Friday 22 November 2013

Myth and Reality:The Nature of Scottish Identity

Journalist and author Magnus Linklater explores and challenges some of the oft quoted qualities attributed to Scots and Scotland. He says;

‘Do the traditional values that are said to define Scottishness still hold good, or do some of them, on analysis, turn out to be vapour-thin myths, endlessly repeated but barely sustainable? Have the milestones of Scottish history and tradition become so eroded through time that we can scarcely make out any longer what they tell us?’

This fascinating exploration of Scottish identity offers a fresh take on a fascinating and very current topic. It’s the fourth of our new Saltire Series of pamphlets asserting our proper position as a platform for free and independent thinking on the issues that matter most to Scotland today. We believe our role as an independent, apolitical cultural commentator is as vital today as it ever was.

To hear Magnus in conversation with broadcaster Janice Forsyth join us at Salitre Celebrates in the Mitchell Library, Glasgow.

The event is free, begins at noon and includes lunch, concluding with a drinks reception and live music.

An adventurous new occasion on St Andrew’s Day to profile exceptional Scottish talent, creativity and achievement across the full range of the Scotland’s imaginative powers.

The Saltire Society revisits the spirit of the Enlightenment when artists, architects, engineers, writers and musicians argued, discussed and explored beyond the confines of particular interests. ‘Saltire Celebrates’ takes that idea and has the people who matter taking about what matters to them.

We will see and hear writers William McIlvanney, Meaghan Delahunt, Jean Rafferty and Robin Lloyd-Jones, artists Will Maclean and Arthur Watson, hip hoppers Stanley Odd, broadcaster Janice Forsyth, young musicians from the Conservatoire of Scotland and Feisean nan Gaidheal, architect Fergus Purdie, civil engineer David Parr, journalists Lesley Riddoch and Magnus Linklater, actor and broadcaster Dolina Maclennan, artistic director Fiona Bradley, publisher Sara Hunt and many more in an informal day of discussion, debate and sociability!

Contact us at to book a place.


11 June 2019

Saltire Society Housing Design Awards 2019

The Saltire Society Shortlist Fourteen New Properties for Housing Design Awards

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25 March 2019

Inspiring Scotland Bursary Announcement

We are thrilled to announce the two recipients of the Inspiring Scotland Bursaries 2019.

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30 November 2018

Saltire Literary Awards Announced!

We are delighted to announce the recipients of the 2018 Saltire Literary Awards.

Presented on the 30 November at Dynamic Earth.

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