Seminar Series at the Scottish Poetry Library: From Renaissance to Referendum

From Renaissance to Referendum: Poetry, Culture, and Politics

At the Scottish Poetry Library, 2015-16


Throughout 2015-16, the Scottish Poetry Library will host the public seminar series From Renaissance to ReferendumPoetry, 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 from the University and beyond into the Scottish Poetry Library’s newly renovated discussion and performance space. Staff and students are encouraged to come along to listen, talk, and drink wine!

Our six events will be spread throughout the academic year 2015-16:

The Scottish Renaissance and the Origins of Scottish Nationalism

1 October 2015, 6.30-8 pm, Saltire Society, 22 High Street, EH1 1TF

The Languages of Scottish Poetry

22 October 2015, 6.30-8 pm, Scottish Poetry Library, 5 Crichton’s Close, EH8 8DT

Contemporary Scottish Poetry and Ecology

12 November 2015, 6.30-8 pm, Scottish Poetry Library

Women’s Voices in Modern and Contemporary Scottish Poetry

4 February 2016, 6.30-8 pm, Scottish Poetry Library

Poetry and the Referendum: 2014 and After

25 February 2016, 6.30-8 pm, Scottish Poetry Library


Poetry, Culture and Politics in the Scottish Sixties

17 March 2016, 6.30-8 pm, Scottish Poetry Library

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