Stories that Make Scotland

Stories that Make Scotland

Over the past decade we’ve spent a great deal of time thinking about Scotland’s constitutional future. This year we focus more on our nation’s rich, complex, troublesome past and the things that make it such a fascinating place to live right now. Some of this country’s most prominent thinkers join the conversation, including Sir Tom Devine with a new perspective on the Scottish Clearances, and Kerry Hudson, who looks at poverty in some of the country’s most deprived towns. We also mark 20 years since the opening of the new Scottish Parliament, re-examine Scotland’s role in the Caribbean, and present performances of the Iolaire Tragedy and a celebration of Hamish Henderson.

Andy Jackson & Brian Johnstone

Whaur Extremes Meet

Monday 12 August 20:30 - 21:30

Between Burns Night in 2016 and 2017, poets Andy Jackson and Brian Johnstone ran an online national soul-searching project. Each week, they shared two Scottish poems on either side of a theme, charting the complexities of Scotland’s psyche. They join...
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Michael Anderson

Power of the Populace

Tuesday 13 August 11:00 - 12:00

Distinguished academic Michael Anderson – a stalwart at the University of Edinburgh for 40 years who has been honoured with an OBE – discusses the change in Scotland’s population since the 1850s. Exploring issues such as rural settlement,...
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The Story of the Iolaire Tragedy

Marking 100 Years

Tuesday 13 August 18:00 - 19:30

On 1 January 1919, crowded with men being brought home from the Great War, the yacht Iolaire hit rocks just off the Isle of Lewis. By the time the first New Year’s Day of peacetime dawned, 201 men had lost their lives, 181 of them on the shores of the...
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Rosemary Goring

Her Scotland

Wednesday 14 August 15:45 - 16:45

Scotland’s history has been told many times, but never exclusively by its women. Rosemary Goring’s powerful anthology Scotland: Her Story, draws on court records, treasurer’s accounts, diaries, chapbooks, newspapers and eye-witness statements,...
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Brigid Benson

Northern Highlights

Thursday 15 August 11:00 - 12:00

In North Coast Journey, Brigid Benson gifts us her essential, quirky and deeply personal guide to the wild and remote northern Highlands of Scotland. The bestselling author takes you through exceptionally beautiful routes, both established and off the...

Bill Hare & Gerda Stevenson

Scotland in the Eyes of Artists

Friday 16 August 12:00 - 13:00

How do artists help us understand Scotland’s development since the Second World War? Art historian Bill Hare explores the startling achievements of modern artists in Scottish Art. Meanwhile in Inside & Out, poet and actor Gerda Stevenson writes...
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Jackie Kay

National Treasures

Friday 16 August 13:30 - 14:30

Three years into her stint as Scots Makar, Jackie Kay’s exuberance and insight have helped her bring poetry to the people. Today, she reads a selection of new poems inspired by her travels around Scotland. Kay also discusses the play of her much-loved...
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Murray Pittock

Enlightened Edinburgh

Sunday 18 August 10:30 - 11:30

Professor of English Literature at Glasgow University, Murray Pittock’s work focuses on Edinburgh and its civic development across the 17th and 18th centuries. Some of the main drivers of national cultural change, including newspapers, gentry politics...
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Tom Devine

The Clearances and the Scottish people

Sunday 18 August 18:45 - 19:45

The Clearances of the 18th and 19th centuries helped shape the nation we know today, but historians have struggled to define what happened. Scotland’s leading historian, Sir Tom Devine, brings us The Scottish Clearances, his authoritative, readable...