Literatures, Languages & Cultures

Scottish Women's Poetry Symposium 2016

The breadth of the work of contemporary Scottish women writers now ensures the redrawing of the literary map of Scotland.

Aileen Christianson and Alison LumsdenContemporary Scottish Women Writers, 2000

The current political and cultural context in Scotland is undergoing what promises to be a far-reaching process of change, and this disruption frequently turns on the intervention of women – politicians, activists and writers – who are keen to construct Scotland differently. Since Lumsden and Christianson's observation sixteen years ago, this remapping has become a dynamic national preoccupation shaping the trajectory of a political, cultural and imaginative turn.    This one-day symposium (in collaboration with the University of Edinburgh) brings together leading researchers and practitioners in the field of contemporary Scottish women’s poetry. Gathering together new and established voices from academia, poetry, publishing, and other creative areas, it will discuss and debate the diverse energies, directions, and innovations in the field post-2000. Thinking about the imaginative, political, and cultural impulses which currently drive female poetic creativity in Scotland, it will explore questions of language, ecopoetics, politics, sexualities, the body, and aesthetic strategy.  It will also examine ‘poetry in the field’, and women’s current engagement with the teaching, communication, and fostering of creative work. Our day will conclude by listening to poets reading their own work. 

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Twitter: @SWPsymposium

Email: swpsymposium@gmail.com

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Programme

Time Title Speaker(s)
10.30-11.00am Registration and coffee/tea  
11.00-12.00noon Panel 1  
‘Minority Women Poets in Scotland: A Rhetoric of Difference.’ Thereza Muñoz (Poet and Freelance writer)

‘“To think I was willing / to be a pod.” Daughters, mothers, and others in Contemporary Women’s Poetry.’

Richard Price (Head, Contemporary British Collections, The British Library)
12.00-1.00pm Roundtable 1: “Poetry in the Community”

Jane McKie (University of Edinburgh)

Claire Askew (Poet and independent academic)

1.00-2.00pm Lunch  
2.00-3.30pm Panel 2  
‘The Concrete Poetry Movement and Scottish Women's Writing’ Greg Thomas (University of Edinburgh)
‘“If you don’t get caught’”: Islands, Isolation and Entrapment in Contemporary Scottish Women’s Poetry’ Peter McKay (University of St Andrews)
‘Negative energies: not being our mothers’ Glenda Norquay (Liverpool John Moores University)
3.30-4.00pm Coffee/tea  
4.00-5.00pm Roundtable 2: “Poetry in the Field”

Jane Goldman (Poet and lecturer at University of Glasgow)

Helena Nelson (Poet and founder of HappenStance Press)

Jennifer Williams (Poet and Programme Manager of Scottish Poetry Library)

5.15-6.30pm Poetry readings & wine reception

Lila Matsumoto

Jennifer Williams

Clare Askew

Jane McKie

Theresa Muñoz

 

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Scottish Women's Poetry Symposium 2016

This one-day symposium (in collaboration with the University of Edinburgh) brings together leading researchers and practitioners in the field of contemporary Scottish women’s poetry. Gathering together new and established voices from academia, poetry, publishing, and other creative areas, it will discuss and debate the diverse energies, directions, and innovations in the field post-2000.

Scottish Poetry Library
5 Crichton's Close
Canongate
Edinburgh
EH8 8DT