Rob Reports: Spoken Word Sundays – The Appletree Writers at The Fringe

I took time out of Charlotte Square yesterday to go and visit the Appletree Writers in one of their ‘Spoken Word Sundays’ events, which are running on three consecutive weekends during the Fringe Festival. Formed in 2012, the Appletree Writers are … [Read more...]

Robservations: Of Schopenhauer, on overreading and ignoring the classics

It’s not often that I get deep and meaningful on a Sunday morning, but I did today when I stumbled across an essay collection from nineteenth-century German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860), hosted at the always useful University of … [Read more...]

Journeying through the Constellation of Genius

A book that I had a great fondness for last year but never got to spend a lot of time with, was Kevin Jackson’s Constellation of Genius (Hutchinson). Coming with the premise that 1922 was the ‘annus mirabilis’ of the modernist movement - mainly … [Read more...]

Rob Reports: Sarah Churchwell @ EdBookFest 2013

The spirit of the great F. Scott Fitzgerald was very much alive at the Edinburgh International Book Festival this past weekend, when Sarah Churchwell, Professor of American Literature and Public Understanding of the Humanities at the University of … [Read more...]

Rob Reports: Niccolò Ammaniti @ EdBookFest 2013

Niccolò Ammaniti's event may have been subtitled 'the party's over', but it was really only just beginning when he took to the stage in the Baillie Gifford Corner Theatre on Sunday evening, in front of an impressively large gathering. The Italian … [Read more...]

Rob Reports: Rodge Glass and Adam Marek @ EdBookFest 2013

*picture credit: Peggy Riley It's always a time of excitement for the short fiction lover when a dedicated event is scheduled in Charlotte Square, and there was much to get enthusiastic about when two principal writers of the short form took to the … [Read more...]

Behind the Pen: Niccolò Ammaniti

Few contemporary writers get me in as much of a spin these days as the Italian, Niccolò Ammaniti. And so it was a real honour for this super fan to catch up with the man at this year's Edinburgh Book Festival, to ask him a few questions about his … [Read more...]

Totally Fitzgerald: Retyping The Great Gatsby

Well, today sees the UK cinema launch of Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. For weeks now we’ve been bombarded with all of the hype, the interviews, the shiny pictures and video footage of the film, and unless you’ve … [Read more...]

Introducing ‘Totally Fitzgerald’, an F Scott Fitzgerald reading project

Back in February/March you barely heard a peep from me, and for good reason. You see I had become totally absorbed with an author. I go through stages like this in my life, when I hook onto something - not always literature-related - and become so … [Read more...]

Bookshelf of the Week: Real Gabinete Português de Leitura

Built between 1880-1887 and occupying a site in downtown Rio de Janiero, the subject for this edition of BookShelf of the Week is the Real Gabinete Português de Leitura (Royal Portuguese Reading Room). The stunning image of the Real Gabinete … [Read more...]