It's All About Words - Alexander McCall Smith

What words should one use in a marriage service? The most important words are those that make up the contract – I do or I will. That’s the legal part, but for most people the relatively soulless terms needed to seal the bargain fall far short of what they want. They want something significant, something poetic…

Friends, my cup overfloweth - Alexander McCall Smith

Penelope Keith is to open a tea room. Alexander McCall Smith approves

A Year in My Life - Alexander McCall Smith

There are a couple of lines from a poem about Belfast that has stuck in my mind since I first read it over thirty years ago. We could all be saved, the poet says, simply by looking up at the hill at the end of the street, yet there is a perverse pride in being on the side of the fallen angels…

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Writing Scotland's Future – July 1999

In 1999 the winner of a national writing competition, Writing Scotland’s Future, was only 11 years old. But her winning entry was strong and on 1 July that year, her poem was read out at the Official Opening of Scotland’s new Parliament. Jan Rutherford was present.

Shortlisted for Major Award

PPW’s Jan Rutherford has been shortlist for the UK’s Publishers’ Publicity Circle Annual Award.

Bookshops in Scotland - A Cause for Celebration

Scottish Review of Books news article published on new bookshop openings this year in Scotland.