Burns biography takes Saltire main prize
A biography of Robert Burns has taken the Book of the Year title at the Saltire Society Literary Awards. The announcement was made at a ceremony in the National Library of Scotland on St Andrew's Day (30 November).
Robert Crawford's book 'The Bard: Robert Burns, a biography' was also on the shortlist for the Homecoming Book of the Year award. This award, new for Homecoming Year and sponsored by the Scottish Government, went to Donald Worster for 'A passion for nature: The life of John Muir'.
The full list of award-winners for 2009 is:
- Book of the Year — 'The Bard: Robert Burns, a biography', by Robert Crawford (publishers: Jonathan Cape)
- Homecoming Award — 'A passion for nature: The life of John Muir', by Donald Worster (Oxford University Press)
- First Book of the Year — 'The Tin-Kin', by Eleanor Thom (Duckworth)
- History Book of the Year — 'A history of Scottish philosophy', by Alexander Broadie (Edinburgh University Press)
- National Library of Scotland Research Book of the Year — 'The historical thesaurus of the English dictionary' (Oxford University Press)
27 November 2009
Saltire literary awards shortlist for 2009
The Saltire Society has announced the shortlist for its annual literary awards. Winners will be announced at a ceremony in the National Library of Scotland on 30 November.
Entrants for the Book of the Year award include previous winners Janice Galloway, A L Kennedy and Robert Crawford.
A new prize this year is the Homecoming Award, sponsored by the Scottish Government. Among those shortlisted are Seamus Heaney, Robert Crawford and Jackie Kay. Authors listed for the Research Book of the Year, sponsored by NLS, include Michael Fry, who is also entered for the history book award.
Presenting the prizes on St Andrew's Day will be Scotland's Minister of Culture, External Affairs and the Constitution, Michael Russell MSP.
23 November 2009
Dundee to host NLS roadshow
Dundee Central Library is the venue for a National Library of Scotland roadshow from 25-27 November.
Specialist NLS staff will be on hand to answer questions and help Dundee residents register for an NLS library card.
On display will be items from our collections relating to Dundee and to family history. Visitors will be able to buy NLS merchandise, including facsimiles of manuscript and map material. They can also see 'Wish you were here', our travelling exhibition about visitors to Scotland from 1675-1935 based on travellers' journals.
Three talks take place in the library's Steps Theatre on Thursday 26 November:
- 11.00-12.00: 'Mapping Dundee from the earliest times to the present day'
- 13.00-14.00: 'Scotbis - Delivering a national business information service for Scotland'
- 15.00-16.00: 'Family history resources and service at the National Library'.
Local schools will be taking part in our 'Scottish History Detective' workshops during the roadshow's run.
Opening hours for the roadshow are:
- Wednesday 25 November: 10.00-18.00
- Thursday 26 November: 09.30-20.00
- Friday 27 November: 09.30-18.00
23 November 2009
Scottish treasures mark the end of Homecoming Year
the Massacre of Glencoe
A specifically Scottish flavour runs through the latest display of National Library of Scotland treasures.
To mark the end of the Year of Homecoming, we are highlighting some key moments from Scotland's history and culture.
At the centre of the display is the signed order for the Massacre of Glencoe. Dated 1692, this chilling document triggered one of the country's most infamous events — the brutal killing of members of the MacDonald clan.
From 16th-century map to Sherlock Holmes
The oldest item is the Forlani map. Believed to be the first printed map of Scotland on its own, it derived from a 1546 map of the British Isles. The most recent item is the 1925 manuscript of a Sherlock Holmes story by Arthur Conan Doyle.
On show for the first time since we bought it earlier this year is the manuscript for Robert Burns' poem 'The Battle of Sherra-Moor'.
From 19 November until 8 January, the free treasures display is open daily, except on festive public holidays and special closures.
16 November 2009