New College Festival: Alycia Pirmohamed


  • Fri 4 Nov 14:30
  • Assembly Hall, New College, Mound Place
  • Free event

Kevin MacNeil, Alycia Pirmohamed and Alan Spence, distinguished poets currently working in Scotland, will discuss religious influences on their work. This event is sponsored by St Andrews Press and anticipates the publication of a revised edition of ‘Scottish Religious Poetry: An Anthology’. It will be chaired by Linden Bicket, Lecturer in Literature and Religion at the University of Edinburgh, and one of the co-editors of the volume.

Kevin MacNeil is an award-winning writer, poet, novelist and dramatist born and raised in the Outer Hebrides. He is a Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Stirling, a practising Buddhist, researching areas of congruence between Buddhist tenets and creative writing practice. He has authored six books, edited a similar number, and written for television, radio, film, and theatre.

Alycia Pirmohamed is the author of Another Way to Split Water, Hinge, Faces that Fled the Wind, and the collaborative essay, Second Memory, co-authored with Pratyusha. She is co-founder of the Scottish BPOC Writers Network, a co-organiser of the Ledbury Poetry Critics, and teaches at the University of Cambridge. She studied creative writing at the University of Oregon and the University of Edinburgh and received, in 2020, the Edwin Morgan Poetry Award.

Alan Spence is an award-winning Scottish writer, Professor Emeritus in Creative Writing at The University of Aberdeen, and former Edinburgh Makar Poet Laureate. He received the Japanese honour, the Order of the Rising Sun. With his wife, he runs the Sri Chinmoy Meditation Centre in Edinburgh. He has published two new poetry collections this year: Edinburgh Come All Ye, and Thirteen ways of looking at Tulips. His latest novel, Mister Timeless Blyth, will appear early next year.

Linden Bicket is a Lecturer in Literature and Religion in the School of Divinity at the university of Edinburgh. She is the author of George Mackay Brown and the Scottish Catholic Imagination, and with the late Douglas Gifford, co-editor of The Fiction of Robin Jenkins: Some Kind of Grace. She is also co-editor with Kirsteen McCue of a new edition of George Mackay Brown’s, An Orkney Tapestry. Her research focuses on patterns of faith and scepticism in twentieth-century fiction and poetry.

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Friday 04 Nov 2022
Assembly Hall, New College, Edinburgh. United Kingdom