2024 Pluscarden Pentecost Lectures

Scottish Catholic Literature
And the ‘transfiguration of the commonplace’
Four talks by Dr Linden Bicket

A series of public lectures to be given at Pluscarden Abbey, Elgin
21st – 23rd May 2024

While the ‘golden age’ of the English Catholic novel is frequently documented by scholars, and new studies of Greene and Waugh’s literary Catholicism continue to be published, the story of Scottish Catholic literature in the twentieth century is only beginning to be told. This series of lectures will chart the lives and work of a select group of Scottish Catholic writers in the modern era. Lectures will consider the ways in which Scottish Catholic poetry and prose interacts with and departs from the conventions of the most canonical examples of Catholic creative writing. This survey will explore the rich sacramental and incarnational heart of works informed by the literary imaginaries of some of Scotland’s most famous, and critically neglected Catholic writers over the last hundred years.

1. Tuesday 21st May at 15:00 –  Faithful Fictions: what is Catholic Literature?

2. Wednesday 22nd May at 10:30 – George and Ann Scott-Moncrieff

3.  Wednesday 22nd May at 15:00 – George Friel and Muriel Spark

4. Thursday 23rd May at 10:30 – George Mackay Brown

There is no charge for these lectures and all are welcome to attend.

To register for the talks, make further enquiries, or book accommodation, please write to: Pentecost Lectures, Pluscarden Abbey, ELGIN, Moray IV30 8UA enclosing SAE; fax 01343 890258; or email guestmaster@pluscardenabbey.org


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