School of Divinity

Scottish Network for Religion and Literature.

Conversations, talks, panel discussions and book launches organised by the School of Divinity’s new Scottish Network for Religion and Literature.

All welcome. For enquiries, please contact Dr Alison Jack. Email

Semester 2: Spring 2021

Date Speakers Topic

Tuesday 23 February


Dr Michael Ratnapalan (Yonsei University, South Korea)

'"Our Father’s Footprints" Robert Louis Stevenson’s writing on the Pacific Islands and the Anthropology of Conversion, 1888-1894.'

Respondent: Kirsten Murray.

A joint seminar with the Religion and Literature Network and CSWC

Tuesday 23 March


Alison Mukherjee

"In conversation with… Alison Mukherjee"

Alison Mukherjee obtained a BA in Theology from the University of Hull, then taught in a mission school in Northern India before returning to UK with her Bengali husband and two daughters. She taught religious studies to secondary school pupils and undergraduates before training as a social worker and taking up posts in local authority children and families and older people teams. In 2002 she was awarded a doctorate from Birmingham University. She is a member of the Religious Society of Friends.

For joining instructions, please email Dr Alison Jack.

Semester 1: Autumn 2020

Date Speakers Topic

Tuesday 20 October 


*Microsoft Teams*

Anne Donovan

'In Conversation with... Anne Donovan'

Anne Donovan is the author of the short story collection, Hieroglyphics and other Stories (2001), and the novels, Buddha Da, Being Emily and Gone Are The Leaves, all published by Canongate.

Her short story All That Glisters won the prestigious Macallan/Scotland on Sunday Award. Buddha Da was shortlisted for many prizes including the Orange Prize and the Dublin International IMPAC Award, and won Le Prince Maurice Award in Mauritius. Gone Are The Leaves was shortlisted for the Saltire Scottish Literary Book of the Year Award. In this conversation, she will reflect on religious themes in her work.

Register on Eventbrite.

Wednesday 25 November



An online event to mark the publication of David Jasper and Ou Guang-an’s book, Literature and Religion: A Dialogue between China and the West


Wednesday 9 December



A Voyage to Arcturus and Beyond: David Lindsay’s Visionary Imagination

An international online symposium to mark the centenary of the publication of A Voyage to Arcturus and the 75th anniversary of the death of its author, David Lindsay. The symposium is hosted by the Scottish Storytelling Centre. For further information, please contact Dr Steven Sutcliffe.

Further information can be found on the Scottish Network for Religion and Literature website.