Professor Sir Tom Devine backs Galloway people’s history call to publishers

Originally posted on rap&stow:


As Book Week Scotland gets underway, an online petition to reprint an essential piece of local history has gained almost 250 signatures in just 24 hours since it was launched – including Professor Sir Tom Devine.

The petition calls on publishers Birlinn to re-print a currently unavailable history book about the Lowland Clearances.

On Sunday the authors Peter Aitchison and Andrew Cassell gave a presentation of research from the book at a sold-out event hosted by the Glenkens Story at the Catstrand in New Galloway. The event was so popular that people had to be turned away at the door.

Many attendees were surprised to learn the book in question was unavailable to purchase due to a publishing decision by Birlinn.

Professor Sir Tom Devine said: “I had the good fortune to have been involved in the original influential radio series which was the progenitor for this book.

“The decision…

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