Ian Hamilton Finlay, The Present Order (1983).
With acknowledgements to Wild Hawthorn Press and the Little Sparta Trust

Friday, September 4, 2015

From Renaissance to Referendum: Poetry, Culture, and Politics

Throughout 2015-16, the Scottish Poetry Library and the Saltire Society will host the public seminar series From Renaissance to Referendum: Poetry, Culture and Politics, in collaboration with the University of Edinburgh, supported by the British Academy, and by Edinburgh University’s Humanities and Social Sciences Knowledge Exchange and Impact Fund.

Across the course of six free, evening events, poets and critics will introduce some of the most important and exciting areas of debate around the relationships between poetry, culture and politics in twentieth-century and contemporary Scotland, setting up open audience discussions on these themes. We hope these events will bring new critical and creative voices into the Scottish Poetry Library’s newly renovated discussion and performance space. Come along to listen, talk, and drink wine!

Our six seminars will be spread across the academic year 2015-16:

1 October 2015, 6.30-8 pm, Saltire Society, 22 High Street, EH1 1TF
With Margery Palmer-McCulloch and Alex Thomson
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22 October 2015, 6.30-8 pm, Scottish Poetry Library, 5 Crichton’s Close, EH8 8DT
With Emma Dymock and Greg Thomas
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12 November 2015, 6.30-8 pm, Scottish Poetry Library
With David Farrier and Samantha Walton
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4 February 2016, 6.30-8 pm, Scottish Poetry Library
With Glenda Norquay and Liz Lochhead
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25 February 2016, 6.30-8 pm, Scottish Poetry Library
With Alec Finlay and Amy Todman
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17 March 2016, 6.30-8 pm, Scottish Poetry Library
With Eleanor Bell and Corey Gibson
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For more details about upcoming seminars, including speaker biographies and abstracts, click on the seminar titles or use the tabs to your right

Buy tickets for the series and browse other events on the Scottish Poetry Library Eventbrite page

Get more information about the series and the Library through their Facebook page and website