Celebrating Robert Burns

Today (25th January) is the anniversary of the birth of the Scottish poet and lyricist Robert Burns (1759-1796). To celebrate this day, we have complied a list of some weird and wonderful titles covering Scottish poetry and literature, both written in English and Scottish Gaelic.

A portrait of Robert Burns, painted by Alexander Nasmyth.

Nasmyth, Alexander; Robert Burns; National Portrait Gallery, London.

  • Effie.
  • Things.
  • Southfold.
  • Fish-sheet.
  • Skinklin star.
  • Hjok-finnies sanglines.
  • Calypso Grampian.
  • Storm.
  • Dark horse.
  • The New alliance.
  • The Jabberwock.
  • Northwords.
  • Poor old tired horse.
  • Weighbauk.
  • Deliberately thirsty.
  • Gutter : the magazine of new Scottish writing.
  • Green shoots.
  • Out from beneath the boot.
  • Sideways.
  • Pushing out the boat.
  • Splash.
  • Riverrun : new writing from Dundee.
  • Laldy! : West of Scotland’s literary journal.
  • New writing Scotland. 36, With their best clothes on.

For more titles of Scottish poetry and literary collections take a look in SUNCAT.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from SUNCAT

The SUNCAT team would like to wish everyone a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year. Thank you to all those who have contributed to and used SUNCAT throughout the year. Enjoy some of our weird and wonderful Christmas-themed titles!

  • More Christmas Crackers.
  • Christmas tree growers’ journal.
  • Chatterbox Christmas Box.
  • Get ahead for Christmas.
  • Christmas Sunshine.
  • Country accents Christmas cookies.
  • Christmas tree taxation / by Matt Triggs.
  • Christmas gifts of good taste.
  • Scarlet berries.
  • Gloops Christmas annual.
  • Paddy Whiskey’s Christmas box for 1792.
  • “”Carry On””: The Armstrong Munition Workers Christmas Magazine’
  • Last-minute Christmas : dazzle your holidays!
  • Toby Ticklem’s Yorkshire annual of comical reading, for everybody’s Christmas.
  • Under the Mistletoe. The Christmas number of Marcus Ward’s Magazine. Dec. 1896.
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Michaelangelo Christmas special.
  • Fun with Father Christmas.
  • A very zombie Christmas.
  • Christmas cooking from the heart.
  • Christmas tree lookout.
  • Jingle Belle.
  • Waiting in Joyful Hope.
  • Santa Claus parade.
  • The Simpsons winter wing ding.
  • Spider-Man. Christmas in Dallas.

For more festive titles take a look in SUNCAT – and on our blog!

Enjoy the fashion show in SUNCAT!

SUNCAT contains details of a vast array of journals and magazines on fashion. We thought that some of these might be of use to @NLS_Business: they are to give a talk to Heriot-Watt University students of fashion communication. We’ve put together a list of a very few of the weird, wonderful and interesting fashion-themed titles; a small selection to illustrate the wealth of material that all researchers (not just universities!) can find from the many UK institutions contributing to SUNCAT.

A photograph showing a model on a cat walk. From Spring/Summer 2010 runway show Toronto.

Photo from Spring/Summer 2010 runway show Toronto. Taken on the 24th November 2009. By Lover of fashion (Frame photo gallery) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.

  • Press the fashion.
  • Flair with Fashion.
  • Franks’ Fashion Guide : A review of the world’s leading fashion journals.
  • Fashion flash.
  • Vogue. More dash than cash.
  • Supermarket Fashion: A Growing Phenomenon.
  • mode sans la mode / Fashion without fashion.
  • Lujon magazine : a magazine about fantasies in fashion.
  • Waist and wrapper album.
  • Scoop on Scoop.
  • SNOB Fashion.
  • Gurlz : express your own style.
  • World of fashion and continental feuilletons.
  • Spirit & flesh.
  • Molecule/Practice/Woman.
  • Pigeons & peacocks.
  • Re-bel.
  • The Coombs report on-target fashion forecasting.
  • Because : animated fashion magazine & app combo.
  • Plastique : explosive fashion.
  • Power Undressing.
  • Retrospectacular!
  • Bon Ton Magazine or, microscope of fashion and folly …
  • High street fashion retailers: Survival of the fittest.
  • “No substance”
  • Address : journal for fashion writing and criticism.

