Stuart Kelly: Walter Scott, Writer of the Future?
- Fri 20 Aug 11:30 - 12:30
- Baillie Gifford Theatre (in West Court)
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Walter Scott had more impact than any other author on this country. Quite simply, he reimagined Scotland. Previously conceptualised by the likes of Samuel Johnson as ‘primitive’, with a landscape that was ‘horrid’, by the time Scott was done Scotland was ‘sublime’. Scott is sometimes sneered at for creating an overly-romanticised ‘tartan and shortbread’ view of Scotland but when Stuart Kelly wrote about the author’s long shadow in his book Scott-Land, he subtitled it The Man Who Invented A Nation. If anything, that was an underestimation. Scott did not just reinvent what we think of as Scotland; but to some extent England as well. Caroline McCracken-Flesher argues that the tales Scott told, however romanticised, also provided for a national future in her book Possible Scotlands: Walter Scott and the Story of Tomorrow. So, 250 years after his birth, does Scott deserve his slightly tarnished reputation? Join Stuart Kelly and Caroline McCracken-Flesher to hear more.
This is a live event, with an author Q&A. If buying a ticket to watch the event in-person, some of the participants of this event will be on stage, and some will take part remotely and you'll see them on a large screen in the venue. After the event, Stuart Kelly will be doing an in-person book signing on the Festival site.