New Publications

'Kidnappit' by Robert Louis StevensonKidnappit by Robert Louis Stevenson
translated into Scots by Matthew Fitt
Itchy Coo Books, 2007

‘Tak tent o whit I say, mannie – keep awa fae the Hoose o Shaws!’
Published in collaboration with Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature’s One Book – One Edinburgh reading campaign, Kidnappit is the first ever graphic novel in Scots. Alan Grant and Cam Kennedy, renowned for their work writing and illustrating such weel-kent graphic fiction as Batman, Strontium Dog, Judge Dredd and Star Wars, have reworked Stevenson’s classic tale of adventure in 18th-century Scotland to produce this brilliant new version. Itchy Coo are proud to be publishing this exciting Scots edition, our 25th title.

Graphic novel versions of Kidnappit are also available in English and Gaelic.

'Gnothach Annasach an Dr Jekyll Is Mhgr Hyde' by Robert Louis StevensonGnothach Annasach an Dr Jekyll Is Mhgr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
translated into Gaelic by Ian MacDonald
Waverley Books, February 2008

The second, stunning graphic novel of an Robert Louis Stevenson classic from the creative `dream team’ of Cam Kennedy and Alan Grant, Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, follows their acclaimed graphic novel adaptation of Kidnappit. This edition has been faithfully translated into Gaelic by Ian MacDonald of the Gaelic Books Council.

Graphic novel versions of Gnothach Annasach an Dr Jekyll Is Mhgr Hyde are also available in English and Scots.

'Scottish Folk and Fairy Tales from Burns to Buchan' by Gordon JarvieScottish Folk and Fairy Tales from Burns to Buchan
by Gordon Jarvie
Penguin Classics
October 2008

Mystery and excitement abound in this lively collection of fairy tales, folklore and legends, which celebrate Scotland’s enormously rich oral tradition and offers a carefully chosen combination of old favourites such as Tam Lin, Thomas Rymer and Adam Bell, as well as more modern stories by master story-tellers like Andrew Lang, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and John Buchan.

Louis comics by MetaphrogLouis comics by Metaphrog

metaphrog, the Franco-Scottish duo have been releasing comics and graphic novels since 1996, first serialising Strange Weather Lately and The Maze. Their current Louis series have received multiple Eisner and Ignatz award nominations, Scottish Arts Council support and critical acclaim worldwide. Their latest multimedia project Louis – Dreams Never Die, a graphic novel with music by hey and múm, and featuring a special online Louis animation, was released in association with FatCat Records. They are currently working on a new Louis graphic novel, Louis – Night Salad.

'In the Event of Fire: New Writing Scotland 27'In the Event of Fire: New Writing Scotland 27
eds. Liz Niven and Alan Bissett
Association for Scottish Literary Studies
annual; issue 27 forthcoming August 2009

New Writing Scotland is an annual volume publishing poetry and prose, drama and short fiction in English, Scots and Gaelic from both emerging and established writers. Every piece appears here in print for the first time, and has been drawn from a wide cross-section of Scottish culture and society.

'Maw Broon's But An' Ben Cookbook: A Cookbook for Every Season, Using All the Goodness of the Land by Maw Broon'Maw Broon’s But An’ Ben Cookbook: A Cookbook for Every Season, Using All the Goodness of the Land
by Maw Broon
Waverley Books

A cookbook with a difference, this nostalgic collection of recipes dates back to 1940 and is entirely different, but just as good as, the first Maw Broon cookbook. Funny, inventive and full of humour and comic strips from “The Broons”, with witty comments from the family members throughout, this second cookbook has more balance with both sweet, traditional, recipes as well as recipes with lighter, healthier ingredients.

'The Broons' Burns Night' by The BroonsThe Broons’ Burns Night 
by The Broons
Waverley Books

Robert Burns was born on 25th January, 1759 in Ayr, Scotland. He wrote the famous poems “To a Mouse”, “Holy Wullie”, “Tam O’Shanter”, “Ae Fond Kiss”, among many more. His use of the Scots language, his tone and the fact he speaks for ‘everyman’, and his prolific writing, make Burns enormously popular, with wide international appeal. Endorsed by the Burns Federation, this book is a guide on how to organise your own Burns’ Night at home – from the shopping list you must take to buy the necessaries for the plentiful recipes, to ‘How to do the Gay Gordons’ by Joe, to music and poetry from Burns throughout. The book is illustrated throughout with comic strips from Scotland’s first family, The Broons.

