Attila Dósa, Associate Professor, University of Miskolc read English at the University of Debrecen, and was Chevening Scholar at St. Anne’s College, Oxford. He earned a Ph.D. at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland and does research in contemporary literatures in Scotland and England, with special focus on Scottish poetry. Among his publications are Beyond Identity: New Horizons in Scottish Poetry (Rodopi, 2009) and chapters on Scottish poetry and fiction in Carla Sassi (ed.) The International Companion to Scottish Poetry (ASLS, 2015); Milena Kostić and Sona Šnircová (eds) Growing Up a Woman (Cambridge Scholars, 2015); and Ema Jelínková and Rachael Sumner (eds) The Literary Art of Ali Smith (Peter Lang, 2019). He is a regular reviewer for Forum for Modern Language Studies.
In this interview, conducted during the fourteenth ESSE Conference at Brno in the Czech Republic, Scottish academic and writer Tom Hubbard speaks about his recent work of poetry and fiction, such as The Flechitorium (2017) and Slavonic Dances (2017). He also discusses the stimulating forces behind and the stumbling blocks on the long road towards Scottish independence. He fears and is anxious about the consequences of Brexit on the multifaceted exchange in the arts and literature that Scots have been keen to maintain with other nations throughout the centuries. At the center of his discussion lies his view of Scotland’s place in a nexus of international exchange that would be, ideally, based on mutual and informed interest in each other’s cultural achievement—in literature, music, and the visual and performing arts. (AD)