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INTERVIEW: Charlie Roy on writing about mental health, knowing your characters and getting a debut novel over the finish line

The Broken Pane is a stunning debut novel. Dealing with themes of women’s mental health, motherhood, abandonment and trauma it is a dark and harrowing read at times but, as protagonist Tam’s journey progresses, some hope starts to shine through. 

It’s one of a few recently released books centred around the topic of mental health in women so we caught up with author Charlie Roy to discuss the importance of this representation in literature, among other things. 

Spooky Scottish reads for Halloween: Part Two (ghosts, horror and stories set in Scotland )

Welcome to Part Two of our round up of spooky Scottish reads to get you in the mood for Halloween. If you missed Part One you can find it here where we brought you recommendations for dark tales, short stories and wee reads. So, lets get on with it then… Ghost Stories Too Near the … Continue reading Spooky Scottish reads for Halloween: Part Two (ghosts, horror and stories set in Scotland )

INTERVIEW: Kirkland Ciccone on strange towns, the Scottish psyche and pandemic publishing

It’s been a wee while since the last interview here on the Scot Lit Blog but we’re back with a bang. Happiness Is Wasted On Me has been one of the stand out novels for us over the past year so it was a proper treat to have a chat with the man behind the … Continue reading INTERVIEW: Kirkland Ciccone on strange towns, the Scottish psyche and pandemic publishing

Spooky Scottish reads for Halloween: Part One (short stories, wee reads and dark tales)

If you’re looking for some creepy reads to get you in the mood for Halloween then don’t worry, we’ve got your back. Here’s a HUGE list of scary Scottish books across the whole spooky spectrum. This is a mix of everything from Scottish writers, publishers or just set in Scotland, but hopefully there’s something for … Continue reading Spooky Scottish reads for Halloween: Part One (short stories, wee reads and dark tales)

Book to movie adaptations: eight to add to your TBR and watch list

Our Ladies, the adaption of Alan Warner’s much loved The Sopranos is out today after long delays to the release date. So, to celebrate, here’s a list of some Scottish book to movie adaptations just in time for the weekend if you’re anything like me and have gone back into hiding. The Sopranos/Our Ladies The … Continue reading Book to movie adaptations: eight to add to your TBR and watch list

INTERVIEW: Emma Grae on writing her debut novel in Scots, inspiration from the older generation and the responsibility of authenticity

Thursday saw the publication of the utterly brilliant Be Guid Tae Yer Mammy, author Emma Grae’s debut novel and one of the few recent examples we’ve seen of leading female voices in a Scots language novel.  It’s a multi-generational story of the women in a large working class Glaswegian family but the main focus is … Continue reading INTERVIEW: Emma Grae on writing her debut novel in Scots, inspiration from the older generation and the responsibility of authenticity

INTERVIEW: Kirsti Wishart on retro fiction, queer representation and writing what you want

If you’re looking for a quirky, queer read with a retro vibe then you won’t go far wrong with The Knitting Station, the debut of Kirsti Wishart published by indie Scottish publisher Rymour Books. Described as ‘a very Scottish saga of counter-espionage, knitting and sheep’ put any preconceptions aside and just go along for the … Continue reading INTERVIEW: Kirsti Wishart on retro fiction, queer representation and writing what you want

INTERVIEW: Ely Percy on finding voices, the Scots resurgence and the Scottish school experience (Part Two)

Look up Duck Feet and you’ll see how beloved this novel already is on Scottish Bookstagram. Written entirely in Scots, the book was published by the brilliant Monstrous Regiment earlier this year. For many, me included, this was the book that hooked them onto Ely’s writing, so I had to find out more about the … Continue reading INTERVIEW: Ely Percy on finding voices, the Scots resurgence and the Scottish school experience (Part Two)

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