Saturday 29th June 2013, 2pm. Augustine United Church, George IV Bridge, Edinburgh.
“The Counting of Votes is Only the Final Ceremony of a Long Process” – Antonio Gramsci
We believe that the political situation in Scotland offers a real opportunity to change the way in which our country functions, whatever the outcome of the referendum next September. The long process of the campaign is as important as the outcome of the referendum.
We have three speakers who will spark a discussion about what Scotland we want and how we can create it.
Maggie Chapman – Scottish Green Party lead MEP candidate
Maggie Chapman is Green Councillor for Leith Walk and is the top European candidate for the 2014 European election. Maggie also teaches cultural geography and environmental philosophy at Edinburgh Napier University and is an EIS representative. Originally from Harare, she has worked in environmental management and community care.
Janet Paisley – Poet, Playwright, Author
Janet Paisley is an award-winning writer, poet and playwright from Scotland writing in Scots and English.
Her first play Refuge won the Peggy Ramsay Award in 1996. She was awarded a Creative Scotland Award to write Not for Glory a collection of interlinked short stories in Scots. set in a small village in Central Scotland. Not for Glory was one of the ten Scottish finalists voted for by the public in the 2003 World Book Day ‘We are what we read’ poll. The short film Long Haul, written by Paisley, won a Bafta nomination in 2001.
Robin McAlpine – Director: Jimmy Reid Foundation
Robin McAlpine is amongst other things the editor of Scottish Left Review and the founding director of The Jimmy Reid Foundation. Previously he worked as a journalist and as press officer to George Robertson, then Leader of the Scottish Labour Party and Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland. He was Deputy Director of Universities Scotland and is the author of “No Idea: Control, Liberation and the Social Imagination.”
This will be an opportunity to discuss the type of Scotland we would like to see and how we get there.