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Cargo announces initial plans for third year of Margins fest

Dig out your Ladz On Tour t-shirts: Beloved Glasgow indie Cargo Publishing has announced a jaunt up north for the third year of its Margins book and music festival, expanding its cavalcade of novelists, poets, indie and folk musicians, and other assorted drunks to encompass, for the first time, Margins Aberdeen. The festival’s inaugural northern leg will see it take over Woodend Barn Arts Centre in the rural town of Banchory – around a half hour drive from Aberdeen city centre – from 31 May to 2 June.

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Storm in a crap mug: Ewan Morrison wins Not The Booker

Yeah, so Mo Yan won the Nobel, and it’s a big deal because he’s the first Chinese citizen to be made a laureate, and it’s all very exciting, but another, usually far more low-key prize has also seen more than its share of thrills, spills and assorted other rhymes over the past few days: Ewan Morrison’s Tales From The Mall took this year’s Guardian-arranged, self-explanatory Not The Booker Prize but, as is inevitable with the ever-provocative author, took it with no small dose of controversy.

(N.B.: in the interests of full disclosure, I am acquainted with several people involved in the publication of the book, and so am going to try to keep this account as straightforward and impartial as I can, but feel free to argue the ins and outs in the comments. Please, do read the source articles linked to above and below for a full picture of exactly what has transpired over the past couple of days.)

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Mark Buckland of Cargo Publishing on the Edinburgh International Book Festival [INTERVIEW]

Mark_Buckland_CargoComprising the Jazz Festival, the Art Festival, the Film Festival and of course the world famous Comedy Festival; Edinburgh International Festival has just drawn to a close. It’s a month of make or break for the brash and the brave talents of the arts scene. The book festival itself has been going since 1983 and like a fine cheese, gets bigger (admittedly, this is not necessarily true of cheese) and better with age. 2012 saw upwards of 190,000 bibliophiles trying to dodge the street performers cluttering up the city’s streets and investing in cultural hangovers. The obligatory actual hangovers may still be clouding a few brows, but Mark Buckland, head of Cargo Publishing, the Glasgow based Indy and future publisher of @50shadesglasgow – managed a few coherent sentences.

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