Events - Festival 2018

Past & Present

Saturday 4 March, 11:30 - 12:30
The Town Hall, Queens Gardens - Council Chamber

Jackie Kay on Nan Shepherd
Michelle Cahill on Judith Wright

Our Past & Present sessions offer an insight into the work of some favourite past poets. In this session, poets Jackie Kay and Michelle Cahill talk about two poets whose work was inspired by their love of the great outdoors.

Nan Shepherd (1893-1981) was a woman truly ahead of her time. After graduating from university in 1915, she was an inspiring teacher with a feminist slant which was by no means the norm. In addition to a number of novels, she published one collection of poetry, In the Cairngorms, about the region she knew, loved and climbed. Jackie Kay, the Scots Makar, delves into Shepherd’s work.

Michelle Cahill, meanwhile, will talk about Judith Wright, a prolific Australian poet and writer, whose poems echoed her advocacy for environmental rights and social justice. Wright (1915-2000) was well-known as a campaigner for the land rights of the Aboriginal population, and she founded one of Australia’s earliest conservation movements.

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. Supported by EventScotland and part of Scotland’s Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology 2017

Michelle Cahill: Nicola Bailey
Jackie Kay: Mary McCartney


Council Chamber – The Town Hall, Queens Gardens

Location: At the top of Queens Gardens, on the corner with South Street

Includes: Council Chamber, Supper Room, Auditorium/Public Hall, Fife Contemporary foyer

Right in the centre of St Andrews, The Town Hall...