Our President for 2023/2024 is:

Penny Fielding

She will give the Toast to Sir Walter at our 114th Annual Dinner on 9th May 2024 in the New Club, Edinburgh.

Professor Penny Fielding is Grierson Chair of English Literature at the University of Edinburgh and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. She teaches Scottish literature of all periods, but particularly in the nineteenth century. Her books include Writing and Orality, Scotland and the Fictions of Geography and the Edinburgh Companion to Robert Louis Stevenson.  She edited Scott's The Monastery for the Edinburgh Edition of the Waverley Novels, and she is a General Editor of the New Edinburgh Edition of Robert Louis Stevenson for which she is preparing the first modern edition of The Dynamiter.  Penny is co-director of Edinburgh University's research group Scottish Writing in the Nineteenth Century (SWINC)  and she is currently writing a book on Fiction and Espionage in Scotland from Scott to Spark.