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Dràma na Gàidhlig
Ceud Bliadhna air an Àrd-ùrlar
A Century of Gaelic Drama

Edited by Michelle Macleod
ASLS Annual Volume 50 – 2020
Modern Gaelic drama has the power to break down barriers and to touch people across linguistic and cultural divides. This collection is a celebration of Gaelic theatre, featuring eight Gaelic plays (with English translations) from the start of the twentieth century to the present day.

Pbk: £19.95

Corona Borealis
Scottish Neo-Latin Poets on King James VI
and his Reign, 1566–1603

Edited by Steven J. Reid and David McOmish
ASLS Annual Volume 49 – 2019
Latin was Scotland’s third language in the early modern period, alongside Scots and Gaelic, and the reign of King James VI and I is considered to be a golden age of Scottish neo-Latin literature. Corona Borealis examines Latin poems by Scottish authors written between 1566 and 1603, and highlights the role of Latin in Scottish cultural life.

Hbk: £60.00

Edwin Morgan: In Touch With Language
A New Prose Collection 1950–2005

Edited by John Coyle and James McGonigal
ASLS Annual Volume 48 – 2018
This volume presents previously uncollected prose works by Morgan – journalism, book and theatre reviews, scholarly essays and lectures, drama and radio scripts, forewords and afterwords – on topics from Gilgamesh to Ginsberg, cybernetics to sexualities, international literatures to the changing face of Glasgow. Everyone will find surprises and delights in this new collection.

Pbk: £24.95

Marriage: A Novel
Susan Ferrier; Edited by Dorothy McMillan
ASLS Annual Volume 47 – 2017
What happens when a Regency society beauty’s romantic notions of the Highlands meet cold, damp reality? Edited and introduced by Dorothy McMillan, this new edition of Susan Ferrier’s classic novel captures the humour, sensitivity and elegance of the original, and gives Ferrier her proper place among Scotland’s notable writers.

Pbk: £14.95

A Kist o Skinklan Things
An anthology of Scots poetry from the first
and second waves of the Scottish renaissance

Edited by J. Derrick McClure
ASLS Annual Volume 46 – 2016
The twentieth-century Scottish Renaissance saw a huge change in Scotland’s literary landscape, as Scottish writers engaged with social and political issues, and questions of national identity. A key feature was a radically new literary status for the Scots language. A Kist o Skinklan Things contains some of the best poetry from this great period.

Hbk: £14.95

Poets of the People’s Journal
Newspaper Poetry in Victorian Scotland

Edited by Kirstie Blair
ASLS Annual Volume 45 – 2015
The People’s Journal was one of the most successful publications in Victorian Scotland, publishing readers’ letters, stories, and especially their poetry. Written by tradesmen and women, factory workers, servants, and others, these fascinating and often highly entertaining poems are part of a literary heritage that deserves rediscovery.

Hbk: £14.95

Mary Paterson, or, The Fatal Error
A Story of the Burke & Hare Murders

David Pae; Edited by Caroline McCracken-Flesher
ASLS Annual Volume 44 – 2014
Mary Paterson, or, The Fatal Error is a high-Victorian tale of the foul deeds of Burke and Hare. 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.

Hbk: £12.50

From the Line
Scottish War Poetry 1914–1945

ed. David Goldie & Roderick Watson
ASLS Annual Volume 43 – 2013
From the Line brings together the best of Scotland’s poetry from the two World Wars: 138 poems, from fifty-six poets, are represented here, from both men and women, from battlefields across the world and from the Home Front, too.

Hbk: £12.50

A Song of Glasgow Town
The Collected Poems of Marion Bernstein

ed. Edward H. Cohen, Anne R. Fertig & Linda Fleming
ASLS Annual Volume 42 – 2012
Glasgow poet Marion Bernstein (1846–1906) populated her poems with an array of ordinary citizens, from postmen and riveters to fishermen and street musicians. A Song of Glasgow Town contains all her published poetry, and provides a fascinating insight into Glasgow at a time of unprecedented social and economic change.

Hbk: £12.50

Traditional Tales
by Allan Cunningham; ed. Tim Killick
ASLS Annual Volume 41 – 2011
Traditional Tales is a selection of folk stories steeped in the traditions and popular literature of southern Scotland and northern England. Mixing the natural and supernatural, they blur the distinction between the oral traditions of the distant past and emerging ideas of literature and modernity.

Hbk: £12.50

by Margaret Oliphant; ed. Anne M Scriven
ASLS Annual Volume 40 – 2010
Margaret Oliphant’s novel Kirsteen is a startlingly modern tale whose powerful voice, narrative drive and ironic exposure of injustice and hypocrisy provide a fascinating perspective on women in Victorian society.

