All published work by James Leslie Mitchell (1901-1935) during his lifetime is now available: Lewis Grassic Gibbon books in the Library's Digital Gallery.

Overview of published work: Lewis Grassic Gibbon pages on the National Library website

Watercolour illustration of Chris Guthrie with horse
'The Standing Stones pointed long shadow-shapes into the east, maybe just as they'd done of an evening two thousand years before ...'

Downloadable learning activities

These downloadable learning activities produced by the Scottish Book Trust are suitable for students in National 5 and Higher English courses. They look at the character of Chris Guthrie and the themes of land, community and change as well as the social and economic context of the novel.

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Writing in Scots – resource to support introducing and writing in Scots suitable for ages 9-18, CfE Levels 2 to 4 and Senior Phase. Created by Matthew Fitt.

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Other related items in the Library collections

J Leslie Mitchell papers at the National Library of Scotland

Papers from between 1901-1984, of and concerning J Leslie Mitchell ('Lewis Grassic Gibbon') and his works, including personal documents, publishing agreements, royalty statements and related correspondence. A full list of what the Library holds is in the Library's manuscripts catalogue.

First World War photographs

First World War Official Photographs in the Library's Digital Gallery.

Blighty and Sea Pie

Editions of 'Blighty' (1917, 1918) and 'Sea Pie' (1917-1919), First World War magazines with pictures, stories, poems and humour:
'Blighty' and 'Sea Pie' in the Library's Digital Gallery.

Experiences of war

The First World War seen through the eyes of four very different people who took part in it:
Experiences of the Great War.

Moving Image Archive films

Troops marching down a street
Soldiers with horses
Fishing boat at sea
Man ploughing with oxen

From the Library blog

Lewis Grassic Gibbon: the Road to Sunset Song

Blog post about J Leslie Mitchell
Watercolour illustration of standing stones

Useful links

Grassic Gibbon Centre

The Grassic Gibbon Centre celebrates the life, work and times of James Leslie Mitchell, the novelist of the Mearns.


A new 'Sunset Song' edition by Canongate Publishers with foreword by Nicola Sturgeon.

Press and Journal

New book shines spotlight on Lewis Grassic Gibbon's classic works:
'Press and Journal' news story

The Open University - Scots language and culture – part 2

Lewis Grassic Gibbon and 'A Scots Quair':
Open University course content

Watercolour illustration of Blawearie