Bani Adam: the 13th century Persian poem that shows why humanity needs a global response to coronavirus

Bani Adam: the 13th-century Persian poem that shows why humanity needs a global response to coronavirus By Arshin Adib-Moghaddam, Professor in Global Thought and Comparative Philosophies, SOAS, University of London. Originally published in The Conversation, March 27th 2020. Coronavirus is all about human connectivity. From a philosophical perspective, I’ve been thinking about how this virus …

Poems for April

This month, there is a change to our poetry format – we’ve got not one poem for you, but ten! In these surreal and changing times, where we are all adapting to a new reality, whether that’s to self isolation, working on the frontline of our vital services, or home schooling children, for millions around …

Remembering Edwin Morgan

REMEMBERING EDWIN MORGAN, a piece by Kenneth Gibson, MSP. April 27 marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Scottish poet, Edwin Morgan. Morgan was born in Glasgow in 1920, growing up in Rutherglen. Going on to study English Literature at Glasgow University in 1937, Morgan also completed studies in French and Russian. However, the …

A History of the Vikings part two

In part two of Jim Henderson’s history of the Vikings, we learn about the period they spent in western Scotland, beginning at the time when they landed on Iona in the late 8th century for the first time. The Viking Period in Western Scotland By Jim Henderson It is considered by historians that the first …

Coronavirus: advice from the Middle Ages for how to cope with self-isolation

Coronavirus: advice from the Middle Ages for how to cope with self-isolation By Godelinde Gertrude Perk, Postdoctoral researcher in Medieval Literature, University of Oxford, originally published in The Conversation, March 27th 2020 The pandemic of COVID-19 is often called “unprecedented” – and for many people cooped up in their homes in different countries, the experience …