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March 31, 2010

Carry a Poem – video of prize presentation

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Fiona Hartree from the Scottish Centre for the Book introduces the author Vivian French to award the prizes of the Carry a Poem drawing competition of  – How do you carry yours



August 10, 2009

Dr Linda Gunn – out and about

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At the end of May this year I went to Alcalá de Henares near Madrid to present a conference paper on national identity in contemporary Irish drama.  Apparently, Spain is the country with the second most UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the world (cities whose historic centres have the UNESCO World Heritage designation) and Alcalá is one of them.  As the project I’m currently working on (Intangible Cultural Heritage in Scotland) is also related to UNESCO, I was able to ‘kill two birds with one stone’– cultural identity and cultural heritage.

Alcalá is the birthplace of Miguel de Cervantes, author of “Don Quixote”, and home to one of the most prestigious universities in Spain (dating from the 16th century) and – according to the tourist blurb – gives visitors ‘a glimpse of life in Castilia during the Spanish Golden Age’.  Some nice bars too.

VIII International Conference of the Spanish Association for Irish Studies 28th- 30th May 2009


I was also fortunate enough to attend the SHARP conference in Toronto this year and must point out (see Dave McCormack blog) that, in addition to visiting many Diners and hostelries, three of us did a conference session on the use of digital databases. Yes. Anyway, those crazy SHARP dudes made it a sell-out gig.


Before leaving Toronto I was told I had to go to UNESCO in Paris the following week! This was to wind-up some work we’ve been doing related to the Inventory of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Scotland (this is what my SHARP paper on ‘digital databases’ was on). Had to get all the Toronto washing done pronto on returning home – you can’t go to Paris with dirty underwear, can you?

March 26, 2009

Dr. Thomas Keiderling, Lecture , 16th of March 09 and possible Edinburgh-Leipzig partnership

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Lecture and possible Edinburgh-Leipzig partnership by Willy Kelly


On Monday 16 March Dr. Thomas Keiderling of Leipzig University’s Department of Book Studies gave a lecture on contemporary German publishing to an audience drawn largely from Napier’s M.Sc. course on Publishing. After answering questions on a variety of topics he was followed by Christian McLean of Floris Books, who drew on his experiences to talk about buying and selling book rights in Germany and to give a survivor’s guide to the Frankfurt Book Fair for the inexperiences publisher. The formal part of the session was closed by SCOB’s Sarah Bromage, who generously took time off from her role as a retail therapy consultant, to speak about a film, found in the Edward Clark Collection, of a leading firm  in printing technology in Germany between the two world wars, Ariston Elka, which had branches in Berlin and Dresden. More informally Alistair McCleery showed the audience some examples of the high standard of typographical design of the 1920s and 1930s, which are preserved in the Clark Collection.

On the following afternoon Dr. Keiderling discussed at some length the possibilities of co-operation between his department and Napier with Alistair, Mary Fischer and myself. Although the discussion concentrated on publishing, I personally hope that there may be scope later for co-operation in the other areas of book history for which Leipzig and Edinburgh have rich library resources. I would be delighted if SHARP were to earmark Leipzig for its biannual meeting in Europe.

Dr Thomas Keirderling visits Edinburgh Napier University

Dr Thomas Keirderling visits Edinburgh Napier University

February 26, 2009

Alistair McCleery gives a People Behind the Pages talk at Kelso Library 19th of Feb

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Alistair McCleery gave a talk at Kelso library on the 19th of Feb which was well received. Little did the audience know that Alistair had a lovely presentation ready to show but our relatively new projector decided to throw Alistair a curve ball and decided not to work.  The bulb blew!   So Alistair had to do it the good fashioned way and just talk.  The event was well publicised in the local paper the border telegraph showing a photograph of Alistair a few year younger which only took up a full half page!

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