Whispering Gallery

Welcome to Issue 152 of Whispering Gallery. This issue was sent out to Dorothy Dunnett Society members in September 2021.

Whispering Gallery 152 front coverCalligraphy by Monica MurrayA page from Whispering Gallery 152

The highlight of September’s Whispering Gallery is the transcript of Deirdre Serjeantson’s talk, which she presented at the digital Dunnett Day held in June, about the wild young men of the 16th century.

We have the second of our two articles about the criticism directed at Lymond as a result of the death of Robin Stewart and the final part of our analysis of the character of Gelis. Also finishing in this issue is our short series mapping out the routes taken by our characters through the Scottish Marches.

Our series that aims to help readers of King Hereafter understand the complex state of play of the Christian world at the time of Thorfinn reaches the 9th/10th centuries. We discover the unexpected Dunnett connections to be found in the islands of the Azores and invite readers to name their favourite villains in the books.

Plastic bags, playmobile figures and cheese knives … we publish the winning entries from our photo competition in which Dunnett readers illustrated scenes from the books using whatever came to hand!

Contents of Whispering Gallery 152

    • The Chairman’s Column
    • Trustees’ Notice Board
    • Lymond, Robin Stewart and ‘That’ Death Scene, part 2
    • Lymond Among the Roisterers
    • Understanding Gelis, part 5
    • The Dunnett Weekend 2021 Competition Results
    • A Dunnett Lexicon
    • Routes Through the Marches
    • The Azores: A Squeakless Zone?
    • More Pollock than Mondrian: Christianity in the First Millennium, part 3
    • My Story
    • Members’ Page
    • Talking Point
    • That’s Relevant!

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.


Magazine Editors
Marzipan and Kisses
1984–2001Jean Clissold with Karen Brandl
Whispering Gallery
1984–1986 (Issues 33–40)Edinburgh Book Festival Staff
1986–2004Valerie Bierman
2004–2007Denise Gannon
2007–Jun 2010Sandra Hall
Sep 2010–Suzanne McNeill

Submissions to Whispering Gallery

Issue NoCopy deadlineDistribution
153 – Dec 2021End Oct 2021End Dec 2021
153 – Mar 2022End Jan 2022End Mar 2022
154 – Jun 2022End Apr 2022End Jun 2022
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  • Contributions are welcome whether or not you are able to send them by e-mail!

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.