Poetic Politics Conference


‘Poetic Politics: Culture and the 2014 Scottish Independence Referendum, One Year On’ is an inter-institutional, publicly engaged symposium focused on cultural responses to the referendum. It will be held on Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015 at the National Library of Scotland in Edinburgh, with a connected evening performance event at a nearby venue. Registration for the day programme is free but very limited and booking is essential.

During the day, events will be opened by Culture Secretary, Fiona Hyslop, and include top academics, writers, artists, musicians and community organisers who will share and discuss the relationship between art and constitutional politics in Scotland. Speakers include Professor Robert Crawford, Dr. Scott Hames, Professor Alan Riach, Alexander Moffat and many others. The evening programme features performances from some of Scotland’s top artists who will share work inspired by the 2014 Referendum, including the Makar, Liz Lochhead, Lady Alba, Jenny Lindsay and many more.

On the day of the conference only there will be a very special exhibition on display of material from the National Library of Scotland’s Referendum Collection.

This conference is organised by University of Glasgow PhD student, Sarah Paterson and University of Strathclyde Masters student Kathryn Ailes, with support from Amy Todman, Referendum Curator at the NLS.

For more information including a full line up and registration, please visit the conference website: https://poeticpoliticsconference.wordpress.com/