The Annual Dinner of the Club is held in May each year at which the President delivers a toast to the memory of Sir Walter. Among other meetings there is a Joint Lecture with the University of Edinburgh English Dept where we award our [Scottish Literary Studies Medal]
These events will be posted onto this website and our YouTube channel on the dates below.
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed all our lives and curtailed many of our freedoms. Inevitably, it has limited and suppressed many social events like concerts, sport and worship. The two online events which the Club is offering with Dr Lucy Wood and Kirsty Archer-Thompson & Professor David Purdie are entirely due to the creative imagination and planning of Dr Michael Wood and Lee Simpson. As the current chairman, I’m most grateful to Lucy, Kirsty and David for agreeing to present in a video, but I also want to say that none of this could even be thought about without the hard work, skill and patience of Lee who helps the Club in more ways than I could count. And thank you, too, to Michael whose suggestion all of this was.Iain Torrance (Chairman)
Saturday 15th August. Colloquium on Ivanhoe an online talk with Prof. David Purdie discussing the rationale and practice of his abridged edition of Ivanhoe and also with Kirsty Archer-Thompson giving us an exclusive guide to the artefacts held at Abbotsford relating to Ivanhoe
Thursday 10th September. Scenes from the Waverley Novels, a video tour of sites in the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh with Dr Lucy Wood
Monday 21st September, 12:30pm Laying a Wreath at Dryburgh Abbey with Alasdair Hutton, OBE TD (IMPORTANT: Book the 11am-12noon entry slot via the HS website [LINK])
Thursday 15th October Scott’s Short Stories a Joint Lecture with Edinburgh University English Department with Dr. Daniel Cooke
Thursday 12th November, The Waverley Phenomenon and Material Imagination an online talk with Lillian Elliot. She will discuss the afterlives of both Abbotsford and the Waverley novels in nineteenth-century illustrations.
Date for your diary: 111th Annual Dinner Sir Tom Devine will propose the Toast to Sir Walter on 6th May 2021
If you have booked a ticket for an event that was cancelled earlier in the year, then please keep your tickets as a credit note to redeem against a future event or contact the Hon. Treasurer for a refund.