Publisher of the Month: Association For Scottish Literary Studies

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Founded in 1971, the Association for Scottish Literary Studies is an educational charity that aims to promote the study, teaching and writing of Scottish literature, and to further the study of the languages of Scotland. To these ends, ASLS publishes works of Scottish literature which have either been neglected or which merit a fresh presentation to a modern audience, and critical anthologies of both creative and non-fiction writing: the latest example is Voices From Their Ain Countrie: the poems of Marion Angus and Violet Jacob, edited by Katherine Gordon. Papers on literary criticism and cultural studies, along with in-depth reviews of Scottish books, are published biannually in our journal Scottish Studies Review; short articles, features and news in ScotLit; and scholarly studies of language in Scottish Language. We also publish New Writing Scotland, an annual anthology of new poetry, drama and short fiction in Scots, English and Gaelic which has carried early work by important contemporary writers including Iain Banks, Janice Galloway, A L Kennedy, Ian Rankin, and Irvine Welsh, among many others. The latest edition, Making Soup in a Storm, is currently available.

Our Scotnotes series of school- and college-level study guides to major Scottish writers has just produced its twenty-first volume, on three novels of Robert Louis Stevenson. Other recent publications include the collection of essays on Lewis Grassic Gibbon entitled A Flame in the Mearns, and Treasure Islands, a guide to Scottish fiction for the 10–14 age group. Our website contains a substantial and growing body of downloadable essays, articles, papers and classroom notes, and gets over 10,000 visitors per year.

Each year, ASLS produces and distributes over 3,500 publications to its subscribers, and a further 2,800 to secondary schools and libraries. Approximately 3,000 books are sold each year through the trade. We hold annual conferences on Scottish writers in such diverse locations as Glasgow, Kirkwall, Edinburgh and Skye. Other annual conferences address Scottish language issues, and the place of Scottish literature and language in the classroom. Our schools conferences are suitable for CPD (Continuous Professional Development), and attract teachers from across Scotland.

Along with other Scottish literary organisations and the Scottish Arts Council, ASLS campaigns for a greater appreciation, both at home and abroad, in schools, colleges and universities, of Scotland’s literary culture.

  • Cover scan of A Flame In The Mearns
    A Flame In The Mearns: Lewis Grassic Gibbon, A Centenary Celebration - Paperback
    This collection of essays celebrates the achievements of Lewis Grassic Gibbon in his own time, as well as emphasising his continuing relevance. It contains discussions of Gibbons' fiction, essays and poetry, together with analyses of his language and politics.
  • Cover scan of Making Soup In A Storm
    Making Soup In A Storm: New Writing Scotland 24 - Paperback
    New Writing Scotland 24. 'Making Soup in a Storm' is a collection of contemporary literature, drawn from a wide cross-section of Scottish culture and society.
  • Cover scan of Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island, Kidnapped And Catriona
    Robert Louis Stevenson's Kidnapped, Catriona And Treasure Island - C. J. M. MacLachlan - Paperback
    The 'Scotnotes' booklets are a series of study guides to major Scottish writers and texts frequently used within literature courses, aimed at senior secondary school pupils and students in further education.
  • Cover scan of Treasure Islands
    Treasure Islands: A Guide To Scottish Fiction For Young Readers Aged 10-14 - Paperback
    Compiled by teachers, 'Treasure Islands' is an examination of Scottish children's fiction. As well as reviews of 160 books, it contains suggested age and reading levels and bibliographic information.
  • Cover scan of Voices From Their Ain Countrie
    Voices From Their Ain Countrie: The Poems Of Marion Angus And Violet Jacob - Marion Angus; Violet Jacob - Paperback
    Serious and whimsical, radical and emotional, the poetry of Angus and Jacob continues to enthrall. More than 200 poems are included in this anthology which traces their similarities and differences to provide a critical background for a full appreciation of their work.

December 2006

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