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  • A bibliography (in English and Irish languages) of poets, dramatists, and writers of fiction (limited to period 1789-1840), with biographies and links to texts.
  • The CELT project is producing an onlinedatabase of Irish literary and historical culture (in Irish, Latin, Old Norse, Anglo-Norman French, and English)in texts accompanied by introductions, translations (where possible and necessary), and scholarly bibliographies.
  • A directory of links whose major categories include history, periodicals, literature, Irish language, mythology, folklore, theatre companies, and fine arts.
  • Links to resources of Irish interest including literature, language, newspapers and journals, and theatre.
  • The Auchinleck Manuscript (NLS Adv MS 19.2.1) is one of the National Library of Scotlands greatest treasures. Produced in London in the 1330s, it provides a unique insight into the English language and literature that Chaucer and his generation grew up with and were influenced by. It acquired its name from its first known owner, Lord Auchinleck, who discovered the manuscript in 1740 and donated it to the precursor of the National Library in 1744.
  • The only known copies of nine of the earliest books printed in Scotland. From the Digital Library of the National Library of Scotland.
  • Portal to links on Scottish literature. Prepared in collaboration with the Scottish Arts Council and the Scottish Executive.
  • Includes about 400 texts from Scots to Scottish English.
  • Over 20,000 images of objects, books, letters, aerial photographs and other items from museums, libraries and record offices in Wales.
  • Designed both to introduce Welsh authors and their work and to aid experienced learners fill the gaps between speaking, writing and reading the Welsh language.
  • "This is a list of Welsh and Welsh-based writers. The entries include brief biographical details and information about publications, tutoring experience and other work in the creative writing field. Fuller biographical details can always be obtained directly from the writer or from their publisher. In a number of cases, photographs are carried and extracts of work can be seen by clicking the reference in the entry."
  • An on-line collection of books of national cultural interest which have long been out of print. In English and Welsh.
  • Links in the categories of Mythology, Folklore, Drama, Literature, History, Language and others.
  • Graphically compares the nations of the world.