Arts of Independence

The cultural argument and why it matters most

By Alexander Moffat Alan Riach

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Arts of Independence takes a hard look at the most neglected aspect of the argument for Scotland's distinctive national identity: the arts.

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Luath Press takes its name from Robert Burns, whose little collie Luath (Gael., swift or nimble) tripped up Jean Armour at a wedding and gave him the chance to speak to the woman who was to be his wife and the abiding love of his life. Burns called one of ' The Twa Dogs' Luath after Cuchullin's hunting dog in Ossian's Fingal. Luath Press was established in 1981 in the heart of Burns country, and is now based a few steps up the road from Burns' first lodgings on Edinburgh's Royal Mile.

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ALEXANDER (SANDY) MOFFAT RSA is an artist and teacher. Many of his paintings grace the walls of Scotland's National Portrait Gallery, including the well-known Poet's Pub and other portraits of significant Scottish writers. Born in Dunfermline in 1943, he studied painting at Edinburgh College of Art. He was the Director of New 57 Gallery of Edinburgh 1968-78, later joining the staff of Glasgow School of Art, where he became Head of Painting 1992-2005.
ALAN RIACH is currently the professor and Chair of Scottish Literature, University of Glasgow. He was born in Airdrie in 1957, and studied English at Cambridge Universi-ty 1976-79. He completed his PhD in the Department of Scottish Literature at Glas-gow University in 1986. His academic career has included positions as a post-doctoral research fellow, senior lecturer, Associate Professor and Pro-Dean - Faculty of Arts, University of Waikato, New Zealand 1986-2000.

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Format Paperback
Imprint Luath Press Ltd
Publication Date 1 May 2014
ISBN 9781908373755
Number of Pages 240

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