NLS buys artwork for Kidnapped graphic novel
Striking new illustrations by a 'giant' in the world of the graphic novel have been bought by the National Library of Scotland.
Cam Kennedy is internationally known for his portrayal of comic book characters such as Judge Dredd, He recently teamed up with writer Alan Grant, whose work also includes Judge Dredd, to produce Robert Louis Stevenson's Kidnapped. This re-telling of Stevenson's classic adventure story is being described as 'a stunning adaptation' produced by 'the absolute dream team'.
NLS has bought Kennedy's artwork in advance of the graphic novel's publication by Ron Grosset, the man who conceived the idea. We will shortly add more of the original material to our collections.
The graphic novel will be published on 1 February 2007. That month sees a city-wide campaign in Edinburgh to promote Stevenson's ever-popular adventure story. Kidnapped is the Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature's 'One Book - One Edinburgh' choice. NLS will be putting a digitised version of the 1886 first edition of the book online.
24 November 2006
New reading rooms at George IV Bridge
Our programme of refurbishment at George IV Bridge continues with the opening of three new reading rooms next week. From Monday 27 November, we will be providing:
- the Silent Reading Room - a laptop-free zone
- the Rare Books and Music Reading Room
- the Manuscripts Reading Room.
Work on the planned ground-floor Visitors Centre is leading to other changes. In December, readers' registration will move to a temporary location on the ground floor. From Saturday 25 November, access to microforms and electronic media moves from the ground floor to the first-floor Catalogue Hall.
For more information, see our page on reading rooms developments.
24 November 2006
Book now for Rankin reading
Bestselling crime writer Ian Rankin is the latest author to take part in our series of 'The Bridge Readings'.
Rankin's first Inspector Rebus novel came out in 1987, and his work is now translated into 22 languages. The most recent story involving the Edinburgh detective was published last month.
To read more about this Bridge Reading, and to book a place, visit our Events page.
Image reproduced by courtesy of Orion Publishing Group.
20 November 2006
Highland touring exhibition is announced
A touring exhibition for Highland 2007 has been announced by three of Scotland's national collections institutions.
The National Library of Scotland, National Museums Scotland and the National Galleries are collaborating on the exhibition. Fonn 's Duthchas: Land and Legacy is a celebration of past and present aspects of Highland cultural life. It is part of a major project for 2007, funded by the Scottish Executive, to promote the Highlands as a great place to live in and to visit.
Starting next January, Fonn 's Duthchas will tour Inverness, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Stornoway. Among items on display from NLS will be:
- a manuscript of Sir Walter Scott's novel Rob Roy
- a copy of James Macpherson's Ossian, owned by Napoleon Bonaparte
- the Iona Psalter
- the order for the Massacre at Glencoe.
For further details, see the Fonn 's Duthchas press release.
20 November 2006
Images and memories of the Spanish Civil War
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A symposium on Friday 17 November commemorates the 70th anniversary of the start of the Spanish Civil War.
'Images and Memories' is a one-day event at the National Library of Scotland. Special guests include the Spanish Consul General and Steve Fullarton, one of two surviving Scottish volunteers from the International Brigade.
Proving how popular the subject is, the symposium has been fully booked for weeks, with a growing reserve list for cancellations.
Those attending the event will see propaganda posters from NLS collections, such as 'Victoria' ('Victory') by Josep Renau (pictured). Until the end of this month, other items relating to the war are on public display in the George IV Bridge Building, including:
- Photographs and letters
- Papers from our archives of Scottish International Brigaders
- A forage cap, a Christmas card and other memorabilia.
One notable item is a copy of a 1937 Spanish Embassy publication. Aimed at strengthening support in Britain for the war, it was endorsed by key Labour politicians of the day. Among the signatories were Clement Attlee, who later became Prime Minister, and William Wedgewood Benn, father of former Cabinet Minister Tony Benn.
8 November 2006
Meet the National Library in Aberdeen
Aberdeen gets a chance to know the National Library of Scotland a bit better this month.
A two-day 'roadshow' takes place in Aberdeen Central Library on 13 and 14 November. During the event, visitors can:
- Meet some of our expert staff
- View displays on Muriel Spark and learn about the John Murray Archive
- See a selection of historical and foreign language material
- Register for an NLS ticket.
Our first annual general meeting to be held in Aberdeen also occurs on Monday 13 November. It starts at 2pm on Monday 13 November, and is open to all. The city's Town House is the venue.
2 November 2006