submit poems of up to 50 lines. Any theme or form. Up to twelve winning entries will be published in a short story anthology. Submit a short story or a creative non-fiction piece of up to 3, […]. The prize is open to women over 21 who have not had a full-length novel published.

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You must be resident in the UK or Ireland. Submit the first pages of your novel and a synopsis of […]. The Elmbridge Literary Competition is open until February 7, Open to all ages. This year, they are looking for short stories and poems that explore new worlds. Entry for adults […].

No entry fee. Submit one story each month. Open theme, up to 1, words. The Sussex Poetry Competition is open until October 20, We Need New Stories: clear dissection of emerging myths Review: Nesrine Malik pulls apart narratives spawned by the opinion-forming classes. Follow Me to Ground: Innovative and unsettling debut novel Review: Sue Rainsford explores themes of sex, death and the female body.

Hitler: Only the World Was Enough: its originality and intelligence command attention Review: a thoroughly thought-provoking and stimulating biography which all historians of the Third Reich will have to take seriously. Our Man: Richard Holbrooke. Patience by Toby Litt review: The world from a curious angle A fresh, unusual and completely charming perspective on friendship.

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Rachel Cusk: ruthless and formidable observations Coventry review: Rachel Cusk's intelligence in writing about everything from literature to parenthood is staggering. Baby review: Sharing a boat with a memorable psychopath Annaleese Jochems unleashes an original debut set in cramped quarters in New Zealand.

The Lost Art of Scripture: The sacred texts need to be rescued Book review: Karen Armstrong argues that scriptures are not meant to be read as history. Seduction and Betrayal and Sleepless Nights review Elizabeth Hardwick can stand toe to toe with the great 20th century modernists. Ask Again, Yes: The story of a family broken by mental illness Book review: Mary Beth Keane has written an engaging, compassionate novel.

Leap of Faith review: How the US talked itself into the second Gulf war Michael J Mazarr offers a study in groupthink, dysfunction and personal pathology. Essays on John McGahern: a living presence in the Irish conscience However valuable these essays, we must remain in awe of the great, unique work on which they feast.

The Nickel Boys review: Racial injustice and the politics of forgetting Pulitzer Prize winner Colson Whitehead is unflinching in depiction of juvenile detention centre. The Art of The Artistic Director: invaluable insights into the programming minefield The absence of Irish names reflects the cull of independent companies here since A reminder that media standards matter and that journalism should be protected Review: Resilient Reporting: Media Coverage of Irish Elections Since Surrender by Joanna Pocock: toes the thin line between beauty and horror wonderfully A perspective not of objectivity or voyeurism, but of participation in the web of life and in the land.

A Proper Person to be Detained review: A difficult family story Catherine Czerkawska follows the fall-out of the murder of her great-great uncle in This is apparent from a survey of the recent and representative anthology, Scottish Religious Poetry , ed. Meg Bateman, Robert Crawford and James McGonigal Edinburgh , in which there is a marked concentration on the lyric genre as practised in the last two centuries, with its focus on the individual consciousness. Though this emphasis is today inevitable, it is much less appropriate to the religious poetry of the Middle Ages and the early modern period, in which, between poet and reader, there is an assumption of shared beliefs and principles, coupled with a strong element of didacticism.

The appreciation of such works necessitates on the part of the reader a willingness to make adjustments of critical attitude and approach. It is argued that the effort is well worth making: understanding is not coterminous with assent, and the search for felicity of whatever kind is a psychological urge common to readers of all ages. Alasdair A. Drawing on neglected archival sources, this research posits the edition of Livy from which Bellenden was working as well as establishing the hermeneutic tools to which he turned to complete the project. By uncovering Bellenden's engagement with continental scholarship, this piece sheds further light on the links between humanists in Scotland and their European counterparts.

Surviving chapbooks have been studied extensively by scholars, but far less attention has been paid to chapmen themselves, despite their role in supporting wider reading habits in the population. This article expands that picture, examining the distribution of chapmen in the eighteenth century, their likely numbers, and the types of books they sold, and to whom. Evidence used includes inventories, contemporary accounts, and a particularly valuable record of a local society of chapmen.

