Friday 07 November 2008
Roddy Lumsden reviews Angela Cleland's new collection, and bemoans the lack of new Scottish poets being published
Tuesday 07 October 2008
Roddy Lumsden is charmed by the simplicity of Angela McSeveney's new poetry chapbook, Slaughtering Beetroot
Thursday 18 September 2008
Roddy Lumsden returns to true crime with a review of the updated edition of Blood and Granite - True Crime From Aberdeen
Friday 05 September 2008
Roddy Lumsden Reviews the latest edition of the Chambers Rhyming Dictionary, and explains the difficulties and uncertainties in both writing and using a rhyming dictionary
Tuesday 26 August 2008
It should come as no surprise to readers of his blog that Roddy Lumsden finds much to enjoy in the Chambers Gigglossary
Thursday 14 August 2008
Roddy Lumsden returns from a trip to France and promptly reviews a book about bottoms.
Monday 14 July 2008
Roddy Lumsden is charmed and educated by Black & White's new Say it in Scots! series of books
Friday 11 July 2008
For fans of the mysterious, the odd, the Fortean, and the unexplained, Roddy Lumsden finds The Enigmas of History an enjoyable romp and a good starting place for those new to the field.
Thursday 01 May 2008
Roddy Lumsden reviews The Palace of Oblivion by Peter Davidson and A to B by Gerry McGrath
Friday 18 April 2008
Roddy Lumsden interviews poet Patiance Agbabi about her latest collection, Bloodshot Monochrome
Thursday 03 April 2008
Trawling is recommended not only to Aberdonians or those with an interest in the sea but to a more general reader, says Roddy Lumsden
Monday 10 March 2008
Roddy Lumsden finds much to admire in Jen Hadfield's collections Almanac and Nigh-No-Place
Wednesday 20 February 2008
"An excellent addition to Scotland's social history library" Says Roddy Lumsden in his review of Doh Ray Me, When Ah Wis We
Friday 01 February 2008
Roddy Lumsden enjoys Edwin Moore's debunking of modern myths. What you thought you knew probably isn't true, but Edwin Moore does know how to write an entertaining book
Friday 18 January 2008
Roddy Lumsden reviews Gergory Leadbetter's new poetry pamphlet from HappenStance, and previews the 2008 StAnza poetry festival
Monday 10 December 2007
Roddy Lumsden looks back at his favourite Scottish books from 2007.
Tuesday 04 December 2007
Roddy Lumsden interviews Kevin Williamson, founder of literary magazine Rebel, Inc, and poet and campaigner
Tuesday 13 November 2007
Roddy Lumsden has his own too-brief encounter with Brief Encounters: Meetings between (mostly) remarkable people
Monday 29 October 2007
Roddy Lumsden reviews a new issue of Margaret Bennett's Scottish Customs: From Cradle to Grave
Tuesday 23 October 2007
Roddy Lumsden interviews poet Richard Price about his collections Lucky Day and Greenfields
Monday 01 October 2007
Roddy Lumsden finds the Biographical Dictionary of Scottish Women too interesting to be tucked away on the reference shelf.
Thursday 30 August 2007
Folk in Print, a history of Scottish chapbooks, is "an excellent volume, very highly recommended" says Roddy Lumsden.
Wednesday 08 August 2007
Roddy Lumsden hunts for errors in MC Strong's The Essential Rock Discography, and is pleased with the answers.
Thursday 02 August 2007
A quick, racy read, perhaps to be taken with a pinch of salt - so says Roddy Lumsden in his review of Ronnie's Looking for Trouble.
Friday 20 July 2007
Baldrick, alopecia, barton and amanuensis are all bethumbed by Roddy Lumsden as he dips into Foyles Philavery
Tuesday 10 July 2007
Roddy Lumsden considers the possible meaning of abracadabra, and other occult miscellany in this review of Simon Cox's An A to Z of the Occult
Monday 18 June 2007
A new collection of Selected Poems from Robert Fergusson, one of 18th century Scotland's best poets.
