Wikipedia:University of Edinburgh/Events and Workshops/Lost Literary Edinburgh editathon
|Lost Voices of Literary Edinburgh - an edit-a-thon in a nutshell:
Booking is now open. Come for half a day (morning or afternoon) or stay for the whole day! All welcome. Full training given.
About the event
Edinburgh has a long literary history, and many famous authors have made the city their setting and subject. But it’s also a place rich in voices and stories which are now just the faintest of echoes around its streets and tenements. The LitLong app and web resource recovers some of these lives and stories, giving them back to the city and its readers. But LitLong users rely on the common store of knowledge built up elsewhere online, so in this event we’ll be adding to that store by creating and improving Wikipedia pages for neglected or overlooked authors in the LitLong database.
How do I prepare?
- Sign up for the event
- Create a Wikipedia account
- Bring a laptop (wi-fi will be provided)
- Learn about editing if you like: Tutorial, or Getting started on Wikipedia for more information
- Think about what you would like to edit - please prepare some materials to bring with you on the day
- 9:30am - 10:00am: Coffee and Tea
- 10:00 am – 10:15 am: Housekeeping and Welcome
- 10:15 am – 11:15 am: Wikipedia training
- 11:15 am – 1:00 pm: EDIT!
- 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm: Break for lunch.
- 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm: Wikipedia training.
- 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm: EDIT!
- 4pm: Close.
- Anne-Marie Scott, Head of Digital Learning Applications and Media at the University of Edinburgh
- Sara Thomas, Wikimedian in Residence at the Scottish Library and Information Council
List of attendees
- User:Richard Edinburgh
Hit list of articles to be created or improved
Helpful updates could be as simple as: Making sure reference links are still appropriate and functional; Adding new inline citations/references; Adding a photo; Adding an infobox; Adding data to more fields in an existing infobox; Creating headings; Adding categories; etc.
The following is a small sample of topics to work on. Feel free to come up with your own ideas!
All are welcome to add names to the list which is intended to serve as a basis for creating new articles in this important but somewhat neglected sector on the English Wikipedia.
Articles to be created
- Lady Dorothea Knighton author of Memoirs of Sir William Knighton (1838)
- Jane Alexander (novelist) author of The Last Treasure Hunt (2015)
- Mary Emily Cameron author of House of Achendaroch: an Old Maid's Story (1878)
- Norma Bright Carson author of From Irish Castles to French Chateaux (1910)
- Mary Caumont author of Hanleys; or, Wheels within Wheels
- Regi Claire author of The Waiting (2012)
- Frances Mary Colquhoun author of A Bit of the Tartan
- Mary Contini author of Dear Olivia (2006)
- Lucy Yeend Culler author of Europe: Through a Woman's Eyes (1883)
- Catherine Cornelia Joy Dyer author of Sunny Days Abroad (1873)
- Eudora Lindsay South author of Wayside notes and fireside thoughts (1884)
- Mrs A. E. Newman (under the pseudonym 'Evangeline') author of European leaflets for young ladies (1862)
- Mary Wilson Gordon author of Christopher North(1862)
- Mrs Gordon author of The Fortunes of the Falconars (1845)
- Leslie Gore (writer) author of Annie Jennings (1870)
- Robina F. Hardy author of Glenairlie, Kilgarvie and Tibby's Tryst
- Annie Elizabeth Nicholson Ireland author of Life of Jane Welsh Carlyle (1891)
- Jean Lang (writer) author of Stories of the Border Marches (1916)
- Agnes Marchbank author of Ruth Farmer (1896)
- Emma M. Nye author of Addresses and letters of travel
- Mrs William Parker author of Wandering Thoughts and Wandering Steps (1880)
- Sarah Pitt author of The White House at Inch Gow (1891)
- Catherine Ray author of Aground in the Shallows (1879)
- Laura L. Rees author of We four (1880)
- Mrs William G. Rose author of Travels in Europe and Northern Africa (1901)
- Mary D. Richardson Rosengarten author of Eight Journeys Abroad (1917)
- Janet Schaw author of Journal of a Lady of Quality (1921)
- Susan Frances Ludomilla Schetky author of Ninety years of work and play (1877)
- Irene Simmonds author of Our trip to Europe (1917)
- Marcia Penfield Snyder author of Eight lands in eight weeks (1911)
- Clara Moyse Tadlock author of Bohemian days (1889)
- Ella W. Thompson author of Beaten paths (1874)
- Mrs E. H. Thompson author of From the Thames to the Trossachs (18901)
- Mary Ella Waller author of From an island outpost (1914)
- Mary Clementina Hibbert Ware author of His Dearest Wish (1883)
- Sarah Robertson Whitehead author of Nelly Armstrong: a Story of the Day (1853)
- Margaret Williamson author of John and Betty's Scotch history visit (1912)
- Jessie Aitken Wilson author of Memoir of George Wilson (1860)
- Julia Virginia Wilson author of Leaves from my diary (1900)
- Lady Isabella Moncrieff - wrote several novels under pseudonym Mrs. Martha Blackford.
