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Designing the Picador poetry covers: like veins in the body

Designing the Picador poetry covers: like veins in the body

Monday, 22 September 2014

The new design style for Picador’s collected and selected poetry books began with the hardback edition of Sean O’Brien’s Collected Poems, where I was trying to create something simple yet striking, collectable, and most importantly true to the poetry.

Friday poem: 'There are many things I ought to do'

Friday poem: 'There are many things I ought to do'

Friday, 19 September 2014

There's a 'graceful sufficiency' to this poem. At very first glance it seems to be concerned primarily with objects – plants, notebooks, stamps, a window sill – but on second looking, these objects might relate to a way of thinking, of being. The language of the poem seems to luxuriate in itself (take the gorgeous precision of 'velvet pointillism') while also pointing to a particular way of being in the world.

Writing the book that didn't exist: conversations with great British songwriters

Writing the book that didn't exist: conversations with great British songwriters

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Fifteen years ago while in a bookshop on the Charing Cross Road it suddenly occurred to me that I wanted to read about the writing habits of the country's great songwriters. It was a book which did not exist. I clinically guillotined a lifetime of musicianship, shut away my Fender Telecaster, and set out to write the book I most wanted to read. This is a snapshot of what I learnt while writing Isle of Noises.

8 brilliant Scottish books

Thursday, 18 September 2014

The day of the referendum is here and we've picked out some of our favourite Scottish books.

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