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A two-day international conference held at the University of Glasgow to mark the centenary of Edwin Morgan's birth.

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The Edwin Morgan 100 conference, scheduled for 27th-28th April, has been cancelled. The decision made by the University of Glasgow to postpone the conference follows increased concerns about the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. It was felt this was the best way to proceed for everyone due to take part in the conference which would have had delegates from around the world travelling to Glasgow.

We are very disappointed that we are unable to hold this event at the moment and know this disappointment will also be shared by those hoping to attend. But, based on the information we have relating to the global outbreak, we believe it’s the right decision. We hope to be able to reschedule the event at a later, yet to be decided, date.

Edwin Morgan 100

Conference Room J15, James Watt South Building, Main Campus, University of Glasgow

27th-28th April 2020

MONDAY 27th APRIL 2020

9am Registration, Tea and Coffee, Welcome

9.30am Plenary – Adam Piette (University of Sheffield)

(Nigel Leask (University of Glasgow) – Chair)

10.30am Panel: From Glasgow to the World

(Corey Gibson (University of Glasgow) – Chair)

  • David Kinloch (University of Strathclyde), ‘Edwin Morgan’s Orientations’
  • David Malcolm (SWPS University, Warsaw), ‘Edwin Morgan’s Sonnets from Scotland: Technique and Meaning’
  • Pilar Somacarrera (Autonomous University of Madrid), ‘‘Nothing is Ever the Same’: The International Vocation of Edwin Morgan’s Poetry’
  • Monika Kocot (University of Łódź), ‘“The Not Quite Nothing I Praise it and I Write it”: on Mercury and Saturn in Edwin Morgan’s Poetry’

11.50am Tea and Coffee

12.10pm Panel: Morgan’s Scottish Connections

(Rhona Brown (University of Glasgow) – Chair)

  • Eleanor Bell (University of Strathclyde), ‘Poet, Editor, Critic, Translator: Edwin Morgan and Scottish Literary Magazine Culture’
  • Alistair Peebles (Independent Scholar), ‘The Opposite of the Scotch Idea’
  • Rodge Glass (University of Strathclyde), ‘In Conversation, Across Space and Form: Edwin Morgan and Alasdair Gray’

1.10pm LUNCH

2pm Plenary – Robert Crawford (University of St Andrews)

(Gerard Carruthers (University of Glasgow) – Chair)

3pm Panel: Translations 1: Morgan and the Slavonic World

(James Rann (University of Glasgow) – Chair)

  • Peter France (University of Edinburgh) and Margaret Tejerizo (University of Glasgow) in Conversation
  • Jan Culik (University of Glasgow), ‘Edwin Morgan and his Translations of Czech Poets’
  • Zsuzsanna Varga (University of Glasgow), ‘An Adopted Migrant: Edwin Morgan’s Work in Translation’
  • Tom Hubbard (Széchenyi Academy of Arts and Letters, Budapest), ‘Edwin Morgan and Slavonic Poetry’

4.20pm Panel: Translations 2: France, Germany, and Italy

(John Coyle (University of Glasgow) – Chair)

  • Gioia Angeletti (University of Parma), ‘Edwin Morgan and Giacomo Leopardi’
  • Wolfgang Görtschacher (University of Salzburg), ‘Edwin Morgan in German Translation’
  • James Barrowman (University of Dundee) and Paul Malgrati (University of St Andrews), ‘Dialects and Drama in Translation: Edwin Morgan's Master Peter Pathelin (1983)’

Evening Civic Reception at Glasgow City Chambers


9am Tea and Coffee

9.15am Plenary Session – Poets’ Panel

Roseanne Watt (Edwin Morgan Poetry Award 2018) and Penny Boxall (Edwin Morgan Poetry Award 2016)

(Alan Riach (University of Glasgow) – Chair)

10.15am Panel: Concrete

(Helen Stoddart (University of Glasgow) – Chair)

  • Daisy Li (Macao Polytechnic Institute), ‘Edwin Morgan’s Ideograms: Image, Translation & Imitation’
  • John Corbett (University of Sao Paulo), ‘Edwin Morgan’s Social Network’
  • Bronac Ferran (Birkbeck, University of London), ‘Concrete and Emergent’

11.15am Tea and Coffee

11.30am Morgan in the Archives: A Short Film

11.45am Panel: Scrapbooks

(Ernest Schonfield (University of Glasgow) – Chair)

  • Philippa Osmond-Williams (University of Glasgow), ‘‘keep / no form but water’: Reading Morgan’s scrapbooks and ‘The New Divan’’
  • Ilsa Colsell (Kingston School of Art, London), ‘Paratactic and Paradigmatic: Reading the visual image making of Edwin Morgan’s scrapbook collaged art works’
  • Bridget Moynihan (University of Edinburgh), Jonathan Armoza (New York University), and Anouk Lang (University of Edinburgh), ‘In ‘Defence of the Ephemeral’: Re-Visioning the Edwin Morgan Scrapbooks through Visual Prototypes’

12.45pm LUNCH

1.45pm Panel: Mixed Media

(Kirsteen McCue (University of Glasgow) – Chair)

  • Stewart Smith (Independent Scholar), ‘‘Can ye wheeple nocturnes fae a rone-pipe flute?’ Three musical settings of Edwin Morgan’
  • Greg Thomas (Independent Scholar), ‘The Oyster and the Pearl: Edwin Morgan and Cybernetics’
  • Ross McFarlane, (Independent Scholar) ‘Edwin Morgan’s ‘Instamatics’’

2.45pm Plenary – Michael Schmidt (Carcanet / University of Manchester)

(Robyn Marsack (Edwin Morgan Trust) – Chair)

3.45pm Thanks and Goodbyes

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