Published: 30/09/2015 15:17 - Updated: 30/09/2015 17:42

Get your hands on the Ossian legend

Dr Kristin Lindfield-Ott
Dr Kristin Lindfield-Ott


YOU can get your hands on a Scottish book from the 1760s that fascinated Napoleon — and changed the history of literature — tomorrow (Thursday, October 1) at 11am in Inverness Library.

Dr Kristin Lindfield-Ott takes a look at James Macpherson’s The Poems of Ossian at the first in a new series of monthly events called Meet The Books.

It’s aimed at letting people find out more about some of the 5,000 rare books in the Fraser Mackintosh collection at the library.

For tomorrow’s event, Kristin will talk about the library’s first and early editions of Macpherson’s poems before people get the chance to read, discuss, and learn about why people such as English writer Samuel Johnson and German poet Goethe were so fascinated with the Ossian texts.

Meet the Books is being run jointly by High Life Highland and University of the Highlands and Islands staff and there’s also a blog which regularly showcases highlights from the collection.

The team behind Meet The Books welcome contributions to the blog – just two small paragraphs is all you need to write – and photos can be provided to accompany the blog if necessary.

Dr Lindfield-Ott is programme leader for BA (Hons) in literature and BA (Hons) in history and literature.

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