A Defiant Scottish Renaissance
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About the Event
In 2016 Dr Stead found a photo in a Moscow archive. It had been taken in 1952 and alongside a few Soviet writers and Doris Lessing were two figures he did not recognise, one was the Scottish author and social activist Naomi Mitchison (1897-1999) and the other was the Scots poet, classical scholar and former SNP leader, Douglas Young (1913-1973). In this paper, Dr Stead will introduce the classical writings of these two writers, with whom he is now better acquainted, and another Scottish classicist, the radical novelist known to most as Lewis Grassic Gibbon (1901–1935).
Dr Henry Stead is Lecturer in Latin at the University of St Andrews. He is co-author of A People's History of Classics (2020) and author of A Cockney Catullus (2015). His collaborative research project, Brave New Classics, explores the relationship between Greek and Roman culture and communism.