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Scotlandsfest 2019: The Glasgow Effect - social mobility in Scotland

  • 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

Kenneth Calman, former Chief Medical Officer for Scotland, chair of the Calman Commission and author of It Started in a Cupboard discusses the health issues of modern Scotland with environmental activist/artist Ellie Harrison, whose challenging project The Glasgow Effect engages with issues of poverty, sustainability and lifestyle.

SIR KENNETH CALMAN first began his career in medicine in surgery with an interest in vascular and transplant surgery. He then became Professor of Oncology at the University of Glasgow, followed by posts as the Chief Medical Officer in Scotland and England. He has been involved in a wide variety of organisations including the National Trust for Scotland, the National Cancer Research Institute, the British Library and National Library of Scotland, and chaired a commission on Scottish devolution.

ELLIE HARRISON is an activism artist based in Glasgow. She is the founder and coordinator of the national 'Bring Back British Rail' campaign and the artist behind the controversial 'Glasgow Effect' project, a year-long durational performance where she refused to travel outside Glasgow or use any vehicles other than a bicycle for the whole of 2016. Since 2013, she has been lecturer in Contemporary Art Practices at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design.

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