Events - Festival 2020

Return to Brownsbank

Thursday 5 March, 10:00 - Sunday 8 March, 22:00
Byre Theatre, Abbey Street - Conference Room

James Robertson reflects on MacDiarmid, in a film by Carolyn Scott and Andy Sim with music by Steven Gellatly

A quarter of a century after he lived there, the author James Robertson comes back to Brownsbank, former home of Hugh MacDiarmid, one of 20th-century Scotland’s greatest cultural figures. The two years Robertson spent in the tiny cottage near Biggar were life changing. In this short film, he reflects on MacDiarmid’s legacy, and the continuing significance of a seemingly insignificant place both for himself and for the nation.

This film will be shown at StAnza as part of our film programme in which a number of films are played on a loop, as well as during a Meet the Artist event at 14:15 on Sunday 8 March at which James Robertson, Steven Gellatly, Carolyn Scott and Andy Sim will talk about the project.

In screening this film, we would like to draw attention to efforts to raise money to restore Brownsbank. More information on this can be found at the Brownbank website

Steven Gellatly: Carolyn Scott
James Robertson: Marianne Mitchelson
Carolyn Scott: Saskia Robertson
Andy Sim: Carolyn Scott


Byre Theatre, Abbey Street – Conference Room

Location: At the top of Abbey Street off the east end of South Street. Also accessible from the Byre Close, off South Street.

Includes: Auditorium, Studio Theatre, Conference Room, foyers, Café Bar &...