Past Events

Geopoetics Day
Tony McManus Geopoetics Lecture
James McCarthy: Nan Shepherd as Geopoet
Saturday 18 November at 15.15
Heriot-Watt University, Riccarton Edinburgh

Free entry, donations welcome.

Nan Shepherd has been described by Robert McFarlane as “an incredibly inspiring figure, and an unusual one, in the sense of being a woman writing about mountains and the wilderness and nature… she’s so far ahead of us – we’re only starting to catch Nan up. Philosophically and stylistically, she was extraordinary.” Come along and find out more about this extraordinary woman.

James McCarthy is a writer based in Edinburgh, the author of 11 published books, currently focussed on historic Scottish travellers and explorers, in addition to articles in other publications. He is a former forester and leading conservationist who has travelled extensively in East Africa, USA, Canada, Australia and Europe. He is an engaging speaker who has presented his work at the leading book festivals in Scotland.

Tony McManus founded the Scottish Centre for Geopoetics in 1995 and was its director until his death in 2002. He was a wonderful musician and teacher who wrote many perceptive essays and reviews as well as the book The Radical Field, and he worked tirelessly to raise awareness of geopoetics in Scotland and internationally.

Geopoetics Day

10.30 am Assemble at the main entrance to Heriot-Watt University, Riccarton, Edinburgh.

10.45 Walk along the Union Canal to Ratho.

12.15 Lunch at the Bridge Inn, Ratho.

13.30 Transport to Heriot-Watt University.

13.45 Annual General Meeting: agenda to follow to members and those attending.

15.15 Tony McManus Geopoetics Lecture by James McCarthy: Nan Shepherd as Geopoet.

15.45 Questions and discussion.

16.30 Close.

19.00 – 22.30 Informal Ceilidh in Edinburgh. Come all ye and bring your songs and poems.

You can attend for all or part of the day. Please inform if you are having lunch so we can let the Bridge Inn know numbers.