'I've never felt I would write the great big novel. I've aye wanted to write the sma' perfect!'
These words were written by Scots author Jessie Kesson (1916-1994), who rose from humble beginnings to make her mark on the literary world.
'The sma perfect' — a new treasures display at the National Library of Scotland — celebrates Kesson's work in the centenary year of her birth.
It is based on material from her archive which has been kindly donated to the Library by the author's family. This is interwoven with quotes from the author herself in her distinctive Scots.
Entitled 'The sma perfect', the display looks at key periods in Kesson's life, from her difficult childhood through to early struggles of her adult years, and on to the honours she received in later life when she became an established writer.
See also our Jessie Kesson media release.
22 September 2016