International Dorothy Dunnett Day 2016

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 [email protected].  It doesn’t matter if there are two of you or two score.

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Travellers in Ottoman Lands: The Botanical Legacy

Seminar at the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh, 13th-14th May 2017

As some of Lymond’s adventures occur in Ottoman territory this is sure to be of interest to botanically-minded Dorothy Dunnett readers.

Call for papers (deadline for submission of abstracts is Sunday 15 January 2017)

Presented by the Association for the Study of Travel in Egypt and the Near East (ASTENE) in conjunction with the Centre for Middle Eastern Plants, part of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. Contributions are welcome from a wide range of disciplines and interests. It is envisaged that the Seminar will cover many fascinating subjects on (though not restricted to) the following main themes:

  • Travellers’ accounts related to the botanical legacy of any part of the former Ottoman Empire (eg, present-day Turkey, the Levant, Egypt, the Balkans, Arabian Peninsula etc)
  • The flora of the region, including their heritage, preservation and medicinal uses
  • Bulbs of the region, especially tulips, and their cultural significance; Tulipomania
  • Ottoman garden design and architecture
  • Floral and related motifs in Ottoman art, including textiles, ceramics etc
  • Culinary aspects of the botanical legacy of the region
  • Literary, pictorial and photographic depictions of any aspect of the botanical and horticultural legacy of the region
  • Orientalism as applicable to any of the seminar’s main themes

More details are in the flyer that can be downloaded here.

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‘A Journey to Leeds’ 22–24 September 2017

In association with the Dorothy Dunnett Society

Organised by Betty Cooper in association with the Dorothy Dunnett Society:

JOIN US ON AN EXCITING WEEKEND IN LEEDS

Highlights include:

  • History lectures held in the Royal Armouries Museum, Leeds
  • Exploration of Skipton Castle set in the pretty Yorkshire Dales town
  • Opportunity to delve into the history behind the streets of Leeds on a guided walk

For further information and booking form please contact Betty Cooper via our Contact Us page – just choose her name from the drop-down list.

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Whispering Gallery 132 is out

Whispering Gallery 132

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.

CONTENTS

  • 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
  • Correspondence
  • That’s Relevant!
  • A Letter from Dorothy Dunnett
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