As government becomes more technocratic and anonymous, and as recession and financial chaos makes people angry and suspicious towards the political class, the need to be seen to be “where people are” and to shape public mood through cultural activity large and small is here to stay, says Simon Barrow.
Highly regarded novelist, poet, playwright and writer for screen and stage, Jackie Kay, will be reading from her poetry at the Festival of Spirituality and Peace tomorrow (23 August), as part of the popular 'Poetry in the Persian Tent' series.
Scotland's Makar (national poet), Liz Lochhead, along with Jackie Kay, Vicki Feaver, John Glenday, Aonghas MacNeacail and Stewart Conn will be performing at the prestigious Poetry in the Persian Tent reading series at The Festival of Spirituality and Peace this week.
Money for agricultural development in Africa will be raised this week by performances from Scotland's finest poets, as well as some of the country's most significant new poetic talent. Katie MacFadyen looks at the line-up.
Aizzah Fatima recently brought her controversial and stimulating one-woman play 'Dirty Paki Lingerie' to these islands for the first time, following a highly successful run in the United States. Katie MacFadyen reflects.
Among the most stimulating series of events at this year's Festival of Spirituality and Peace in Edinburgh will be the provocative 'Scottish Six' talks by broadcaster Lesley Riddoch and land reformer Andy Wightman.