The word ‘bazaar’ was first used to describe a sale of work in 1813 in London and spread throughout the developed world in the 19th century. By the 1870s they were huge extravaganzas lasting several days, with entertainments, such as puppet shows, theatrical performances and displays of novelties such as electric light,
Once you get past the early hours of the morning traditionally very little happens in Scotland on New Year’s Day. Appropriately on January 1st 2017 something is happening that is very quiet, automatic but in terms of Scottish literature quite exciting. The works of five varied but important Scottish female authors will no longer be […]
February 1st 2017 would have been Dame Muriel Spark’s 99th birthday. What it will be is the beginning of a year-long countdown to her centenary, signalling a series of events and activities that will celebrate the life and writing of one of Scotland’s greatest 20th Century writers. And while we at the Library are busy […]
Good news this week for Scottish literature. Nan Shepherd, one of our best and most interesting 20th century writers will feature on a new £5 note from the Royal Bank of Scotland. Who exactly was the commanding figure on the new note? Nan Shepherd (1893-1981) lived in Aberdeenshire all her life, and published only […]
(Photo credit: Pavilion Books. Image above shows an old-fashioned car against a dark background alongside the title of the book: Ferguson’s Gang: the remarkable story of the National Trust gangsters and the names of the authors: Polly Bagnall and Sally Beck) 1927. Britain’s heritage is vanishing. Beautiful landscapes are being bulldozed. Historic buildings are being blown […]
Course members from The Workers Educational Association visited National Library of Scotland last week as part of their Excuse my dust! course, rediscovering Scottish women writers . I introduced manuscripts associated with two writers, Violet Jacob and Nan Shepherd, both of whom deserve a wider reputation.
(Photo credit: publisher- Virago) (Image shows two women halfway up two ladders tending to a plant, with the title of the book ‘Gardening women: their stories 1600 to the present’ and the authors name – Catherine Horwood) Women are rarely celebrated in the history of gardening – a fact Catherine Horwood, a historian and passionate […]