The Midnight Letterbox


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Recently I wrote about The Midnight Letterbox: Selected Correspondence 1950- 2010, a collection of Edwin Morgan’s letters edited by James McGonigal and John Coyle, for the Scottish Review of Books. You can read what I thought here.


Morgan, second from left, wearing a kilt in Kiev as part of a cultural delegation in 1955.




Muriel & Mary

I have an article in the current Scottish Review of Books about Muriel Spark and Mary Shelley. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the publication of The Girls of Slender Means (my favourite Spark novel) and the Folio Society has published a lovely new edition with illustrations by Lyndon Hayes (see below) and an excellent intro by AL Kennedy. Carcanet has also reissued Spark’s wonderful book on Shelley with an intro by Michael Schmidt. It was the first book about Mary Shelley that I read, many years ago, and revisiting was a treat. Although, as my piece shows, the temptation to read it more for what it reveals about Spark is irresistible . . .

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