A good selection of Scottish interest items was received by the National Library of Scotland this week, including the new novel by Louise Welsh. Naming the bones tells the story of a Scottish academic’s quest to unearth information on a Scottish poet who died 30 years previously in mysterious circumstances. An award winning Scottish author, Louise lives and works in Glasgow. Her work has been translated into 20 languages and this is her fourth novel.
Also received this week was Red dust road, the memoir by Scottish author Jackie Kay. Jackie was born in Edinburgh to a Scottish mother and Nigerian father and was adopted by Scottish communists at the age of two. This book traces Jackie’s search for her birth parents, describing her feelings about family and what makes us who we are.
Scottish poet Edwin Morgan was 90 years old last month and to mark the occasion the Scottish Poetry Library and Mariscat Press have jointly published Eddie@90, a collection of tributes from friends and admirers, edited by Robyn Marsack and Hamish Whyte. Our copy was received this week and includes contributions in poetry and prose from many distinguished figures including Liz Lochhead, Ali Smith and James Robertson.
Also amongst this week’s titles was Reforming the Scottish parish: the Reformation in Fife, 1560-1640 by John McCallum. Part of the St Andrews Studies in Reformation History series, this volume discusses the impact of the Reformation on the ministry and worship in Fife.
Another new addition was RLS in love: the love poetry of Robert Louis Stevenson by Stuart Campbell. The first anthology devoted exclusively to this aspect of Stevenson’s writings, this volume also includes an introductory discussion of his life and poems in this context.