The Dorothy Dunnett Society exists to help its members enjoy, discuss and promote the works of Dorothy Dunnett and the historical periods in which they were set. The lively and companionable Society is based in Edinburgh, Scotland. We are run by volunteers, and have over 400 members in Scotland, England, Wales, Ireland, the USA, Canada, Australia, Germany, New Zealand, South Africa, France and other countries.
We were founded in 2001 by Dorothy Dunnett just after her last book, Gemini, was published and the 2000 Gatherings were held in Edinburgh and Philadelphia. She wanted her readers to continue to be able to get in touch with each other and to communicate their enthusiasm for history and literature to others.
The Society is legally constituted as a charity under the laws of Scotland and its aims are to:
- advance the education of the public concerning the history, politics, culture and religion of the 11th, 15th and 16th centuries by promoting the study of and research into such subjects generally and into such subjects particularly as they relate to the works of Dorothy Dunnett, and to disseminate to the public the results of such research.
- foster the appreciation and recognition of the literary works of Dorothy Dunnett.
- ensure that the manuscripts, letters, reference materials and research papers of Dorothy Dunnett are preserved and are accessible.