A Place Apart: Thomas A. Clark Symposium

Join us at the Scottish Poetry Library in Edinburgh to reflect on the life and work of Thomas A. Clark. This symposium will cover themes of landscape, walking, and the possibilities of form in poetry and small press publishing. A day of papers, discussion, reading and artistic interventions in the form of delays, followed by a reading by Thomas A. Clark and Matthew Welton in the evening.  


The morning session will include:
• A showing of the film The Dawning of the Day by Thomas A Clark, realised by The Rhubaba Choir.
• A session of three 20 minute talks, with general & panel discussion
• A live performance of three fiddle tunes that have been the inspiration for works by Thomas A Clark
• A live conversation between Thomas A Clark and David Bellingham

The afternoon session will include:
• More live fiddle tunes
• A session of four 20 minute talks, with general & panel discussion
• A late afternoon ‘dusk’ walk to the Arthurs Seat area near to the Library

Throughout the day there will be
• Short readings from the Carmina Gadelica, and a range of poets of contextual relevance to the work of Thomas A Clark
• The launch of the new travelling exhibition A Box of Landscapes
• Displays of prints and poem objects
• Access to view the full Moschatel archive held by the Scottish Poetry Library
• The loop showing of a new film work, Silence.

The evening reading (6.30) features Thomas A Clark, reading with Matthew Welton.

This event has been organised in association with the Scottish Poetry Library, the Centre for Poetic Innovation, the University of Dundee, and the University of St Andrews.  Ailce Tarbuck is one of the organisers, and she is a doctoral candidate at the University of Dundee, where she is undertaking an AHRC collaborative doctorate with the Scottish Poetry Library, studying 'The Poetry & Practice of Thomas A. Clark'.

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