George Mackay Brown and the Scottish Catholic Imagination

Join us for the launch of Dr Linden Bicket’s new book, George Mackay Brown and the Scottish Catholic Imagination.

5pm, Thursday 9th November

Martin Hall at the School of Divinity

New College, University of Edinburgh

The launch will be introduced by Ron Ferguson and Dr Alison Jack, with a drinks reception to follow.

This lively new study is the very first book to offer an absorbing history of the uncharted territory that is Scottish Catholic fiction. For Scottish Catholic writers of the twentieth century, faith was the key influence on both their artistic process and creative vision. This timely book reveals that Brown’s Catholic imagination extended far beyond the ‘small green world’ of Orkney and ultimately embraced a universal human experience.

Ron Ferguson is an award-winning journalist, author of George Mackay Brown: The Wound and the Gift, and writes for The Herald, The Press & Journal and Life & Work among other publications. Previously, he was leader of the Iona Community and minister of St Magnus Cathedral on Orkney, where he lives.

Dr Alison Jack is an expert on the interaction of Scottish and English fiction of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries with the Bible and other sacred texts. She is author of Scottish Fiction as Gospel Exegesis: Four Case Studies, and The Bible and Literature.

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