New items received by the National Library of Scotland this week included Scottish writers talking 4, edited by Isobel Murray. This fourth and final volume in the series features interviews with Jackie Kay, Allan Massie, Ian Rankin, James Robertson and William (Bill) Watson. All the authors were interviewed for this volume by Isobel Murray, Honorary Professor in Modern Scottish Literature at Aberdeen University.
Also new in this week was A model of order : selected letters on poetry and making by Ian Hamilton Finlay, edited by Thomas A. Clark. This book consists of a selection from Ian Hamilton Finlay’s correspondence focussing on the subjects of making and form. The title is taken from Ian Hamilton Finlay’s definition of concrete poetry as “a model of order in a space full of doubt”. On a related note, the Scottish Poetry Library and Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art are jointly curating an exhibition and events programme on concrete poetry, taking place at various venues throughout Edinburgh, including a display at the National Library of Scotland. Further details can be found on the Scottish Poetry Library website.