Issue 146 of our stunning quarterly magazine was sent out to Dorothy Dunnett Society members in March 2020.
Russia: The Dorothy Dunnett Guide will be published later this spring. The guide explores the country as experienced by Nicholas in Caprice and Rondo and Lymond in The Ringed Castle, and will enable Dunnett readers to glimpse Russia’s golden-domed capital, its towns and its countryside through the eyes of our heroes. As an introduction to the new guide, this issue of Whispering Gallery examines the often hazardous journeys undertaken by Nicholas de Fleury, Francis Crawford and their contemporaries to Moscow.
Why we should read the Johnson Johnson books is the subject of the Talking Point. This is preceded by a transcription of a talk Dunnett gave on writing crime novels, and an analysis of the use our author makes of Johnson Johnson’s bifocals to organise her storytelling and her character relationships. We have a second article about Marthe, which follows up on the illuminating piece published in December, we visit the Boston Archive again, and the 2019 IDDD celebrations are pictured in a colourful photospread..
Contents of Whispering Gallery 146, sent out to Dorothy Dunnett Society members in March 2020
- The Chairman’s Column
- Trustees’ Pages
- Members’ Page
- Exploring the Dorothy Dunnett Archive in Boston, Again
- ‘Cheer up: it’s spring outside’
- Routes to Russia
- A Dunnett Lexicon
- Wrapping Up Dunnett
- Celebrating International Dorothy Dunnett Day
- The Royal Arms of Scotland
- Marthe’s Sacrifice
- Men with Bifocal Glasses: I … Wonder
- From the Dunnett Archive: ‘Crime Novels’
- Talking Point
Whispering Gallery is the successor to a letterzine named Marzipan and Kisses, founded in the USA in 1984 by Jean Clissold and Karen Brandl. From Issue 33, Dorothy Dunnett arranged for an international variant named Whispering Gallery to be created and published by the Dorothy Dunnett Foundation (DDF) for readers outside North America.
The DDF was wound up by Dorothy Dunnett in 2001 and its assets and rights assigned to the Dorothy Dunnett Society (then known as the Dorothy Dunnett Readers’ Association) which now publishes Whispering Gallery. In 2001, Marzipan and Kisses ceased publication and Whispering Gallery became available for readers in North America as well as the rest of the world.
Since Val Bierman’s time, the editor’s role has been undertaken by unpaid volunteers, the latest of whom is Suzanne McNeill whose first issue was Issue 108 in September 2010.
|Marzipan and Kisses|
|1984–2001||Jean Clissold with Karen Brandl|
|1984–1986 (Issues 33–40)||Edinburgh Book Festival Staff|
|2007–Jun 2010||Sandra Hall|
|Sep 2010–||Suzanne McNeill|
Submissions to Whispering Gallery
|Issue No||Copy deadline||Distribution|
|147 – Jun 2020||End Apr 2020||End Jun 2020|
|148 – Sep 2020||End Jul 2020||End Sep 2020|
|149 – Dec 2020||End Oct 2020||End Dec 2020|
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Note on Publication Rights: The Dorothy Dunnett Society is the publisher of Whispering Gallery and holds the copyright and publication rights for all Whispering Gallery issues, whether published by the Dorothy Dunnett Society or by its predecessor organisations, the Dorothy Dunnett Foundation and the Dorothy Dunnett Readers’ Association. It has also been given permission by Jean Clissold and Karen Brandl (Bound in Leather Press) to copy and distribute back issues of Marzipan and Kisses.