Workshop: Scottish Emigrant Literatures in the Long Nineteenth Century (14 March 2015)

Saturday 14 March 2015, University of Stirling

This workshop is funded by the Division of Literature and Languages, University of Stirling. Registration is free but numbers are limited: participants should contact Kirstie Blair at to reserve a place.

Draft Programme

9-10am Coffee

10-12 Session 1

Kirstie Blair (University of Stirling), ‘Emigrant Poetry and the Scottish Popular Press in the Victorian Period’

Mary Ellis Gibson (University of Glasgow), ‘John Leyden: Poetry, Patronage and Linguistic Cosmopolitanism in India’

Jason R. Rudy (University of Maryland), ‘Sounding the Scottish Diaspora’

12-1 Lunch

1-2:15 Session 2

Marjory Harper (University of Aberdeen), ‘Adventure or Exile? The Scottish Emigrant in Fiction’

Honor Rieley (University of Oxford), ‘Superfluous Persons or Empire Builders?: Debating Emigration in the Scottish Romantic Novel and the Periodical Press’

2:15-2:45 Coffee

2:45 – 4 Session 3

Julia Reid (University of Leeds), ‘“O, why left I my hame?”: Robert Louis Stevenson and Scottish Emigration Narratives’

Lesley C. Robinson (Northumbria University), ‘“The arrival of the mail!”: Emigrant correspondence between Scotland and Asia’

4-5 Session 4

Concluding remarks by Tanya Agathocleous (Hunter College, CUNY) and general discussion.

Participants are invited to join the speakers for drinks and dinner in Bridge of Allan after the close of the workshop.

Poetry Podcast: Robert Burns, ‘To A Mouse’


Happy New Year!  Here is the first in a series of Scottish poetry podcasts from Dr Scott Hames and Professor Kirstie Blair. More episodes will appear on this blog in the next week or so.

These podcasts are informal conversations, not expert scholarship; they record our mutual encounter with the poem ‘on the spot’, rather than presenting a polished or rehearsed analysis. They are intended for senior school pupils and beginning undergraduates, though we hope all readers, students and teachers can find something worthwhile in them. Thanks to all those who offered suggestions as to which poems we should discuss.


  • Robert Burns, ‘To A Mouse’

Read ‘To A Mouse’ online (new window)
View notes on the poem