"to season food with native saltbush and pepperberry is not exotic for people who have lived off the land for unnumbered centuries"
Arts Editor and author Neil D.A. Stewart distills 12 months of essential reads
"Jordan Gray is a star in near-vertical ascent, and she’s bringing all of us with her"
"Sexual perversion is so ingrained in the history of 20th-century queerness that it's the rule, not the exception"
"This is a restaurant where tradition is (forgive me) baked in"
"To the shy or less than gregarious among us, the cruise sounds like hell on water"
In a year defined by a sense of stultification, existential dread and a slender grip on sanity, there were some remarkable works of art
"Pig is mythic, macho and very serious about what it wants to say. But what does it want to say?"
"Pandemics, zombie cities, political coups attempted by inept supervillains – the stuff of fiction invaded real life this year"
"All this is bleak stuff. Delighted as I always am to see my home city represented in fiction, and to rewalk its geography in prose, I also cavil at depictions of Glaswegian life that are unremittingly grim"