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Library selected to host Dr Gavin Wallace Fellowship

Creative Scotland logoThe National Library of Scotland has been selected to host the third annual Dr Gavin Wallace Fellowship.

Inaugurated by Creative Scotland in 2013, the Fellowship provides writers with time and support to develop their writing, in combination with a host organisation.

The Fellow will be invited to explore and be inspired by the ways in which the Library’s collections reflect Scotland's past and present. This year's theme for the 2015-2016 Fellowship is 'the recorded memory of Scotland'.

As Portfolio Manager for Literature, Publishing and Language at Creative Scotland, Dr Gavin Wallace was a central figure in Scotland's literary world.

The Fellowship news was announced at the Edinburgh International Book Festival on 24 August, at the launch of Kirsty Logan's book 'A portable shelter'. Kirsty was the recipient of the first Fellowship in 2013.

Fellows receive an award of £20,000 and host organisations are granted £5,000. Details about how writers can apply to become the next Dr Gavin Wallace Fellow will be announced in the coming months.

Read the Creative Scotland press release

25 August 2015


Hamish MacDonald to take up Scots language role

Photo of new Scots Scriever, Hamish MacDonaldA Scots Scriever has been appointed for the first time to promote the use of the Scots language across Scotland.

Author and playwright Hamish MacDonald will be based at the National Library of Scotland for a two-year residency.

In his new role he will produce original, creative work in Scots — any variant or dialect — in any genre or discipline. He will also be responsible for raising the profile, understanding and appreciation of creative work in the Scots language, including material held at the Library.

Scots poet and novelist Matthew Fitt said: 'Hamish MacDonald is yin o oor finest Scots writers. He has been scrievin and fechtin for the leid for a lang time and his appointment as National Scots Scriever is weel-deserved.'

The Scots Scriever appointment is a joint initiative between the Library and Creative Scotland.

Read more in our Scriever appointment media release

13 August 2015


Early Miffy editions on display for her 60th birthday

60 years of Miffy logoVisitors to the National Library of Scotland can view rare early editions of the children's book 'Miffy' for a week in August

This year is Miffy the rabbit's 60th birthday. The character, created by Dick Bruna, first appeared in Dutch as 'Nijntje' in 1955.

To celebrate, visitors can see the very first English language edition from 1964. Tony Mitton's 2014 translation will also be on display, along with some of the earliest and most recent books in the series.

The books will be on display in the foyer of the George IV Bridge building, from 12-17 August. Miffy fans can also attend Miffy's birthday party at the Edinburgh International Book Festival on 16 August.

11 August 2015


Archive film in BBC Scotland programme

Publicity image for BBC home movies film

Home movies from the National Library of Scotland are included in a BBC programme due to be broadcast this weekend. 

Supplied from the Library's Scottish Screen Archive, the footage is part of a nostalgic look at how making home movies became a cultural phenomenon in Scotland. 

From the earliest film-making in the 1920s to the dynamic 1960s, 'Scotland's home movies' shows how home movie making reflected changes in society. As well as cine film from the Library and other sources, the programme features some of the makers and stars of the movies themselves. 

The hour-long film, narrated by actor Richard Madden, is scheduled for BBC1 Scotland on Sunday 9 August. A short series of follow-up programmes is also being planned.

4 August 2015


Meet 'Mary' and 'Darnley' at anniversary event

Illustration of Mary Queen of Scots
An illustration of Mary, just
before she married Darnley.
From the Forman Armorial.

Mary Queen of Scots and Lord Darnley will be receiving visitors at the National Library of Scotland on 29 July. 

That date is the 450th anniversary of Mary's ill-starred marriage to Darnley at the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

Provided by Edinburgh tour company Mercat Tours, the royal characters will help visitors find out about the marriage and about life at the palace in 1565. They may even throw some light on Darnley's murder in 1567.

On display from the Library's collections will be original documents from the time, including a letter signed by Mary and by Darnley as Henry, King Consort.

The free family event runs from 14.00-16.00 in the Boardroom in the George IV Bridge building. 

Read more in the Mary Queen of Scots event media release.

28 July 2015


Archive footage showcased by Britain on Film

Film still from 'Impressions of Skye'
'Impressions of Skye':
one of the archive's films
included in the project.

Films from the National Library of Scotland are now part of a major project by the British Film Institute.

Britain on Film showcases footage from around the UK, including films from the Library's Scottish Screen Archive. Material capturing England, Wales and Northern Ireland is also included, offering a unique picture of Britain through the 20th century.

Visitors to Britain on Film can explore an interactive map to search through film history by area. Scottish highlights include home videos, information films, travelogues and documentary footage.

By 2017, more than 10,000 non-fiction and feature films will be digitised for the project, dating from the 1890s onwards.

14 July 2015

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