A good and varied selection of Scottish interest material was received by the National Library of Scotland this week, including Gorbals diehards: a wild Sixties childhood, the third volume of memoirs by Colin MacFarlane. This volume describes the adventures of Colin’s childhood gang, the ‘Incredible Gorbals Diehards’ and gives a detailed account of life in the Gorbals during the 1960s.
Slogans galore: Gaelic words in English by George McLennan is a fascinating guide to Gaelic words and derivatives in common usage in English. Words such as ’slàinte’ probably need no introduction, however, a lesser known example is the English word ‘galore’ which derives from the Gaelic ‘gu leòr’. More information on this and other examples can be found in this alphabetically arranged reference work.
Any given day is a play by Scottish playwright Linda McLean. Linda grew up in Glasgow and has travelled widely throughout Europe, Africa and South America, where she spent time working with new writers. Any given day was first performed by the Traverse Theatre Company earlier this year.
The coastline of the Outer Hebrides is explored in The Outer Hebrides: sea kayaking around the Isles and St Kilda by Mike Sullivan, Robert Emmott and Tim Pickering. This book describes 44 possible kayak routes around the Isles, providing all the necessary tidal and navigational information alongside descriptions of the wildlife and local history of the area.