Scottish Women Writers

Literary Corstorphine will contain a specific entry on women’s writing.  Details of female writers are often much harder to come by than their male counterparts, and require a lot more research.

My initial delight on finding the Scottish Women Poets blog today proved to be short-lived. What could have been a potentially rich source of material turned out to be slim pickings. There are several long entries, e.g. the one on Lady Nairne (Carolina Oliphant) but umpteen omissions for example where’s Corstorphine’s  very own Helen Cruickshank. Going elsewhere in Edinburgh, the late Sandie Craigie doesn’t merit a mention either. The website doesn’t seem to have been updated for three years.

Thankfully it’s not all doom and gloom. The Biographical Dictionary of Scottish Women (2006) contains several relevant entries on various literary and non-literary local figures such as Cruickshank (of course!), Chrystal Jessie MacMillan and Annie Katharine Wells. It mentions that Wells was a frequent visitor to Cruickshank’s home on Hillview Terrace, Dinnieduff, and used to engage in lively arguments with Hugh MacDiarmid there. Cruickshank’s mother was unimpressed and said, “Ye baith speak far owre muckle”.

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