Friday, 8 May 2015

Galt Society Commemoration

Today, the Society held its own commemoration at Galt's grave in Greenock. About 25 members gathered to see a wreath being laid by the award-winning author Andrew O'Hagan who spoke of how Galt had inspired him. A lament was played by fiddler Alison McNeill, below:

Members then enjoyed a lunch, hosted by Andrew, where they heard a talk on Galt's later novels by emeritus Professor of Scottish Literature, Douglas Gifford. We hope to put the text of that talk on the website in due course.

Andrew O'Hagan laying the wreath.

Our chair Prof. Gerry Carruthers welcomes the members.

Saturday, 2 May 2015

Galt's birthday Commemoration

Today is Galt's birthday.

Irvine Burns Club held a commemoration ceremony at his birthplace in Irvine. A wreath was laid by North Ayrshire Provost Joan Sturgeon (the modern successor to James Pawkie) and Society Chair Gerry Carruthers talked about the current resurgence of interest in the author. The wreath-laying was followed by a reception in the Club premises where guests could see Galt's letter, sent from Guelph in 1828, accepting the offer to become Irvine Burns Club's first honorary member. The Club also has a fine and extensive collection of Galt first editions.