Scotland’s Future: Independence, culture, and the art of negation



On 26 November, the Scottish Government launched its White Paper on independence. Here, Stirling English lecturer Scott Hames looks at how it approaches the arts, and asks what Hugh MacDiarmid would make of Scotland’s Future.

Some months ago it was hinted that a lyrical preamble to the White Paper might be commissioned from a writer such as William McIlvanney. A Scottish government source reasoned that ‘to win independence we need prose to inform, but also poetry to inspire’. Well, there is no preamble and no poetry. But the foursquare prosings of this document are unlikely to surprise or disappoint many in Scotland’s artistic community. … There may be no lofty verses, but writers and dramatists have left their mark in other, more bruising ways. Continue reading at Open Democracy.

Scott Hames co-convenes the Stirling MLitt in Modern Scottish Writing, and is the editor of Unstated: Writers on Scottish Independence. He is Chair of the Centre for Scottish Studies.