Saltire literary awards shortlists announced
Winners of the 2011 Saltire Society Literary Awards will be revealed at a ceremony at the National Library of Scotland on 1 December.
The society recently announced the 25 books that have made it on to the shortlists for the four awards.
Seven titles are competing for the Saltire Society and National Library of Scotland Research Book of the Year. Dr Darryl Mead, a Deputy National Librarian at NLS, will be one of the adjudicators in that category.
Among authors in the running for Scottish Book of the Year prize are two of its previous recipients, Alistair Gray and John Burnside. Also on that shortlist is the latest novel by A L Kennedy, a former winner of the Scottish First Book of the Year award.
See the Saltire awards shortlists page for the full list of entries
24 November 2011
Livingstone's private thoughts about massacre of slaves
from Livingstone's published account,
with a diary page and 'transcription'.
Research revealed at the National Library of Scotland may change the way we think about David Livingstone.
The Scots explorer and missionary's private thoughts about a massacre of 400 slaves he witnessed in Africa have been uncovered after 140 years.
Attitude to slaves
And among the latest results from the project to decipher Livingstone's diary is information suggesting that some of his own party were involved in the Nyangwe massacre. It also exposes a very different attitude to slaves from that of his public persona as a dedicated abolitionist.
This information was never included in his published journals.
Journalist H M Stanley’s report of the massacre was based on what Dr Livingstone told him. It changed history and forced the British Government to close the East Africa slave trade.
Making the diary readable
Livingstone's diary has been virtually unreadable for many decades. During his journeys in Africa in 1870-1871, Livingstone had to improvise when he ran out of paper and ink. He was forced to make ink from berry seeds and wrote over the pages of a single copy of the 'London Standard' newspaper.
Scientists are using ground-breaking multi-spectral imaging techniques to recover this writing. An international team launched the diary project at NLS in 2010.
Read more in the Livingstone's 'massacre' diary press release.
1 November 2011