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Saturday 6 June 2015

MacKenzie Building,
Old Assembly Close,
172 High Street,

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Sponsored by Abbotsford, the ASLS, the Edinburgh Walter Scott Club and the Faculty of Advocates

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Sir Walter Scott is one of Scotland’s greatest writers, and one of the most important and influential figures in world literature. Although in recent years he has fallen out of fashion, the range and scope of his writing means that he can be enjoyed by broad audiences and at a range of levels. This conference will show how Scott’s works can be used within the curriculum of Scotland’s schools and colleges.


10:00 Coffee and Welcome
10:30 The importance of Sir Walter Scott and his work today – James Robertson
11:15 Scott’s poetry in the lower secondary school – Martin Philip
11:50 Tea and coffee
12:15 Scott’s short story “The Two Drovers” – Douglas Gifford
1:00 Lunch (a free buffet lunch will be available)
1:50 Scott and Art – Murdo Macdonald
2:30 Dramatising “Lochinvar” – Rose Johnston
2:50 The education programme at Abbotsford, the home of Sir Walter Scott – Kirsty Archer-Thompson
3:10 Panel session: teaching approaches and available resources
3:30 Close of conference

  • Kirsty Archer-Thompson is Heritage and Engagement Manager to the Abbotsford Trust.
  • Douglas Gifford is Emeritus Professor of Scottish Literature at the University of Glasgow and Honorary Librarian of Sir Walter Scott’s library, Abbotsford.
  • Rose Johnston is a teacher of drama who has developed Scott themes in school work.
  • Martin Philip is a tutor in the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures at the University of Edinburgh.
  • Murdo Macdonald is Professor of History of Scottish Art at the University of Dundee.
  • James Robertson is an author and poet. His works to date include The Fanatic, Joseph Knight, The Testament of Gideon Mack, And the Land Lay Still and The Professor of Truth.


Last updated 3 June 2015.