Alan Turing legacy dug out of a loft

February 5, 2015 // 0 Comments

Ebooks, the internet, computing, and just about everything else in modern digital technology owe their existence in anything like their current form ultimately to Alan [...]

John Constable: His legacy, his teachings

February 3, 2015 // 0 Comments

As a timely reminder that his paintings are about far more than chocolate box lids, John Constable has been in the British news lately, thanks to a lucky find of a painting [...]

The spoilation of London

January 31, 2015 // 1 Comment

London is proverbially one of the great literary cities, even if it hasn’t matched Edinburgh or Dublin with UNESCO City of Literature status yet. So it’s sad to [...]

Irvine Welsh on Scottish independence

September 7, 2014 // 2 Comments

At this year’s Edinburgh International Book Festival to speak and to promote his latest book, The Sex Lives of Siamese Twins, iconic modern Scottish novelist Irvine [...]

Edinburgh, the pioneer UNESCO City of Literature

August 25, 2014 // 0 Comments

At the Edinburgh International Book Festival 2014, I spoke to Sarah Morrison, Communications Executive of the Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature Trust, about how Edinburgh pioneered the UNESCO Cities of Literature programme, and what this has done for the city itself. [...]
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