Throughout the emphasis is on building a picture across Scotland, but this is enhanced by comparisons with the situation in England and elsewhere in Europe. The argument is made for Scottish chapmen having been too numerous and important for scholars to overlook, indeed that they were a vital conduit through which cheap print reached many ordinary Scots.

Muriel Spark: A Glance through An Open Door

Bernard Tracy the first Catholic priest in Scotland to be elected to a school board , are to be found in the pages of magazines and newspapers, especially the Glasgow Observer , the weekly newspaper of the Irish Catholic diaspora in the West of Scotland, established in and the principal source of the material considered here. This article will introduce Luby and Lynch in turn, dedicating space to what is known of their lives and writings generally before providing an outline of their main concerns in a selection of the Glasgow Observer poems.

Often dismissed as a mysterious trifle, it is just that, a mystery, but not a trifle at all. Contextualised within the canon of Spark's work, The Driver's Seat is an eschatologically-focused parable with an emphatically spiritual point. It is to be viewed sub specie aeternitatis , or under 'a vivid glow [that falls] upon the just and the unjust alike. It's getting terribly late,' resounds with the force of a Biblical injunction.

Robert Ellis Hosmer Jr. One potential solution lies in a return to Enlightenment philosophy, in particular the concept of the monad. Examining the novels of Andrew Crumey, and to a lesser extent A. Kennedy, in relation to Enlightenment concepts of both harmony and the monad highlights their conception of texts as both complete in themselves and as always read in relation to other texts.

Such an approach, drawing on both original Enlightenment texts and more recent theoretical models, allows not only a new reading of Crumey's work that foregrounds its philosophical innovation, but also invites a consideration of contemporary Scottish literature that moves past both political and temporal restrictions.

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Timothy C. Both discussions focus on the poet's commitment to Scottish history and landscape but also on the poet's engagement with other cultures, particularly in her new poem sequence, A Year as an American Bird , about her time spent in the Boston area. In these later poems, Gillies explores America as she has Scotland — like an archaeologist, excavating its many layers, burrowing down to the ancient past.

It is a combination of print and manuscript material and is here described for the first time. Indeed it goes a step further to indicate the nature of legislations that should be passed in the parliament. The play, which begins as counsel directed specifically to the king, gradually widens in scope and assumes the form of counsel addressed to the counsellors themselves, the members of the three estates, and — by implication — the entire political nation of Scotland, making it unique amongst the early sixteenth-century political moralities of both England and Scotland. Recent scholarship helps to illuminate a key context for the pieces, read here as precursors to the Blackwoodian use of the tale form in the early nineteenth century.

The focus will be on The Profligate Princes , a tragedy where the threat of seduction to its upper-class female characters questions the profitability of their chastity. Within the context of problematised or absent depictions of maternity, and fraught anxieties surrounding the authority of and the ability to narrate narratives textually, this article explores how the connection between these two discourses raises further tensions. The article opens by drawing from scholarly work on the role of writing and orality, and the presentation of maternity and gender, to explore how the two are connected.

By developing current scholarship in this area, and by offering close textual readings of Waverley , Guy Mannering and The Monastery , this article concludes that whilst orality may be connected to females more generally, writing is the domain of women who fulfil Romantic ideologies of maternity. The article then proceeds to argue that the relationship between maternity and writing raises further anxieties about the position of textual narrative.

However his work also involved the sea and maritime issues to a considerable degree; in particular, his two companion narratives, The Cruise of the Betsey and Rambles of a Geologist. Yet the sea also allowed Miller to explore deeper issues in regards to his background, his faith and his worldview. This paper therefore explores an often nuanced and complicated, yet vivid and inspired relationship between Miller and the seas that fascinated him.

Catherine Carswell was a Glasgow-born writer and journalist who was intimately connected to her home town. She wrote about life in Glasgow in her first novel Open the Door! Viewed through this framework, the heterotopic possibilities of her writing are laid bare and aligned with a modern and critical tradition of urban writing not identified before in Scottish literature.

Douglas and the Aesthetics of the Ordinary The novels of O. Yet their seeming artlessness represents a purposeful artistic choice.