Changing the way Scotland is seen

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.

"After much talk about the need to debate Scotland’s future, and the prospect of a Scottish debate-free zone on the Fringe, Andy and myself have decided to join forces and stick our heids o’er the parapet," says Lesley.

"So we’ll have a show on at six o’clock most weekday nights from August 14-17 and 20-24 as part of the Festival of Spirituality and Peace

"It’s called The Scottish Six - debates you don’t get on TV. But the BBC and Scottish media will figure only fleetingly in the first gig. Our much bigger concern is the way that inequality, entitlement and disempowerment disfigure Scotland and limit the ways most Scots can imagine the future.

"Each night, land campaigner Andy Wightman (Who Owns Scotland and The Poor Had no Lawyers) will kick off The Scottish Six with a characteristically hard-hitting look at how the nexus of money, politics and property has created an unequal society in which too many people are powerless to make a positive contribution."

14-17th and 20-24th August in the Hall at St John's Church (Venue 127, corner of Princes Street and Lothian Road, Edinburgh). Tickets on the door or via the Hub (http://t.co/4aF8TOM8). £6 (£4).

* The Scottish Six: http://www.scottishsix.com/

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