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Scottish Literature
and a Century of War

31 May 2014
Beacon Arts Centre,
Custom House Quay, Greenock

The last hundred years have seen a succession of wars, from the catastrophic global conflicts of the twentieth century to the ongoing engagement in Afghanistan. This conference will examine some of the Scottish writers, in drama, fiction and poetry, who confronted the savagery of war in our time, and who sought to create a human space and an enduring art out of its wreckage.



Saturday 31 May
9:30 Registration
10:00 Welcome
10:15 Isn’t All This Bloody: Image and Reality on the Front Line (Trevor Royle)
11:15 Coffee break
11:45 Stage Representations of the Scottish Soldier since 1970 (Ian Brown)
12:15 Eric Linklater’s Contrasting War Novels: The Dark of Summer and Private Angelo (Isobel Murray)
12:45 LUNCH
14:00 Home Front and Front Line: Scottish Women Poets and Hamish Henderson in the Second World War
  • “It does not mak siccar you ken aboot weemin”: Scottish Women Poets of the Second World War (Richie McCaffery)
  • Elegies for the Dead, Songs for the Living: Hamish Henderson’s War Poetry (Corey Gibson)
14:30 Working on From the Line: Reflections on Poetry from Two World Wars (David Goldie and Roderick Watson)
15:30 Conclusion and launch of From the Line


Hbk: £12.50

From the Line
Scottish War Poetry 1914–1945

ed. David Goldie & Roderick Watson
ASLS Annual Volume 43 – 2013
From the Line brings together the best of Scotland’s poetry from the two World Wars: 138 poems, from fifty-six poets, are represented here, from both men and women, from battlefields across the world and from the Home Front, too.

For further information please contact

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

Last updated 2 June 2014.