Political Events Held All Week at Scotland’s ReferendumFest 2014


Edinburgh based publishers Luath Press are holding a week-long festival of politics, showcasing some of Scotland’s best writers and thinkers on the referendum.

Set in the Quaker Meeting House, there have already been nine informative, debate-filled events discussing everything from the prospect of a written constitution in an independent Scotland to the entrenched ‘miserabilist’ outlook in Scottish literature and film.

There is still much to look forward to including Lesley Riddoch at 3.30pm on Thursday the 21st, discussing her bestseller Blossom an event that promises to be a lively with plenty of discussion.

This Friday the 22nd August former First Minister of Scotland Henry McLeish will join academic Michael Keating at 5.15pm to discuss their newest political books, Rethinking Our Politics and Small Nations in a Big World: What Scotland Can Learn.

With both authors alerting us to the changes and choices we will have to make as an independent Scotland, there will also be plenty of time to ask questions and make your own suggestions.

If you want to have your say there are ‘soapbox slots’ available in every event, where you can talk for five minutes on any aspect of the referendum, the stage isn’t just for authors and politicians!

A broad selection of political books published by Luath Press will be available to purchase at a discounted rate.

Forthcoming events at Scotland’s ReferendumFest are:

Wednesday 20th August

1.45 – 3pm Maria Fyfe & Others – Women Saying No

3.30 – 4.45pm Alan Riach, Sandy Moffat & Walter Stephen – Arts of Independence and Learning from the Lasses

5.15 – 6.30pm Jamie Maxwell, Owen Dudley Edwards & Others- Why Not? Scotland, Labour and Independence

Thursday 21 August

1.45 – 3pm Stuart McHardy & Douglas Watt – Scotland’s Future History and The Price of Scotland

3.30 – 4.45pm Lesley Riddoch – Blossom

5.15 – 6.30 Jamie Maxwell & David Torrance – Scotland’s Referendum: A Guide for Voters

Friday 22 August

1.45 – 3.00pm Jane Tallents & Brian Larkin – World in Chains

3.30 – 4.45pm Kate Higgins – Generation Scot Y

5.15 – 6.30 Michael Keating and Henry McLeish – Small Nations in a Big World

Luath Press is an independently owned and managed book publishing company based in Scotland and is not aligned to any political party or grouping.