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ScotlandsFest 2016: Into the Belly of the Beast
Thu 25 August 2016, 17:15 – 19:00 BST
ScotlandsFest 2016: Into the Belly of the Whale, with Cat Boyd, Gerry Hassan and the Roch Winds Collective
'We want to take the fight for ordinary people right into the parliament, right into the belly of the beast, and shake things up a bit' says Cat Boyd of Radical Independence Campaign. She is joined by political commentator Gerry Hassan and the Roch Winds Collective: Cailean Gallagher, Rory Scothorne and Amy Westwell.
GERRY HASSAN is a writer, commentator and Research Fellow at the University of the West of Scotland. He has written, edited and published numerous books on Scottish and British politics, ideas, policy, social change and futures thinking, leading the Demos Scotland 2020 and Glasgow 2020 projects. His books include After Independence, The Strange Death of Labour Scotland, Radical Scotland: Arguments for Self-Determination, The SNP: From Protest to Power and After Blair: Politics after the New Labour Decade. He regularly writes and appears in Scottish, UK and international media, and his writing can be found at www.gerryhassan.com
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.