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.

Philip Long & Joanna Norman

Designing a better Scotland

Monday 19 August 10:00 - 11:00

Philip Long is director of the V&A Dundee and co-editor of The Story of Scottish Design. Together with Joanna Norman, curator of the museum’s Scottish Design Galleries, Long presents a broad survey of 500 years of great Scottish design and pioneering...

Thomas Stewart

All Hail Holyrood

Tuesday 20 August 15:45 - 16:45

2019 marks the 20th anniversary of the Scottish Parliament; this is the ideal moment to reflect on its development to date. Last year, academic Thomas Stewart established the Scottish Parliament Oral History Project, conducting over 80 interviews with...
Sold Out

Finlay McKichan

Scotland’s Role in Slavery

Wednesday 21 August 11:00 - 12:00

Gerry Hassan

Holyrood and Scotland Twenty Years On

Thursday 22 August 15:45 - 16:45

To coincide with the 20th anniversary of the Scottish Parliament, we welcome writer and academic Dr Gerry Hassan to the Book Festival, who has produced two books looking at the scale of change over the past 20 years, where we are and where we are going....

Who Owns Scotland's Land?

So much owned by so few

Friday 23 August 10:00 - 11:00

Land ownership has been a contentious source of conflict throughout Scotland's history. Public access and a belief in sharing the landscape has clashed with the economic power and influence held within the land. We explore these issues and the...

Christine De Luca & Carlo Pirozzi

Pop Art Guru

Sunday 25 August 11:00 - 12:00

The work of Eduardo Paolozzi left an indelible print on his hometown of Edinburgh. Fascinated by the artist’s approach of constant reinvention, Scottish poet Christine De Luca and University of Edinburgh academic Carlo Pirozzi, collaborators on...

Roger Mason

How Europe Shaped Scotland

Monday 26 August 15:45 - 16:45