Competitions open for writers and craft binders
Applications forms are now available for two of the National Library of Scotland's international competitions.
Published writers who were born in Scotland or currently live here are invited to apply for the Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship 2006. The fellowship provides two months' residence at the Hôtel Chevillon International Art Centre at Grez-sur-Loing. Here the successful applicant can develop their creative work away from their usual environment, and exchange ideas and experiences with other artists. Travel and accommodation are paid for, and a grant is made to cover living expenses. Applications should be submitted by 1 September 2005.
Open to entrants from continental Europe as well as the UK, the Elizabeth Soutar Bookbinding Competition encourages the practice and development of craft binding skills. Two prizes are offered - best competition entrant and best student entrant - for bookbindings that are outstanding in their originality and individual expression. Each year the winning entries are added to the Library's collection of fine bindings. The closing date for the 2005 competition is 1 October.
21 June 2005
'Fascist Disneyland': Letters from Burma
A key event in Scottish Refugee Week this month will be readings at the National Library of Scotland of letters written by Nobel Peace Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi.
Scottish writers Liz Lochhead and Iain Banks and MSP Sarah Boyack will read from Letters from Burma, a collection of writings from the1990s, when the Burmese pro-democracy leader was imprisoned in Rangoon. Originally the letters were published in a Japanese daily newspaper.
The 'Fascist Disneyland' event at NLS on 21 June takes place only a few days after the human rights activist is awarded the Freedom of the City of Edinburgh, and celebrates her 60th birthday. The award will be accepted on her behalf by her son, as Aung San Suu Kyi is once more under house arrest - a situation she has lived in for most of the past 15 years.
'Fascist Disneyland' is free but ticketed: details on the Events page. Burmese items from our collections with be on display during the evening. Scottish Refugee Week runs from 20 to 26 June.
16 June 2005
Visit from Burma's prime minister in exile
Two members of Burma's democratically elected shadow government paid an impromptu visit to the National Library of Scotland last week.
Prime minister in exile Dr Sein Win, of the National Coalition Government of the Union of Burma (NCGUB), was in Edinburgh to speak at the Scottish Parliament. Dr Win viewed material which will be included in the display at our Burmese event on 21 June (see above). He was also able to give us information about some of our Burmese manuscripts, including a prayer scroll. With Dr Win were Thaung Htun, the NCGUB's United Nations representative, and a representative of the City of Edinburgh Council.
Pictured are (from left): Murray Forgie (Edinburgh City Council), Dr Sein Win, Kevin Halliwell (NLS) and Thaung Htun.
16 June 2005
From 'The Bruce' to 'Take the High Road' ...
Our latest quarterly list of principal additions to our collections is now online. Covering February to April this year, the list is a small selection of printed books, manuscripts and maps which reached us through the legal deposit privilege or via the Voluntary Code for the Deposit of Non-Print Publications.
Included are rare printed editions of 17th century poems — such as John Barbour's epic poem about Robert the Bruce — a humorous print from 1861 showing artillery volunteers on duty at Edinburgh Castle, papers from Dame Muriel Spark, and scripts from 10 years of the Scottish TV series, 'Take the High Road'.
16 June 2005