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Links to view our weekly Open Book Unbound newsletters are below, with a summary of what's included in each issue, plus links to our monthly podcasts, Unbound Writing and Writer in Residence story.

Open Book Unbound Issue 109

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Open Book Unbound Issue 108

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Open Book Unbound Issue 107

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Open Book Unbound Issue 106

We’re thrilled to bring you the latest bumper edition of Unbound, which includes new fiction by Amy Moreno, our Writer in Residence Jessica Widner and more on the theme of Choice. You can also listen to the latest episode of the Unbound podcast here.
 

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Open Book Unbound Issue 105

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Open Book Unbound Issue 104

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Open Book Unbound Issue 103

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Open Book Unbound Issue 102

Our theme this month is Home, and includes new fiction by Dizz Tate as well as the latest story from our Writer in Residence Jessica Widner.
 

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Open Book Unbound Issue 101

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Open Book Unbound Issue 100

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Open Book Unbound Issue 99

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Open Book Unbound Issue 98

Our theme this month is Barriers, and includes new fiction by Tom Murray as well as the third story from our Writer in Residence Jessica Widner. You can also listen to the latest episode of the Unbound podcast here.
 

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Open Book Unbound Issue 97

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Open Book Unbound Issue 96

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Open Book Unbound Issue 95

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Open Book Unbound Issue 94

Since 2022 has been named the Year of Scotland’s Stories, our theme this month is Telling Stories, and includes new fiction by Lynnda Wardle as well as the second story from our Writer in Residence Jessica Widner.
 

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Open Book Unbound Issue 93

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Open Book Unbound Issue 92

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Open Book Unbound Issue 91

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Open Book Unbound Issue 90

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Open Book Unbound Issue 89

The first edition of Unbound in 2022. Our theme this month is Birds, and includes new fiction by Lorraine Thomson as well as the first story from our brand new Writer in Residence Jessica Widner.
 

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Open Book Unbound Issue 88

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Open Book Unbound Issue 87

December’s bumper edition of Unbound. Our theme this month is Feast, and includes new fiction by Jeda Pearl Lewis as well as the final story from our fabulous Writer in Residence Heather Parry.
 

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Open Book Unbound Issue 86

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Open Book Unbound Issue 85

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Open Book Unbound Issue 84

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Open Book Unbound Issue 83

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Open Book Unbound Issue 82

November’s bumper issue of Open Book Unbound. Our theme this month is Maps, and includes new fiction by Dundee Lead Reader Rafael Torrubia and the latest story from our Writer in Residence Heather Parry.
 

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Open Book Unbound Issue 81

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Open Book Unbound Issue 80

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Open Book Unbound Issue 79

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Open Book Unbound Issue 78

October’s bumper issue of Open Book Unbound. Our theme this month is Water, and includes new fiction by Skye-based writer Katharine Macfarlane and the latest story from our Writer in Residence Heather Parry.
 

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Open Book Unbound Issue 77

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Open Book Unbound Issue 76

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Open Book Unbound Issue 75

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Open Book Unbound Issue 74

September’s bumper issue of Open Book Unbound. Our theme this month is Inside/Outside, and includes new fiction by Catherine Wilson and the latest story from our Writer in Residence Heather Parry.
 

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Open Book Unbound Issue 73

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Open Book Unbound Issue 72

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Open Book Unbound Issue 71

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Open Book Unbound Issue 70

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Open Book Unbound Issue 69

Our tweltfh bumper issue of Open Book Unbound. Our theme this month is Objects, and includes new fiction by Angi Holden and the latest story from our Writer in Residence Heather Parry.
 

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Open Book Unbound Issue 68

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Open Book Unbound Issue 67

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Open Book Unbound Issue 66

This year’s Edinburgh International Book Festival Bumper edition of Unbound. We’ve highlighted some of the events that we hope you’ll enjoy.
 

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Open Book Unbound Issue 65

Our eleventh bumper issue of Open Book Unbound. Our theme this month is Chance, and includes new fiction by Judy Upton and the second story from our new Writer in Residence Heather Parry
 

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Open Book Unbound Issue 64

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Open Book Unbound Issue 63

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Open Book Unbound Issue 62

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Open Book Unbound Issue 61

Our tenth bumper issue of Open Book Unbound. Our theme this month is Crossroads, and includes new fiction by Lorraine Thomson (who is also Lead Reader for our Ullapool creative writing group) and the first story from our brand new Writer in Residence: Heather Parry
 

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Open Book Unbound Issue 60

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Open Book Unbound Issue 59

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Open Book Unbound Issue 58

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Open Book Unbound Issue 57

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Open Book Unbound Issue 56

Our ninth Bumper issue of Open Book Unbound.  In this issue, we’re delighted to bring you the final story from our brilliant writer in residence Alice Ash. We’ve also got a new story by Cath Barton this month, plus fiction by Katherine Mansfield, Virginia Woolf, Ray Bradbury and more.