Articles to be improved
- Eleanor Stackhouse Atkinson author of Greyfriars Bobby (1912)
- Elspeth Davie author of Climbers on a Stair (1978)
- Margaret Elphinstone author of The Incomer and Sparrow's Flight
- Eliza Fletcher author of Autobiography of Mrs. Fletcher (1874)
- Elizabeth Grant (diarist) author of Memoirs of a Highland Lady (1898)
- Sara Jane Lippincott, a.k.a 'Grace Greenwood', author of Bonnie Scotland (1861)
- Lizzie Allen Harker author of Miss Esperance and Mr. Wycherly (1908)
- Laura Hird author of Nail and Other Stories (1997) and Hope and Other Urban Tales (2006)
- Violet Jacob author of Flemington (1911) and the Songs of Angus (1915)
- Christian Isobel Johnstone author of The Edinburgh Tales (1846) and Elizabeth de Bruce (1827)
- Elinor Macartney Lane author of Nancy Stair (1904)
- Ada Ellen Bayly, a.k.a. Edna Lyall, author of Wayfaring men (1897)
- Rosaline Masson author of Edinburgh (1910)
- Nancy Brysson Morrison, a.k.a. Agnes Morrison, author of The Gowk Storm (1933)
- Willa Muir author of Imagined Corners (1931)
- Phoebe Palmer author of Four Years in the Old World (1866)
- Eve Blantyre Simpson author of Robert Louis Stevenson (1906)
- Catherine Sinclair author of Modern Society (1837) and Modern Flirtations (1841)
- E. D. E. N. Southworth, a.k.a. Emma Dorothy Eliza Nevitte Southworth, author of Self-Raised; or, From the Depths (1876)
- Alice Thompson author of The Existential Detective (2014)
- Lucy Bethia Walford author of A question of penmanship (1893)
- Clementina Stirling Graham author of Mystifications (1865)
- Wikipedia is a tertiary resource, which relies upon secondary sources. Wikipedia is not a place for original research.
- For more guidance on the use of sources, see this guide here.
- We will provide a variety of reference books on the day.
- Editors will also have access to some University of Edinburgh e-resources.
- Search for articles on Google Scholar
- Try the Wikipedia Library's list of free resources
- Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
- Dictionary of American Biography (1928 edition)
- National cyclopædia of American biography (1927)
- The Hathi Trust Digital Library - 100s of novels & other assorted texts
- Shareable Images can be found through a Creative Commons search(which includes Google, Flickr & Wikicommons in its search).
- Images from Edinburgh University's collections - http://images.is.ed.ac.uk/
- Images from the Roslin Institute Collection - http://images.is.ed.ac.uk/luna/servlet/UoEgal~6~6
- Orlando: Women's Writing in the British Isles from the Beginning to the Present
- Scottish Bibliographies Online
- Scottish Song Index
- Histories of Scottish Families
- Oxford Reference (behind paywall)
- Literature Online (LION) (behind paywall)
- Spenser and the Tradition: English Poetry 1579-1830
- ProQuest British Periodicals (behind paywall)
- ProQuest American periodicals (behind paywall)
- DiscoverEd to find books, ebooks, journals, ejournals and more.
- Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
- Edinburgh Research Archive. For theses produced at the University of Edinburgh Edinburgh Research Archive
- Proquest Dissertations
- More at: Edinburgh University Library - Theses database
Outcomes - New pages created
- Christina Jamieson - writer and suffragist from Shetland
- Christine Orr - Scottish novelist, playwright, poet, actor, theatre director and broadcaster
- Mary Ella Waller - American write and educator
- Frances Mary Colquhoun - Scottish writer
- Janet Schaw - traveller and diarist
- Isabella Moncrieff - Scottish writer (wrote as Martha Blackwood)
- Catherine Ray - traveller, writer, teacher, social and political reformer, and the earliest English translator of Ibsen
- Sarah Pitt - children's author
- Mary D. Rosengarten
- Mrs E. H. Thompson
- Regi Claire
- Annie Elizabeth Nicholson Ireland
- Robina F. Hardy
Pages in Draft
- Draft:Mary Clementina Hibbert Ware
- Draft:Clara Moyse Tadlock
- Draft:Irene Simmonds
- Draft:Mrs Gordon
- Lucy Yeend Culler
- Draft:Norma Bright Carson
What can I do after the event?
You may find these useful if you want to learn further about editing:
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