Yesterday, for episode 21 of the Scottish Independence Podcast I spoke with Scottish writer Alan Bissett.
Alan is the author of numerous books and plays but made an entrance onto the political scene, and in particular the debate surrounding the Independence Referendum, with the publication of his poem Vote Britain, which almost immediately went viral.
Since then he has been speaking at many campaign events as well as writing for websites such as Bella Caledonia and National Collective.
In our conversation we mulled over why Alan supports Indy, how Vote Britain was written and the reaction to it and about the difficulties that expressing things in a way that might be considered too Scottish might bring for a writer or artist. This neatly led us on to the manufactured hullaballoo regarding Alasdair Gray’s comments on the lack of Scots leading Scottish cultural institution and some ideas on James Kelman too.
Furthermore, we talked about Alan entering into some debates on the subject of feminism and how this can be tricky territory for those born with a y chromosome.
Finally, we talked about what Alan has coming up at the Edinburgh festival in the summer.
Hope you enjoy…