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Haste Ye Back (again): Editing the Memoir of Dorothy K. Haynes

March 5 @ 5:30 pm 7:30 pm

First published in 1973, Haste Ye Back is a lively and intimate portrayal of Aberlour Orphanage in Banffshire, where Dorothy K. Haynes (1918–1987) spent four formative years in her childhood. Best known as a writer of gothic and supernatural fiction, here Haynes’s vivid imagination brings to life the residents, caretakers and stories of the institution that irrevocably shaped her.

In this new edition, the complete text of Haste Ye Back is reprinted alongside additional material by Haynes: three previously unpublished reminiscences on Aberlour Orphanage, and ‘The Head’, the winner of the 1947 Tom-Gallon Trust Award and a fine example of the author’s haunting short fiction. Opening with a fresh and considered look at Haynes’s life and work, this volume re-introduces a long-neglected writer of striking originality.

Dr Craig Lamont is Lecturer in Scottish Studies at the University of Glasgow. He is a published scholar and short story writer with a wide range of research interests, from memory studies to textual editing. He is the author of The Cultural Memory of Georgian Glasgow (2021), the co-editor of The Prose of Allan Ramsay (2024), and the editor of John Galt’s The Last of the Lairds (forthcoming 2025).


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