STONE DIARIES

Fiona Sampson

Writers' Retreat, 12th August, 6.30-7.30pm

Published in 37 countries, Fiona Sampson is one of our most lauded poets. Limestone Country, which is set in four very different landscapes, explores her love affair with the sedimentary rock that time and water have made out of bones and shells. In Lyric Cousins, she probes the connections, many and all-too-often forgotten, between poetry and music.

 

THE SCOTTISH DIASPORA

John M. MacKenzie & Angela McCarthy

Bosco Theatre, 16th August, 12.30-1.30pm

How important have Scots been in the countries they settled in or colonised? There’s certainly been enough of them: in Global Migrations: The Scottish Diaspora since 1600, editors Angela McCarthy and John M MacKenzie put the figure at 2.5 million. This collection of essays studies their impact across the globe from Canada to Hong Kong, and focuses on a range of themes including slavery, war and tourism. Chaired by Rosemary Burnett.

 

CHECKING OUT THE 'NORDIC MODEL’

John Bryden & Lesley Riddoch

Baillie Gifford Main Theatre, 18th August, 10-11am

Before oil, Norway was one of the poorest countries in Europe; now it is one of the richest. But what lessons does it have for Scotland? In Northern Neighbours: Scotland and Norway Since 1800 editors John Bryden and Lesley Riddoch draw historical comparisons between the two countries on a whole range of subjects, many of which might well inform another independence debate.

 

WHITHER TURKEY

Tahir Abbas & Kaya Genç

Garden Theatre, 19th August, 4-5pm

Two of the most probing commentators on modern Turkey, novelist and essayist Kaya Genç and the political scientist and researcher on international defence and security Tahir Abbas, assess the political, economic and cultural future of Turkey. Now that President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has expanded his remit, the country has to face up to a myriad of challenges, both from within and without. Chaired by Daniel Hahn.

 

THE EVOLUTION OF DEVOLUTION

Gerry Hassan & Michael Keating

Bosco Theatre, 21st August, 12.30-1.30pm

After the last Scottish referendum – what next? To political commentator Gerry Hassan, in Scotland the Bold, the answer is obvious: another one, and this time achieving independence by 'thinking independent'. Michael Keating, editor of A Wealthier, Fairer Scotland, argues that using the full range of devolved powers may still be the best way forward. Decide for yourself whose ideas sound best. Chaired by Richard Holloway.