Festival organisers have invited Professor John MacQueen
, who lives at Drummore, near the Mull of Galloway, to deliver the first of what will become an annual keynote lecture at the festival.
In his lecture on September 24, Professor MacQueen
will look at John McNeillie's life and works, setting him in the wider context of 20th century Scottish writing.
For John MacQueen
, preparation for the lecture is bringing back many memories.He
said: "When I was asked to lecture on John McNeillie I became quite excited and thrilled, because it brought back so many memories.
Although growing up in Glasgow and working mainly at Edinburgh University
, Professor MacQueen
has strong links with Galloway.His
mother came from Port Logan, and he
wife Winifred have had a home at Drummore for 40 years.The MacQueens have lived there permanently since the professor retired in 1992.
As a leading Scots literary academic, John MacQueen
is the ideal choice for the inaugural lecture.His
career, which includes 20 years as Director of the School of Scottish Studies
, has given him a unique position in Scottish literary circles.