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ScotlandsFest 2016: Brexit, Borders and #indyref
Mon 22 August 2016, 17:15 – 19:00 BST
ScotlandsFest 2016: Brexit, Borders and #indyref with David Torrance, Peter Geoghegan and the Roch Winds Collective
What will Brexit mean for Britain and Northern Ireland? Will it lead to another Scottish Independence referendum? Peter Geoghegan, David Torrance and the RWC explore the strange new landscape of political possibility and discuss post-Brexit scenarios for Scotland Northern Ireland.
DAVID TORRANCE is a freelance writer, journalist and broadcaster who specialises in the politics and history of the long-running debate about Scottish independence. After being educated in Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Cardiff, he worked as a newspaper and television reporter before taking a brief career break to dabble in politics at Westminister. For the past seven years, he has been a freelance commentator as well as the author or editor of more than ten books about Scottish and UK politics, biography and history. Like all good Scotsmen, he has lived in London for long stretches, but is currently based in Edinburgh.
PETER GEOGHEGAN is an Irish writer, journalist and broadcaster based in Glasgow. His work has appeared in The Guardian, The Independent, The London Review of Books, The Times Literary Supplement, The Christian Science Monitor, The Irish Times, Foreign Policy and numerous other publications. He has reported for Al Jazeera, made documentaries on Mongolian wrestling for BBC Radio 4, spent time reporting from the Balkans and wrote from Egypt during the Arab Spring. He has never been a member of a political party.
THE ROCH WINDS COLLECTIVE
Cailean Gallagher, born in 1991 and raised in Glasgow, has struggled with embryonic nationalism since contracting it at Balliol ‘the Scottish’ College, Oxford. A life-long Labour member, he succumbed to political nationalism and joined the staff of Yes Scotland in 2013, working first as a researcher analysing the sewage produced by the No campaign, before taking on a strategic role to persuade Labour members to vote Yes. In an effort to repair any damage done and return to the Labour fold, he organised the General Election campaign for Labour MP Katy Clark, before decamping once again to England to plunge into the history of the poor political judgment of socialists and organise health workers for a small trade union.
Rory Scothorne, born in 1992, was raised in various bits of Edinburgh which he euphemistically describes as ‘leafy’. His fiery articles (and hair) have punctuated Scottish debate since he co-founded National Collective, the cultural Yes organisation, in 2012. Upon realising he had created a monster he fled to join the more cantankerous crowds of the Scottish Labour Left, but somehow still has Yes-voting friends and political allies. A graduate of the Universities of Edinburgh and Sussex, he has coordinated, disparaged, and radicalised various left-wing organisations, most lately Momentum Edinburgh.
Amy Westwell was born in 1993 and grew up in Leith. A sans-culotte at heart, she pretends to be a historian and has attended Glasgow and St Andrews University in this guise. She mainly studies the history of political thought, particularly the history of hating the rich and their way of life. She has sold her labour to around 14 employers, but has been most productive working against them with Unite the Union. Harbouring a misguided belief in the communist potential of workers’ education, she intends to continue to read history while persuading the people that it is not really there.
ScotlandsFest 2016: Big thinking in a small country -- sparky talk, flyting, debate, discussion and soapbox slots. Discover how Scotland's national conversation today is forging the Scotland of tomorrow. Expect the unexpected.
The People's Referendum: Why Scotland Will Never Be The Same Again by Peter Geoghegan is available here.
Britain Rebooted: Why federalism would be good for the nations and regions of the UK by David Torrance is available here.
Roch Winds: A Treacherous Guide to the State of Scotland by Cailean Gallagher, Rory Scothorne and Amy Westwell is available here.