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Saturday 6 October 2018

James Watt South 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.


9:45–10:10am Registration & Coffee
10:10–10:20 Welcome
10:20–11:00 Scots Drama: an overview
– Ian Brown
11:00–11:30 The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
– Ian Campbell
11:30–12:00pm Tea & Coffee
12:00–12:30 William McIlvanney’s Detective Fiction: Laidlaw – David Goldie
12:30–1:00 Young Writers’ Awards
1:00–2:00 LUNCH
2:00–2:30 Three Film Versions of John Buchan’s The Thirty-Nine Steps – David Manderson
2:30–3:00 Teaching Muriel Spark – Cheryl Simpson and Andrew Young
3:00–3:40 Four Songs of Sir Walter Scott – discussed and performed by The Sorries
3:40–4:00 Plenary session
4:00 Close of conference

  • Professor Ian Brown has written widely on Scottish drama, as well as being a playwright and former Arts Council Drama Director.
  • Professor Ian Campbell is emeritus professor of Scottish and Victorian Literature at the University of Edinburgh.
  • Dr David Goldie is Head of the School of Humanities at the University of Strathclyde.
  • David Manderson is a lecturer in Creative Writing and Screenwriting at the University of the West of Scotland.
  • Cheryl Simpson and Andrew Young are experienced practising teachers at St Aloysius’ College and have taken part in the centenary events promoting the work of Muriel Spark.
  • The Sorries – Edinburgh University lecturer Martin Philip and primary teacher Douglas Kay – bring their own blend of scholarship and folk music to Scott’s songs.

Publishers, booksellers and academic organisations will all be present at the conference. Free parking will be available 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 8 October 2018.