Violet Jacob – Further Reading

Excellent new internet resource. Features plenty of Jacobs poems online and a full discussion of her work. The rest of the site explores some of Scotland’s less well-known poets.
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Scottish Libraries
Good general introduction to Jacob.
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People of Angus
Local council website with a biography of Jacob and a short discussion of her work. Website contains info on other luminaries from Angus area, including Peter Pan author JM Barrie
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The following resources will be of general interest to the student of Scottish literature:

Scottish Literary Tour Trust
Featuring its very own Makars' Literary Tour section.
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The Writers' Museum
Situated in the historic Lady Stair's House, built in 1622, The Writers' Museum is dedicated to the lives and works of Scotland's great literary figures, in particular Robert Burns, Sir Walter Scott and Robert Louis Stevenson. The museum contains rare collections including personal belongings, paintings, photographs, early editions and manuscripts.

Lady Stair's Close
Edinburgh EH1 2PA
Tel: 0131 529 4901 / Fax: 0131 220 5057

National Library of Scotland
Homepage of the NLS.
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Scottish Poetry Library
A very attractively laid out website with information on some of the major poets of the 20th century along with detailed readings of their best-known works.
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The name stands for Scottish Librarians Across the Internet. This excellent site features brief, well-written biographies of many of the great Scottish writers.
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Scots Online
From essays to an online dictionary this is a web-based resource with everything you could possibly need to know about the Scots language and how it is used.
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Shudder at the Niffer
An essay in Scots about Scots.
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Gaelic & Scottish Connections
A resource on Gaelic language and culture, featuring poetry and essays and an online dictionary.
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Electric Scotland
Electric Scotland is a real mixed bag of Scottish paraphernalia with nationalist overtones. This page in particular allows you to hear and read complete Scots poems, from MacDiarmid to Dunbar.
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Literature links
An encyclopaedic web of links to Scots magazines, monuments, libraries and languages.
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Project Gutenberg
This is a web-based publisher of copyright expired books.
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Poetry Archive
A good, user-friendly site, sponsored by a bookseller, which features examples from some of the best poets in the world.
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Poem Index
Almost 900 poems in the English language from 13th to 19th centuries.
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Representative Poetry On-line
An enormous and easy to use resource based at the University of Toronto featuring alphabetical and chronological lists of 450 poets with substantial selections of their work.
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Scottish PEN
The name stands for Poets, Playwrights, Editors, Essayists and Novelists and the organisation exists to promote the friendly co-operation between writers in the interests of freedom of expression throughout the world.
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Writers’ Portraits
Photographic and biographical pen portraits of some of Scotland’s greatest contemporary writers.
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The Book of Prefaces
edited and glossed by Alasdair Gray
Bloomsbury (2000)
Every home should have one. Dust jacket contains this advice: “Warning to Parents, TeDo not let smart children handle this book. It will help them pass examinations without reading anything else.”

The Faber Book of Twentieth Century Scottish Poetry
Edited by Douglas Dunn
Faber & Faber (1992)
A detailed account of the dramatic transformations the Scottish verse underwent in the previous century, with an enlightening introduction by Dunn.

The New Penguin Book of Scottish Verse
edited by Robert Crawford and Mick Imlah
Penguin (2000)
A beautifully presented chronology of some of the greatest Scottish poetry, from the 6th century to the present.

The Penguin Book of Scottish Verse
edited by Tom Scott
Penguin (1970)
Earlier incarnation of above, edited by Scott a recent inductee to Makars’ Court. Contains the infamous and controversial rude verse attributed to Burns. Makes for an interesting comparison with Crawford & Imlah’s anthology.

An Anthology of Scottish Women Poets
Edited by Catherine Kerrigan
Edinburgh University Press (1991)
Covers folksong, ballad, Scots and Anglo-Scots, from the middle ages to contemporary poets.

Studies and Criticism

Scottish Literature
eds Douglas Gifford, et al
Edinburgh University Press (2002)
This is just about all you need to know about Scottish literature. A comprehensive, and very readable book. Excellent.

The Mainstream Companion to Scottish Literature
Trevor Royle
Mainstream (1993)
Alphabetically arranged standard reference on Scottish literature.

Modern Scottish Literature
Alan Bold
Longman (1983)
Discussion of the major writers and texts of Scottish literature in the 20th century. Brilliant study material for Higher English.

Imagine a City: Glasgow In Fiction
Moira Burgess
Argyll (1998)
The definitive work on Glasgow’s place in Scottish literature, written by the author of the Makars Court Tour script.

A History of Scottish Women’s Writing
edited by Douglas Gifford and Dorothy McMillan
Edinburgh University Press (1997)
This is the best book around for Scottish women’s writing at the moment. Tone can be a bit academic in places.