Pbk: £9.95
Hbk: £25.00


Makeshift and Hunger March
by Dot Allan; ed. Moira Burgess
ASLS Annual Volume 39 – 2009
Confronting issues of class and gender, Makeshift and Hunger March offer an insight into women’s lives in Scotland in the first half of the 20th century. They are also highly readable and enjoyable works of fiction by a writer who deserves rediscovery by a new generation.

  eBook available

Pbk: £9.95
Hbk: £25.00
eBook: £4.99


The Cottagers of Glenburnie
and other educational writing

by Elizabeth Hamilton; ed. Pam Perkins
ASLS Annual Volume 38 – 2008
First published in 1808, The Cottagers of Glenburnie is a lively and entertaining tale, with vivid depictions – and biting satires – of Scottish peasant life. It also skilfully discusses and dissects class issues, British imperialism, and war.

Pbk: £9.95
Hbk: £25.00


Scottish People’s Theatre
Plays by Glasgow Unity Writers

ed. Bill Findlay
ASLS Annual Volume 37 – 2007
Glasgow Unity Theatre was perhaps the most celebrated and influential of mid-twentieth century Scottish theatre companies, with strong theatrical and political styles and commitments. This new publication allows five of their most important works to be read together for the first time, and seen fully in the context of their period and influence:
  • ‘The Gorbals Story’ by Robert McLeish
  • ‘Men Should Weep’ by Ena Lamont Stewart
  • ‘Gold in his Boots’ by George Munro
  • ‘The Lambs of God’ by Benedick Scott
  • ‘All in Good Faith’ by Roddy McMillan

Pbk: £12.50
Hbk: £25.00


Voices From Their Ain Countrie
The Poems of Marion Angus and Violet Jacob

ed. Katherine Gordon
ASLS Annual Volume 36 – 2006
2006 marks the 60th anniversary of the deaths of two significant 20th-century Scottish poets: Marion Angus and Violet Jacob. Passionate and radical, lyrical and rich in human experience, the poems of Marion Angus and Violet Jacob will delight and captivate. More than 200 poems are included in this comprehensive anthology, along with an overview of each poet’s life, a short synopsis of major themes in their poetry, and notes on individual poems, providing an invaluable critical background for a full appreciation of their work.

Pbk: £9.95
Hbk: £25.00


The Devil to Stage
Five Plays by James Bridie

ed. Gerard Carruthers
ASLS Annual Volume 35 – 2005
James Bridie is one of Scotland’s greatest playwrights, and one of the leading British dramatists of the 20th century. This collection of five acting scripts has been thoroughly corrected and re-set, and brings some of Bridie’s greatest works back into the public domain:
  • ‘The Sunlight Sonata’ (1928)
  • ‘The Anatomist’ (1930)
  • ‘A Sleeping Clergyman’ (1933)
  • ‘Mr Bolfry’ (1943)
  • ‘Daphne Laureola’ (1949)

Pbk: £12.50
Hbk: £25.00


Serving Twa Maisters
Five Classic Plays in Scots Translation

ed. John Corbett & Bill Findlay
ASLS Annual Volume 34 – 2004
The 1940s saw the birth of a modern tradition for translating drama into Scots. These translations helped place the vernacular at the heart of post-war Scottish drama. Serving Twa Maisters contains five classic works in this tradition:
  • ‘Let Wives Tak Tent’ by Robert Kemp from Molière (1948)
  • ‘The Burdies’ by Douglas Young from Aristophanes (1959)
  • ‘The Servant o’ Twa Maisters’ by Victor Carin from Goldoni (1965)
  • ‘The Hypochondriak’ by Hector MacMillan from Molière (1987)
  • ‘Mr Puntila and his Man Matti’ by Peter Arnott from Brecht (1999)

Pbk: £12.50
Hbk: £25.00


Modernism and Nationalism
Literature & Society in Scotland 1918–1939

ed. Margery Palmer McCulloch
ASLS Annual Volume 33 – 2003
An invaluable collection of source material for the 20th-century Scottish literary renaissance. Through excepts from periodicals, books, letters and other documents, Modernism & Nationalism brings us the voices of writers such as MacDiarmid, Gunn, Linklater, Compton Mackenzie, Naomi Mitchison, Edwin and Willa Muir, Catherine Carswell and many others, reviewing literary, social economic and political issues and providing new insights into the ideas behind the creative explosion of the period.

Pbk: £12.50
Hbk: £25.00


A National Tale

Christian Isobel Johnstone; ed. Andrew Monnickendam
ASLS Annual Volume 32 – 2002
Written in 1815, the year of Waterloo, Clan-Albin is an extraordinary Romantic novel which communicates the horrors and tragedies of war. Although the story ranges from Scotland to Ireland to Spain following the adventures of a young soldier, it is the voices of the strong female characters that we hear most clearly.

Pbk: £8.95
Hbk: £25.00


Dàin do Eimhir
Poems to Eimhir

Sorley MacLean; ed. Christopher Whyte
ASLS Annual Volume 31 – 2001
Winner of the 2002 Saltire Society/National Library of Scotland Research Book of the Year award
Widely regarded as his greatest achievement, MacLean’s cycle of love lyrics Dàin do Eimhir was only published in part in his lifetime; this edition includes six previously unpublished poems. With facing English translations throughout, Christopher Whyte’s authoritative and extensive commentaries help make a major masterpiece of 20th-century European literature fully available to the general public for the first time.

