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Off The Page festival with Lesley Riddoch

  • Smith Art Gallery and Museum 40 Albert Place Stirling, Scotland, FK8 2RQ United Kingdom (map)

Lesley Riddoch’s book Blossom is an account of Scotland at the grassroots “through the stories of people I’ve had the good fortune to know – the most stubborn, talented and resilient people on the planet. They’ve had to be. Some have transformed their parts of Scotland. Some have tried and failed. But all have something in common –they know what it takes for Scotland to blossom. We should too…”
Weeding out vital components of Scottish identity from decades of political and social tangle is no mean task, but it’s one journalist Lesley Riddoch has undertaken. Dispensing with the tired, yo-yoing jousts over fiscal commissions, Devo Something and EU in or-out, Blossom pinpoints both the buds of growth and the blight that’s holding Scotland back. Drawing from its people and history as well as the experience of the Nordic countries, and the author’sown passionate and outspoken perspective, this is a plain-speaking but incisive call to restore equality and control to local communities and let Scotland flourish.

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Blossom: What Scotland Needs to Flourish by Lesley Riddoch