Due to the unprecedented situation surrounding COVID-19 (Coronavirus), the Board of the Dorothy Dunnett Society held an Extraordinary Meeting on Sunday, March 15. We are sad to say that the decision has been made to cancel the 2020 Dunnett Weekend. We will be publishing more information within the next 48 hours, so if you could hold your questions until you have received our next update we would be very grateful.
Simon and Betty
Simon Hedges, Chairman, Dorothy Dunnett Society
Betty Moxon, Dunnett Weekend Team Leader
Dorothy Dunnett Society
Scottish Charity No. SC030649
Did you know we have a Dorothy Dunnett Wiki? Early days yet, but already we have over 500 pages created by our talented team of Dorothy Dunnett Society volunteers, and we envisage that at some point in the future we could end up with around 30,000 pages! It’s amazing to think that our favourite author was not only able to retain all this information in her head but could also seamlessly weave fact and fiction into the most breathtaking historical and contemporary novels you could ever hope to read.
Take a look at our work in progress at dunnettcentral.org/wiki. If you are a Dorothy Dunnett Society member and would like to take part in this fascinating project, please contact Simon Hedges using our contact form.
From Venice to Cathay …’ begins Niccolò Rising, placing the series firmly against a background of traders and merchants, and alluding to the network of ancient trade routes along which luxurious goods and exotic produce travelled between the markets of the east and the west. In this issue we visit Uzbekistan in the company of a Dunnett reader to experience the romance of the Silk Road and its influence on the novels.
This is the third year the Society has collaborated with the Historical Writers’ Association to run a short story competition, and we are delighted to publish the winning story in this issue.
John Banks, the narrator of the newly published House of Niccolò audiobooks, summarises the four months he spent in 2018 turning Dunnett’s books into audio productions. He began recording Niccolò Rising in June and completed Gemini in October, an amazing feat of dedication! His engaging article offers an entertaining insight into the business of recording an audiobook.
We have a detailed exposition that makes the case for Marthe knowing far more than we realise about the secrets within the Crawford family. Our covers series reaches the 1990s, with a touch more discernment shown in the image choices, and we travel with Lymond through ten cold winters.
Booking is still underway for our fabulous annual gathering in Edinburgh from 24-26 April 2020, but spaces for some of the events are filling up fast so don’t delay – register today! As in previous years a waiting list will be established for those who don’t quite make it in time. Check out the fabulous events programme and find the online booking form at weekend.dunnettcentral.org
Many congratulations to Kate Jewell who has won first prize in this year’s Historical Writers’ Assocation Dorothy Dunnett Short Story Award 2019. We are pleased to announce that an anthology of the six shortlisted entries is available from Amazon UK and Amazon USA. The ISBN is 978-1703350159.