Beyond Identity

New Horizons in Modern Scottish Poetry


In Beyond Identity, thirteen of Scotland’s best known poets reflect upon the theoretical, practical and political considerations involved in the act of writing. They furnish a unique guide to contemporary Scottish poetry, discussing a range of issues that include nationhood, education, language, religion, landscape, translation and identity. John Burnside, Robert Crawford, Douglas Dunn, Kathleen Jamie, Edwin Morgan, Kenneth White and others, together with such noted experimentalists as Frank Kuppner, Tom Leonard and Richard Price, explore questions about the relationship between social, economic and ecological realities and their poetic transformation. These interviews are set within the altered political context that followed from the re-establishment of a Scottish Parliament in 1999 and the potential of a renewed engagement with wider European culture.
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Biographical Note

Attila Dósa is Senior Lecturer at the Department of English at the University of Miskolc, in northern Hungary.

Review Quotes

”As Attila Dósa reminds us in this important collection of interviews with contemporary Scottish poets, Scottish poetry itself remains something of a problematic notion […]”- Ron Walker, University of Mainz, in: Scottish Literary Review 3.2, February 2012, pp. 259-61

Table of contents

Introduction: Scotland, Poetry and Other Realities
Edwin Morgan: Our Man in Glasgow
Douglas Dunn: A Different Drummer
Robert Crawford: The Emphatic Soul
John Burnside: Poets and Other Animals
Kathleen Jamie: More Than Human
Don Paterson: The Music of Consciousness
Tom Leonard: The Sound of Poetry
Frank Kuppner: The Pragmatism of Profundity
W.N. Herbert: The Poetry Game
Kate Clanchy: The Sister Art
Kenneth White: A Strategist of Mutation
Aonghas Macneacail: Land, Language, Memory
Richard Price: Signage on the Super Highway


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