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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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    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.

    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.

    Nobody Remembers The Birdman

    New Writing Scotland is the principal forum for poetry and short fiction in Scotland today. Every year we publish the very best from emerging and established writers, and list many of the leading literary lights of Scotland among our contributors.

    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.

    Roots and Fruits of Scottish Culture: Scottish Identities, History and Contemporary Literature

    At this key moment in Scotland's history, earlier identities are being re-examined and re-presented, and personal and cultural histories are being redefined and reconsidered. These eleven essays show how the re-creation and reimagination of Scottish culture, its identities and its tropes, are being developed by a range of leading Scottish writers.

    Scottish and International Modernisms: Relationships and Reconfigurations

    This collection of essays, from fourteen scholars, illustrates the strongly international and modernist dimension of Scotland's interwar revival, and illuminates the relationships between Scottish and non-Scottish writers and contexts. It also includes two chapters on the contribution made to this revival by Scottish visual art and music.

    Scottish War Poetry 1914-1945: (Scotnotes Study Guides)

    This SCOTNOTE Study Guide explores the responses of Scottish poets to the First and Second World Wars, from the sometimes jingoistic optimism of the early days of 1914, to the horrors of the trenches, to the massed and mechanised brutalities of total war - not forgetting, too, the experiences on the Home Front and the traumas of memory.

    Association for Scottish Literary Studies