Library nets BBC match programmes
|Around 200 assorted football and rugby programmes
which have been used as source material for BBC Radio Scotland's
sport commentators have been donated to the National Library of
Scotland. Many of the main Scottish football clubs are represented,
with the programmes mostly from league matches from 1994 onwards.
The largest collection is for Kilmarnock FC, including 11 from the
year the club won the Scottish Cup (1997).
Games covered by the rugby donations are chiefly at international level, particularly home fixtures for the Five Nations championship. A complete set of home and away programmes has been kept intact from 1998, while there is one programme for the Scotland v France encounter during the famous Grand Slam 'campaign' of 1990.
BBC SportScotland is 'delighted' that the Library can now extend its holdings of Scottish football programmes. Producer Jim Mason says: 'The programme is an entertaining and informative addition to the match day outing, containing as it does stats, player profiles and, of course, club gossip.' Match programmes are 'invaluable' for commentators and summarisers.
'They are also extremely helpful in the resolution of pub arguments,' he adds.
14 October 2003
Launch of film archive site
A new website providing details of films which show Scotland's rich culture and heritage was launched at an event hosted at the Library this week.
'Archive Live' is an online catalogue produced by the Scottish Screen Archive to broaden access to the 1300 miles of film it has gathered since 1976. With material going back as far as 1896, the collection reflects social history in Scotland — 'the real Scotland', as curator Janet McBain puts it. 'Archive Live' — designed to provide information useful to students, scholars, programme-makers and the general public alike — was launched on 14 October by Frank McAveety MSP, the Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport.
The Library has a long and happy association with the Scottish Screen Archive, and several films from the archive's collection currently feature in the Library's summer exhibition, which runs until the end of the month.
14 October 2003
The Cutting Room author wins RLS Award
A stress-free two months to concentrate on work in progress and to begin new projects in an inspiring international cultural centre - that surely has to be a gift for any writer. Annually since 1994, the Robert Louis Stevenson Memorial Award, administered by the National Library of Scotland and the Scottish Arts Council, has given writers in Scotland this opportunity to develop their work during two months' residency at Grez-sur-Loing in France.
This year's recipients are: Louise Welsh, whose first novel, The Cutting Room, won critical acclaim and is to be turned into a film (starring Scottish actor Robert Carlyle); Donal McLaughlin, a prolific writer and translator; and Gavin Bowd, who has had poetry, fiction and essays published.
Louise has already enjoyed what turned out to be an exceptionally productive residency at the Hôtel Chevillon, where Robert Louis Stevenson spent several summers in the 1870s and which is now an international arts centre attracting artists and sculptors, as well as writers. 'The cross-cultural exchange was in unexpected bonus of the Award,' she says.
For more on the 2003 Award winners, see our press release 'Treasure Islands of the Imagination'.
7 October 2003