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In-Person Event

Do We Need A New Canon?


Wednesday, August 16, 2023

10:00 am


Wednesday, August 16, 2023

11:00 am

Baillie Gifford Sculpture Court, Edinburgh International Book Festival

Join Scotland Street Press author Alan Riach at Edinburgh International Book Festival, alongside Gerard Carruthers and Sara Sheridan, as he examines Hugh MacDiarmid’s role within the Scottish canon.

Do we need a new Scottish canon?

From Robert Louis Stevenson to Jackie Kay, Scotland has long been a beacon for great writing. Gerard Carruthers and Alan Riach, two of the country’s best-respected literature scholars, are joined by writer and activist Sara Sheridan, bestselling author of The Fair Botanists, to discuss some of the nation’s greatest figures and their most influential texts – and who is missing from what we consider to be ‘canon’. Carruthers will be drawing on Scottish Stories, a new collection he edited, while Riach focuses on the influence of Hugh MacDiarmid as well as his new book Scottish Literature: An Introduction.

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