Beyond Story – an examination of the ‘authentic’ in fiction and poetry


Katie Ailes, University of Strathclyde

Dr Beatrice Colin, University of Strathclyde

Helen Foster, University of Strathclyde

Prof David Kinloch, University of Strathclyde

Stephen O’Shea, University of Strathclyde

This panel will look at the importance of ‘authenticity’ for creative writers from a number of different angles. In research-based fiction and poetry, what role do secondary sources such as oral histories, paintings and historical documents such as letters and photographs play? What else can oral history offer us as well as factual evidence and can it be considered a literary genre of sorts in its own right? And what right do we have to incorporate these personal stories into our own? How does an ‘old master’ speak? If the fiction is set in the past, why does historical accuracy matter? In performance poetry, what role does ‘authenticity’ play for both performer and audience? Alongside short readings of work-in-progress the panel also will explore and a range of strategies, ideas and cross-currents that have sprung from current work in the creative writing department at the University of Strathclyde.

Wednesday 5th July, 12.30