Events - Festival 2018

Past & Present

Thursday 2 March, 14:15 - 15:15
The Town Hall, Queens Gardens - Council Chamber

Alice Oswald on Homer
Neil McLennan on the war poets in Edinburgh

In our Past & Present sessions, contemporary speakers share their enthusiasm for favourite past poets. T.S. Eliot award-winner Alice Oswald takes us back to the author of the first known literature in Europe, the Greek Homer. While little is known about the poet – including when he lived and, indeed, whether he lived at all – his Odyssey and Iliad have exerted a colossal influence on the Western canon.

This year will be the one hundredth anniversary since the war poets Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen were in Scotland, having been sent to Craiglockhart to recover from psychologal trauma. Neil McLennan is the former director of History at Tynecastle High School, where Wilfred Owen taught as part of his recuperation from the war, and has written on the poet's time in Edinburgh. He'll be offering an insight into the war poets' time in and connections to Edinburgh.

Supported by EventScotland and part of Scotland’s Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology 2017

Neil McLennan: Tom Finnie
Alice Oswald: Kate Mount


Council Chamber – The Town Hall, Queens Gardens

Location: At the top of Queens Gardens, on the corner with South Street

Includes: Council Chamber, Supper Room, Auditorium/Public Hall, Fife Contemporary foyer

Right in the centre of St Andrews, The Town Hall...