Journey into the Scottish Diaspora with Billy Kay

Tuesday 17 November | 20-21:00

Panel Event / Author Reading, Storytelling

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Broadcaster and author Billy Kay takes us on a global journey of discovery, highlighting the extraordinary influence the Scots have had on communities and cultures on almost every continent.

He expands people's view of Scotland by relating remarkable stories of the wealthy Scottish merchant community in Gdansk; of national geniuses of Scots descent, such as Lermontov in Russia and Grieg in Norway; of an American Civil War blamed on Sir Walter Scott and initiated in the St Andrews Society of Charleston; of inspirational missionaries in Calabar and Budapest; of Scotch Professors establishing football in soccer strongholds like Barcelona and São Paulo; of pioneers like Sandeman and Cockburn and the Scottish roots of many of the great wines of Europe; and of our amazing involvement in liberation movements in Malawi, Chile, Peru, Greece, Corsica and India.

In this year of the 700th anniversary of the Declaration of Arbroath he examines its influence in the USA and elsewhere. The Scottish World is a celebration of the enormous contribution the Scots have made to the modern world.

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