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POSTPONED // Edwin Morgan 100 Conference – Day 1

April 27 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

POSTPONED // The centenary of the birth of Edwin Morgan (1920-2010), one of Scotland’s best-known and most distinguished poets and the first National Poet, falls in 2020.

The University of Glasgow will mark this centenary by bringing together academics, writers, and publishers in Morgan’s home city to celebrate his life and the wide range of his work as poet, playwright, educator, and critic.


Edwin Morgan 100 Conference

Room J15, James Watt South Building, Main Campus

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)’




April 27
9:00 am - 5:00 pm


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