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Saturday 7 October 2017

The papers presented at the 2017 ASLS Schools Conference were filmed by Education Scotland. The videos can be viewed on YouTube, or via the links below.

Scottish War Poetry –
David Goldie and Rory Watson


Three Short Stories of James Hogg –
David Robb

Download a free ebook edition of the three Hogg stories under discussion.


Nan Shepherd, novelist of the North-east –
Alison Lumsden


Alan Spence’s Sailmaker
John Burns


Folksongs in the classroom –
Ewan McVicar


Scottish folksongs –
John Hodgart and friends

  • 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.

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Last updated 17 January 2018.