A Place Apart: Thomas A. Clark Symposium

A unique day of talks, readings, film, music, exhibition displays, and walking exploring the poetry & practice of Thomas A Clark and his imprint, Moschatel Press.

Join us for a stimulating day to reflect on themes of landscape, walking, and the possibilities of form in poetry and small press publishing. As well as talks and discussions, throughout the day there will be a series of short 'delays', or interventions, such as films, music, and short readings.

In association with the Centre for Poetic Innovation, Universities of Dundee 


Registration & refreshments from 9.30.

The morning session starting at 10.00 will include:
• A showing of the film The Dawning of the Day by Thomas A Clark, realised by The Rhubaba Choir.
• A session of three 20 minute talks, with general & panel discussion
• A live performance of three fiddle tunes that have been the inspiration for works by Thomas A Clark
• A live conversation between Thomas A Clark and David Bellingham

The afternoon session will include:
• More live fiddle tunes
• A session of four 20 minute talks, with general & panel discussion
• A late afternoon ‘dusk’ walk to the Arthurs Seat area near to the Library

Throughout the day there will be
• Short readings from the Carmina Gadelica, and a range of poets of contextual relevance to the work of Thomas A Clark
• The launch of the new travelling exhibition A Box of Landscapes
• Displays of prints and poem objects
• Access to view the full Moschatel archive held by the Scottish Poetry Library
• The loop showing of a new film work, Silence.

The evening reading (6.30) features Thomas A Clark, reading with Matthew Welton.

A light lunch menu will be provided by former chef Peter Amoore, and we will be offering refreshments during the day and wine with the evening reading.

Anyone interested in the work of Thomas A. Clark and these themes will be very welcome.

Speakers and readers:
Thomas A Clark was born in Greenock, Scotland. His poetry has been consistently attentive to form and to the experience of walking in the landscape, returning again and again to the lonely terrain of the Highlands and Islands. In 1973, with the artist Laurie Clark, he started Moschatel Press. At first a vehicle for small publications by Ian Hamilton Finlay, Cid Corman, Jonathan Williams, Simon Cutts and others, it soon developed into a means of formal investigation within his own poetry, treating the book as imaginative space, the page as a framing device or as quiet around an image or a phrase, the turning of pages as revelation or delay. From 1986, Laurie and Thomas A Clark have run Cairn Gallery, one of the earliest of ‘artist-run spaces’, specialising in Land Art, Minimalism and a lyrical or poetic Conceptualism. After many years in the Cotswolds, the Clarks moved in 2002 to re-open the gallery in Pittenweem. In addition to his books and smaller publications, Clark has also made site-specific installations in galleries, in gardens or in the landscape, and has many works in permanent collections world-wide.

Peter Amoore is an artist, Assistant Curator at Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop, and a member of Rhubaba Gallery and Studios.

David Bellingham is an artist and small press publisher. He publishes books, cards, photographs, prints and artist multiples through his imprint WAX366. He is a Research Fellow at Glasgow School of Art.

Emily Brady is Professor of Environment and Philosophy at Edinburgh University. Her most recent book is titled: The Sublime in Modern Philosophy: Aesthetics, Ethics, and Nature (2013).

David Farrier is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Literature, Languages and Culture at Edinburgh University. His research intersts include contemporary environmental writing and film.

Tom Jones is a member of the St Andrews  School of English, where his research interests focus on the relationship between theories of meaning and poetic practice.

Simone Kotva is a teaching fellow at the University of Gothenburg. Her research addresses the ascetic aspects of Theology, particularly in contemporary "new Stoicism" and eco-phenomenologies of perception.

Lila Matsumoto is a poet, fiddler and researcher at Edinburgh College of Art. She holds a doctorate from Edinburgh University on poets Gael Turnbull and Ian Hamilton Finlay, and is currently undertaking a practice-based PhD.

Iain Morrison is a poet and performer, and Enterprise Manager at The Fruitmarket Gallery in Edinburgh.

Andrew Roberts is Professor of Modern Literature at the University of Dundee. His research interests include contemporary poetry, especially Geoffrey Hill and avant-garde/'linguistically innovative' poetry.

Harriet Tarlo is a poet, editor and academic at Sheffield Hallam University. Her research interests include modernism and contemporary British and American experimental poetry.

Alice Tarbuck is writing a PhD on the work of Thomas A Clark at University of Dundee.

Matthew Welton is a poet and Assistant Professor in Creative Writing at the University of Nottingham. His collections include The Book of Matthew, and ‘We needed coffee but…’  (Carcanet Press)


7 May 2016 - 10:00am - 8:00pm


The Scottish Poetry Library, 5 Crichton's Close, Edinburgh, EH8 8DT


£25 (£20 concessions)

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0131 557 2876

Category: discussion, live readings, publishing, reading groups, SPL programme