Monday 04 June 2007
Images of a young Roddy Lumsden, Pot Noodle in one hand and pen in the other, in this review of the new Chamber's Everyman Crosswords
Friday 11 May 2007
The biggest 'little magazine' in history, according to Time Magazine. Roddy Lumsden casts his eye over Canongate's collection from The Paris Review Interviews
Tuesday 01 May 2007
Roddy Lumsden asks what to include and what to leave out of a biography while reviewing John Cairney's The Quest for Robert Louis Stevenson
Thursday 12 April 2007
Roddy Lumsden emails us from the USA to review Poems United, a poetry anthology from all the countries of the Commonwealth
Tuesday 03 April 2007
Dae ye ken yer oxter fae yer bahookie? Roddy Lumsden discovers some new Scots words while reviewing Vicki Guasden's 'Dae Ye Ken?'
Monday 19 March 2007
Plenty to amuse ramblers of the Scottish wilds in James McCarthy's recently revised "Wild Scotland"
Thursday 15 March 2007
Roddy Lumsden reports on the five different editions of Kidnapped, Robert Louis Stevenson's classic novel recently promoted by Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature.
Wednesday 21 February 2007
A tie-in between a Radio Scotland survey, publisher Luath Press, and editor Stewart Conn, 100 Favourite Scottish poems is a bit of a mixed bag.
Monday 12 February 2007
Canongate have recently published a new edition of Howard Soune's biography of Charles Bukowski, which Roddy Lumsden reviews for BooksfromScotland.com
Monday 05 February 2007
A fine addition to the literature on notorious scams and hoaxes, says Roddy Lumsden in his review of the late Magnus Magnusson's Fakers, Forgers and Phoneys.
Monday 22 January 2007
Stuart Kelly's The Book of Lost Books is just the sort of thing our resident blogger Roddy Lumsden enjoys.
Friday 29 December 2006
Get hold of Big Noise, have a laugh, have a grouch and enjoy the rollercoaster ride, complete with interesting barstool reminiscences and some top rate shaggy dog stories.
Monday 18 December 2006
Roddy Lumsden reviews three recent Glasgow crime books - Blood on the Streets, Real Hard Cases, and Murder Capital
Friday 08 December 2006
Roddy Lumsden interviews Laura Hird about her latest collection of short stories, Hope, and her forthcoming memoir, Dear Laura.
Monday 13 November 2006
Roddy Lumsden revisits some of his favourite books of 2006, and picks out a few more that he never had time to review for BooksfromScotland.com
Monday 30 October 2006
Another success for the writing team of Reg MacKay and Paul Ferris, says Roddy Lumsden in his review of 'Villains'.
Thursday 26 October 2006
Billy Kay takes a fresh look at the Scottish diaspora in "The Scottish World", reviewed by Roddy Lumsden
Monday 09 October 2006
Roddy Lumsden looks back at the poetry and fiction of Andrew Greig, following the publication of his latest poetry collection, This Life, This Life.
Thursday 28 September 2006
New Writing Scotland reaches its 24th edition, and Roddy Lumsden casts his eye over the prose and poetry from mostly unpublished writers.
Friday 15 September 2006
Roddy Lumsden interviews our September Author of the Month, Matthew Fitt.
Thursday 31 August 2006
In his review of William Boyd's "Bamboo", Roddy Lumsden finds "the virtuoso Boyd spreading his talents nimbly and widely".
Thursday 17 August 2006
A new collection of poetry for children, The Thing That Mattered Most, is reviewed by Roddy Lumsden
Friday 28 July 2006
Roddy Lumsden explains the interest in the Drove Roads of Scotland, and ARB Haldane's book on the subject.
Wednesday 12 July 2006
Muriel Spark's poetry collection All The Poems was rereleased earlier this year, and Roddy Lumsden traces the history of her poetry.