 

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Open Book Unbound Issue 55

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Open Book Unbound Issue 54

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Open Book Unbound Issue 53

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Open Book Unbound Issue 52

Our eighth Bumper issue of Open Book Unbound. This month we are teaming up with the Scottish Book Trust ahead of their new story campaign for this year’s Book Week Scotland. Read on for fantastic new work from our Writer in Residence Alice Ash, writer (and Open Book Lead Reader) Ruth Gilchrist, as well as work from Alice Walker, Isak Dineset and more!
 

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Open Book Unbound Issue 51

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Open Book Unbound Issue 50

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Open Book Unbound Issue 49

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Open Book Unbound Issue 48

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Open Book Unbound Issue 47

Our seventh Bumper issue of Open Book Unbound. This month we are joining with the Edwin Morgan Trust as we wind up celebrations for the centenary of the great Scottish poet and writer Edwin Morgan. We’ve included some new creative pieces responding to Morgan’s work by our Writer in Residence Alice Ash and Linda Cracknell, as well as some further prose pieces by Morgan.
 

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Open Book Unbound Issue 46

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Open Book Unbound Issue 45

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Open Book Unbound Issue 44

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Open Book Unbound Issue 43

Our sixth Bumper issue of Open Book Unbound. This month our theme is Home – very topical we’re sure you’ll agree! Read on for plenty of stories and poems to enjoy in your groups, including the latest tale from our Writer in Residence Alice Ash and a brand new story by writer and editor Jane Archer.
 

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Open Book Unbound Issue 42

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Open Book Unbound Issue 41

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Open Book Unbound Issue 40

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Open Book Unbound Issue 39

Our fifth Bumper issue of Open Book Unbound – including the latest story from our digital Writer in Residence Alice Ash, and a story from our Unbound Writing programme by Dorothy Lawrenson. Plus the January 2021 Unbound podcast and lots more.
 

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Open Book Unbound Issue 38

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Open Book Unbound Issue 37

Our fourth Bumper issue of Open Book Unbound – the first to feature some brand new writing created especially for us, including from our new digital Writer in Residence Alice Ash, and a story from our New Writing programme by our own Lead Reader Liz Treacher. What’s more, the Unbound podcast is back and we’re chatting about Liz’s story and a poem by Mark Strand that Liz selected.
 

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Open Book Unbound Issue 36

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Open Book Unbound Issue 35

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Open Book Unbound Issue 34

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Open Book Unbound Issue 33

Our third Bumper issue of Open Book Unbound – the theme of this month’s edition is Future: Nature, to tie in with Book Week Scotland’s futuristic theme, but with an ecological twist. Read on for stories and poems about the power of the natural world to surprise, shock, delight, and even rebel against us.
 

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Open Book Unbound Issue 32

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Open Book Unbound Issue 31

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Open Book Unbound Issue 30

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Open Book Unbound Issue 29

Our second Bumper issue of Open Book Unbound – with a focus on the idea of ‘Wrapping Up’ as we head into the autumn. Read on for stories about dark nights and warm fires, cosy jumpers and the ever-surprising delights of autumn.
 

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Open Book Unbound Issue 28

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Open Book Unbound Issue 27

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Open Book Unbound Issue 26

Our first Bumper issue of Open Book Unbound – highlighting a selection of fantastic events taking place as part of the Wigtown Book Festival.
 

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Open Book Unbound Issue 25

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Open Book Unbound Issue 24

‘I took my troubles for a walk (A grown-up fairy tale)’ by Pauline Moore, new creative writing sessions, Open Book Unbound podcast episode 23 and more.
 

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Open Book Unbound Issue 23

‘Unbound’ by Ian Matheson, new creative writing sessions, Open Book Unbound Podcast Episode 22 and more.
 

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Open Book Unbound Issue 22

‘The Bench’ by Beth Godfrey, our picks from the second week of the Edinburgh International Book Festival, Open Book Unbound Podcast Episode 21 and more.
 

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Open Book Unbound Issue 21

‘Orange Peel’ by Sophie Law, our picks from the first week of the Edinburgh International Book Festival, Open Book Unbound Podcast Episode 20 and more.
 

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Open Book Unbound Issue 20

‘The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree’ by Shokoofeh Azar, our picks from the first week of the Edinburgh International Book Festival, Open Book Unbound Podcast Episode 19 and more.
 

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Open Book Unbound Issue 19

‘The Happy House’ by Kathryn Koromilas, more postcard stories from Jan Carson (‘Ghosts’, ‘Crocodile’ and ‘Monkey’), Open Book Unbound Podcast Episode 18 and more..
 

