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Scotlandsfest 2019: Moving on from the Trainspotting generation?

  • Quaker Meeting House 7 Victoria Terrace Edinburgh United Kingdom (map)

Part of ScotlandsFest 2019, a week-long festival of stimulating conversation, readings and debate in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. For more information and the full programme, please visit

Scotland is a very different place from when Alistair Findlay entered front-line social work, as depicted in his memoir Mollycoddling the Feckless. He discusses the changes in Scottish society over the last 50 years with Trainspotting expert and guide Tim Bell, author of Choose Life, Choose Leith: Trainspotting on Location.

ALISTAIR FINDLAY worked as a front-line local authority social worker from 1973 - 2009, one of the first recruits to the new 'generic' social work profession which integrated all four previous specialist services. He has also written several volumes of poetry, and a book about Scotland's shale mining industry called Shale Voices.

TIM BELL is a speaker, writer and tour guide. After moving to Leith in the 1980s, he became a chaplain for the port of Leith. He begain his highly acclaimed tours under the banner 'Leith Walks' in 2003, and has since taken hundreds of people through the streets of Edinburgh and Leith, exploring Irvine Welsh's Trainspotting on location.

Tickets are £5/£3 conc and are available from the Scotlandsfest event page here.

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