Winners of the final Callum Macdonald competition announced
and Graeme Hawley, the Library's
General Collections Manager.
Borders-based poet and publisher Leonard McDermid has won the 2018 Callum Macdonald Memorial Award for his poetry pamphlet 'Landway'.
In a ceremony at the National Library of Scotland, Leonard received the winner's Quaich (drinking cup) and a cheque for £1,500.
He is also eligible for a two-week residency as the Michael Marks Poet-in-Residence at the Harvard Centre for Hellenic Studies in Greece in July.
Second place in this year's competition, and a cheque for £600, went to Quem Press and Brittone Fletcher for her pamphlet 'Curriculum Vitae'.
This is Leonard's second win in the poetry pamphlet publishing competition held annually at the Library. He took top prize in 2010 with the pamphlet 'And For That Minute' (Stichill Marigold Press).
The Callum Macdonald Memorial Award now draws to a close after 17 years. Set up in 2001 in memory of literary publisher Callum Macdonald MBE, it has been supported by the Michael Marks Charitable Trust and administered by the National Library of Scotland.
Read more about this year's winners in the poetry pamphlet award media release.
16 May 2018
100 years of Scottish life in photographs
A collection of more than 14,000 historic photographs of life in Scotland has been secured for the nation.
The photographs provide a visual record of the daily lives of rich and poor from the 1840s to the 1940s. They also chart developments in Scottish photography from its pioneering days, with examples of some of the finest work of early Scottish photographers.
Established by photography enthusiast Murray MacKinnon, the collection has been in private hands until now.
Support from the Scottish Government, the Art Fund and the National Lottery allowed this exceptional collection to be bought jointly by the National Library of Scotland and the National Galleries of Scotland.
Over the next three years the entire collection will be digitised and made available online. Next year the Scottish National Portrait Gallery will host a major exhibition, with touring exhibitions in Scotland to follow.
17 May 2018
Call out to young film-makers in Scotland
A competition opens today (10 May) which invites young people to show in film what Scotland means to them.
Anyone under 19 years of age can submit a one-minute film on any theme, in any language and in any genre.
The winners of 'What Scotland Means to Me' will have their film added to the National Library of Scotland's Moving Image Archive — preserving it for future generations.
Films — made by individuals or by families or other groups — must be submitted by 1 October.
10 May 2018
Seeking the next Scots Scriever
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the 'Wee Windaes' website.
A two-year creative residency which will promote and support the Scots language is now open for applications.
The role of Scots Scriever is designed to produce original creative work in Scots and to raise the profile of the Scots language. It provides an opportunity to work with the Scots collections at the National Library of Scotland and to make them more visible to the public.
Established in 2015 by the Library and Creative Scotland, the role involves a high level of public engagement across Scotland.
The closing date for applications is Monday 28 May.
Read more in the Scriever residency media release.
A twa-year creative residency tae promuive an uphaud the Scots leid is nou open tae applications.
The role o Scots Scriever is ettelt tae mak original creative wark in Scots an tae heeze the staunin o the Scots leid. It gies opportunity tae wark wi the hairstins o Scots literatur at the Naitional Leebrar o Scotland an tae mak these mair kenspeckle tae the public.
Foondit in 2015 bi the National Leebrar an Creative Scotland, the role unnertaks a hantle o public engagement athort Scotland.
This will be the saicent Scots Scriever residency. The first post frae 2015-2017 wis uphuadit bi Hamish MacDonald, wha played a significant pairt in the biggin o the National Leebrar's 'Wee Windaes' wabsteid.
The closin date fir applications is Monday 28th o Mey.
8 May 2018
Illustrating 18th-century Scottish poems
for James Thomson's 'The Seasons.
Illustrations that brought Scottish poems to life in the 18th century have gone on display at the National Library.
Works by Allan Ramsey, Robert Fergusson, Robert Burns, James Thomson and the legendary Ossian benefited from the imagination of Scottish artists.
Literary illustration was not new in the 18th century — but it was the monopoly of London publishers until the 1780s. Scottish publishers then began to commission Scottish artists to illustrate Scottish editions, and started a trend that thrived for 40 years.
Produced in small formats that were easy to carry, the illustrated books proved to be highly popular.
On show in 'Illustrating Scottish poems' are visual representations of poems such as Ramsey's 'The Gentle Shepherd', Burns's 'Tam O' Shanter', and Thomson's 'The Seasons'.
The display is open daily in the George VI Bridge building in Edinburgh.
Read more in the 'Illustrating Scottish poems' media release.
12 April 2018
Animator in Residence is another first for the Library
Animator Louise Wilde has been appointed as the first Animator in Residence at the National Library of Scotland.
A graduate of the Royal College of Art, Louise is a freelance and independent animator based in Edinburgh. As an animation director, her short films have been screened on BBC2 and Channel 4, and in national and international moving image festivals, including Edinburgh Film Festival.
Louise will be based at the Library until the end of May, working with the Moving Image Archive, and focusing on early animation techniques. She will be creating new work, including an animation device which will be on display at the Library's Kelvin Hall premises.
As part of her residency, Louise will deliver educational workshops. She will visit Kelvin Hall frequently to conduct research into the Library's moving image collections, and develop her practice.
26 March 2018