Dear Scotland referendum

Dear Scotland. . .


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.




Lewis Davies

searches for early signs of victory ‘In a Foreign Country



Gary Raymond

has been watching the last week of the the Indy Ref debate unfold



Ben Glover

On what could happen to Wales in the aftermath of the Scottish Referendum



Three Poems

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


Gary Raymond

on the potent legacy of the Edinburgh Review


Jon Gower

pays tribute to James Robertson’s nation defining novel, And the Land Lay Still


Jim Morphy

reflects on two major literary influences of his life, the magazine and publishing house, Rebel Inc. and the landscape writing of Nan Shepherd.


Hannah Lawson

pays tribute to the underwater majesty of Scotland’s off shore diving, and the submerged worlds shipwreck exploration.


Jasper Rees

writes about his love of Local Hero, and talks to director Bill Forsyth


Mab Jones

reflects upon the early influences of her ‘writerly’ ambitions, in the forms of Irvine Welsh and James Kelman


Adam Somerset

gives us a glimpse into the wonderful world of John Byrne, as his work appears at Scotland’s National Portrait Gallery


Gary Raymond

takes a look at Scottish balladeers in a whistle-stop tour of the Scottish twang


Michael Lydon

pays tribute to former Arab Strap frontman Malcolm Middleton an the majesty of Scottish self-debasing wit


Hayley Long

pays tribute to one of Kurt Cobain’s favourite bands, The Vaselines.


Craig Austin

remembers a vignette involving a wake and folk trio Aberfeldy


Adam Somerset

looks at the powerful uncompromising stage craft of David Grieg


David Howell

remembers the wild days of his teenage years wandering the streets during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival


Cath Barton

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.


Peter Gaskell

pays tribute in verse to the sculptures at Glenkiln