Friday 07 July 2006
Roddy Lumsden interviews Dundee-born poet W.N. Herbert about his most recent collection, Bad Shaman Blues
Tuesday 04 July 2006
Roddy Lumsden revisits one of his favourite Scottish books, Betsy Whyte's The Yellow on the Broom.
Monday 19 June 2006
In time for the World Cup, Roddy Lumsden reviews Canongate's "The Book of Lists: Football".
Monday 05 June 2006
Last Chance To Eat, recently released in paperback, is full of food-related memories - Roddy Lumsden reviews and recommends.
Wednesday 24 May 2006
Robin Robertson has played a crucial role for Scottish writers over the past two decades. Following the publication of Robin's latest poetry collection, Swithering, Roddy Lumsden looks back on his life and work.
Monday 22 May 2006
Roddy Lumsden reviews two recent books on the history of the Scots language, Carl MacDougall's Scots: The Language of the People and Billy Kay's revised Scots: The Mither Tongue
Monday 08 May 2006
Eight out of ten for the new Chambers Fact Finder - and this is from Roddy Lumsden, a man who really knows his trivia.
Wednesday 19 April 2006
A dirty business, a modern tragedy even, but a fascinating read... Roddy Lumsden reviews the revised and updated edition of The Last Godfather
Wednesday 12 April 2006
Small press poetry in Scotland is thriving, with the Scottish Pamphlet Poetry site listing over 30 presses. Roddy features one such press, HappenStance.
Sunday 02 April 2006
Roddy Lumsden reviews Charles Maclean's classic book on the island of St Kilda
Wednesday 22 March 2006
Without further ado, Roddy Lumsden rolls up his sleaves and refuses to judge Chambers Cliches and How To Avoid Them by its cover.
Monday 13 March 2006
Roddy Lumsden features The Book of St Andrews, a literary anthology compiled by Robert Crawford.
Thursday 02 March 2006
Writer-in-residence Roddy Lumsden hunts for trivia amongst the pages of Islands Galore by Jim Dow.
Monday 27 February 2006
Roddy Lumsden celebrates the publication of Blethertoun Braes, a new collection of Scots poetry for children.
Monday 13 February 2006
Roddy Lumsden reviews and highly recommends Hamish Brown's compilation 'Seton Gordon's Scotland - An Anthology'.
Friday 03 February 2006
For fans of the beautiful game, Roddy Lumsden reviews 'Footie Shorts', a fine collection of anecdotes and shaggy dog stories from the world of football.
Tuesday 24 January 2006
On the publication of 'Illustrious Exile', a 'what if' novel on Robert Burns' life in the West Indies, Roddy Lumsden interviews author Andrew Lindsay about the challenges of writing believable speculative fiction.
Monday 23 January 2006
Roddy reviews Thomas Healy's surprising memoir of redemption, I Have Heard You Calling in the Night.
Monday 16 January 2006
Most of us like to read about crime; Roddy Lumsden prefers true crime, such as The Law Killers by Alexander McGregor.
Tuesday 03 January 2006
'The Broons Annual' is a Scottish tradition. Roddy Lumsden checks out the latest edition, and finds a comforting mix of the old and the new.
Thursday 22 December 2005
Roddy Lumsden interviews the former Makar of Edinburgh, Stewart Conn, about his new poetry collection.
Wednesday 14 December 2005
Roddy Lumsden highly recommends 'New Writing Scotland 23'
Monday 05 December 2005
Jackie Kay is one of Scotland's most popular writers – playwright, poet, novelist and children's writer – and her new poetry book Life Mask was recently published.
Thursday 01 December 2005
Here's a quiz: which television shows popularised these words or phrases?: "keep 'em peeled"; "marmalize"...
Thursday 01 December 2005
Roddy Lumsden is inspired (and is sometimes worried by) F Marian McNeill's The Scots Kitchen
Monday 31 October 2005
Roddy Lumsden looks at the role of 'writer in residence', and is inspired by James Robertson's work at the Scottish Parliament.
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