Leaving you Lost for Words

March 26, 2009

The week’s Happenings having already been conveyed (lock-in, car chase and Gaelic pigeon etc) we thought we’d leave you Lost for Words instead. Lizzie gets asked for help finding poems on an almost daily basis – these range from the easily trackable to the very obscure.

A fine example of the latter began: ‘It was a poem I read in a magazine at the dentist in 1954…’ Our Lizzie eventually tracked down the elusive poem, an anonymous piece that had apparently been composed upon the wall of Ryvoan Bothy. ‘Fortunately copied before lost’ – it somehow made its way into that magazine in the dentist’s waiting room in 1954, and eventually into an anthology, Poems of the Scottish Hills (Aberdeen University Press, 1982).

But sometimes, some enquiries elude even Lizzie. And that’s where our Lost for Words section comes in. If you’re not familiar with it, this is the page where we post up any requested poems that we haven’t been able to find. The idea being, of course, that a little bell will ring with someone, somewhere, and they’ll get in touch to point us in the right direction. It does happen, and when it does, it’s great – last month we were able to reunite an American pastor with a poem he had been searching for since his time spent studying in Scotland in the 1970s. Only this year it hasn’t been happening enough, so we’d like you all to browse through the Lost for Words postings  and see if that little bell rings for you!

Some vital components of Lizzie's problem-solving kit

Some vital components of Lizzie's problem-solving kit

Next week In Our Sweet Old Etc, we’ll be chatting to SPL’s Team Education, catching up with our Ryan in Residence, and we’ll start to meet some of the fine faces who frequent the SPL on a regular basis, as well as the usual cakes and whimsies. Till then!

4 Responses to “Leaving you Lost for Words”


  1. […] has noted that the Lost for Words stats have risen, perhaps as a direct result of this! We thank you, and hope you’ll keep them […]

  2. Ex Back Says:

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  3. […] 23, 2009 Never let it be thought that a librarian’s job is all reading books and having fun chasing old poems;  at the moment I am deep in the cataloguing of the Library’s periodicals – a major, onerous […]


  4. […] about being deaf. Google hadn’t helped and he wasn’t sure how else to proceed. We love a poetical challenge, and it so happens that Twitter played a large part: we found Hope Dickson Leach on there, and she […]


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