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Association for Scottish Literary Studies

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The Association for Scottish Literary Studies (ASLS) aims to promote the study, teaching and writing of Scottish literature, and to further the study of the languages of Scotland. ASLS present three conferences each year, the Annual Conference, the Languages Conference and the Schools Conference.

ASLS is an active academic publisher, whose serial titles include the peer-reviewed journals Scottish Studies Review, Scottish Language, and the free online International Journal of Scottish Literature. Issue 3 of IJSL was published in the summer of 2008. ASLS's New Writing Scotland is required reading if you're a finger-on-the-pulse kind of new fiction person. Currently edited by Liz Niven and Alan Bissett, NWS is an annual volume publishing new and exciting poetry and prose from both emerging and established writers. Every piece appears in print in NWS for the first time, and has been drawn from a wide cross-section of Scottish culture and society.

ASLS also publish annual critical editions of Scottish literary works. Past titles include Voices From Their Ain Countrie: The Poems of Marion Angus and Violet Jacob (ed. Katherine Gordon), The Devil to Stage: Five Plays by James Bridie (ed. Gerard Carruthers), Serving Twa Maisters: Five Classic Plays in Scots Translation (ed. John Corbett and Bill Findlay) and The Poems of William Dunbar 2 vols. (ed. Priscilla Bawcutt).1

Full membership with ASLS entitles you to 2 x Scottish Studies Review, 1 x Scottish Language, 1 x New Writing Scotland, 2 x ScotLit newsletter, the Annual Volume (the critical edition for that year, as described above), and a 20% discount on all ASLS publications. ASLS offer a specially-designed membership package for schools and a reduced-rate subscription for students.

Membership is open to individuals and institutions at very reasonable rates, so please visit the ASLS website to find out more or contact Duncan Jones, ASLS, c/o Department of Scottish Literature, 7 University Gardens, University of Glasgow, Glasgow G12 8QH, Scotland, UK. You can also contact ASLS by phone and fax: 0141 330 5309 or email: office @ asls.org.uk .

SLD enjoy an excellent working relationship with ASLS. Our staff members serve on ASLS's Council, International Committee and Language Committee, and representatives from ASLS serve on our Board and Publications committee. ASLS's new Scotnote for Matthew Fitt's But n Ben A-go-go was written by Christine Robinson, SLD's director. ASLS and SLD also collaborate on the Scottish Writing Exhibition and The Bottle Imp Scottish Studies ezine.

1ASLS's titles are available in the UK from BooksfromScotland.com or from any good bookshop. Many ASLS titles are available in the US and Canada from Amazon websites, and directly from our distributor, Chicago-based Independent Publishing Group.

ASLS is funded by the Literature department of the Scottish Arts Council; click to visit the SAC website.