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Gdańsk Scottish Studies Research Group

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Forgotten Histories, New Perspectives and J.M. Barrie

Forgotten Histories, New Perspectives and J.M. Barrie

Friday 26th June – Saturday 27th June 2015

The Solway Centre is hosting two days of discussion and performance in Dumfries, with the University of Edinburgh and Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust.


Explore the forgotten history of Scottish children’s literature, from the eighteenth century onwards. Two days of discussion and performance in Dumfries, hosted by The Solway Centre for Environment & Culture, the University of Edinburgh and the Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust.

Friday 26th June, The Minerva Hall, Dumfries Academy: A special evening organised by the Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust, currently developing Scotland’s Centre for Children’s Literature and Storytelling, based in the Dumfries house and garden which inspired J.M. Barrie’s iconic ‘Peter Pan’. The Scottish Youth Theatre will give the first reading of Barrie’s first play Bandelero the Bandit since he premiered the work whilst a pupil at the school. Prior to this, the registration event at Rutherford McCowan, Crichton Campus, will feature Tom Pow, who has collaborated with illustrator Ian Andrew, to produce a new book for children, Sixteen String Jack & the Garden of Adventure.

Saturday 27th June, 10 am – 6 pm Rutherford-McCowan Building, University of Glasgow & Dumfries & Moat Brae A symposium, topics include the birth of Scottish children’s literature; ‘Scottishness’ and the idea of the child in children’s literature; didactic and instructional literature including children’s chapbooks; authors’ perspectives on writing children’s literature. Speakers include Maureen Farrell, Fiona MacCulloch, Rhona Brown, Linden Bicket, Valentina Bold & Sarah Dunnigan. In the late afternoon we move to Moat Brae, Birthplace of Peter Pan, for a tour around the house and gardens and refreshments. The evening will close with a round table discussion featuring writer Liz Niven.

Further details are available at with the full program to follow in March.

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Women in Scotland c.1100-c.1750 accessible online


The University Library has redone the digitized version of Women in Scotland c.1150-c.1750 which I co-edited with Maureen Meilkle in 1999. It is now freely available online. You can click on each chapter (although it may not look like you can, as the titles are not highlighted) I hope this may be of use to those interested in women’s history and Scottish history

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A visit to the Opera – Alan Spence’s “Un Bel Di”

In celebration of the new foyers at the Theatre Royal, Scottish Opera commissioned 12 writers to each create a poem.

We are happy to learn that one of the contributors is Alan Spence who was a guest at the conference “New Beginnings in Scottish Literature” that took place as part of the BETWEEN.POMIĘDZY international festival of literature and theatre held in Sopot and Gdańsk from 12 to 17 May 2014. It was the fifth annual festival/conference organized by BETWEEN.POMIĘDZY.

Read and listen to Alan’s poem “Un Bel Di (One fine day)” HERE

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CFP: Scotland – migrations and borders (Journal “Etudes écossaises”)

Etudes écossaises no. 19, 2016

“Scotland – migrations and borders”

The 2016 edition of the journal Etudes écossaises will focus on Scottish culture, history and politics through the prism of migrations and borders. Papers in English or French will be welcomed from specialists in all fields of Scottish studies including arts and literature, civilization studies, history, political science, culture and the media.

Migrations and Borders

As a “stateless nation” (McCrone) Scotland has been posited as displaying both an unchallenged validity as a cultural entity and an incomplete political existence. This lack of alignment between the country’s historical, cultural and administrative border with the formal, diplomatic border of a supranational United Kingdom was recently highlighted in the context of the 2014 referendum as the borders of this polity came very close to being redrawn on the basis of a demand in Scotland for self-determination. While the SNP argument relied on a sense of distinctive nationhood to put forward such claims, the party itself strongly advocated a cosmopolitan conception of Scottishness, which opened the vote to legal residents of Scotland whether they be Scottish, English, European or Commonwealth citizens. In the closing days of the campaign, fears concerning the creation of a “literal and figurative” border with England complete with passport controls,[1] or worries about the volatility of RBS and Lloyds banking jobs which were said to be moving to England,[2] became key issues in the debate. Thus migration and borders, which have been key vectors in arguments surrounding cultural authenticity, economic viability and political legitimacy throughout Scottish history, remain vital considerations today.

