Poetic Politics

Culture and the 2014 Scottish Independence Referendum



‘Poetic Politics: Culture and the 2014 Scottish Independence Referendum, One Year On’ was a one-day, inter-institutional, publicly engaged symposium. It focused on the cultural response to the referendum, particularly through the medium of poetry.From million pound donations to public poetry displays, the 2014 Scottish Independence Referendum inspired us to rethink the role of the artist in political life. One year following the vote, we ask how artists shaped politics, how politics shaped art, and how Scotland has been affected by this cultural movement.

The conference was held on Wednesday, Sep. 23rd, 2015 in the Boardroom of the National Library of Scotland (NLS) in Edinburgh, with a connected evening performance event at a nearby venue (location pending). The objective of the symposium is to bring together people from different aspects of engagement with the referendum—academia, arts, politics, etc.—to discuss how the cultural sector affected the referendum campaigns and to evaluate the legacy of artistic engagement with the campaigns one year on. Poetic Politics is designed as an inter-university, inter-institution project involving the University of Strathclyde, the University of Glasgow, and the National Library of Scotland. To see the full lineup of speakers and events at the conference, please see the Schedule page of our website.

As a result of the positive response to the conference, the book Aiblins: New Scottish Political Poetry was conceived. This book contains new poetry on a range of political themes from poets with connections to Scotland. You can order a copy by clicking here.

For more information please contact Sarah Paterson at sarah.poeticpolitics@gmail.com and/or Katie Ailes at kathryn.poeticpolitics@gmail.com or use the Contact form on this website.


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