The Alan Bruford Memorial Lecture, Scottish International Storytelling Festival 2016


‘The Space Between is Where the Maysie Lives’: Presence, Imagination and Experience in the Traditional Ballad

This year I was deligthed to give the annual Alan Bruford Memoral Lecture at the Scottish International Storytelling Festival of Dreams 2016.

"Dr Mairi McFadyen invites us to reflect on the magic and power of stories in song. Words and music, singer and listener, past and present fuse together in the “ballad experience” sending shivers up the spine and unlocking layers of imagination, memory and meaning. Mairi will draw on her research with Travellers and ballad singers, featuring archive material from the School of Scottish Studies Archives. This lecture is held in memory of Alan Bruford, folklore scholar and archivist."

The sound quality for the first few minutes is not great, but does improve after 2.06 mins in! Introduction by Professor Gary West; lecture begins at 6 mins. 

Some of the feedback from this event is copied below:

·         Incredible speaker, rich content, amazing connection between the story and the research, people and world. Amazing!

·         Beautifully put together and delivered, with humour, scholarly but very human - quite unusual in many ways!

·         Excellent presentation! Mairi is such a great speaker and is clearly very passionate about her work

·         Deeply knowledgeable and scholarly but packed with feeling and emotion

·         Inspiring, interesting and thought provoking - so much to think about!

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