Now available from Polygon

Sir David Lyndsay: Selected Poems
ed. Janet Hadley Williams
ASLS Annual Volume 30 – 2000
In the late sixteenth, seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, a literate Scots household was likely to own two books: the Bible and the poems of Sir David Lyndsay. This collection is both an accessible introduction to new readers, for whom there are on-the-page annotations and references, and a valuable resource for specialists, who will wish to work with freshly-established texts. The explanatory notes illustrate the richness of Lyndsay’s language and those contemporary references now less known. An Introduction provides biographical information and discusses important features of Lyndsay’s poetry, and a full Bibliography offers further support for scholars.

Pbk: £12.50
Hbk: £25.00


The Scotswoman at Home and Abroad
Non-Fiction Writing 1700–1900

ed. Dorothy McMillan
ASLS Annual Volume 29 – 1999
Practical or whimsical, written for pleasure or for publication and profit, the extracts in this remarkable anthology provide a vivid cross-section of half of Scotland’s culture from 1700 to 1900, using texts that have fallen out of print and including some previously unpublished material. Issues of class, gender and society are boldly illustrated, and the private and public life of the times can be read out of these works in ways that would not perhaps be possible from male writing of the period.

Hbk: £12.50

The Poems of William Dunbar
ed. Priscilla Bawcutt (in two volumes)
ASLS Annual Volumes 27 & 28 – 1997 & 1998
Winner of the 1999 Saltire Society/National Library of Scotland Research Book of the Year award
Priscilla Bawcutt’s edition of the poems of William Dunbar, the greatest Scottish poet of the sixteenth century, is an essential reference for all students of Scottish literature. As well as freshly established texts of every poem, this edition contains a full introduction, a complete listing of textual variants in all the early manuscripts and printings, extensive notes, a glossary and a list of sources and secondary material.

2-volume set
Hbk: £30.00


The Christis Kirk Tradition
Scots Poems of Folk Festivity

ed. Allan H MacLaine
ASLS Annual Volume 26 – 1996
An anthology of twenty poems, ranging from the fifteenth to the eighteenth century, from a vivid tradition of Scottish poetry describing all kinds of revelry, ribaldry, brawling and bungling. The loose narrative, based on the actions of rapidly-sketched characters, is swift-paced and full of robust movement and details. Each poem is presented with on-the-page glosses for ease of understanding, and with full introductions and notes.


Violet Jacob; ed. Carol Anderson
ASLS Annual Volume 24 – 1994
John Buchan described Flemington as ‘the best Scots romance since The Master of Ballantrae’. Set in and around Montrose on the east coast of Scotland, Flemington is a gripping historical novel of action and intrigue in the aftermath of the Jacobite Rebellion of 1745, in which powerful characters are driven against each other by the political turmoil of their times.

Hbk: £9.95

The Tavern Sages
Selections from the Noctes Ambrosianae

ed. J. H. Alexander
ASLS Annual Volumes 22, 1992
From 1822 until 1835 Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine carried a series of seventy-one (largely) imaginary conversations between leading figures of the time: they are uninhibited, frequently scurrilous, often imaginative and extremely funny. Among the host of topics covered in this selection are the contemporaneous literary, artistic and political scenes, the 1822 visit of George IV to Edinburgh, swimming in the Firth of Forth, and gargantuan feastings and potations. Comprehensive explanatory notes are provided to allow the modern reader to appreciate the subtleties, as well as the broad humour, of the pieces.


The Complete Poems of Edwin Muir
ed. Peter Butter
ASLS Annual Volumes 21, 1991
All the poetry published by Muir in his lifetime is collected in this volume, plus those works published after his death and a number of poems and versions of poems left out of previous collections. Professor Butter’s notes identify when each of Muir’s poems were written, and where. He quotes earlier versions and Muir’s own comments, in letters and notebooks, on his poetry, its genesis and meaning.


The Youth and Manhood of Cyril Thornton
Thomas Hamilton; ed. Maurice Lindsay
ASLS Annual Volumes 20, 1990
First published in 1827, The Youth and Manhood of Cyril Thornton provides a vivid evocation of life in Glasgow, and of life in the old Glasgow University, just before the Industrial Revolution. It is on the whole a warmly sympathetic portrait, though Scots foibles, as pertinent today as they were nearly two centuries ago, are gently satirised. The novel also gives an account of the confusion and futility which characterises all wars, as experienced during the earlier part of the Peninsular campaign, in which the author was a serving officer.


The Comic Poems of William Tennant
ed. Maurice Lindsay & Alexander Scott
ASLS Annual Volumes 19, 1989
William Tennant (1784–1848) was the author of Anster Fair, one of the most popular comic poems of the nineteenth century. Couched in the Italian ottava rima stanza, it is thought that Byron may have adopted the stanza-form, including the far-fetched rhyme-scheme, for, among other poems, Beppo and Don Juan. In addition to Anster Fair, this volume includes Papistry Storm’d, a humourous account of the Knoxian mob-attack on the Cathedral of St Andrews, together with some examples of Tennant’s shorter pieces in Scots.


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Last updated 4 April 2021