James Kelman on the Dirt Road to Lafayette

https://www.commonspace.scot/articles/10254/anni-donaldson-james-kelman-dirt-road-lafayette Our Celtic Connections columnist Anni Donaldson goes on a musical journey with Dirt Road author James Kelman JAMES KELMAN in conversation with Alan Bisset at a packed ‘meet the author’ session at this year’s Celtic Connections festival was full of surprises.  The ‘connection’ celtic-wise between Kelman’s latest novel, Dirt Road, and Glasgow’s annual music …

@ccfest: Celtic Connections thunders in on The Carrying Stream

This review first appeared in Common Space 15 January 2016 “GIVE us a song!” Growing up in Glasgow in a large extended family of first and second generation Irish immigrants – all good singers – this was an order, not a request. I grew to realise the importance of song to those not long removed from …