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Wojtek, the soldier bear from the Polish Army

25 November 2015

On 7th November an unusual ceremony took place in Edinburgh: a monument to a soldier bear was unveiled to hundreds of people gathered in the middle of town. The statue had been commissioned by the Wojtek Memorial Trust, an organisation...

Congratulations to the winners of the 2015 Michael Marks Awards for Poetry Pamphlets

25 November 2015

We’d like to congratulate the winners of the 2015 Michael Marks Awards for poetry pamphlets. The winners were announced at a presentation dinner at the Library last night attended by an invited audience of poets, publishers, critics and supporters of...

Further Adventures of the Intrepid East India Company Women

24 November 2015

The three intrepid women, Mariam Begum, Frances (Webbe) Steele, and Mrs Hudson who managed to travel on board East India Company ships in the early seventeenth century, flouting Company prohibition, continued to cause trouble even after the much harried English...

Library of surprises Part I – Digital Ghost Towns

24 November 2015

Library of surprises – Part I – ‘Digital Ghost Towns’ It was wonderful to hear from a former colleague earlier this week. She always has great tales to tell and this email definitely followed that pattern. She started by telling...

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