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This is a personal essay site on Scotland present, past, and future.
The opinion, observations, polemic, satire, and topics chosen are those of a secular humanist, and something of an anarchist. Essays are not always hard politics, they cover film reviews and the car industry, one of the biggest lobbyists of government in the world, all chosen because they are related to Scotland in some way.
Extensive experience in the arts in Scotland, England, and abroad, particularly the USA, has given me a perspective of Scotland’s political and social deficiencies. My career spans theatre production, television and film and journalism. Most recent books are published by the Royal Academy of Arts in London.
Raising finance for the arts in Scotland accrued over £5 million pounds, and work for talented individuals.
Chronologically my vocation began as a student of theatre, (and philosophy) to teacher and lecturer of drama, broadcaster for BBC and commercial radio, to founder-artistic director of a national theatre still flourishing, a few years an unhappy BBC television executive producer, then radio, but most recently producer-writer-director of filmed drama.
The essay form offers space to develop ideas. Essays on politics and film reviews appear at weekends, transport items and the economy, midweek.
House Rules – Okay
The site is open to comments and the exchange of ideas. Opposing arguments are welcome but not disputes. No trolling or libel. I allow access to those who I adjudge genuine. Keep in mind it’s my website. If you don’t like it create your own.
As a professional author, essays are copyrighted. I don’t publish other people’s articles though I may draw attention to them in texts and on my Twitter site. Feel free to borrow passages or quotations, but don’t reprint entire essays for commercial gain without my expressed permission. I always sue!
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