Scottish interest material recently received by the National Library of Scotland included Wondrous flitting, a play by Scottish playwright Mark Thomson. Wondrous flitting premiered at the Traverse during the 2011 Edinburgh Festival Fringe in a production by the Royal Lyceum Theatre Company.
Fiona J. Mackintosh’s From the South Seas to the North Sea: the story of Princess Titaua of Tahiti looks at the fascinating story of the Tahitian princess who married a Fifer and is buried in Anstruther. An important figure in Tahitian society, Titaua married George Darsie of Anstruther, manager of a large Pacific trading company, and lived in Fife for the last years of her life. From the South Seas to the North Sea is published by The Kilrenny and Anstruther Burgh Collection.
Scottish ethnicity and the making of New Zealand society, 1850-1930 by Tanja Bueltmann and published by Edinburgh University Press examines the substantial role of Scots immigrants in the shaping of New Zealand society. Community life, ethnicity, integration with other migrants and the romanticised image of Scotland abroad are all considered in this study.
Scottish poet and Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy has been shortlisted for the T S Eliot Prize 2011 for her new poetry collection The bees, published by Picador. She’s one of two Scots who are in with a chance of winning the prize; John Burnside has also been shortlisted for his Black cat bone, published by Cape. You can find references to works by and about Carol Ann Duffy and John Burnside on Scottish Bibliographies Online.