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.

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Robert Crawford

Hymns to a Cradle of Christianity

Saturday 10 August 18:30 - 19:30

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...

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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Tom Devine

The Clearances and the Scottish people

Sunday 18 August 18:45 - 19:45