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Open Book Unbound Issue 18

‘Gathering Threads’ by Lisa Williams, more postcard stories from Jan Carson (‘Caterpillar’, ‘Cherry Scones’ and ‘Tickets’), Open Book Unbound Podcast Episode 17 and more..
 

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Open Book Unbound Issue 17

‘Body in the Landscape’ by Elspeth Wilson, more postcard stories from Jan Carson (‘Cat Party’, ‘Imaginary Friend’ and ‘Postcards’), Open Book Unbound Podcast Episode 16 and more..
 

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Open Book Unbound Issue 16

‘Confluence of Years’ by Linda Cracknell, more postcard stories from Jan Carson (‘Underground Haircut’, ‘Not Cleaning’ and ‘Buns’), Open Book Unbound Podcast Episode 15 and more..
 

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Open Book Unbound Issue 15

‘Gazing’ by Russell Jones, more postcard stories from Jan Carson (‘Frogspawn’, ‘Swings’ and ‘Chess’), Open Book Unbound Podcast Episode 14 and more..
 

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Open Book Unbound Issue 14

‘Essential’ by Siân Bevan, more postcard stories from Jan Carson (‘Cherry Scones’, ‘Dishes’ and ‘Cappuccino’), Open Book Unbound Podcast Episode 13 and more..

 

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Open Book Unbound Issue 13

‘All at Sea’ by Kate Smith, more postcard stories from Jan Carson (‘Bookshop’, ‘Gladys’ and ‘The Sea’), Open Book Unbound Podcast Episode 12 and more..

 

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Open Book Unbound Issue 12

‘Imagine a Country’ extract by Peter Ross, more postcard stories from Jan Carson (‘Ice Cream Man’, ‘Americano’ and ‘Agnes’), Open Book Unbound Podcast Episode 11 and more..

 

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Open Book Unbound Issue 11

‘Child of the Moon’ by Heather Parry, more postcard stories from Jan Carson (‘Wardrobe Portal’, ‘Long Distance Hug’ and ‘Easyjet Worlds’), Open Book Unbound Podcast Episode 10 and more..

 

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Open Book Unbound Issue 10

‘Hebridean Lovesong’ and ‘The Fox in the Attic’ by James Robertson more postcard stories from Jan Carson (‘Zoo’, ‘Portable Sunset’ and ‘The Bad Thing’), Open Book Unbound Podcast Episode 9 and more..

 

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Open Book Unbound Issue 9

‘Gunther’ by Helen Sedgwick, more postcard stories from Jan Carson (‘Groceries’, ‘Chocolate’ and ‘Before’), Open Book Unbound Podcast Episode 8 and more..

 

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Open Book Unbound Issue 8

‘Imagine a Country’ by Leila Aboulela, more postcard stories from Jan Carson (‘Tesco’, ‘Hoovering’ and ‘Disguise’), Open Book Unbound Podcast Episode 7 and more..

 

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Open Book Unbound Issue 7

‘At Sea’ by Karen Lord, more postcard stories from Jan Carson (‘Fox’, ‘Wardrobe’ and ‘Tsundoku’), Open Book Unbound Podcast Episode 6 and more..

 

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Open Book Unbound Issue 6

Scottish Book Trust Your Stories annual writing projet, more postcard stories from Jan Carson (‘Seagull’, ‘Loch Ness Monster’ and ‘Neighbours’), Open Book Unbound Podcast Episode 5 and more…

 

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Open Book Unbound Issue 5

Edwin Morgan Centenary, more postcard stories from Jan Carson (‘Butterfly’, ‘Expedition’ and ‘Clock’), Open Book Unbound Podcast Episode 4 and more..

 

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Open Book Unbound Issue 4

‘A Tale of Two Cities’ by Yiyun Li, more postcard stories from Jan Carson (‘Statues’, ‘Chicken’, ‘Surprise’), National Theatre At Home, Unbound Podcast Episode 3 and more…

 

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Open Book Unbound Issue 3

‘Self Control’ by James Robertson, with composition by Aidan O’Rourke, more postcard stories from Jan Carson (‘Mountain Goats’, ‘Compost’, ‘Binoculars’), At Home with the RSNO, Unbound Podcast Episode 2 and more…

 

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Open Book Unbound Issue 2

‘An Anti-Social Ride’ by Lee Craigie, more postcard stories from Jan Carson (‘Mugs’, ‘Birds’ and ‘Cocoon’), ‘The Road Not Taken’ by Robert Frost,‘Landscape with Flying Man’ by John Glenday,  Unbound Podcast Episode 1 and more….

 

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Open Book Unbound Issue 1

‘Weather’ by Jenny Offill, ‘Stars’ Illustrated Postcard Story by Jan Carson, Miranda Sawyers’ True Life Stories podcasts, Explore the Science Museum, Maggie O’Farrell Virtual Book Launch party/

 

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