Themes in focus

Here you can use material from National Library of Scotland collections to explore themes relating to literature and language.

The first theme looks at fairy tales and how they can be used to inspire creative writing with primary pupils.

'A twevemonth and a day' by Christopher Rush looks at the inpiration behind the book through source material and video interviews.

The 'Witches in Scottish literature' resource looks at a selection of writing that has been inspired by and features witches.

'Forgotten women writers: Jane Austen's Scottish sisters' looks at Scottish female writers now largely forgotten, but who were best-selling authors in the early 19th century.

'"The thirty-nine steps" — 100 years on' explores some of the themes in John Buchan's famous 'shocker'. 


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