Preloved books offer in aid of the Dorothy Dunnett Society

geminiA friend of the Dorothy Dunnett Society needs to part with her precious collection of books. There are hardbacks and paperbacks from both The Lymond Chronicles and The House of Niccolò, together with assorted audio cassettes.  Some are offered for the cost of postage (which will depend on where you live) whereas for others – eg, a signed hardback – there is a suggested donation to the Dorothy Dunnett Society, for which we are very grateful.  The full list of what’s available is here.  If you are interested in any of the items on offer, please contact email hidden; JavaScript is required.

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Oxford Day 2015

“Lymond is back.”

Oxford Day 2015, in association with the Dorothy Dunnett Society, will take place on 13th June at Wolfson College, Oxford, and  this year the focus will be on The Lymond Chronicles.

The Oxford Day speakers will be James Evans, on “Richard Chancellor and the Great Exploratory Voyage of 1553: the transformation of England” and Dr Deirdre Serjeantson, Senior Lecturer in Renaissance Literature, University of Essex, on  “The Private Labyrinth': the books that made Lymond”.

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Essex Day 2015

 

Essex Day 2015 Dorothy Dunnett Essex Day 2015 will be held on Saturday 28th February at Craft Arena. We will hear from the 18th Baron Petre about his ancestry particularly the 2nd Baron Sir William Petre who was a member of the Muscovy Company; the history of embroidery and a chance to stitch; there will be live lute music and a talk from Paul Egholm about the construction and history of the lute; a quiz and an evening meal at a local restaurant if you wish. If you would like more information contact Linda at email hidden; JavaScript is requiredby 31st Jan with your email address. Places are very limited, so first come, first served!

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Edinburgh Weekend 2015 – booking now open

31st January update: All events at the Edinburgh Dunnett Weekend are now sold out, though a waiting list is being maintained in case anyone drops out. If you still want a person-to-person Dunnett fix in 2015, there is Essex Day (29th Feb), Oxford Day (13th June), Lincoln Weekend (18th-20th September) and International Dorothy Dunnett Day (14th November) to come.

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Dorothy Dunnett readers are warmly invited to attend the 2015 Edinburgh Dunnett Weekend and the Dorothy Dunnett Society’s Annual General Meeting based again this year at the Royal OverSeas League (ROSL) in Princes Street, Edinburgh.

The first treat of the weekend will be the opportunity to visit the Scottish National Portrait Gallery on Friday 17th April between 2-3 pm to view a self-portrait by Dorothy Dunnett

Later, at 5.45 pm, members are invited to attend a standing drinks reception to launch the Society’s new publication, Edinburgh: The Dorothy Dunnett Guide, written by Nicky Cannon. This will be held in a private room at the Sheraton Hotel, in Festival Square and will be followed at 7 pm by our traditional welcome meal in the main restaurant.

The weekend activities continue on Saturday 18th April when we will gather at the ROSL for a packed day of lectures, debates and conviviality. Our speakers are Pauline Brace, Dr Stephen Lloyd and members of the Edinburgh Renaissance Band. More details about the lectures can be found in Whispering Gallery issue 125 (Dec 2014).

We will end the day with the Annual General Meeting of The Dorothy Dunnett Society. All members are invited to attend and non-members will be able to enjoy refreshments in the ROSL bar. Saturday will culminate at 7 pm with our gala dinner in the ROSL’s Castle Restaurant with its fabulous views across Edinburgh.

On Sunday we will travel by executive coach to Bowhill, home of the Duke of Buccleuch. There we will divide into groups for a guided tour of the house including some rooms not always open to the public, and see an exhibition of exquisite miniature paintings. We will then travel the short distance to the newly refurbished and award winning Abbotsford House Visitors’ Centre where we will lunch, before enjoying an exhibition about the life and work of one of Dorothy Dunnett’s favourite authors, Sir Walter Scott. Afterwards we will again divide into groups for a guided tour of Abbotsford. We return to Edinburgh by coach arriving back by 6 pm. Those who wish may make their own arrangements to dine that evening at one of the many restaurants and bars on offer in Edinburgh.

We hope to see many of you at the weekend. Please note that places are limited – particularly on Sunday – and so a prompt return of your booking form would be advisable.

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Francis Crawford tops best Scottish character poll

DEVOTEES of Dorothy Dunnett, the late historical novelist, have voted the star of her acclaimed novel series into top place in a poll to find Scotland’s favourite literary character!

Francis Crawford, from Dunnett’s books The Lymond Chronicles, beat off competition from the likes of Ian Rankin’s Inspector Rebus, JK Rowling’s boy wizard Harry Potter, Begbie, the fearsome psychopath from Irvine Welsh’s Trainspotting and Chris Guthrie, the heroine in Lewis Grassic Gibbon’s Sunset Song.

The charismatic character’s adventures across Europe unfolded in the Fife-born writer’s books between 1961 and 1975, becoming her best-known works, although the original’s manuscript was rejected by five different UK publishers.

Despite the young 16th century nobleman making his first appearance more than half a century ago, he emerged as the clear winner ahead of characters including Arthur Conan Doyle’s legendary sleuth Sherlock Holmes and Dame Muriel’s Spark’s iconic schoolteacher Jean Brodie.

Read more at the website of The Scotsman.

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