Poetry pamphlet shortlist announced
Entries for the 2010 poetry pamphlet publishing award made the job of choosing a shortlist 'very challenging'.
Judges in the 10th Callum Macdonald Memorial Award praised the standard of 41 pamphlets they have seen from across Scotland. The 7 shortlisted entries show 'a spirit of adventure in every aspect', said Tessa Ransford OBE, widow of literary publisher Callum Macdonald.
The award winners will be announced at a ceremony at the National Library of Scotland on Wednesday 19 May. The shortlist is:
- 'And for that minute', by Leonard McDermid - published by Stichill Marigold Press, Kelso
- 'Arc O Möns', by Christie Williamson - Hansel Co-operative Press (Christine de Luca), Edinburgh
- 'One bird flying', by Lesley Harrison - Mariscat Press (Hamish Whyte), Edinburgh
- 'Part truths', by Michael Pedersen - Koo Press (Douglas W Gray), Aberdeen
- 'Skirlags', by Nalini Paul - Red Squirrel Press, Orkney
- 'Songs from a dying village', by Tom Pow - Pueblo Press, Dumfries
- 'Galilee to Gallicantu', by Anne B Murray - Terra Firma Press, Glasgow.
Hugh Bryden of Roncondra Press, who is one of the judges, won the competition last year. The award is supported by the Michael Marks Charitable Trust.
- Poems from 'Postcards from the hedge', the winning poetry pamphlet in the 2009 competition
16 April 2010
Controversial archaeologist Schliemann joins Murray exhibition
Items relating to one of the 19th century's most famous and controversial archaeologists are on display at the National Library.
Heinrich Schliemann (1822-1890) caused a stir in the archaeological world over his claims about discoveries in Greece and Turkey. His finds at Mycenae and Troy proved, he said, that Homer's tales of the Trojan wars were real.
Among the new exhibits in the John Murray Archive exhibition are:
- Letters from Schliemann to his publisher, John Murray
- An annotated photograph of his famous 'Mask of Agamemnon'
- Theatrical props to help bring the archaeologist's story to life.
The letters cast light on Schliemann's state of mind around the time of his Mycenae excavations. They also reveal the difficult process of the production of his book 'Mycenae and Tiryns' (1878).
16 April 2010
Unique J M Barrie items in anniversary display
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Peter Pan's creator is the focus of a month-long display opening on 1 May at the National Library of Scotland.
Letters, first-edition books, plays and theatre programmes are among items being exhibited to mark the 150th anniversary of J M Barrie's birth. Gems from NLS collections include:
- A rare booklet of 'Caught napping', one of Barrie's earliest plays, printed in 1883
- 'Better dead', Barrie's first book
- The first American edition of the novel 'Peter and Wendy' (1911)
- A letter from a six-year-old boy proposing to 'Wendy'
- Two privately printed booklets for Barrie's own amateur cricket club, Allahakbarries
- Large-format cards telling the Peter Pan story in 20 episodes, thought to date from 1914.
from Hugh, aged 6.
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James Matthew Barrie (1860-1937) was born in Kirriemuir, Angus. He became a journalist and novelist after graduating from Edinburgh University. Barrie's first full-length play was produced in 1892.
'Peter Pan', first performed in 1904 in London, was an instant success and has been a stage and screen favourite ever since.
Our J M Barrie anniversary display runs from 1-31 May, is free and opens daily. You can also read more in our J M Barrie press release.
16 April 2010