#WigtownWednesdays | Michael Shaw ~ 9 December 2020

25 November 2020

Michael Shaw ~ A Friendship in Letters

Wednesday 9 December

Join Michael Shaw in conversation with Ruth Wishart about his new book, A Friendship in Letters.

In A Friendship in Letters, Dr. Michael Shaw brings together correspondence between two of Scotland’s most famous writers for the first time.

Though they never met, Robert Louis Stevenson and JM Barrie developed a warm friendship, revealed in these amusing and gossipy letters, with vivid commentary on each other’s literary work. Until recently, Barrie’s side of the correspondence was presumed lost by his biographers. This epistolary volume reunites Barrie’s letters with Stevenson’s and contextualises them through an engaging introduction and a series of appendices, including a delightful short story by Barrie.

About the author: Michael Shaw is Lecturer in Scottish Literature at the University of Stirling. In 2015, he won the Ross Roy Medal for excellence in research in Scottish Literature. His first book, The Fin-de-Siècle Scottish Revival: Romance, Decadence and Celtic Identity, was published by Edinburgh University Press in 2019.