Miranda France

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You Have To Be Careful in the Land of the Free


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AT EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY, from the 1960s until 1988, there was a publishing house run by students, unique in Britain. Polygon – which is no longer in amateur hands – was responsible for discovering some of the great names of Scottish literature – Liz Lochhead, Janice Galloway and A L Kennedy among them. At our Wednesday afternoon editorial meetings, we pallid twenty-year-olds pondered the merits of Alexander Trocchi and D M Black, before repairing to the Union bar to drink subsidized beer.

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