Events - Festival 2020

Is British Culture a Myth?

Tuesday 1 March, 18:00 - 20:00
Byre Theatre, Abbey Street - Auditorium
Free but ticketed

On the eve of StAnza, the AHRC hosts a debate on culture

On the eve of StAnza, the Byre Theatre and the University of St Andrews will host a debate, sponsored by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, on the theme Is British culture a myth? The speakers will be the literary critic and writer Marina Warner, the poet and critic Robert Crawford, and leading academics Ali Ansari and Murray Pittock. The debate will be livestreamed to Cardiff where a parallel event is being held.

Ali Ansari is Professor of History at the University of St Andrews. His research interests include the development of the State in Iran in the modern era, with a particular focus on nationalism, mythology and the use (and abuse) of history. Robert Crawford studied and taught at Glasgow and Oxford, moving in 1989 to the University of St Andrews where he is Professor of English. He has published six collections of poetry and over two dozen other books. Murray Pittock is Professor of English Literature at the University of Glasgow. He previously worked at the universities of Manchester (where he was the first professor of Scottish literature at an English university), Edinburgh, Oxford, Aberdeen and Strathclyde. Dame Marina Warner, FRSL, FBA, is a British novelist, short story writer, historian and mythographer. She is Professor of English and Creative Writing at Birkbeck, University of London.

The event is free but ticketed. Tickets will be available from the Byre box office.

This is an AHRC event organised and delivered by the Byre Theatre and the University of St Andrews.


Auditorium – Byre Theatre, Abbey Street

Location: At the top of Abbey Street off the east end of South Street. Also accessible from the Byre Close off South Street

Includes: Auditorium, Studio Theatre, Conference Room, foyers, Café Bar &...