Dot Allan (1886-1964) is not a household name in the world of Scottish fiction, but between 1921 and 1958 she published 10 novels, and was a prolific journalist –in her twenties she interviewed Sarah Bernhardt – and dramatist. Two of her best novels – Makeshift and Hunger March have now been republished by the Association for Scottish Literary Studies who describe her as “a writer who deserves rediscovery by a new generation”. Popular and well-reviewed in the 1920s and 1930s Allan writes with insight of Glasgow and women’s lives in early 20th century Scotland.
By coincidence our new books this week also include Glasgow Girls: artists and designers 1890-1930 Liz Arthur’s catalogue for the exhibition recently seen in Kirkcudbright and due to open at Glasgow’s School of Art in December. This slim and colourful volume highlights the work of favourites such as Jessie M. King, Margaret Macdonald and Agnes Miller Parker and others such as the lesser known Dumfries artist Chris Fergusson.