NLS at the Edinburgh International Book Festival
Listen to recordings and read transcripts of National Library of Scotland Donald Dewar Memorial Lectures. The lecture takes place every August at the Edinburgh International Book Festival.
Where possible, we provide here a recording of the lecture and / or a transcript.
- Gordon Brown: 13 August 2012
(lecture not available)
- Elish Angiolini: 26 August 2011
Listen to Elish Angiolini's lecture | read Elish Angiolini's lecture
- Alistair Darling: 17 August 2010
Listen to Alistair Darling's lecture | read Alistair Darling's lecture
- Shirley Williams: 25 August 2009
Listen to Shirley Williams' lecture | read Shirley Williams' lecture
- Alex Salmond: 19 August 2008
Listen to Alex Salmond's lecture | read Alex Salmond's lecture
- Andrew Marr: 20 August 2007
Listen to Andrew Marr's lecture | read Andrew Marr's lecture
- Brian Taylor: 23 August 2006
Listen to Brian Taylor's lecture | read Brian Taylor's lecture
- George Reid: 25 August 2005
Listen to George Reid's lecture | read George Reid's lecture
- Robin Cook: 23 August 2004
Listen to Robin Cook's lecture | read Robin Cook's lecture
- David Steel: 18 August 2003
Read David Steel's lecture
The first lecture
Mike Watson, who was then Minister for Culture, Tourism and Sport, gave the first Donald Dewar Lecture on 15 August 2002.
The memorial lecture was created by the National Library of Scotland. It marked the late Donald Dewar's contribution to devolution and his long interest in books. Dewar was Scotland's First Minister from the re-opening of the Scottish Parliament in 1999 until his death in 2000.