Recent additions to the Modern Scottish Collections at the National Library of Scotland include From tartan to tartanry : Scottish culture, history and myth edited by Ian Brown. As the title suggests, this volume contains a selection of essays on the history of tartan and the associated idea of “Scottishness” both at home and abroad. Scottish regiments, football supporters and the Bay City Rollers are just some of the examples discussed. From tartan to tartanry is published by Edinburgh University Press.
A life in pictures is the “autopictography” or visual autobiography of Scottish author and artist Alasdair Gray. In this fascinating and beautiful book, Alasdair Gray tells the story of his life through a selection of his beautiful and intriguing portraits, paintings and murals. A life in pictures is published by Canongate. You can browse references to articles, chapters and books by and about Alasdair Gray on Scottish Bibliographies Online.
The new Makar, Liz Lochhead, is the subject of three chapters in Narrative, social myth, and reality in contemporary Scottish and Irish women’s writing by Tudor Balinisteanu. In these chapters, Tudor discusses Lochhead’s ‘Dracula’, ‘Grimm sisters’ and ‘Bagpipe muzak’ and contrasts the depiction of women in these works with those by other authors. You can find more articles and chapters about Liz in Scottish Bibliographies Online.