Scotland’s Radical History & Culture Conference: Saturday 16 May


An all-Scotland event organised by RIC Edinburgh

Saturday 16 May, 11am -5pm

City of Edinburgh Methodist Church, 25 Nicolson Square, EH8 9BX

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Welcoming session 11.00 – 11.15

Participants a have a choice from two topics from each session.

 Session 1 – 11.15- 12.30

A. Scotland’s Radical Culture

  • Scott Hames, University of Stirling, editor of Unstated: Scottish Writers and Independence
  • Meaghan Delahunt. University of Stirling, novelist and short story writer

 B. Scottish Factory Occupations

  • Andy Clark, Strathclyde University on Lee Jeans occupation
  • plus another speaker being arranged

 Lunch break – 12.30 – 13.45

There will be a screening of The People Are in the Streets, showing the ‘Yes’ campaign in Edinburgh, especially the work of Edinburgh RIC. Introduced by Amie Robertson

 Session 2 – 13.45 – 15.00

 A. Scotland – the Impact of the ’68 Generation

  • Ray Burnett, contributor to the first Red Paper on Scotland
  • Geraldine Gould, recollections of a political activist in Edinburgh in the early 1970’s

 B .The 1984-5 Miners Strike

  • Jim Phillips, University of Glasgow
  • plus another speaker being arranged

 Session 3 – 15.15 – 16.30

 A. The Legacy of James Connolly in Edinburgh

  • Chloe Alexander Ross, Aberdeen University, researcher into radical and labour links between Ireland and Scotland
  • Jim Slaven, James Connolly Society

B. The Poll Tax in Scotland

  • Ewan Gibbs, PhD student, Glasgow University
  • Julie Smith, activist in Edinburgh & Lothians Anti-Poll Tax Federation

 with the Anti-Poll Tax Exhibition from the Edinburgh Peoples’ Festival

 Session 4 – Report Back, 16.30 – 17.00

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