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  • Cassandra: Glister, Ambiguous Endings and Loose Ends

    December’s Book Talk read, Glister by John Burnside, is a book rife with ambiguity, particularly when it comes to the ending, which left me scratching my head. Dean Koontz’s Servants of Twilight was another such book and I wondered for days whether or not the main character, a little boy, was...

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  • Protect school libraries with the #ShoutAbout campaign

    M ake your voice heard and shout about school libraries! This week, the School Library Association explains the driving principles behind their new campaign to protect school library services. SHOUT ABOUT School Libraries is a national campaign uniting groups working to promote school library...

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  • John Burnside: A Political Animal

    John Burnside, author of Glister, Book Talk's Book of the Month for December, spoke to us about the ideas behind the novel, ambiguous endings and the inspiration he takes from Moby Dick author Herman Melville. You can read the interview here , and a fuller audio version will be available online...

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  • Billy Letford's Poems to be Published

    Stirling-based roofer and poet William Letford, one of the very first winners of a Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award, has secured a publishing deal with Carcanet Press for his first volume of poetry. The book, entitled Bevel, will be published in November 2012. William, who has an MLitt (...

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  • Win a class set of Jonathan Meres' new book

    This week, Scottish Book Trust are giving away 20 copies of The World of Norm: May Contain Nuts by Jonathan Meres. The World of Norm: May Contain Nuts features Norm, a boy for whom life is consistently unfair. His parents' decision to move house has left him confused, angry and unable to remember...

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  • Forwards and Backwards

    I love counting songs. Children and parents are always likely to join in after a round or two. They know the pattern; 5 monkeys, 4 monkeys... as we gradually lose all of our monkeys to one catastrophe or another. One of the greatest joys of the counting song is the twist. Do all of the monkeys get...

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