For the upcoming issue of Etudes écossaises authors are particularly invited to address issues of how questions of uniqueness, difference and hybridity have been informed through instances of migration and border-crossing. While contributors from all specialties are free to explore issues of transplantation and rootedness, cultural fixity and transition, physical movement and imaginative flight, some fruitful areas of exploration will include:

– the importance of borders and migration in the 2014 referendum
– the role of Scottish diaspora communities in forging and reconstructing Scottishness
– the politics of immigration and emigration
– the shifting political borders of a quasi-federal state in light of the 2014 referendum
– the construction of Scottish national identity within the UK
– the socio-economics of exile and return
– cross-border ties and international co-operation
– the significance of a maritime Scotland with links to Europe and beyond
– analyses of linguistic and cultural borders within Scotland
– the symbolism of borders as physical and cultural frontiers

A brief proposal (200-300 words) should be sent by 1st June 2015. Papers (5,000-8,000 words) may be submitted in French or English. The deadline for finished papers is 1st October 2015. Contact :

The journal Etudes écossaises contributes to the research project of Grenoble 3 – Stendhal University’s Institut des Langues et Cultures d’Europe, des Amériques, d’Afrique, d’Asie et d’Australie (ILCEA4)

[1] UK Home Secretary Theresa May quoted in “Britons ‘would need passport to visit an independent Scotland’”, Telegraph, 10/9/14.
[2] “RBS will leave Scotland if voters back independence”, Guardian, 11/9/14

Prospective contributors will have to abide by the presentation norms of ELLUG

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CFP: The Legacy of James Macpherson and his Ossianic Publications

The Legacy of James Macpherson and his Ossianic Publications

16th January 2015 – 28th February 2015

Talla Nan Ros, King Street, Kingussie PH21 1HP

2015 sees the 250th anniversary of the publication of the first collected edition of James Macpherson’s Works of Ossian. The occasion will be marked by a two-day conference run jointly between the Kingussie Heritage Festival and the University of the Highlands and Islands. The conference will take place in Kingussie, in Macpherson’s native Badenoch, on 18th and 19th April 2015.

Macpherson grew up in nearby Invertromie, and built ‘Balavil’, the Adam-designed mansion near Kingussie. Over the weekend in April we will explore Macpherson’s legacy — from his early poetry and the Ossianic poems to his political involvement both at home and in the Empire. Alongside keynote talks by Dr Howard Gaskill (Edinburgh) and Prof. Calum Colvin (Dundee), the conference will feature an excursion to Balavil and the Highland Folk Museum at Newtonmore, as well as a hands-on workshop exploring first editions of Macpherson’s works.

Proposals for 20-minute papers are sought from new and established scholars on any aspect of Macpherson’s life and works. Topics may include (but are not limited to)

• Macpherson as historian
• Macpherson’s personal life
• Macpherson’s early works, published and unpublished
• Macpherson’s legacy and impact
• Macpherson’s politics and influence in London
• Macpherson’s involvement in Indian affairs
• Macpherson’s patronage and engagement with Highlanders
• Macpherson’s importance as local laird in Badenoch
• The importance of Ossian to Scottish/British/European/World Literature
• Ossian and art/music/culture
• Ossian and Gaelic tradition

Please submit abstracts of 250-300 words for 20-minute papers to Dr Kristin Lindfield-Ott and Dr David Taylor at The deadline for abstracts is 28th February 2015.

