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Creative Conversations: Writing the Past in the Present

12 August 2020

Scottish Writers Creative Conversations Showcase with Glasgow University 2020

The second in a three part celebration of the best in new Scottish writing, co-organised by Publishing Scotland and University of Glasgow's Creative Writing Programme.

You can view recordings of all three events on YouTube until 20 September 2020. See:

Writing the Personal and the Political (11 August)

Writing the Past in the Present (12 August) 

Writing the Ground Beneath our Feet (13 August). 

Writing the Past in the Present

Date:  Wednesday 12 August 2020
Time:  17.30 - 19.00 GMT
Who: Angus Peter Campbell (Gaelic translation of Animal Farm - Luath Press), Norman Bissell (Barnhill - Luath Press), and Sarah Armstrong (The Wolves of Leninsky Prospekt - Sandstone Press), chaired by Colin Herd.


Angus Peter Campbell (Aonghas PĂ draig Caimbeul) is an award-winning poet, novelist, actor and journalist. His poetry collection Aibisidh won the Scottish Poetry Book of the Year in 2011 and his novel Memory and Straw won the Saltire Society Fiction Book of the Year in 2017. He was shortlisted for a Scottish BAFTA Best Actor Award for playing the lead role in the Gaelic film 'Seachd.'

Norman Bissell is the author of Barnhill: A Novel (2019) about George Orwell's desperate struggle to finish writing Nineteen Eighty-Four on Jura before his health failed and the poetry collection Slate, Sea and Sky, a Journey from Glasgow to the Isle of Luing (2008), both published by Luath Press. A former principal teacher of history and area officer of the Educational Institute of Scotland, he is the Director of the Scottish Centre for Geopoetics and lead editor of its journal Stravaig. His poems, essays and reviews have been widely published and he is a member of the Writers Guild of Great Britain Scottish Committee.

Sarah Armstrong is the author of three previous novels, most recently The Wolves of Leninsky Prospekt, the first in the Moscow Wolves series. She teaches under¬graduate and postgraduate creative writing with the Open University. Sarah lives in Colchester with her husband and four children.


'Our partnership with Glasgow University's Creative Conversations have been invaluable in introducing a range of writing and publishing through expertly chaired events in the grand setting of the University Chapel. Moving the events online will lend our publishers and writers a new audience and we look forward to the opportunity to present our fresh new voices to them.' Marion Sinclair, Chief Executive of Publishing Scotland


The other events in the series are:

You can download a PDF with links to registering for each of the events (Creative Conversations August 2020 PDF).


Photo Credits: Claire Armstrong (Armstrong), Cailean Maclean (Campbell)