Whittaker Library visited by CILIP's Library and Information History Group
On Friday 12th July, 2013, I spoke about nearly all my 'True Imaginary Friends' in under an hour. We hosted visitors from the CILIP Library and Information History Group, and - for the first time ever - I had just about every significant title from my PhD assembled along one long table. I stood and looked, somewhat stunned, at the number of titles I intended to talk about in 45 minutes. Would I do it?
Yes! And I believe a good time was had by all. My 'True Imaginary Friends' were handed round the group with due reverence as I talked.
I took a different approach to my subject this time. Realising that my audience would not be musicologists first and foremost, but book historians, I linked each collection back to the literary work that had either influenced it directly, or was typical of a genre that had been influential upon our Scottish song collectors.
Thus, I mentioned Macpherson and Ossian, Samuel Johnson and James Boswell, William Tytler, Sydney Morgan and The Wild Irish Girl, Sir Walter Scott and his Antiquary, James Hogg and the Confessions of a Justified Sinner. You didn't think they had much to do with Scottish songs? Think again, dear reader, think again!
There wasn't a PowerPoint, so I can't share the slides online, but the talk is available via my Academia.edu pages. Click here.