Media Release: ScotlandsFest 2016

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LUATH Press publishes political and current affairs books by key opinion formers (as well as all things Scottish).

Over the past few years, and especially in light of the recent referendums, writers in its Viewpoints series have energised public debate.

ScotlandsFest 2016 gathers leading commentators, academics and journalists for a week-long series of talks, discussions and debates.

This year, the line-up includes a large number politically orientated discussions of a range of issues facing modern Scotland, such as Trident and the potential effects of Brexit.

Speakers at ScotlandsFest include David Torrance, Henry McLeish, Owen Dudley Edwards, Lesley Riddoch, Gerry Hassan, Alyn Smith (MEP), Rab Wilson, the Roch Winds Collective; Cailean Gallagher, Rory Scothorne and Amy Westwell, and many more.

Full details of all the events, as well as tickets, can be found at Tickets can also be bought from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival Website.

Tickets cost £5 per event (£3 concession), day passes cost £10 (£7 concession), and week passes can be purchased for £30 (£25 concession).

The aim of ScotlandsFest 2016 is to encourage big thinking in a small country. Expect the unexpected.

Monday 22 August
1.45pm Trident – Where Do We Go From Here? with Tim Wallis and Janet Fenton
3.30pm Brexit and Nationalism with Owen Dudley Edwards and Donald Smith
5.15pm Brexit, Borders and #indyref with David Torrance and the Roch Winds Collective

Tuesday 23 August
1.45pm The Power of Story with George Macpherson and Stuart McHardy
3.30pm Wellbeing and Bibliotherapy with Valerie Gillies and John Killick
5.15pm The Keir Hardie Factor with Dave Watson, Alistair Findlay and the Roch Winds Collective

Wednesday 24 August
1.45pm The Need For A People’s Constitution with Angus Reid and the Roch Winds Collective
3.30pm Our Democracy – Can Scots run their own communities? with Leslie Riddoch, Willie Sullivan, Robin McAlpine and Amy Westwell
5.15pm The Easter Rising – the Scottish Connection with Owen Dudley Edwards and Kirsty Lusk

Thursday 25 August
1.45pm What is it to be European? with Richard Demarco and Alyn Smith MEP
3.30pm Poetry and Politics in Modern Scotland with Rab Wilson and Christie Williamson
5.15pm Into the Belly of the Beast with Cat Boyd, Gerry Hassan and the Roch Winds Collective

Friday 26 August
1.45pm Rethinking our Small Nation with Henry McLeish, Michael Keating and the Roch Winds Collective
3.30pm Scotland’s Future – No choice but to change with Alex Bell
5.15pm The Search for a Better Nation – Nordic Scotland and The Next 100 Years with Dominic Hinde and the Roch Winds Collective

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