For more weird and wonderful titles on fashion, and indeed any topic you are interested in, take a look in SUNCAT!

Enjoy the festivals with SUNCAT!

It always seems to be festival season here in Edinburgh! At the moment, it is the Edinburgh Fringe and International Festivals which are now in full-swing. But, there are festivals of every kind taking place all over the world. Some of these can be found in SUNCAT. Check out our weird and wonderful festival publications below and join in with the festival spirit!

  • International Quilt Festival quilt scene
  • The Carrying Stream Festival.
  • Gwŷl Arall = (Another) Festival.
  • Zoom Photo Festival Saguenay.
  • Asides : the GoDA newsletter for festival organisers.
  • O. Henry Festival stories.
  • Underage festival.
  • Canada’s ice cream festival.
  • Annual Tobacco Queen Festival.
  • Little Corporal’s School Festival.
  • A festival on the hill.
  • Tipsy Times : Carmarthen beer festival.
  • Black Mountain Folk Festival : [newsletter].
  • Tolpuddle Martyrs festival : souvenir programme.
  • Scribe : Mad Hatters Easter festival.
  • I [love] NY spring flower festival / State of New York, Department of Commerce.
  • Quarter notes : the newsletter of the Winnipeg Folk Festival.
  • The London Welsh Festival of Male Choirs.
  • Festival of Up-Helly-Aa : programme.
  • Sherlock Holmes festival : Crowborough, East Sussex.
  • Masks newsletter : International Festival of Masks newsletter.
  • Peebles March Riding and Beltane Queen Festival.
  • The city jester, or Festival of Momus.
  • Reclaim the screeens feminist film festival : programme and pamphlet.
  • Bluedot : an intergalactic festival of music, science, arts, culture and the exploration of space.
  • Carry the Weight Fest.
  • Shakesperience.
  • The Hippodrome Festival of Silent Cinema.
  • Love2walk.
  • Fest’ n’ Furious.

For more festival-themed journals, and lots more besides, take a look in SUNCAT.

Lucky Penny Day!

Today (23rd May) is Lucky Penny Day. You may have heard of this superstition: “See a penny, pick it up, All day long you’ll have good luck.” The modern form of the one pence coin was introduced back on the 15th February 1971. So, if you see a penny showing its head pick it up, or turn it to its head-side for someone else to get pick up and get the luck! As another saying goes: “Look after the pennies and the pounds will take care of themselves!”

Photograph showing a detail of a one pence coin.

Detail of a penny. Photograph taken by Vince O’Sullivan, January 2010. Via Flickr under Creative Commons License 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/)

Here are some weird and wonderful ‘penny’ titles found in SUNCAT.

  • Captain George’s penny dreadful.
  • The penny share letter.
  • Cobbett’s penny trash …
  • Two Knaves for a Penny.
  • The Penny magazine of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge.
  • The Penny punter.
  • A penny saved.
  • Penny pincher world wide.
  • Penny stock detectives.
  • A bad penny review.
  • Mingaye Syder’s temperance lancet and penny trumpet.
  • Sun penny saver.
  • The Penny melodist.
  • The Golden Penny Comic.
  • Penny a Peep.
  • Penny dreadful : tales and poems of fantastic terror.
  • Paddy Kelly’s budget; or, A penny-worth of fun!!
  • Cameron’s A-B-C Penny Time Tables.
  • A choice penny-worth of wit. In three parts.
  • A groatsworth of wit for a penny; or, the interpretation of dreams.
  • Horrors; or, “The Penny Horrible”. : An anti-comic weekly blood curdler.
  • The pinball player and penny slot collector: the monthly magazine of the Pinball Owners’ Association (incorporating the Penny Slot Preservation Society).
  • One penny-worth of truth, from Thomas Bull to his brother John.
  • Two penny-worth of truth for a penny; or a true state of facts: with an apology for Tom Bull in a letter to brother John.

