The Scottish Gallery Book Club

27 May 2021

Those of you on Instagram will have seen that we are now hosting a Scottish Gallery Book Club, as a literary companion to our monthly event programming.

We are delighted to announce that Golden Hare Books is now our bookshop partner, and each month they will select a book exploring themes or ideas complimentary to one of our exhibitions.

June Book Club

For the month of June, Golden Hare have selected two books to accompany Kate Downie's exhibition Between Seasons - The Overstory by Richard Powers and By Ash, Oak and Thorn by Melissa Harrison.

The Scottish Gallery Book Club
The Scottish Gallery Book Club

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2019, The Overstory explores the relationship between humans and trees. Starting out with stories of individuals and the trees that hold significance for them, culminating in a whole which mirrors the structure of the tree itself. Concentric circles and intertwining branches of plot and character work together to produce an impassioned cry for humanity to work together with nature.

The Scottish Gallery Book Club

On Melissa Harrison's By Ash, Oak and Thorn:

Celebrated novelist and nature writer, Melissa Harrison has drawn upon her childhood experience of connecting with nature through stories in the creation of this magical work, inspired by the 1942 classic The Little Grey Men by BB. Children and adults alike will be enchanted by the adventures of the Hidden Folk, as they travel from their woodland home, through the depths of the countryside, and eventually to the heart of the city, searching for a way to help their kind survive in a changing world.

Please join us in reading the book, follow our hashtag #tsgreads, and share your feedback on Instagram, or in an email to bookclub@scottish-gallery.co.uk. Your responses will be featured on our social media!


May Book Club

In May, to accompany Victoria Crowe’s Another Time, Another Place exhibition, Golden Hare Books have selected Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s The Yellow Wallpaper.

The Scottish Gallery Book Club
The Scottish Gallery Book Club

A nameless woman endures enforced confinement, remaining isolated in a mansion in the middle of nowhere. Her only salvation? Her writing. Craving love, intellectual stimulation and understanding, she is instead subjected to the unbroken sight of the yellowed paper that lines the four walls around her. Not the most cheerful read but it explores the route out of isolation through artistic expression.

The Scottish Gallery Book Club
The Scottish Gallery Book Club

April’s book was Ted Hughes’ Birthday Letters, chosen by Christine McArthur to accompany her exhibition, Notes to Self:

This group of poems largely talks about Sylvia Plath, her poetry and Ted Hughes' relationship with his wife. I think it is brave, very brave, because I don't think Ted Hughes tended to consult his own feelings very often. At least that is how I see it.

Christine McArthur

Please join us in reading the book, follow our hashtag #tsgreads, and share your feedback on Instagram, or in an email to bookclub@scottish-gallery.co.uk. Your responses will be featured on our social media!

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