Past & Present
Our Past & Present events offer a chance to discover new favourite poets, or to see poets you think you know from a new angle. Today we'll be talking about two writers who shaped the course of Scottish literature. Emma Sutton will be sharing her enthusiasm for Robert Louis Stevenson, with a particular focus on his time in the South Pacific and on his music. Best known of course for his novels, which include Treasure Island and Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, the writer was also prolific when it came to poems and songs, and his output was to influence generations of writers. Martin Malone, meanwhile, will be discussing Hugh MacDiarmid, with a particular focus on the poet's time in Shetland. MacDiarmid was a founding member of the National Party of Scotland and was fundamental in making Scots a literary language to be taken seriously.