A complete recording of the opening seminar of the second season of the Emerging Critics programme is now available. Held at the National Library of Scotland on April 25th, 2018, the seminar saw a group of sixteen new participants and mentors gather for panel discussions on the present and future of arts criticism in Scotland.
Chaired by Jan Rutherford and supported by Creative Scotland, the event began with reflections on criticism from Rosemary Goring, author and literary editor of the Herald and Sunday Herald and Alan Bett, Literature Officer at Creative Scotland. SRB founding editor Alan Taylor spoke about his career as a journalist and critic, taking audience questions. The session was rounded off by a discussion of digital criticism and careers in literature between Laura Waddell, a participant in the 2016-2017 programme, and Alan Taylor.
The complete recording is 130 minutes, with the running order as follows:
- Welcome and Introduction by Jan Rutherford, 0.00-2.52
- Rosemary Goring, 2.52-8:27
- Alan Bett, 8.28-11.38
- Alan Taylor, 11.39-1.07.02
- Laura Waddell in discussion with Alan Taylor, 1.07.52-end