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Celebrating Elizabeth Melville and the voices of Scottish women
on 21st June 2014
Elizabeth Melville, Lady Culross was the first Scotswoman to see her work in print with the publication of her mini-epic 'Ane Godlie Dreame' in 1603. It quickly became a best-seller, right down to 1737.
Join us for a day of celebration - events outlined below.
Don't miss out on other events in May and June, leading up to the 21st of June! More information available below.
Flagstone Unveiling - 11.30am
Professor Greer will unveil an inscribed flagstone commemorating Elizabeth Melville (c.1578-c.1640). The quotation from "Ane Godlie Dreame" inscribed on the flagstone reads
'Though tyrants threat, though Lyons rage and rore, Defy them all, and feare not to win out.'
Location: Edinburgh’s Makars’ Court, beside the Writers' Museum, Lady Stair’s Close, Lawnmarket, EH1 2PA
FREE EVENT OPEN TO ALL
Riddle's Court Reception - 12 Noon - 1.30pm
Join the Reception with Professor Greer at 16th Century Riddle's Court, 322 Lawnmarket EH1 2PG.
Booking essential. Tickets £12 (includes buffet lunch and glass of wine). Will also feature music and poetry of the period.
Symposium "Defy them all, and feare not to win out" - 2pm to 5pm
Augustine United Church, 41 George IV Bridge, EH1 1EL
Germaine Greer, novelist James Robertson, poet Meg Bateman and Rev. Dr. Janet Foggie will discuss Melville, Scottish women writers and (female) spirituality with the audience in thinking about the forgotten voices of Scottish women. The discussion will be chaired by Dr Jamie Reid-Baxter, Melville's editor, and the afternoon will be punctuated by live performances of Melville's words, by Eleanor Hubbard (soprano) and Eric Thomas (lute - pictured above).
Tickets £8 - available on the door
Ane Midsimmar Nichts Godlie Dreame - Choral Concert - 7.30pm to 9.15pm
High Kirk of St Giles, Royal Mile
Performance by the vocal ensemble Sang Scule, directed by James Hutchinson. During the concert in Edinburgh's most historic kirk, Germaine Greer and Meg Bateman will each read a sonnet by Elizabeth Melville. All five of the poet's songs will be sung by the choir, embedded in a thrilling sequence of music from the Scottish Reformation: the great psalm of defiance, "Now Israel may say..." (Ps.124), and beautiful choral settings of poetry by George Buchanan, James Melville and Alexander Montgomerie.
Tickets £10 / £5 (concessions)
Tickets available at the door, on the night.
From Monday 16th June to Friday 27th June 2014 (9-5, weekdays only)
Elizabeth Melville Display in New College Library
From Monday 16th June to Friday 27th June 2014 (9-5, weekdays only) there will be manuscript and printed work by Elizabeth Melville on display in the beautiful library of New College, on the Mound.
Access free to all.
Copies of 'Poems of Elizabeth Melville, Lady Culross' Edited by Jamie Reid-Baxter can be purchased online at Wordpower Books or by visiting 43-45 W Nicolson St, Edinburgh, Midlothian EH8 9DB. Alternatively, call 0131 662 9112 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
11.30 - 12.00 Unveiling
12.00 - 13.30 Reception
14.00 - 17.00 Symposium
19.30 - 21.15 Choral ConcertFirst printed in 1603, Ane Godlie Dreame was a best-seller. Image reproduced by permission of the National Library of Scotland.
About the day
The organisers would also like to thank The Saltire Society and the City of Edinburgh Council for their support.
Riddle's Court Visuals courtesy of http://www.shbt.org.uk/