Our President in 2016/17 was:

Stuart Kelly

He proposed the Toast to Sir Walter at our 108th Annual Dinner on 2nd March 2017 in the New Club, Edinburgh.

[Annual Dinner Photographs]

Stuart Kelly is a writer and critic, whose work includes The Book Of Lost Books, which sold in 17 countries, and Scott-Land: The Man Who Invented A Nation, which was a Radio 4 Book of the Week and longlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize. He was Literary Editor of Scotland on Sunday and his reviews appear regularly in the Scotsman, the Guardian, the Times Literary Supplement and the Spectator. He was a judge of the Man Booker Prize and the Granta Best of Young British Novelists in 2013. A regular broadcaster on Radio Scotland, Radio Four and Radio Three, he has recently written and presented a five part series on imaginary Scottish places, and filmed a documentary for BBC4 on the Secret History of Abbotsford. He regularly interviews authors for festivals across the country, and has recently written a new introduction to Scott's The Lady Of The Lake for Polygon / Birlinn."


Stuart has also given 2 lectures to the Club: 

2009: Stuart Kelly - Scott-Land: The Author Who Invented A Nation [text]

2008: Stuart Kelly - Scott and Satire [text]