Podcast: James McEnaney on why Scotland needs a new exploration


In this CommonSpace podcast, CS editor Ben Wray interviews James McEnaney, education journalist and college lecturer about his soon-to-be published book A Scottish Journey: Personal Impressions of Scotland.

THE NEW BOOK is a record of James’ trip on his motorbike around Scotland earlier this year, shining a light on communities often ignored.

This podcast discusses:

– Why James had always wanted to write this book, after reading Poet Edwin Muir’s Scottish Journey (pictured) (3:30)

– The political alienation and marginalisation much of Scotland feels, including through a lack of genuine local democracy (8:00)

– What the dividing lines of modern Scotland and how has the country changed (13:56)

– How James’ Scottish Journey has informed his views on what policy changes Scotland needs and on Scottish independence (27:04)

The book will be launched on Monday 24 September in Waterstones, Byres Road, Glasgow. More details can be found on the Luath Press website.

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