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Scotlandsfest 2019: The Scottish Parliament 20 years on - visions of Scotland the Brave

  • 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

In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Scottish Parliament, Gerry Hassan and Simon Barrow, editors of Scotland the Brave? discuss social transformation with James McEnaney, author of A Scottish Journey, Director of Equate Scotland Talat Yaqoob, and Director of Voluntary Arts Scotland Jemma Neville, contributors to an influential new book about changing the face of Scotland.

GERRY HASSAN is Research Fellow in contemporary history at Dundee University. He has previously been a Research Fellow at the University of the West of Scotland and IPPR Scotland, and has written and edited over two dozen books on Scottish and British politics.

SIMON BARROW is Director of the beliefs, ethics and politics think tank Ekklesia. From 2000 to 2005, he was assistant general secretary of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland, the official ecumenical body. He has written and contributed to numerous books, including Scotland 2021 and A Nation Changed? The SNP and Scotland Ten Years On.

JAMES McENANEY is a lecturer, journalist and former secondary school English teacher. His work focuses on education policy, government transparency and wider issues of policymaking. He has written extensively for publications such as The Herald, The Guardian and CommonSpace. His first book A Scottish Journey is a contemporary interpretation of Edwin Muir's 1935 book Scottish Journey. 

TALAT YAQOOB is a feminist activist and has been working in Scotland's third sector for over ten years. She is chair and co-founder of Women 50:50, campaigning for at least 50% representation of women in elections, and is Director of Equate Scotland.

JEMMA NEVILLE is a writer with a background in human rights law and outreach. Her first book Constitution Street explores the experience of neighbourhood on one single street. She is Director of Voluntary Arts Scotland and was shortlisted for The Guardian's International Development Journalism Award.

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