Sir Walter Scott in Schools

The Edinburgh Walter Scott Club, the Faculty of Advocates, Abbotsford, and the Association for Scottish Literary Studies have great pleasure in inviting interested teachers to a FREE conference on Sir Walter Scott in Schools.

The purpose of this conference is to promote the study of the works of Walter Scott in the curriculum of Scotland’s schools and colleges. It will be held in the Conference Room of the MacKenzie Building, Old Assembly Close, 172 High Street, Edinburgh EH1 1QX on Saturday, 6 June 2015. Tea and coffee and a buffet lunch will be provided.

— Programme —

10:00 a.m. Coffee & Welcome

10:30 The importance of Sir Walter Scott and his work today (James Robertson)

11:15 Scott’s poetry in the lower secondary school (Martin Philip)

11:50 Coffee

12:15 Scott’s short story “The Two Drovers” (Douglas Gifford)

(It would be helpful if delegates could make themselves familiar with this story beforehand)

1:00 p.m. LUNCH

1:50 Scott and Art (Murdo Macdonald)

2:30 Dramatising “Lochinvar” (Rose Johnston)

2:50 The education programme at Abbotsford, the home of Sir Walter Scott (Kirsty Archer-Thompson)

3:10 Panel session: teaching approaches and available resources

3:30 End of conference


This event is free but places MUST be reserved in advance.


Please contact the ASLS office by Friday 29 May to book your place:


ASLS, Scottish Literature, 7 University Gardens,

University of Glasgow, Glasgow G12 8QH


Tel: 0141 330 5309



or book online at


Kirsty Archer-Thompson is Heritage and Engagement Manager to the Abbotsford Trust

Douglas Gifford is Emeritus Professor of Scottish Literature at the University of Glasgow and Honorary Librarian of Sir Walter Scott’s library, Abbotsford.

Rose Johnston is a teacher of drama who has developed Scott themes in school work.

Martin Philip is a tutor in the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures at the University of Edinburgh.

Murdo Macdonald is Professor of History of Scottish Art at the University of Dundee.

James Robertson is an author and poet. His works to date include The FanaticJoseph KnightThe Testament of Gideon MackAnd the Land Lay Still and The Professor of Truth.

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