Referendum TV volunteers during our Fringe Shows.
We were very fortunate to have the support of very talented presenters, producers and technical staff for the production of our Fringe Shows. We would like to thank them for their contribution to our success. We could not have done it without them. We would also like to thank Tomek Borkowy of Universal Arts, who provide the venue at Hill Street Theatre.
Iain Macwhirter is the award-winning political commentator for the Sunday Herald and the Herald. His critically acclaimed book on the national question in Scotland, “Road to Referendum” (Cargo) has been a best seller. HIs three part television documentary series also called Road to Referendum and broadcast on STV and ITV network in 2013 was nominated for a Bafta. Iain joined the BBC from Edinburgh University becoming BBC Scottish Political Correspondent in 1987. In 1990 he moved to London to present political programmes for BBC network television such as “Westminster Live” and “Scrutiny”. He was a member of the Westminster Lobby for nearly ten years. In 1999 he returned to Scotland to help launch the Sunday Herald and to present the BBC”s “Holyrood Live” TV programmes. He was Rector of Edinburgh University from 2009-12 . Over the last 25 years Iain has also been a regular columnist for The Guardian, Public Finance magazine, The New Statesman, The Observer, The Scotsman, Scotland on Sunday and the Big Issue.
Lesley Riddoch is one of Scotland’s best known commentators and broadcasters. She was assistant editor of The Scotsman in the 1990s (and editor of the Scotswoman in 1995 when female staff wrote, edited and produced the paper) & contributing editor of the Sunday Herald. She is best known for broadcasting with programmes on BBC2, Channel 4, Radio 4 and BBC Radio Scotland, for which she has won two Sony speech broadcaster awards.
Lesley runs her own independent radio and podcast company, Feisty Ltd which produces a popular weekly podcast and was a member of the 3 year EU-funded Equimar marine energy project. Lesley is a weekly columnist for the Scotsman and Sunday Post and a regular contributor to the Guardian, Scotland Tonight and Newsnight Scotland. Lesley is Director of Nordic Horizons, a policy group which exchanges expertise between the Nordic nations and Scotland and is completing a PhD supervised by Oslo and Strathclyde Universities. She founded the charity Africawoman and the feminist magazine Harpies and Quines and was a member of the Isle of Eigg Trust, which led to the successful community buyout in 1997. She wrote Riddoch on the Outer Hebrides in 2007 and has just published her latest book Blossom – what Scotland needs to Flourish with Luath. Her website is www.lesleyriddoch.com and her blog is Another Side of Lesley Riddoch www.lesleyriddoch.co.uk
Pat Kane, 50, is a writer, musician, consultant and activist. He is author of The Play Ethic (Macmillan, 2004), curator of FutureFest (www.futurefest.org), and is still one-half of the 80s pop duo Hue And Cry. He serves on the advisory board of Yes Scotland.
Sarah Beattie-Smith, 28, is a campaigner, artist and activist, originally from the Borders and now a Leither. She’s co-convener of the Edinburgh Green Party and sits on the court of Edinburgh University.
Karen Kelly, 21, is a Journalism student going into her final year at Edinburgh Napier University. Her interest in broadcast journalism increased after working at the Commonwealth Games and she hopes to produce documentaries in the future.
Luisaidh Davidson, 25, is a blogger and languages graduate with a passion for communication. Having spent the last two years teaching at universities in France, she has recently returned to her hometown of Glasgow.