In partnership with the University of Edinburgh.
When Liz Lochhead published her first collection in 1972, she
was one of very few Scottish women poets in print. In 2014, twothirds
of the poets featured in the generation-defining anthology
Be the First To Like This were women. Gathering together new
and established voices from academia, poetry, publishing, and
other creative areas, our all-day event will discuss and debate the
diverse energies, directions, and innovations in the field since the
year 2000. Held in collaboration with the University of Edinburgh,
the symposium will explore questions of language, ecopoetics,
politics, sexualities, the body, and aesthetic strategy. We will also
examine ‘poetry in the field’ and women’s current engagement
with the teaching, communication and fostering of creative work.
Our day will conclude by listening to poets reading their own work.