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Literature features

Literature is one of Scotland’s principal national assets. Literature helps people develop the essential skills of literacy, articulacy, independence of thought and enterprise. It is also the carrier of our different languages.

Literature news
A poem and a short story 

Literature news

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Take a literary journey to the Lost World

Readers in Glasgow and Edinburgh will be able to pick up a free copy of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Lost World from schools, libraries, businesses, partner organisations and cafés, restaurants and bars across both cities… read more

 Billy Moster's Daymare

Scotland’s children vote for their favourite books

Thousands of Scotland’s children and young people have cast their votes in the Royal Mail Awards for Scottish Children’s Books, selecting books in three age-group categories. ..… read more

 Iain Banks and Ewan Morrison

Two gentlemen of Verona

A Veronese street games festival has recognised the work of Iain M. Banks and Ewan Morrison, whose work uses the theme of games to explore identities..… read more

 David Malouf

Writer David Malouf to be second Muriel Spark International Fellow

Internationally renowned Australian writer David Malouf has accepted the Scottish Arts Council’s invitation to visit Scotland this Autumn as the second Muriel Spark International Fellow..… read more


People of Scotland invited to share their life stories?

The Scottish Book Trust and BBC Radio Scotland launched a new story writing campaign last month supported by funding from the Scottish Arts Council’s National Lottery fund.… read more

 pile of books

Is there a writer in the house?

The Scottish Arts Council supports writer-in-residence posts at locations throughout Scotland. Find out more about what they do and where they work… read more

 A poem and two short stories

Each month we feature a poem of the month with information on the poet and their inspiration behind writing the poem. We also feature a short story every three months. Click on the image or hyperlink to read the feature.

To a young daughter

A poem by Kona Macphee


Fuzzy Juice

A short story by Laura Hird

Katy McAulay


A short story by Katy McAulay

For old features visit our Literature features archive

*Royal Mail Awards
*Lost World
*Muriel Spark Fellowship
*Days like this
*Writers in residence
*Featured poem
*Short story
*Two Gentlemen of Verona
*Featured short story
*Book Awards 2010
*Precious and the Puggies
*Go See
Related links
* Scots Poem of the Month
* Literature homepage
* Events
* Literature Projects
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