'The G. Ross Roy Collection of Robert Burns, An Illustrated Catalogue'The G. Ross Roy Collection of Robert Burns, An Illustrated Catalogue
compiled by Elizabeth A. Sudduth, with the assistance of Clayton Tarr
University of South Carolina Press

Established in 1989, the G. Ross Roy Collection of Robert Burns and Burnsiana at the University of South Carolina’s Thomas Cooper Library is one of the world’s foremost collections dedicated to the study of Scotland’s greatest poet. This illustrated catalogue of the collection’s expansive holdings, covering Burns manuscripts and other unique materials as well as published editions from the Kilmarnock to the present day, is published on the occasion of Burns’s 250th birthday as a guide for researchers and collectors alike.

'Scottish Men of Letters and the New Public Sphere 1802-1834' by Barton SwaimScottish Men of Letters and the New Public Sphere 1802-1834
by Barton Swaim
Bucknell University Press

Why were Scottish writers able to dominate the field of periodical literature throughout the nineteenth century? Barton Swaim’s Scottish Men of Letters and the New Public Sphere, 1802-1834 attempts an answer to that question by examining the period when the Scots’ dominance was at its height: the three decades after the founding of the Edinburgh Review in 1802. In this carefully researched and thoughtful study, Swaim discusses the ways in which four writers in the vanguard of Scottish periodical-writing – Francis Jeffrey, John Wilson, John Gibson Lockhart, and Thomas Carlyle – exemplify the historical and cultural dynamics that occasioned Scottish dominance of what Jürgen Habermas would later call the public sphere.

'Crossing the Highland Line: cross-currents in eighteenth-century Scottish writing'Crossing the Highland Line: cross-currents in eighteenth-century Scottish writing
ed. Christopher MacLachlan
Association for Scottish Literary Studies
January 2009

Scottish writing exploded across the globe in the eighteenth century, transforming world literature and culture. Crossing the Highland Line explores literary connections across Scotland, and traces the links between those who wrote in Scots and English and those who wrote in Gaelic. These essays, from fourteen leading scholars, show that the whole of Scotland – Highland and Lowland, high cultures and low – participated in the reshaping of literature in the eighteenth century. The Highland Line does not divide.

'Scottish Newspapers, Language and Identity' by Fiona M. DouglasScottish Newspapers, Language and Identity
Fiona M. Douglas
Edinburgh University Press
March 2009

The first decade of the new Scottish Parliament has seen the emergence of a new-found national confidence. ‘Scottishness’ is clearly alive and flourishing. This book offers new and detailed insights into Scottish language and its usage by the Scottish press. To what extent does the use of identifiably Scottish lexical features help them to maintain their distinctive Scottish identity and appeal to their readership? Which Scottish words and phrases do the papers use and where, is it a symbolic gesture, do they all behave in the same way, and has this changed since devolution? Combining analysis of broad trends with detailed discussion of individual Scottish words and phrases, its timely publication coincides with a period when interest in things Scottish is at an all-time high.

'Letters Addressed to Clarinda, &c' by Robert BurnsLetters Addressed to Clarinda, &c
Robert Burns, with a new introduction by G. Ross Roy
University of South Carolina Press

For more than forty years, the 1802 edition of Robert Burns’s Letters Addressed to Clarinda provided the only record of his correspondence with Mrs. Agnes M’Lehose (“Clarinda”). It was from the letters printed here that Burns’s early biographers first told the story of the Sylvander-Clarinda relationship. This facsimile has been scanned from one of the three copies of the original edition in the G. Ross Roy Collection of Robert Burns & Scottish Poetry, in the Department of Rare Books & Special Collections at the University of South Carolina. The opportunity has been taken to add some additional pages with material drawn from manuscript letters in the G. Ross Roy Collection. The facsimile makes Letters Addressed to Clarinda available once again in its original format, both as a digital text, through the library’s Digital Collections site, and also (slightly enlarged in page size) as a print-on-demand book, in partnership with the University of South Carolina Press.

'Distance' by Ewan MorrisonDistance
by Ewan Morrison
Jonathan Cape
June 2008

They fall in love in New York City and spend a passionate week together before he returns to his home in Edinburgh, where they are to reunite in eight weeks. So begins a long distance relationship filled with phone calls, phone sex, emails, text messages and the pain of waiting. Back in Scotland, Tom’s eyes are opened to the mess he’s been living in, with a job he despises and a girlfriend, an ex-wife and son he can no longer relate to. As he waits for Meg he takes to drinking in secret. Meanwhile in New York, Meg has been inspired by Tom to throw in her job as a Hollywood script doctor, and to write from her heart, secretly recording every detail of their intense week together. They talk every day on the phone, her day is his night. Six time zones out of sync. As the weeks count down to her arrival their love turns increasingly obsessive and they face traumatic life choices. Does Tom really Love Meg, or is she a dream of escape? And what is Tom to Meg but increasingly a fiction? Only when she arrives they will know for sure. As he showed in his highly praised first novel, Swung, Ewan Morrison writes about relationships between men and women with extraordinary sympathy, insight and daring.

