The first Writers’ Conference, which took place in the McEwan Hall in August 1962, can be regarded as a seminal moment in Scotland’s literary renaissance. John Calder organised it with the assistance of Jim Haynes and at this event, filmed at the 2012 Edinburgh International Book Festival, they discuss their memories of those five heady days. Eleanor Bell and Angela Bartie, heading up a Strathclyde University research project on the Conference, explain their attempts to disentangle the myths from the realities of the famous Edinburgh events.
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