Whispering Gallery 132
An exchange of letters between Dorothy Dunnett and her American editor makes fascinating reading in this issue of Whispering Gallery. In this correspondence, they discuss the editor’s reaction to The Ringed Castle, his concerns about the wider appeal of the Russian setting, aspects of the plot that need clarification, and a small matter of paternity!
We have a report from a member who visited the Dunnett Collection at the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center in Boston, and spent a happy day examining the contents of the many boxes of documents held there.
The character of Julius continues to intrigue, we discuss how leadership manifests itself in the novels, and explore more of our author’s unique lexicon of words. And we have a new series, ‘That’s Relevant!’, focusing on readers’ favourite Dunnett places, surprises and squeaks.
- The Chairman’s Column
- Trustees’ Notice Board
- The Leopard in Winter: Edward I in Dunfermline 1303–1304
- A Journey to York
- A Dunnett Lexicon
- The Ringed Castle: Editorial Correspondence
- Exploring The Dorothy Dunnett Collection at the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center, Boston University
- Reflections on Re-Reading Julius
- Real and Metaphorical Birds in the Dunnett Novels
- Talking Point
- That’s Relevant!
- A Letter from Dorothy Dunnett
The sixth annual IDDD will take place on Saturday 12th November 2016, when once again Dunnett Readers across the world will meet in homes, restaurants, pubs, parks, museums and other locations; and at 13.00 (1 pm) local time they will raise a glass to toast the Lady who started it all, and to absent friends.
A thoughtful moment at Dorothy Dunnett’s memorial stone in Makars’ Court, Edinburgh, on IDDD 2015. (Photo: Ann Auchterlonie)
So far, 2016 gatherings are being planned in Toronto, Vancouver and Ottawa, Canada; Minneapolis-St Paul, Boston, Albany, NY in the USA; and Edinburgh, London and the Cotswolds in the UK. We will post further details on this page of meetings around the world as soon as we hear about them, so keep checking back. If you would like to help organise an IDDD meeting in 2016, or to attend one, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. It doesn’t matter if there are two of you or two score.
The Dorothy Dunnett History Prize 2016, worth £1,000, is now open. The Prize is for an essay of 3750 – 4000 words. Entries will be accepted from students registered on a PhD programme at any recognised higher education institution.
The Prize is offered in pursuit of the Dorothy Dunnett Society’s constitutional aim:
“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 particularly as they relate to the works of Dorothy Dunnett and to disseminate to the public the results of such research.”
The Prize is for an essay of 3750 – 4000 words. Entries will be accepted from students registered on a PhD programme at any recognised higher education institution. To find out more and how to apply, visit the University of Edinburgh School of History, Classics and Archaeology.
Alyson JK Bailes CMG
It is with deep sadness that we report the death in Scotland on 29th April 2016 of Dorothy Dunnett Society member Alyson JK Bailes CMG, author of Iceland: The Dorothy Dunnett Guide. She was a popular and extraordinarily talented woman and will be sorely missed by all her Dorothy Dunnett Society friends. Several British newspapers have published obituaries and you can read The Guardian’s here. Readers of The Lymond Chronicles will be moved to know that Alyson requested her ashes be scattered at St Mary’s Loch.
Why not treat yourself or the Dunnett reader in your life to one of these attractive fridge magnets? Available exclusively from our online shop, with a discount for members of the Dorothy Dunnett Society, they are sure to get everyone talking about your favourite books!