New Beginnings/Openings in Scottish Literature

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University of Gdansk
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There have been many new beginnings in Scottish literature, and it has played a substantial role in many developments opening out into European and world literature: for example, in Romantic fiction and verse (Walter Scott, James Hogg), in the fin-de-siècle (R. L. Stevenson), and in early twentieth-century modernist writing (Hugh MacDiarmid). Scottish novelists and poets – Muriel Spark, Edwin Morgan, Alasdair Gray, Don Paterson, John Burnside, Jackie Kay, Kathleen Jamie – have helped to shape British literature of the last thirty years.

Our conference will have two focuses:
forms of beginning and opening: technique, device, narrative structure, language that drive literature in new directions;
the literature of the last thirty years – especially prose and poetry.

We invite proposals for papers that address the two focuses above – on the literature of Scotland of the past thirty years, and on new poetic and narrative forms, new ways of expression that are beginnings and openings.

The conference will be held on 14–16 May 2014 in Sopot and Gdańsk. The organization of the  conference sessions will be innovative. Morning and evening sessions will be given to traditional papers and plenary keynote lectures. Afternoon sessions will consist of seminars in which invited
speakers and guests will focus on specific short texts relevant to the conference's overall theme.

Our conference on new beginnings/openings in Scottish literature will be part of the New Beginnings.Otwarcia international festival of literature and theatre held in Sopot and Gdańsk from 12 to 18 May 2014. This is the fifth annual festival/conference organized by BETWEEN.POMIĘDZY. For information on previous festivals/conferences, see

Please send 250-word abstracts for papers by 1 March 2014 to

The conference/festival fee is 100 euro (accommodation not included).