Heriot Watt University

Geopoetics Day at the IRC



In conjunction with the Scottisch Centre for Geopoetics, the IRC is hosting the inaugural Tony McManus Geopoetics Lecture as part of a Geopoetics Day on Saturday, 18 November 2017, 

James McCarthy will speak about "Nan Shepherd as Geopoet"


Tony McManus founded the Scottish Centre for Geopoetics in 1995 and was its director until his death in 2002. He was a wonderful musician and teacher who wrote many perceptive essays and reviews as well as the book The Radical Field. He worked tirelessly to raise awareness of geopoetics in Scotland and internationally. The Centre has decided to initiate an annual lecture in his memory to recognise his important work. The inaugural lecture will take place this year in Edinburgh, given by Chairperson James McCarthy on the theme of 'Nan Shepherd as Geopoet.'

Nan Shepherd has been described by Robert McFarlane as “an incredibly inspiring figure, and an unusual one, in the sense of being a woman writing about mountains and the wilderness and nature… she’s so far ahead of us – we’re only starting to catch Nan up. Philosophically and stylistically, she was extraordinary.” 

James McCarthy is a writer based in Edinburgh, the author of 11 published books, currently focussed on historic Scottish travellers and explorers, in addition to articles in other publications. He is a former forester and leading conservationist who has travelled extensively in East Africa, USA, Canada, Australia and Europe. He is an engaging speaker who has presented his work at the leading book festivals in Scotland.





Attendance is free; donations welcome. You can attend for all or part of the day. 

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10.30 -  Assemble at main entrance to Heriot-Watt University (directions; campus map)
10.45 -  Walk along the Union Canal to Ratho
12.15 -  Lunch at the Bridge Inn, Ratho
13.30 -  Transport to Heriot-Watt University
13.45 -  AGM (agenda to follow to members and those attending)
15.15 -  Tony McManus Geopoetics Lecture 
15.45 -  Questions and discussion
16.30 -  Close 

Please email Norman Bissell at the Scottish Centre for Geopoetics if you are having lunch so we can let The Bridge Inn know numbers - lunch booking is essential. Participants cover their own lunch. A standard menu can be found here.

In the evening - 7pm until late - there will be an informal ceilidh in Edinburgh (venue to be confirmed). Come all ye and bring your songs and poems.


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