The Divided Self:

Artist Sekai Machache explores ideas of identity and self.

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Lost girls:

Author Mick Kitson tells Sibylla Archdale Khalid how he conjured Sal, one of the most compelling literary characters of 2018

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Outside in:

A short story by Shirley Gillan

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Twilight:

A poem by Fiona Ritchie Walker

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Rip it up:

Scotland has a richly diverse and inventive musical history from Lonnie Donegan to Young Fathers. Test your Scottish pop knowledge in our quiz

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Reading by Amy Jardine:

Amy Jardine will read her work this Thursday in Edinburgh

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A ripple from the storm:

Brilliant and uncompromising, Doris Lessing inspired Amy Jardine to conquer fear, start writing and live a fuller life

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I invited him:

A magnificently dark tale of obsession. By Vhairi Slaven

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Jade Starmore, a photographer and textile designer from the Hebrides, creates wearable art inspired by the Scottish landscape

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Books
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Set in a near-future Earth devastated by global warming, The Book of Joan is a rare attempt to deal with a colossal issue. Sybilla Archdale Kalid on why climate change can’t be contained in modern literature

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Collaborations
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The pipeline:

A short story by Frank Rennie, inspired by Alison McGill’s painting ‘Coastal Aerial View’.

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Film
Sheila take a bow:

Aidan Moffat’s foray into traditional music began mischievously but ended up being very moving, writes Alistair Braidwood

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Ideas
Eyes wide open:

The Greeks’ No vote contains lessons for us all, writes Cat Boyd

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Music
Still crazy:

This Heat split in 1982, but their records influenced some of the most inventive alternative musicians who followed. Neil Cooper caught the improv kings’ live return as This Is Not This Heat at Café Oto

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New Writing
Johnny Cash’s stepdaughter gave me a kiss:

A new short story by Naomi Richards

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Poetry
Twilight:

A poem by Fiona Ritchie Walker

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