A collective voice for literature and languages in Scotland

Literature Forum submission to National Strategy Working Group on Public Libraries

The Literature Forum for Scotland has responded warmly to the current initiative by the Scottish Library and Information Council (SLIC) in making the case for a national strategy for public libraries in Scotland to the COSLA Sports, Arts and Culture Working Group.  Libraries and literature are inextricably linked and the Literature Forum views the concurrence of the work on a strategy for public libraries in Scotland and the current Creative Scotland Literature Review as a major opportunity for considering issues that are essential to the success of both libraries and literature in improving the spread of knowledge, encouraging the talents and enhancing the lives – civic and personal – of today’s and tomorrow’s citizens in Scotland.

The Literature Forum’s full submission to the National Strategy Working Group may be downloaded here: Literature Forum for Scotland (Submission to National Strategy for Public Libraries, December 2014, final). Comments are welcome to Ann Matheson and Robyn Marsack.

December 1, 2014
Literature Forum submission to National Strategy Working Group on Public Libraries

Scottish Government consultation on an Interim Constitution for Scotland

Prior to the Scottish Referendum the Scottish Government announced a Bill and consultation paper on an interim constitution for Scotland. The purpose of the Bill and consultation paper was to facilitate as wide and open a debate on the constitution of an independent Scotland as possible, with a closing date of  20 October 2014 for responses.

In its response to the consultation The Literature Forum for Scotland underlined its wish for an interim constitution to include: a right to one’s language and culture, to education, to freedom of expression and rights of access to information, to personal privacy, and the freedom of science, the arts and higher education to be guaranteed in any future constitution.

The full response may be read here: Literature Forum for Scotland (Interim Constitution Response, October 2014); and the consultation is available at: https://consult.scotland.gov.uk/elections-and-constitutional-development-division/scottish-independence-bill/supporting_documents/00452762.pdf. Comments are welcome to Ann Matheson (a.matheson@tinyworld.co.uk) and Robyn Marsack (rmarsack@spl.org).

December 1, 2014
Scottish Government consultation on an Interim Constitution for Scotland