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Poetry appreciation

EDINBURGH: Ian Hamilton Finlay: Little Fields, Long Horizons

Date: Thursday 13 July, 2017 - Friday 14 July, 2017
Time: 12:00 AM
Price: TBA
Venue address:
Edinburgh University, 50 George Square, Edinburgh EH8 9LH

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Ian Hamilton Finlay: Little Fields, Long Horizons

University of Edinburgh 13-14 July 2017, with an associated event at Little Sparta, 15 July.
Submission deadline 10th March 2017. Supported by the British Academy. For further event details, including our provisional programme, and to register, visit our symposium website or contact

This two-day symposium will explore new critical and interdisciplinary perspectives on the Scottish poet, artist and avant-gardener Ian Hamilton Finlay (1925-2006). As Finlay’s reputation worldwide continues to grow a decade after his death, we wish to ask searching questions about the boundaries of his practice, its philosophical, political and cultural dimensions, and its legacies and affinities across a range of media, disciplines and geographical boundaries. A number of attendees will also have the chance to visit Finlay’s poet’s garden at Little Sparta in the Pentland Hills for an event in its new workshop space.


Susan Stewart, Princeton University

Stephen Bann, University of Bristol

Drew Milne, University of Cambridge

Topics for discussion include, but are not limited to:
Finlay and late modernism(s)
Little Sparta and ecology
Finlay and poetics, including objectivist/concrete/visual/new-media poetics
Finlay and visual/conceptual art
Finlay in context: encompassing movements/milieus/cultures; associated figures
Finlay and the political, including Finlay as revolutionary/counter-revolutionary, Finlay and the French Revolution, Finlay and the Third Reich
“Flytings” and “Battles” as aspects of avant-garde practice
Finlay as collaborator/Finlay’s collaborators
Finlay and European romanticism
Finlay and the (nuclear) sublime
Neo-classical and pre-Socratic re-armaments
Finlay and (inter)nationalism
Finlay and Northern Renaissances
Wild Hawthorn Press and small-press publishing as creative practice
Finlay and landscape architecture/garden design
Ongoing and contemporary creative responses to Finlay’s work

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