'The Hunt in the Forest' by John BurnsideThe Hunt in the Forest
by John Burnside
Jonathan Cape
6 August 2009

Taking its title from Uccello’s famous painting of a band of men – on foot and on horseback – massing for the chase, John Burnside’s new poems take us on a journey out of the light and into the darkness, where we may just as easily lose ourselves as find what we are looking for. In these poems of hunting and predation, Burnside explores our most deep-rooted and primeval pursuits: romantic love, memory, selfhood, grief, the recollection of the dead. Yet just as we seek, so are we sought out: at any moment we may slide into loss or be gathered in by some otherworldly light; at any moment, the angel of the annunciation may seek us out and demand some astonishing transformation. Even in the pursuit of love, or in the exercise of memory, we fall into snares and become entangled in veils; just as we are always on the point of discovery, so we are always a hair’s-breadth away from being lost. Concerned with love and mourning, with what we discover and what remains hidden – with learning how to follow the trail through the forest and find the way home – above all, these poems are about the quest: knowing that whatever we bring back from the hunt, it is always hard-won and never fully our own.

'Erik Chisholm, Scottish Modernist (1904-1965): Chasing a Restless Muse' by John PurserErik Chisholm, Scottish Modernist (1904-1965): Chasing a Restless Muse
by John Purser
Boydell Press
June 2009

Erik Chisholm was the pre-eminent composer and musician in Scottish classical music in the first half of the twentieth century. As Sir Charles Mackerras put it, ‘Chisholm was a musician of rare capabilities. He was a pianist and organist, a conductor, a composer, a lecturer on music, an entrepreneur and administrator, and to all these he brought a unique blend of originality, flair and energy.’ As well as his life in Glasgow, Chisholm travelled to the Far East, notably Singapore, for the Entertainments and National Service Association during the Second World War, and subsequently became Professor of Music at the University of Cape Town, where he greatly developed the study and performance of music. He conducted numerous first British performances, including Berlioz’s The Trojans in 1935 and Bartók’s Bluebird Castle in 1957. Accounts of the visits to Glasgow by such composers as Bartók, Casella, Hindemith et al are being presented here. Erik Chisholm, Scottish Modernist will be of general interest to scholars and students of twentieth-century music. In particular, those interested in the development of music, opera and ballet in Scotland, Scottish literature and cultural history will find this book of much value. It will also be of interest to those studying the music of Bartók, Sorabji, Hindemith, Walton, Bax, Casella, and Shostakovich whom Chisholm knew personally and brought to Scotland.

'Scottish Modernism and its Contexts 1918-1959: Literature, National Identity and Cultural Exchange' by Margery Palmer McCullochScottish Modernism and its Contexts 1918-1959: Literature, National Identity and Cultural Exchange
by Margery Palmer McCulloch
Edinburgh University Press
May 2009

This innovative book proposes the expansion of the existing idea of an interwar Scottish Renaissance movement to include its international significance as a Scottish literary modernism interacting with the intellectual and artistic ideas of European modernism as well as responding to the challenges of the Scottish cultural and political context. Topics range from the revitalisation of the Scots vernacular as an avant-garde literary language in the 1920s and the interaction of literature and politics in the 1930s to the fictional re-imagining of the Highlands, the response of women writers to a changing modern world and the manifestations of a late modernism in the 1940s and 1950s. Writers featured include Hugh MacDiarmid, Lewis Grassic Gibbon, Neil M. Gunn, Edwin and Willa Muir, Catherine Carswell, Naomi Mitchison, Sydney Goodsir Smith and Sorley MacLean.

'Revising Robert Burns and Ulster: Literature, Religion and Politics, c. 1770–1920' by Frank Ferguson and Andrew R. HolmesRevising Robert Burns and Ulster: Literature, Religion and Politics, c. 1770–1920
Frank Ferguson and Andrew R. Holmes
Four Courts Press
May 2009

In a broad-ranging series of essays this book, published in the 250th anniversary year of the birth of Robert Burns, offers a timely opportunity to re-examine the relationships between Burns and writers of literature in the north of Ireland.

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