Author and literary editor Stuart Kelly is a closet fan of collective nouns, those brilliant and brain-bending terms that allow us to junk a dullard ‘group’ or ‘flock’ for many more interesting and apt alternatives. Author of upcoming Scott-land (Birlinn) and veteran of West Port 09 with his wonderful “Book of Lost Books” (see last year’s podcast), Stuart’s event appeals to those who appreciate the linguistic greatness of a murder of crows, or the disparity between Sir Walter Scott’s influence and his status.
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In The Book of Lost Books, Stuart Kelly reaches into the recesses of history to trace books, great or perhaps otherwise, that have been lost, stolen, incinerated, abandoned or mutilated through the ages. In a sparkling event, he reads extracts which deal his own fascination with lost books, Agathon, the Greek tragic poet whose works are all lost, the lost adventures of Sir Richard Burton, and many intriguing literary titbits.