ASLS is based in the University of Glasgow and promotes the study, teaching and writing of Scotland's literatures and languages, past and present.
We publish scholarly journals and literary criticism; new editions of classic works of Scottish literature; companions and study guides; and - with the support of Creative Scotland - New Writing Scotland, an annual anthology of the best new short fiction and poetry in Scotland today, in English, Gaelic and Scots. We also publish the free ezine The Bottle Imp.
Each year, ASLS holds annual conferences on Scottish writers in such diverse locations as Glasgow, Kirkwall, Edinburgh and Skye. We also hold annual conferences on Scottish literature and languages in the classroom. These schools conferences are suitable for CPD (Continuous Professional Development), and attract teachers from across Scotland.
Along with other Scottish literary organisations, and with the support of the Scottish Government, ASLS campaigns for a greater appreciation, at home and abroad, of Scotland's literary culture.
Beginning in the 1920s, the Scottish Renaissance saw Scottish writers increasingly engaged with social and political issues. Hugh MacDiarmid, his contemporaries, and the company of poets he inspired make up the first and second waves of the Renaissance. A Kist o Skinklan Things contains a selection of the best work from this extraordinary period.
Edwin Morgan (1920-2010) is one of the giants of modern literature. In Touch With Language presents previously uncollected prose, with topics ranging from Gilgamesh to Ginsberg, cybernetics to sexualities, international literatures to the changing face of his home city of Glasgow. Everyone will find surprises and delights in this new collection.
Faced with the prospect of marriage to an elderly, squinting Duke, the Lady Julia elopes with her penniless Scottish beau. But what happens when this English society beauty's romantic notions of the Highlands meet cold, damp reality? Susan Ferrier's 1818 novel Marriage is a witty and satirical examination of female lives in the Regency era.
New Writing Scotland is the principal forum for poetry and short fiction in Scotland today. Every year it publishes the very best from both emerging and established writers, and lists many of the leading literary lights of Scotland among its past (and present) contributors.
This International Companion traces the impact of the huge changes between 1400 and 1650, in court, culture, and religion, on Scotland's literatures, and provides a comprehensive overview to the major cultural developments of this turbulent age.
As well as examining much-loved authors of the long nineteenth century such as Stevenson, Barrie, and MacDonald, these twenty essays explore the neglected role of women writers in shaping the inheritance of Scottish children's literature, the significant contribution of Gaelic writers, and the influence of folklore and tradition.
New Writing Scotland is the principal forum for poetry and short fiction in Scotland today. This latest collection of excellent contemporary literature includes new work by - among many others - Lin Anderson, Ron Butlin, Valerie Gillies, Alasdair Gray, Andrew Greig, Agnes Owens, and the Glasgow comic-book duo metaphrog.
A Song of Glasgow Town contains all of Bernstein's 198 published poems, along with a detailed introduction to her life and work, and extensive notes explaining the background to each poem. These verses provide a fascinating insight into Glasgow in the late Victorian age, at a time of unprecedented social and economic change.
This new edition of Sorley MacLean's major poem 'An Cuilithionn' ('The Cuillin'), in Gaelic with English translation, includes 400 lines never before published, plus an extended commentary. A further 45 poems from MacLean's papers appear in print for the first time, with facing English versions.
New Writing Scotland is the principal forum for poetry and short fiction in Scotland today. This latest collection of excellent contemporary literature includes new work from more than ninety writers, some internationally renowned, and some just beginning their careers.
R. B. Cunninghame Graham (1852-1936) was an outspoken critic of injustice and inequality, and his appreciation of other peoples and cultures were hallmarks of his life, his political ideas, and his writing. This collection explores the expression of these ideas in the works of Cunninghame Graham and other Scottish writers of the period.
From the Line brings together the best of Scotland's poetry from the two World Wars: 138 poems, from fifty-six poets, are represented here; poetry from both men and women, from battlefields across the world and from the Home Front, too.
The nineteenth century saw the romanticisation of the Highlander, the rise of tartanry and the emergence of the modern Scottish tourist industry. This volume examines the literary culture of Scotland - Highland and Lowland - during this transformational period, and explore its interactions and intersections.
As well as being the author of Peter Pan, J. M. Barrie was a hugely successful novelist and playwright. Gateway to the Modern is a collection of essays examining the extraordinary range of his literary achievement. What emerges is a significant writer, fully immersed in the literary and intellectual culture of his day.
Exploring the potent appeal that links books, places, authors and readers, these essays examine tourism in the Trossachs both before and after 1810. It considers how Sir Walter's writings responded to the landscape, history and literature of the region, and traces his impact on the tourists, authors and artists who thronged in his wake.
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