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  • The Great Gatsby 2013 film poster

    The Great Gatsby and re-reading

    As the new film version hits cinemas we dissect the enduring appeal of F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel and ask what makes a book particularly re-readable.

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  • Wall Song by Aidan John Moffat

    Legendary Scottish songwriter and musician Aidan Moffat's song about his favourite place.

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  • The Torch Is On Its Way (Vocal and Guitar version)

    We have a commisioned a very special song for Bookbug Week called The Torch Is on Its way. You will find the recording of the vocal and guitar to this above and you will hear this in your local Bookbug Session over Bookbug Week. We hope you will join in and sing along to help us celebrate Bookbug...

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  • The Torch Is On Its Way (Vocal only version)

    We have commisioned a very special song for Bookbug Week called The Torch Is on Its way. You will find the vocal to this above and you will hear this in your local Bookbug Session over Bookbug Week. We hope you will join in and sing along to help us celebrate Bookbug Week!

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  • Book Talk: The Hunger Games and The Echo Chamber

    Download this podcast Paul Gallagher is joined by Holyrood High School librarian Rachel McCabe and three teenage school pupils Joanne, Lewis and Roselinta to review one of the biggest books of the moment, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. They begin by asking why the book has been so popular,...

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  • Skint! feature on Radio Scotland

    This is a BBC radio broadcast with some young people from Ayr about their involvement with the Skint! project. We would like to thank the 'Sunday Morning With Ricky Ross' programme on BBC Radio Scotland, who originally broadcast this feature about Skint! Their interviewer, Bob Dickson, spoke to...

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  • Boxer Beetle cover and Ned Beauman image

    Boxer Beetle

    Paul Gallagher is joined by Peggy Hughes, City of Literature’s Communications Executive and Duncan Wright, Senior School Librarian from Stewart’s Melville College in Edinburgh to discuss and review Boxer Beetle, the acclaimed debut novel from Ned Beauman, a part absurd historical comedy, part...

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  • Book Talk: The Death of Lomond Friel by Sue Peebles

    Paul Gallagher is joined by journalist Chitra Ramaswamy to review Scottish writer Sue Peebles' debut novel The Death of Lomond Friel . The story centres on Rosie Friel, an Edinburgh Radio presenter and minor Scottish celebrity, and how her life, and the lives of her family members, are affected...

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  • Jennifer Egan

    A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan

    Paul Gallagher is joined by The Scotsman features writer Lee Randall and freelance journalist and books blogger Nicola Balkind to discuss Jennifer Egan’s 2011 Pulitzer Prize-winner A Visit from the Goon Squad, as well as choosing some related reading recommendations

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  • Book Talk Extra: John Burnside full Glister interview

    John Burnside is a Scottish novelist and poet of considerable acclaim – he won the Forward poetry prize for his collection Black Cat Bone in October this year, and his latest novel, A Summer of Drowning , is on the shortlist for the current Costa Fiction prize. Book Talk's Paul Gallagher sat down...

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  • Book Talk: Glister by John Burnside

    Paul Gallagher is joined by The Skinny magazine's books editor Keir Hind and BookRiot.com founding contributor Edd McCracken to discuss John Burnside's 2008 novel Glister , a dark and imaginative novel, rooted in Scottish identity and full of ambiguity. It's an engaging, opinionated discussion -...

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  • Leila Aboulela author of Lyrics Alley

    Lyrics Alley

    A family saga, a continent-spanning narrative and a backdrop of huge cultural and political change

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  • Rebecca Makkai

    The Borrower

    Listen to host Paul Gallagher and guests Pauline McLean and Rachel McCabe discussing The Borrower by Rebecca Makkai.

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  • Jason Donald interview

    Jason Donald's debut novel Choke Chain , which tells the story of two boys growing up in '80s South Africa, received widespread critical acclaim when it was published in early 2009. In this interview with Scottish Book Trust's Olivier Joly, recorded as part of our Online Teacher in Residence...

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