Last week’s intake of new Scottish interest items included Ten tales from Dumfries & Galloway by Lochmaben based author David Carroll. This collection brings together various anecdotes from the region, covering the local history of towns such as Moffat and Wanlockhead and episodes featuring famous names such as Thomas Carlyle and Robert Burns.
Staying with Robert Burns, a beautiful and unusual collection of his poetry was received last week. Selected poems by Robert Burns in Chinese translation, edited by Natascha Gentz and published by the Confucius Institute for Scotland at the University of Edinburgh, contains eleven well known Burns poems in English together with the Chinese translations and accompanied by Chinese calligraphy. Like Burns, the work of many Scottish authors has been translated into other languages. You can find out more at the Bibliography of Scottish Literature in Translation.
Three novels by Scottish author O. Douglas have recently been republished by Edinburgh based publisher Greyladies. Pink sugar, The proper place and Eliza for common were originally published in the 1920s to considerable success. O. Douglas was the pseudonym of Anna Masterton Buchan (1877-1948), the younger sister of the author and statesman John Buchan. Although she was brought up in Fife and Glasgow, Anna spent most of her adult life in Peebles, the town which inspired the “Priorsford” of several of her novels. You can find references to articles and books about Anna in Scottish Bibliographies Online.