Saltire Society awards announced at NLS
Winners of Scotland's most prestigious literary awards were announced today at a ceremony hosted by the National Library of Scotland.
The Saltire Society's annual book awards have been presented in recognition of Scottish writing talent for more than 20 years. Four awards were made for 2005, including one supported by the Library:
- Saltire Society/Faculty of Advocates Scottish Book of
the Year Award:
Kate Atkinson - Case Histories (Doubleday)
- Saltire Society/Royal Mail Scottish First Book of the
John Aberdein - Amande's Bed (Thirsty Books)
- Saltire Society/National Library of Scotland Scottish
Research Book of the Year:
R D Connor and A D C Simpson (edited by A D Morrison-Law) - Weights and Measures in Scotland (National Museums of Scotland and Tuckwell Press)
- Saltire Society Scottish History Book of the
Year (in memory of Agnes Mure Mackenzie):
Michael Penman - David II (Birlinn/John Donald)
John Aberdein and A D C Simpson
A variety of themes and topics was represented in the Saltire 2005 short leet of 22 titles, including social change since 1980, Rob Roy, impressionism and the modern publishing industry. Among authors on the list for the Scottish Book of the Year award was Ali Smith, a previous Saltire award winner.
Kate Atkinson's first crime novel, Case Histories, has been acclaimed as 'brilliant and engaging', 'exuberant' and 'thrilling, spectacularly eerie'. The Research Book of the Year, Weights and Measures in Scotland, is an illustrated history going back to the 12th century, and is the result of 18 years' scholarship.
30 November 2005
Sir Sean's staff record on show in shopping exhibition
A staff record from Sir Sean Connery's pre-film-star days as a milkman goes on display next month at the National Library of Scotland.
The record slip, started in 1944, was discovered among the archive of the Scotmid co-operative society, some of which is held on deposit at the Library. It will be featured in a new NLS exhibition in celebration of shopping which opens on 8 December.
'Sale of the centuries' provides a glimpse of our changing relationship with shops and shopping over more than 300 years. Other exhibits from NLS collections include diaries, shopping bills, catalogues, advertisements and town plans. See our press release for more details.
21 November 2005
New partnership formed with Moray Libraries
A groundbreaking partnership has been announced between the National Library of Scotland and Moray Libraries which will improve access to the national collections for people in the Moray Council area.
It was a Moray man, Sir Alexander Grant, whose generous donation in the 1920s made the rebuilding of the National Library possible. The new partnership with Moray will ensure wider awareness of NLS, particularly in schools and library-learning centres, and will also lead to joint marketing projects and close co-operation in planning exhibitions.
At a launch event in Elgin, the initiative was welcomed by Councillor Alasdair Urquhart, chair of the Educational Services Committee. 'It will inform library provision across Scotland,' he said, 'And further improve access for those communities distanced by geography from our wonderful national collections, but not distanced by ideas or a thirst for knowledge.
'We are privileged to be working with one of the world's leading research libraries with its world-class collections, services and expertise.'
Martin Wade, National Librarian, said that the groundbreaking development 'will bring national and local resources together in new and imaginative ways for the benefit of both individuals and communities.'
You can read further details in our press release about the launch.
3 November 2005
Following in the footsteps of Isabella Bird
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Contemporary photographs taken along routes once followed by an adventurous Victorian woman explorer have gone on show at the National Library of Scotland.
Over a 10-year period, Professor Kiyonori Kanasaka of Kyoto University travelled across continents that were visited in the late 1800s by Isabella Bird, one of the most famous travellers and authors of the 19th century.
'In the footsteps of Isabella Bird: Adventures in twin time travel' features images the professor took on his journeys. Sometimes he captured the same scene which Bird herself photographed, and on display are some of Bird's pictures alongside Kanasaka's modern-day view.
3 November 2005