A year in the life of Madras College . . .

The Madras Diary team from session 2010-2011 with a copy of the Citizen. Photo by Peter Adamson.
The Madras Diary team from session 2010-2011 with a copy of the Citizen. Photo by Peter Adamson.

A book of exceptional interest to pupils and staff of Madras College - past and present - is to be launched this weekend.

‘A Portrait of Madras College’ records a year in the life of the famous St Andrews school.

Photography by Peter Adamson and editing by Dr Lorn Macintyre, co-authors of the best sellers St Andrews: Portrait of a City and Portrait of the East Neuk of Fife, and design by the innovative Jon Gill should ensure that the book is a Christmas gift favourite.

INTREPID

Peter, former photographer to the University of St Andrews, spent a year with his camera slung at his back as he cycled between the South Street and Kilrymont Road campuses of the school.

The heavy prolonged snowfall of last winter didn’t deter the intrepid photographer who was on the floor with his camera at school dances, capturing the freedom and joy of youth, and on the sidelines on sports day.

He told the Citizen this week: ‘‘It was a great privilege and pleasure to spend a year at Madras among so many friendly and helpful pupils and staff.

‘‘Ian Jones, the rector, was also most supportive.’’

A Portrait of Madras College covers all aspects of the school’s activities, and one of its charming features is that many of the captions have been written by the pupils as well as by teachers.

POEMS

Pupils have also provided inspirational poems and stories, and there is a representative section from the school’s large archive.

Jon Gill’s layout has made the book visually stunning.

Lorn and Peter will be at the bookshop of J. & G. Innes, 107 South Street, tomorrow (Saturday) from 2 to 3p.m to sign copies of the book.