Media Release: Pre-election ‘flyting’ with Owen Dudley Edwards and Rab Wilson

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ON Monday 4 May, three days before the General Election, Luath Press at TradFest presents a Pre-Election Flyting with Owen Dudley Edwards and Rab Wilson.

Says a spokesperson: “Everything is up for debate. The currency of evasion and obfuscation that people have come to expect at conventional hustings for Westminster elections will be declared counterfeit. ‘Happy warriors’ in the audience will join the fray.

“Flyting is a Scottish tradition of verbal contest consisting of the exchange of insults, sometimes conducted in verse, between two parties.

“The flyting tradition will be fully honoured – Owen Dudley Edwards, master of polemic, and poet, Rab Wilson, whose braw Scots tung is legendary, will respond to opinions, policies and ’vows’.”

Luath Press hosted ReferendumFest 2014, an open forum for voices pro- and anti-independence. In 2015, Luath continues its commitment to publishing books that stimulate informed – and sometimes irreverent – political and social debate.

Owen Dudley Edwards is the author of How David Cameron Saved Scotland and wrote the forward to Dave Does the Right Thing. Rab Wilson is the author of numerous poetry collections, including A Map for the Blind, Accent O the Mind and (with Calum Colvin) Burnsiana.

Luath Press events at Tradfest:

Pre-Election Flyting. Owen Dudley Edwards and Rab Wilson. 6.30pm–8pm Monday 4 May. Venue: Scottish Storytelling Centre, 43-45 High Street, Edinburgh EH1 1SR. ( to book).

Edinburgh Old Town: Journeys and Evocations. Donald Smith and Stuart McHardy. 2.00pm Wednesday 29 April. Venue: National Library of Scotland, George IV Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1EW. (Fully booked).

JD Fergusson’s Modern Scottish Painting. Alexander Moffat and Alan Riach. 6.30pm Wednesday 29 April. Venue: Word Power Books, 43-45 West Nicolson Street, Edinburgh EH8 9DB. ( to book).

Scotland’s Future History. Stuart McHardy. 6.30pm Thursday 30 April. Venue: Blackwell’s Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1YS. ( to book).

Scotia Nova. Poems for the Early Days of a Better Nation. Various. 6.30pm Monday 5 May. Venue: Blackwell’s Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1YS. ( to book).

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