Education and Literature are old school friends. With buttoned-up blazer and responsible shoulders, Education sits at the front of class, passing to its peers the tools needed to navigate the world that loiters restlessly at the gates. Literature, that wild-eyed dreamer, lurks at the back of the room, scars the desk with secrets and stories, and breathes life into the lesson. In this new issue of The Bottle Imp, we timetable a literary lesson on Scotland’s schools and teachers.
- “The most exhausting of all ways to make a living”: School Teaching and Education in the Life and Work of Sorley MacLean and Iain Crichton Smith (Emma Dymock)
- Fae Tantallon tae TikTok: a decade o Scots at Schuil (Jamie Fairbairn)
- George Friel, Muriel Spark, and “the music of what happens” (Linden Bicket)
- Hugh Miller (1802–1856) and the Crucible of Childhood (David Alston)
- Sonny and Me: Writing for YAs (Ross Sayers)
- Teaching Tyranny: The Crime of Miss Jean Brodie (Kaiyue He)