OVER nine days in August, well-known broadcaster, Lesley Riddoch, and land rights activist and author, Andy Wightman, will explore issues about Scotland’s identity and future that rarely get properly aired.
The lively series of presentations and discussions runs at 6pm each evening from 14-17 and 20-24 August in the hall at St John’s Church (Venue 127), as part of Edinburgh’s Festival of Spirituality and Peace.
Join Riddoch and Wightman for an entertaining evening of provocative talk about Scotland, its land, its people and their future. They will ask: How is Scotland governed? Who owns the land? What can we learn from our European neighbours? Why does poverty and ill health persist? What might a future as an independent country hold?
Lesley Riddoch declares: “After much talk about the need to debate Scotland’s future, and the prospect of a Scottish debate-free zone on the Fringe, land reform campaigner Andy Wightman and myself have decided to join forces and stick our heids o’er the parapet.
“It’s called The Scottish Six – debates you don’t get on TV. But the BBC and Scottish media will figure only fleetingly in the first gig. Our much bigger concern is the way that inequality, entitlement and disempowerment disfigure Scotland and limit the ways most Scots can imagine the future.
“Each night, land campaigner Andy Wightman (author of Who Owns Scotland and The Poor Had no Lawyers) will kick off The Scottish Six with a characteristically hard-hitting look at how the nexus of money, politics and property has created an unequal society in which too many people are powerless to make a positive contribution,” Riddoch says.
Tickets are available via the Hub or on the door at St John’s Church, at the corner of Princes Street and Lothian Road, Edinburgh.
The Festival of Spirituality and Peace features 400 events across 21 venues from 3-27 August, focussing on social justice, cooperation, reconciliation, culture, exchange between people of different cultures and beliefs, and the building of ‘sharable futures’ in Scotland and worldwide.
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