World Congress of Scottish Literature

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference


    I co-organised a panel on Caribbean Scottish Connections for the World Congress of Scottish Literatures in Vancouver BC, June 2017.

    Carla Sassi (U of Verona) “Scotland and the Caribbean: The Strange Commerce of Nationalism and Memory”
    Michael Morris, “Multidirectional memory, Many Headed Hydras, and Scottish Slavery”
    Lou Prendergast (playwright, actress, director of Black Star Projects),“
    black star, black sheep, black dog, underdog, underling, underlying,
    lies, truths, empathy, love, light, luminously bright, deadly and dark, humble human beings”

    This included a special screening of Film Screening of 1745: An Untold Story of Slavery

    “1745highlights a forgotten part of Scotland’s history: while Scotland was fighting for its national freedom in that fateful year, its economy was in large part founded on the booming colonial slave trade. While the majority of slavery happened elsewhere off stage, across the Atlantic there were African slaves here, kept as trophies and pets in the houses of their rich merchant masters. 1745 was inspired by advertisements that writer, Morayo Akandé, discovered for runaway slaves, placed in
    Scottish newspapers of the time.”
    PeriodJun 2017
    Event typeConference
    LocationVancouver, United StatesShow on map
    Degree of RecognitionInternational