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Saturday 7 October 2017

Western Infirmary Lecture Theatre
University of Glasgow

The annual ASLS Schools Conference is a vital resource for teachers wishing to explore Scottish literature and language in the classroom. The conference will contribute at least 8 hours of CPD in areas of language and literature across the curriculum.
  • Conference fee: £35.00
  • ASLS Member’s rate: £30.00
    (all bookings include tea/coffee and lunch)


9:45–10:05am Registration & Coffee
10:05–10:10 Welcome
10:10–11:00 Scottish war poetry
– David Goldie and Rory Watson
11:00–11:30 Three short stories of James Hogg
– David Robb
11:30–12:00pm Tea & Coffee
12:00–12:30 Nan Shepherd, novelist of the North-East – Alison Lumsden
12:30–1:00 Young Writers’ Awards
1:00–2:00 LUNCH
2:00–2:30 Alan Spence’s Sailmaker – John Burns
2:30–3:00 Launch of Voices of Scotland: Scottish Poetry for Levels 2 & 3
3:00–3:45 Scottish folksong in the classroom – Ewan McVicar, with John Hodgart and Friends
3:45–4:00 Plenary session
4:00 Close of conference

  • John Burns is an author and editor, and is the former Assistant Principal Teacher of English at Dumfries High School.
  • David Goldie is a senior lecturer at the University of Strathclyde, and has written extensively on the literatures of the First World War.
  • John Hodgart is the former Principal Teacher of English at Garnock Academy, and Secretary of the Education Committee of the ASLS.
  • Alison Lumsden is Professor of English at the University of Aberdeen, and co-director of the University of Aberdeen’s Walter Scott Research Centre.
  • Ewan McVicar is a Scottish folksong legend and a one-man creative industry: co-founder of the first folk club in Scotland, songwriter, author, storyteller, reviewer, publisher, creator of folksong websites and owner of a small recording label, Gallus.
  • David Robb is an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Dundee, with research interests in Scottish literature from the eighteenth century to the present.
  • Rory Watson is Professor Emeritus in English Studies at the University of Stirling. A published poet, he has written and lectured widely on Scottish literature and cultural identity.

Publishers, booksellers and academic organisations will all be present at the conference. Free parking will be available on University Place, or within the main campus (enter by main gate on University Avenue).


For further information please contact

Staff: Duncan Jones
Address: ASLS
Department of Scottish Literature
University of Glasgow
7 University Gardens
Glasgow G12 8QH
Phone/Fax: +44 (0) 141 330 5309


Last updated 10 October 2017.