Meet the committee

Lead organiser

Jessica Reid is a SGSAH-funded PhD candidate in the Scottish Literature department at the University of Glasgow. Her research is on the writing of the pamphleteer, translator and playwright Thomas St. Serfe (1624-70). Her essay on St. Serfe was recently published in the Scottish Literary Review.


Lorna MacBean is currently correcting her AHRC-funded PhD thesis on the infamous William Lithgow (1582-c.1645). Her thesis reappraises Lithgow’s corpus and position in the Scottish literary canon in light of post/decolonial theory. Using textual editing in a theoretical pursuit, her research seeks to reread literature from Scotland’s seventeenth century for a twenty-first century audience and emphasise the importance of that century for current understandings of and identifications with Scotland as a built nation. She would, of course, rather meet in person, but is very excited to co-host an online symposium with Glasgow’s early modern cohort.


Pat Mason has recently completed an MPhil dissertation on Alexander Craig (1567-1627). She is interested in historical/critical research, which seeks to understand writers in the context of their own times and culture. She is also interested in the influence of religion on Scottish writing of all periods. The seventeenth century is an area which will benefit from research in both of these fields, and she is looking forward to the symposium as a way of discovering how other researchers are enhancing our understanding of the period.


Roslyn PotterĀ is currently working on her MPhil in Scottish Literature at the University of Glasgow. She is researching the literary legacy of the first collection of secular music printed in Scotland, John Forbes’s Songs & Fancies (1662, 1668 and 1682). Roslyn is particularly interested in early Scottish music, having completed a Carnegie Vacation Project on early Scottish lyrics, and seventeenth-century women’s writing.


Heather Wells is in the final stages of her PhD thesis which provides a Scottish literary perspective on the plays and fictional writing of Anglo-Scottish playwright and philosopher, Catharine Trotter Cockburn (?1674-1749). Her wider research interests lie with the very few examples of plays we have from Scotland in the seventeenth and very early eighteenth centuries. The Symposium for Seventeenth-Century Scottish Literature is a great opportunity to gather together with other researchers, and Heather is really excited to reconnect with and meet new lovers of Scottish Literature in this field.