Today Scotland will go to the ballot box to decide not only the future of their nation, but the future of the United Kingdom as a whole. Only two things are certain, whatever the outcome of the Indy Referendum, some things will never be the same again, and some things will remain unchanged. In this special Wales Arts Review ‘pull out’ supplement, ‘Dear Scotland…’, we pay tribute to those things that are unlikely to ever change – the attitudes, beliefs and characteristics that make Scotland’s art and the culture so distinctive and so influential. Our top writers offer a series of extremely personal and passionate reflections on what Scotland means to them. ‘Dear Scotland…’ is both an affectionate letter to our Celtic cousins, but also a document of well-wishes. Dear Scotland… very best of luck, whatever you decide.
searches for early signs of victory ‘In a Foreign Country‘
has been watching the last week of the the Indy Ref debate unfold
On what could happen to Wales in the aftermath of the Scottish Referendum
John Glenday, Eoghan Walls and Angela Cleland
First Minister of Wales Carwyn Jones
discusses the legacy of Dylan Thomas, modern Welsh identity and what the Scottish Referendum means for Wales
on the potent legacy of the Edinburgh Review
pays tribute to James Robertson’s nation defining novel, And the Land Lay Still
reflects on two major literary influences of his life, the magazine and publishing house, Rebel Inc. and the landscape writing of Nan Shepherd.
pays tribute to the underwater majesty of Scotland’s off shore diving, and the submerged worlds shipwreck exploration.
writes about his love of Local Hero, and talks to director Bill Forsyth
reflects upon the early influences of her ‘writerly’ ambitions, in the forms of Irvine Welsh and James Kelman
gives us a glimpse into the wonderful world of John Byrne, as his work appears at Scotland’s National Portrait Gallery
takes a look at Scottish balladeers in a whistle-stop tour of the Scottish twang
pays tribute to former Arab Strap frontman Malcolm Middleton an the majesty of Scottish self-debasing wit
pays tribute to one of Kurt Cobain’s favourite bands, The Vaselines.
remembers a vignette involving a wake and folk trio Aberfeldy
looks at the powerful uncompromising stage craft of David Grieg
remembers the wild days of his teenage years wandering the streets during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival
reveals the power of her own Scottish heritage through the choral music of James MacMillan and the fiction of Kirsty Logan, including a surprising connection to a famous Edwardian circus act.
pays tribute in verse to the sculptures at Glenkiln