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The Beginning of Ulster-Scots Writing? The ‘Scotch Poems’ and The Ulster Miscellany

24th January – 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm



The inclusion of a section titled ‘Scotch Poems’ in the 1750s anthology The Ulster Miscellany marked a turning point in Ulster-Scots writing. This selection of verse embodied the development of a writing culture that embraces place and language in fresh and exciting ways and anticipated new, positive approaches to thinking about the Scots language in Ireland.

Join us for this year’s Andrew Gibson Memorial Lecture with Dr Frank Ferguson. Highlighting a pivotal moment in Ulster-Scots writing, the inclusion of ‘Scotch Poems’ within this anthology marked a transformative shift. Dr Ferguson will explore how this signified the evolution of a vibrant writing culture. The lecture promises to contextualize and celebrate the cultural significance of The Ulster Miscellany’s contribution to the literary landscape.

About Dr Frank Ferguson

Dr Frank Ferguson is the Director of the Centre for Irish and Scottish Studies at Ulster University. He has over fifteen years’ experience as a researcher and teacher in literary studies and creative writing. He joined Ulster University in 2005 as a Research Associate at the Institute of Ulster Scots Studies and became a lecturer in 2010. Before then he had taught at Queen’s University Belfast. From May 2023, Dr Ferguson has been a member of the Board of Governors of The Linen Hall.


24th January
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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