An illustrated lecture by Professor Fred Freeman.
Hamish Henderson is one of Scotland’s greatest cultural figures of the past 20th century. Poet, songwriter, intellectual and much more, Henderson is a man who accepted the surrender of Italy during WW II, won the Somerset Maugham Prize for his war elegies, and was a prime mover for the founding The School of Scottish Studies. His songs were sung by British soldiers and Italian partisans in the field of battle during WW II and by the freedom fighters of S. Africa throughout the 1960s. His achievements have been fully acknowledged by Nelson Mandela, Montale, Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan, E. P. Thomson and others.
Drawing examples from his published essays and CD tribute album, Professor Fred Freeman’s talk considers one of the outstanding figures of the 20th century.
Professor Fred Freeman – Professor of Scottish Music, The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland – is a graduate of Aberdeen and Edinburgh universities and was Senior Associate Member of St Antony’s College, University of Oxford for two years. He is author of numerous books and articles on Scottish literature, Scots language, folk music and history; he was formally recognised by the ASLS with a lifetime Honorary Fellowship in 2014.
Edinburgh, EH8 8DT