For more penny-themed journals, and weird, and lots more besides, take a look in SUNCAT.

SUNCAT celebrates World Baking Day!

Today, 17th May, is (apparently) World Baking Day – and SUNCAT likes nothing more than cake (well, maybe kittens). In order to celebrate this auspicious day, here are some weird and wonderful titles that you can find in SUNCAT:

  • Best baking: your complete guide to baking perfection!
  • The Great British Bake Off baking collection
  • Simply perfect holiday baking
  • Baking heaven
  • The Housekeeper’s magazine, and family economist containing important papers on the following subjects: The markets. Marketing. Drunkenness. Gardening. Cookery. Travelling. Housekeeping. Management of income. Distilling. Baking. Brewing. &c.
  • Cake central magazine
  • Cake: a journal of poetry & art
  • Let them eat cake
  • Tease and cake: vintage inspired pin up magazine
  • Cakeboy
  • Cake and cockhorse / Banbury Historical Society
  • Caketrain
  • Meat cake
  • God, the king and the cakes of England

Check out SUNCAT for all your cake / serial needs, and lots more besides! And, then, just to whet your appetite, here are some cakes I baked earlier…

A photograph of various home-made cupcakes

Wishing you a wonderful festive season

The SUNCAT team would like to wish everyone a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year. Thank you to all who have contributed and used SUNCAT throughout 2016 and helped make this year our biggest and best yet. Here are some weird and wonderful Christmas-themed titles to enjoy and, following the weird and wonderful tradition, we hope you enjoy this Christmas bento image. Click through to get the recipe!

Photograph of Jiji Christmas Bento

Jiji Christmas Bento. By Mokiko, taken 21 December 2013. Available via Creative Commons license 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/)

  • Turkey–today & tomorrow / National Turkey Federation.
  • Gobbles.
  • The feathered world: and poultry farmer.
  • A pocketful of meat facts.
  • Poultry meat: broiler and turkey edition.
  • Cranberries; the national cranberry magazine.
  • Marketing Cape Cod cranberries.
  • Marketing California brussels sprouts.
  • Recommended varieties of brussels sprouts for single harvest and descriptive list for picking over.
  • Gandy Goose.
  • Donald Parsnips daily journal 1995 – 1999.
  • The Almanac of dried fruit and nuts.
  • Kent’s Christmas yule log.
  • The Biscuits & gravy quarterly.
  • Salmon trout steelheader.
  • Hot chestnuts.
  • Deluxe Rubber Chicken.
  • Chicken outfit.
  • National chicken cooking contest recipes.

We look forward to bringing you an even bigger and better SUNCAT in 2017!

World Heart Day!

Today (29th September) is World Heart Day. This day was founded by the World Heart Federation in 2000 to inform people around the globe that heart disease and stroke are the world’s leading causes of death, claiming 17.5 million lives each year. Today’s theme is power your life – to help people understand what they can do to fuel their hearts and power their lives. ‘Your heart is at the heart of your health. And it’s easy to give it the care it deserves.’


Heart. Image taken by Andrew, 1st Jan 2009. (Available via CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/)

Here are some heart-inspired serial titles in SUNCAT. Hope that you enjoy them and that this post reminds you to look after your heart.

  • Heart to heart: the newsletter of the Coronary Prevention Group.
  • Eye of the Heart : A Journal of Traditional Wisdom.
  • Badger heart.
  • Hooligan heart.
  • Dante’s Heart.
  • Bleeding heart.
  • Share: global mission with a Latin heart.
  • Cactus heart.
  • Heart and hand: journal of the Family History Society of the Ancient Clan McManus.
  • The joyful heart newsletter.
  • Take heart: the latest news and advice from the British Heart Foundation.
  • Hugs for the heart.
  • My outcast heart.
  • Heart-smart recipes.
  • Crochet with heart.
  • Pillars of the Immaculate Heart.
  • Heart to heart romance library: love stories in pictures.
  • Eager Heart Fairy Godmother Magazine. Oct. 1912.
  • Beat. The heart of the music scene.
  • Daggers to my heart.
  • McCall’s quilting. America makes quilts from the heart.
  • Lionheart magazine: for the roar in your heart.
  • The Heart of oak: a choice selection of new songs.
  • Four chambers: the heart of literature in Phoenix, Arizona.
  • The Monitor, Designed to Improve the Taste, the Understanding and the Heart (1823-1824).

