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    Association for Scottish Literary Studies

    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.

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    Janice Galloway's The Trick is to Keep Breathing: (Scotnotes Study Guides)

    The SCOTNOTES booklets are a series of study guides to major Scottish writers and texts. The individual authors are not only experts on a particular writer or text but also experienced in teaching in schools or colleges. This title covers Janice Galloway's novel The Trick is to Keep Breathing.

    John Galt's Annals of the Parish and The Provost: (Scotnotes Study Guides)

    John Galt (1779-1839) was a contemporary of Walter Scott, Jane Austen, and Lord Byron. His writings are full of acute observation, penetrating psychological insight, rich Scots language and much humour. This SCOTNOTE examines two novels by Galt, which chronicle the changes in Scottish society in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.

    Literary Tourism, the Trossachs and Walter Scott

    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.

    Local Hero (1983): Directed by Bill Forsyth

    David Manderson's SCOTNOTE study guide considers the impact of Local Hero on the Scottish film industry and the rest of the world, while evaluating the film's influence on Scottish filmmakers. These notes are suitable for media studies students, senior school pupils and students of all levels.

    Marriage: A Novel

    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.

    Mary Paterson, or, the Fatal Error

    Mary Paterson is a high-Victorian tale of the foul deeds of Burke and Hare, who kept Edinburgh's anatomists supplied with freshly manufactured corpses. David Pae's galloping nineteenth-century novel not only provides a fascinating window into the popular Victorian imagination but is also a highly entertaining novel in its own right.

    Neil M. Gunn's the Silver Darlings

    John Burns's SCOTNOTE study guide examines Neil Gunn's most famous novel, The Silver Darlings. The social, cultural and political background of the novel is examined, and its themes and characters explored. This guide is suitable for senior school pupils and students at all levels.

    Poets of the People's Journal: Newspaper Poetry in Victorian Scotland

    The People's Journal regularly published readers' letters, stories, and especially their poetry. Collected here are more than 100 examples, written by tradesmen and women, factory workers, servants, and others; their concerns and interests often chime, more than we might expect, with issues still very much current in the modern day.

    Rethinking George MacDonald: Contexts and Contemporaries

    George MacDonald is the acknowledged forefather of later fantasy writers such as C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien. This collection of 16 essays examines MacDonald's place in the Victorian literary scene, his engagement with his contemporaries and his interest in the social, political, and theological movements of his age.

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