Just for kicks, the autobiography of Scottish international rugby player Kenny Logan was amongst the titles received by the National Library of Scotland this week. Born in Stirling in 1972, Kenny was brought up in a farming community. Despite his successful rugby career, Kenny did not learn to read or write until he was in his thirties. In Just for kicks Kenny discusses his childhood on the farm, school experiences, rugby career, dyslexia and relationships.
East Lothian cinemas are the subject of Brian Hornsey’s book Ninety years of cinema in East Lothian. Brian details the history of cinema in Dunbar, Haddington, North Berwick, Ormiston, Prestonpans, Tranent and Musselburgh, describing the experience of going to the pictures in East Lothian during the course of the 20th century. You can find more titles about the history of Scottish cinemas in Scottish Bibliographies Online.
Short stories by up and coming writers from the University of Glasgow Masters course in creative writing make up the collection in Sushirexia : 32 stories about hunger, edited by Gordon Jenkins and Robert Smith. An intriguing collection, varied in style and content, this volume is likely to contain work by new Scottish literary stars in the making.
Scottish poet Christopher Salvesen’s collection The long gallery, published by Shoestring Press, was also received this week. Christopher was born in Edinburgh in 1935 and brought up in Dumfriesshire. After studying at Oxford, he lectured in English literature at Trinity College Dublin and the University of Reading. The long gallery is Christopher’s third collection of poetry.