Event: Jean Urquhart MSP to Chair Festival of Politics Event

Scottish poets George Gunn, Aonghas MacNeacail and Janet Paisley will take part in a debate on the place of poetry in politics at this year’s Festival of Politics. This year’s festival includes a four-day programme of politics, music, art, theatre, literature and debate. The session, titled “What Place for Poetry in Politics?”, will be an opportunity to debate with some of Scotland’s most highly respected writers and poets, with the discussion focusing particularly on the place of poetry in contemporary politics, if it matters in today’s society and the impact of political poetry on influencing change.

Jean Urquhart, MSP for the Highlands and Islands region, will chair the session, she said:

“Writers and poets have always played an important part in recording our history and folk probably don’t always acknowledge that. 

“A good example for the Scottish Parliament of course, was when Sheena Wellington sang, ‘A Man’s A Man’, Burns famous poem, at the official opening in 1999.  

“But where stands the poet today?  Are they revolutionaries?  Can they influence us, should they influence us? 

“A welcome awaits those who will come along, listen to and chew the fat with three of Scotland’s fine poets who have a great deal to say on the subject.”

The session, ‘What Place for Poetry in Politics’ will take place on 25 August at 15.30-16.30 in the Scottish Parliament and is free of charge.

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Event: What Place for Poetry in Politics?”

Jean will be chairing an event at the Scottish Parliament’s Festival of Politics on August 25th. Called “What Place for Poetry in Politics?”, Jean will discuss the role played by poetry in shaping politics with leading Scottish poets and cultural figures Aonghas MacNeacail, Janet Paisley and George Gunn. For tickets and more information, please visit: http://www.festivalofpolitics.org.uk/165.htm

Press Release: MSP to Chair Festival of Politics Event at Holyrood (June 22nd)

Highlands and Islands list MSP Jean Urquhart is to chair one of the events taking place this August under the “Festival of Politics” banner.

Ms Urquhart, an SNP MSP who stays in Ullapool, will chair the “What Place for Poetry in Politics?” discussion on Saturday 25 August at the Scottish Parliament, which will examine political poetry and its relevance today. Poets Aonghas MacNeacail, Janet Paisley and George Gunn will help assess how political songs and poems have effected change worldwide, and whether its impact is as strong today as it has been in the past.

Ms Urquhart, a member of the Parliament’s Education and Culture Committee and a lifetime patron of the arts, commented:

“This year’s Festival of Politics, which will explore the links between politics, culture and creativity under its ‘Force for Positive Change’ banner, will hold great personal and professional interest for me.

“I am delighted to have the opportunity to chair this discussion on how culture can inform our politics, which is just one of many thought-provoking debates taking place in August.

“From Hugh MacDiarmid to Edwin Morgan, Scottish poets have more than held their own at the crossroads between politics and culture, and have shaped our national debates over the generations.

 “I hope that as many people as possible take the opportunity to attend one or more of these events over the two weekends in August, and that they will inform our current national debate over what path Scotland should take.”

Press Release: MSP to Chair Festival of Politics Event at Holyrood (June 22nd)

Highlands and Islands list MSP Jean Urquhart is to chair one of the events taking place this August under the “Festival of Politics” banner.

Ms Urquhart, an SNP MSP who stays in Ullapool, will chair the “What Place for Poetry in Politics?” discussion on Saturday 25 August at the Scottish Parliament, which will examine political poetry and its relevance today. Poets Aonghas MacNeacail, Janet Paisley and George Gunn will help assess how political songs and poems have effected change worldwide, and whether its impact is as strong today as it has been in the past.

Ms Urquhart, a member of the Parliament’s Education and Culture Committee and a lifetime patron of the arts, commented:

“This year’s Festival of Politics, which will explore the links between politics, culture and creativity under its ‘Force for Positive Change’ banner, will hold great personal and professional interest for me.

“I am delighted to have the opportunity to chair this discussion on how culture can inform our politics, which is just one of many thought-provoking debates taking place in August.

“From Hugh MacDiarmid to Edwin Morgan, Scottish poets have more than held their own at the crossroads between politics and culture, and have shaped our national debates over the generations.

 “I hope that as many people as possible take the opportunity to attend one or more of these events over the two weekends in August, and that they will inform our current national debate over what path Scotland should take.”