‘His ability scrupulously to ev0Ke the landscapes and the peoples of the H:ghlands. his blending together of myth and reality and his Wide-ranging imagination make Neil Gunn the most important Scottish novelist of the 20th century.‘

Trevor Royle: The MacMi/lan Companion to Scottish Literature

Illustrated with photographs

from (iunn‘s boat trip in I937

as well as photographs ofthe Scottish coastline today.


RI( '1“ RI) DRE ll' I’L 'BIJSIIING I. '1‘!) (MA S(i() ll


Tue-Sat (evenings only) Table d‘Hote and a la Carte menus BRASSERIE Seven days: lunchtimes and evenings. Wide range of meals available.


Deadly Sins (see review above) will read and sign at Hatchards. 5t) (Bordon Street. (l-ll 221 0262. on Mon 14 Nov. 7pm for 7.30pm.

I Anne Stevenson creative writer at Edinburgh l'niversity. will read from her poetry at (‘ollins (iallery. Richmond Street on Tue Nov 15. 1.15-2pm. The event is organised by Strathclyde University's Department of English Studies.


I John Heath-Stubbs reads his poems on in Nov. 7.30pm. as part of the Poetry Association of Scotland's autumn schedule. The venue is 27 (ieorge Square and admission is £1. although students and LIB-ll) holders are admitted free. For furthur

information about events and annual

membership. call ()31 33-1 52-11.


Neal Ascherson ( for (iantes ll'ith Shatloti's) and Tom Nairn (for The line/ranted (ilass) were the joint winners of the Seotsntan-sponsored Saltire Society's Scottish Book ofthe Year award. Both books are published by Radius. The Best First Book went to Raymond Vettesse‘s volume of Scots poems The Rich! .\'oise which is published by Macdonald.

I Heathcote Williams author of the beautiful. ifover—hyped long poem Whale Nation. gives a reading from his new book about water-inhabiting mammals Falling For/l Dolphin. He appears at the Museth Shop. Koyat Scottish Museum. (‘hambers Street. Edinburgh on Sunday 13 November at 3pm and at John Smith’s Bookshop. Byres Road. (ilasgow on Monday 14 November at b.3(lpm

I Polish Writers' Weekend As part of the Polish Realities season in (ilasgow. a weekend focusing on Polish writing. On Fri 18 November. 10am—5pm there is a conference on Polish Literature; on Sat 1‘) November (2—6. 15pm) and Sun 20 November (2.30pm onwards) there is a conference on New Polish Writing and on Sat 1‘) November at 8pm there is a ('elehratirnt ofl’olish and Scottish Poetry oft/re 80s. All events at 'I'hird liye ('entre. Sauchiehall Street. (ilasgow. ()4! 332 7521.

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Sally Stewart moves on up to the Penguin Cafe and checks out eating on all levels of Glasgow‘s consumer paradise.


Take the glass lift to the very top. The Penguin Cafe is fottr months old and already enjoys considerable notoriety. lts vogtte is due in part to its location. check by jowl with the filigree roofof Princes Square. in part to owner Ken McCulloch. who has spent the last decade etl‘isiching Glasgow's restaurant scene with his individual style. and also to the brasserie staff. who bring the place to life with courteous. friendly and informed service.

Manager Laurence McManus asserts that the Penguin (‘afe gives

diners an unrivalled choice ofeating.

The brasserie menu is a clever mixture of the familiar and the innovative. Whilst not intended to be extensive. it provides an enviable variety. McManus talks of attention to detail. bread freshly baked on the premises. and their selection of

unusual drinks. including the Bellini.

that much vaunted mixture of peach juice and sparkling wine. A separate bar menu is available for quick meals. or it can be teamed with the main menu for the more adventurous. The overall ambience is ofstudied relaxation. careful informality. It's a pleasant place for an early evening drink or for dinner with the in-crowd.

Down below on the second floor. the Terrace food court offers a

bewildering range of food for speedy

eating or leisurely lunching overlooking the atrium. Wholefoods offers ‘good home cooking‘ from a


menu tnade up ofsalads. hot main courses and dishes of the day (main course £3 approx). La Patisserie stocks frenchified pastries of all sorts and hot and cold boissons to wash them down (pastries from 60p). Authentic (‘hinese food is prepared before your very eyes at Mings. All the old favourites plus daily specials hit the wok at about £3.20 for a main course. The Cookhouse will rustle up burgers and chargrills at about £3.30 and La Creperie will fill you a crepe from about £2.25. All day breakfast (£3)is on offer at Elmo's All Day Diner and there is a range ofseafood dishes (£3 approx) at Salters Seafood that any fishtnonger worth his salt would be proud of. Pizzas are baked as you wait on the Pizza Piazza. On the lower ground floor Andronica’s Coffee Shop offers many varieties of the bean to consume on the spot or carry home. On the satne floor The Immortal Buzzy Wares is a highly individual joint with decor suggestive of the Mojave desert. Recommended fora beer or some American-inspired food.

Princes Square. Buchanan Street 041 22/ 0663 is open Mon—Sat 9.30am—7pm,‘ Sun I lam—5pm. The

"Penguin ( 'afe ()4! 22/ 0303: the Baris

open Mon— Thurs [lam—11pm; Fri/Sat I] ant—midnight; the Brasserie opens Mon— Thurs noon-2.30pm and (win—10.30am; FriSat ()pm—l 1pm. Buzzy Wares is open Mon—Sat

l I ant—midnight; Sun I] ant—5pm; Sunday brunch noon—3 pm.

are places you. can get a sit-down breakfast.

j orsomethingmore i substantial. i IChange AtJamaica ll 17

('lvde Street 429-1422. GLASGOW

I Buzzy Wares Lower ground floor. Princes Square 248 JUN). Mon—Sat from 11am; Sunday brunch noon-3pm. Weekdays. croissants and coffee are ~ on offer. but Sundays are for brunch from the full business to eggs easy over. I Cate Gandolti o4 Albion Street 552 6813. A Unlessyou're the sonwho . peacefulwaytostartthe 5 day with the accent on an Auld Alliance mixture of French and Scottish food. I Cate Sannino is (iibson Street 33‘) 5294 Mon~Sat 8.3(lam~6pm. A deli with sitting room through the back. Excellent for coffee


breakfasts with your broker every other Tuesday, eating out in the morning is usually either a necessity brought about by travelling. lack ofa kitchen. insomnia. or a late and prolonged indulgence on Sundays. The following

noon—midnight:Thurs noon-~2am; l’ri’Sat

noon -5am: Sun

: ppm—midnight. Early

birds only. or very late

ones. Light mealsand

ornelettes servedin minutes. And that‘sa promise.

I Cul-de-Sac 4446 Ashton Lane 334 889‘). Mon-Wed

noon—l l .3()pm ; Thurs/Fri noon-midnight; Sat Ilium—midnight; Sun noon-11pm. Why not nurse a hangover to the gentle accompaniment of coffee and croissants.

I Epicures Restaurant 46 West Nile Street 221 7488.

62 The List 1 1— 24 November 1988