A warm welcome in Edinburgh

This week saw the final annual meeting in Edinburgh of the Leverhulme-funded project ‘Women’s Poetry in Ireland, Scotland and Wales 1400–1800’. Previous meetings have been held at other participating institutions, namely Aberystwyth University and National University of Ireland, Galway.

The team spent the morning finalizing the structure of the anthology of original texts in Irish, Scottish Gaelic, Welsh, Scots, Anglo-Scots, Ulster Scots and English. The final edit will include new poems discovered during the course of the project! With the content of the anthology firmly in place, we turned our attention to the jointly-authored critical study that will elaborate the fascinating comparative threads highlighted by the poems and poets that we have selected. We were all struck by the specific generic and national differences in the material: from the politicized elegy of Irish and Scottish Gaelic women poets to the Crown Loyalism of Welsh women balladeers!

It was a pleasure to be in such a vibrant city as Edinburgh and to be welcomed by colleagues at the University of Edinburgh’s School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures on George’s Square. It is always a pleasure to work with Dr Sarah Dunnigan of the Department of English Literature, and it was great to meet colleagues in the Department of Celtic and Scottish Studies. We look forward to returning next year to deliver papers on the project’s findings.

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