Geopoetics Day 2018 – Stravaiging along the Water of Leith to Leith Parish Church Hall

The Scottish Centre for Geopoetics was established in 1995 by Tony McManus and others and is affiliated to the International Institute of Geopoetics founded by Kenneth White in 1989.

The geopoetic project is not one more contribution to the cultural variety show, nor is it a literary school, nor is it concerned with poetry as an art of intimacy. It is a major movement involving the very foundations of human life on earth.” Inaugural text of the International Institute of Geopoetics.

The Scottish Centre for Geopooetics is a network of individuals who share a common interest in developing an understanding of geopoetics and applying it creatively in their lives. We organise talks, discussions, day and weekend events, conferences and courses, including field work in interesting places, which are designed to extend our knowledge and experience of geopoetics.

We have members in England, Wales, Ireland, USA, France, Poland, Sweden and Australia as well as throughout Scotland and we welcome new members from all over the world.

You can join us and become a member by using the membership application form on our membership page.

You can read the latest issue of our journal Stravaig #8 Part One here.

Altan Dhu Black Water Jan Kilpatrick

You can read the latest issue of our journal Stravaig #8 Part Two here.

Fallen and Uprooted Dina Fachin

You can read the latest issue of our journal Stravaig #8 Part Three here.

Long Philip Burn, Selkirk 1 Sue Bell

Our first print issue Stravaig #7 can be purchased for £5.60 including postage & packing from our treasurer David Francis 214 Portobello High Street Edinburgh EH15 2AU.

Presentations on Geopoetics

The life-affirming second Tony McManus Geopoetics Lecture in two parts by Mairi McFadyen at our Geopoetics Day on 3 November 2018, A Journey into Geopoetics/Finding Radical Hope in Geopoetics can be read here.
An inspiring lecture by Alastair McIntosh to the Expressing the Earth Conference on Some Contributions of Geopoetics to Modern Scottish Land Consciousness can be read here.
The insightful keynote address by Norman Bissell to the Expressing the Earth Conference on Expressing the Earth: Geopoetics and George Orwell is available here.
Another fascinating keynote address by Prof. Michael Russell, MSP for Argyll & Bute; Minister for UK Negotiation on Scotland’s Place in Europe, to the Expressing the Earth Conference on Sweet the Cuckoo’s Sound: Argyll: Place, People and Neighbours is here.
The first Tony McManus Geopoetics Lecture on Nan Shepherd: an Early Geopoet by James McCarthy is also available to read here.

2019 Events

1. A Geopoetics Conference Expressing the Earth in the Year of Indigenous Languages at Wiston Lodge near Biggar from 14-16 June 2019                                                                                             

It featured an inspiring programme of outdoor and indoor workshops and talks, films, discussions and performances of poetry, prose and music. Free time was also provided to develop creative work emerging from the workshops and talks. See more about our Conference Programme on the menu above.

2. A Geopoetics Day at the New Lanark World Heritage Site on Saturday 12 October 2019
It included a talk by Katherine Buchanan about her ancestor James Buchanan who initiated progressive education for infants at New Lanark, a walk along part of the River Clyde in full spate, our Annual General Meeting and the third Tony McManus Geopoetics Lecture by Norman Bissell on Tony McManus and Geopoetics in Scotland: past, present, future.