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A Conversation about Scotland and the Arctic

Rutherford McCowan Building Dumfries


A Conversation about Scotland and the Arctic

 Rutherford McCowan Building, Dumfries, DG1 4ZL

 Sat 19th October 2019



As part of the celebrations marking 20 years of the University of Glasgow in Dumfries the School of Interdisciplinary Studies is collaborating with A Year of Conversation 2019 and The Scottish International Storytelling Centre with a range of partner organisations, to host Scotland and the Arctic: A Conversation.
The history of Scotland's relationship to the Arctic has been one of exploration and exploitation. The undoubted heroism of early Polar explorers, such as Dumfries-born Sir John Richardson, has to be seen alongside the remorseless work of the whalers from east coast ports like Dundee and Aberdeen.

Participants will include:

  • Jessie Kleeman, Greenlandic performance artist and writer (
  • Canadian storytellers Dawn McFarlane, Director of the Toronto Storytelling Festival, and Louise Profeit-LeBlanc, a traditional Storyteller from the Nacho Nyak Dän First Nation of the Yukon Territory in Northern Canada
  • Jane Rushton, artist from Mallaig who has painted in the Arctic
  • Francesco Bertoldi, Senior Policy Advisor leading on the Scottish Government's Arctic Policy Framework
  • Paula Williams, Curator of Maps, Mountaineering and Polar Collections, National Library of Scotland
  • Ted Cowan, Emeritus Professor of Scottish History, University of Glasgow
  • David Borthwick, Lecturer in Eco-Literature and Programme Director of the MLitt Environment, Culture and Communication at the School of Interdisciplinary Studies

The event will run from 10.00am to 4.30pm on Saturday 19 October at the School of Interdisciplinary Studies, Rutherford - McCowan Building on the Crichton Campus, Dumfries.

Tickets cost just £30 for the day (£20 concessions) and include a light lunch as well as an opportunity to take part in a compelling conversation with creative contributors from around the world. The conversation will end with consideration of the question: Where now for Scotland and the Arctic?
This conversation is just one event in a wider programme taking place between Monday 7 and Sunday 20 October 2019.

It is presented by A YEAR OF CONVERSATION 2019, in partnership with:
· Scottish International Storytelling Festival
· Moat Brae National Centre for Children's Literature and Storytelling
· School of Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Glasgow
· WWT Caerlaverock Wetlands Centre
· Robert Burns Film Theatre
· Highlight Arts
· The Stove Network
· Scottish Natural Heritage
· Crichton Foundation


Tickets available at the Midsteeple Box Office on 01387 253383 or online here at

Opening Times:

Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 4pm
Saturday 10am to 1.30pm






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