SARAH BEATTIE-SMITH

“I had no idea this was here”. That was the most common comment I heard from fellow visitors during a weekend in Wigtown. The town’s annual book festival attracts writers, poets, playwrights and pundits as well as visitors from all over the world to Scotland’s book town, nestled in the rolling hills of Galloway in …

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The last week has seen David Cameron and his government come under scrutiny. His past has been picked to pieces and serious questions asked about his conduct following an allegation of behaviour of dubious legality and highly questionable ethics. I am of course referring to “Pig Gate” but the paragraph above could and should be …

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For 46 years, people in the Scottish Borders have been been cut off from the rest of Scotland after the Borders Railway was closed in 1969. In a decision by Harold Wilson’s government at a time when Dr Beeching’s recommendations were having their dreadful impact, the railway was closed prompting huge local protest in the …

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Last night I went to see David Greig’s phenomenal theatre adaptation of Alasdair Gray’s epic novel Lanark. Afterwards David’s mum asked me what I thought. I was dumbstruck.  And not just because it was a brilliant piece of theatre but because I knew that if I started to talk about how I really felt, I’d …

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Well it was pretty damp at times, but it’s been a great wee weekend. Friday evening spent in the pub talking quotas and how to support more women to stand as candidates; Saturday with South Lanarkshire Greens at the Carnwath Agricultural Show and then with pals in East Lothian; and today catching up with an old …

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Yesterday I got to go to the ever gorgeous North Berwick for a fantastic family picnic with the East Lothian Greens and loads of lovely local folk. Organised by the rather brilliant Isla Aitken, the picnic had an excellent magician, live music, the most amazing face painter and a treasure hunt. Plus of course there …

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On Thursday 18th June, I spoke at a great event organised by the Radical Independence Campaign as a precursor to the massive anti-austerity demonstration in Glasgow and London on June 20th. The brilliant Independence Live live-streamed the event and it’s available for you to watch again. I’d really recommend it – the other speakers, from …

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