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CFP: 1st Lublin Celtic Colloquium

The Department of Celtic Studies at the Institute of English, The John Paul
II Catholic University of Lublin invites submissions for the

1st Lublin Celtic Colloquium
New Trails and Beaten Paths in Celtic Studies
September 17-18, 2015
Lublin, Poland

Confirmed plenary speakers:

Prof. Alan Titley, University College Cork
Prof. Sabine Asmus, University of Szczecin

Papers are invited in any of the following or related areas:

1. Formal analysis of the Celtic languages from a synchronic and diachronic perspective
2. Challenges in the teaching of the Celtic languages
3. The future of the Celtic languages (sociolinguistics, contact linguistics and language planning)
4. Issues of translation (the challenges of translating into and from languages of limited diffusion)
5. Literary perceptions of Celtic traditions
6. The history, literature and culture of the Celtic peoples

Please send an abstract of your paper proposal (200-300 words, including references) to by 1st March 2015. The
conference language is English. Your name and affiliation should be given in the e-mail message. Notification of acceptance will be given by 1st April

The conference fee is 300 PLN, and includes materials, coffee breaks and conference dinner. A selection of papers will be published in a post-conference volume.Details concerning payment and accommodation options will be announced in the second circular.

Organising Committee:
Dr hab. Maria Bloch-Trojnar
Dr Robert Looby
Dr Mark Ó Fionnáin
Dr Aleksander Bednarski

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Publication: Alan Riach “Wild Blue”

Alan Riach Wild Blue: Selected Poems/Dziki błękit: wiersze wybrane   (Maski, 2014)

Translated into Polish by David Malcolm and Monika Szuba

alan riach Alan Riach’s poems are postcards in different shades of blue: Hamilton in New Zealand, Calcutta, Istanbul, a small town in Portland, Corunna, Dungeness in England. Landscapes are shaped by roads and paths, passages and crossings, over which bridges – present in many poems – create arcs. The poet always returns to Scottish landscapes – Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Drumelzier, the Hebrides and the Orkney Islands – as Scotland is both the end and the start of the road.

Wiersze Alana Riacha są jak pocztówki z podróży w różnych odcieniach błękitu: Hamilton w Nowej Zelandii, Kalkuta, Stambuł, małe miasteczko w Polsce, La Coruna, Dungeness w Anglii. Świat kształtują tu drogi i  ścieżki, przejścia i przejazdy, nad którymi mosty – tak często obecne w wierszach Riacha – zakreślają łuk. Poeta powraca zawsze jednak do rodzimych krajobrazów – Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Drumelzier, Hebrydów czy Orkadów – gdyż Szkocja to koniec i początek drogi.

Monika Szuba

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Alan Riach was born in Lanarkshire and took his first degree at the University of Cambridge, where he read English. He then studied for his PhD in the Department of Scottish Literature at Glasgow University. Alan Riach is a poet and from 1986 to 2000 worked in New Zealand at the University of Waikato, where he held the post of Associate Professor of English and Pro-Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. He specialised in 20th Century literature, teaching Scottish, Irish, American and Post-Colonial Literatures and Modern Poetry. In 2001 he returned to Scotland and took up the post of Reader in Scottish Literature at the University of Glasgow.

Riach has contributed to many collections and written other books, including the monograph, Hugh Macdiarmid’s Epic Poetry, which was based on his PhD dissertation and was published in 1991 by Edinburgh University Press. He is also the General Editor of Carcanet’s multi-volume, The Complete MacDiarmid.

Since 2003, Alan Riach has held a Professorship in Scottish Literature and is currently Head of Department. His most recent critical book is Representing Scotland in Literature, Popular Culture and Iconography: The Masks of the Modern Nation (Palgrave Macmillan, 2005) and he has contributed poems and essays to numerous recent volumes, including Scotlands: Poets and the Nation (co-edited with Professor Douglas Gifford, Carcanet, 2004), 121 New Zealand Poets (Godwit Press, 2005), Spirits of the Age: Scottish Self-Portraits (ed. Paul Scott, Saltire Society, 2005), The Wallace Muse (ed. Lesley Duncan and Elspeth King, 2005) and The Edinburgh Book of Twentieth-Century Scottish Poetry (Edinburgh University Press, 2005).

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Poetry Podcast: Edwin Morgan, ‘Trio’

Centre for Scottish Studies

BuchananStreetChristmasLights11Here is the sixth and final episode in our series of Scottish poetry podcasts – enjoy!  All the podcasts are now available on this dedicated page.

  • Edwin Morgan, ‘Trio’

Read ‘Trio’ online (new window)
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