For more heart-themed journals take a look in SUNCAT.

Celebrate Hobbit Day!

Today is Hobbit Day and, indeed, Tolkien Week! The 22nd September is the birthday of the hobbits Bilbo and Frodo Baggins, two fictional characters in J. R. R. Tolkien‘s popular set of books The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.

Re-live the magic of Tolkien’s books by looking at these Tolkien-inspired titles found in SUNCAT!

Image of part of the cover of 'The Hobbit Deluxe Edition' from J. R. R. Tolkien, showing a red dragon.

Le hobbit édition Deluxe. T. Lilly, 2014. Under Creative Commons (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/.

  • Wizard information service.
  • The Wizard’s staff.
  • The Lord of the Rings, Battle games in Middle Earth.
  • Beyond Bree : newsletter of the Mensa Tolkien Special Interest Group. (Variant title: It’s Beyond Me!)
  • Mallorn : the journal of the Tolkien Society.
  • News from Fangorn.
  • Orcrist.
  • Weathertop.
  • Amon Hen : the bulletin of the Tolkien Society of Great Britain.
  • Quettar : bulletin of the Linguistic Fellowship of the Tolkien Society.
  • Silver leaves from the white tree of hope.
  • Hither shore.
  • Poison elves.
  • The Sprite : from the Elves of Ginnistian.
  • Entings.
  • Minas Tirith evening-star.

For more serials on Tolkien and other weird and wonderful titles take a look in SUNCAT.

International Museum Day!

On Wednesday the 18th May it is International Museum Day. Since it’s inception back in 1977, this day has provided an opportunity to raise awareness on how important museums are in the development of society. This year’s theme will be Museums and Cultural Landscapes. Participation in International Museum Day is growing among museums all over the world. In 2015, more than 35,000 museums participated in the event in some 145 countries.

A photograph of the Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh.

The Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh, 2005. By No machine-readable author provided. Maccoinnich~commonswiki assumed (based on copyright claims). [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)], via Wikimedia Commons

There are a number of SUNCAT Contributing Libraries which are museum libraries: the British Museum; National Coal Mining Museum; National Museums Scotland (see the wonderful museum building above!); National Museum of Wales; and the Natural History Museum. Here are some wonderful museum-themed titles found in these and other SUNCAT Contributing Libraries.

  • Ladies museum.
  • The torch; or Glasgow museum.
  • Leather Archives & Museum News.
  • Fossum : the magazine of Friends of the Sedgwick Museum.
  • The Bruce Museum : a museum of the arts and sciences.
  • Ka ‘Elele : news of the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum.
  • Under the dome : the British Museum staff magazine.
  • Farmer’s Weekly Museum.
  • Memoirs of the Raffles Museum.
  • Trolley fare / Pennsylvania Railway Museum Association.
  • Water Words : news from the Waterworks Museum, Hereford.
  • Oh! Cet cho! : museum kunst palast magazin.
  • Mermaid / Friends of Merseyside Maritime Museum.
  • Heirloom seed reference guide / from the Landis Valley Museum.
  • MoNA now : news from the Museum of Northwest Art.
  • Now & then : Thunder Bay Historical Museum Society newsletter.
  • The Potato Museum’s peelings.
  • The Flixton flier : newsletter of the Norfolk & Suffolk Aviation Museum.
  • Palmnut Post : Magazine of Durban Natural Science Museum.
  • Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum Memoir.
  • AMuse news : Durban museums newsletter.
  • Meeting Place : Royal Ontario Museum.
  • Bloomers / British Museum.
  • British Museum Attendants’ Mutual Life Assurance Society, afterwards British Museum Life Assurance Society [Annual Reports.]
  • Museum documentation system : costume card instructions / Museum Documentation Association.

If you are a museum library and would like to participate in SUNCAT or if you would like to suggest a museum library as a possible Contributing Library do let us know by contacting us at edina@ed.ac.uk.