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Indyref Poster Competition

Here’s the long-list of entries for our poster competition in collaboration with the Scottish Independence Convention. If you are sharing these images (please do!), please credit the individual artist and @ScotIndConv. In two weeks we’ll announce the shortlist to go… Read More ›

Books

For those of you who don’t venture beyond our featured article, take a gander over at our book review section HERE where we have a heap of reviews, extracts, features, essays and articles including: Five Books to Save Scotland by… Read More ›

Back to Bowie’s

Despite the best intentions of some, the referendum is going to be the all consuming backdrop to this years Edinburgh Festival. But as well as infiltrating every bar room conversation and every stand up show, and even having managed to… Read More ›

Art and the Future

A great reply here from Murdo Macdonald to Jonathon Jones piece ‘Why Scotland should follow its art and vote no to independence’ This is a difficult piece to which to respond because of its premise. I’ve no idea what the… Read More ›

Writer’s Bloc

By Mike Small I’m being Inspired by Independence (Word Power Books) edited by Ross Colquhoun and Christopher Silver and in particular the work of Lyndsay Allardyce (great gulls!); Meg Bateman on the land as the feminine principle and learning something… Read More ›

Yes Poster Competition

If you were asked to design a poster that inspires a nation, what would it be? Bella Caledonia, the Scottish Independence Convention and the National Collective have teamed up to bring you the ultimate indyref competition. We are looking for… Read More ›

Closer Launch

The next issue of Closer magazine launches this Saturday featuring fourteen writers, artists and thinkers on how to create a democracy in Scotland. It also includes a free commemorative poster by Noel Douglas. You can BUY YOUR COPY HERE and… Read More ›

Gutted

By Janie Nicoll Like many people today my first waking moments were filled with thoughts about the Macintosh building at Glasgow School of Art, and how yesterday seemed like a horrible dream. It seems unbelievable what has happened, like an… Read More ›

Easter Rising

Bella is taking a short break for the Easter holidays to have a brief digital detox and gorge on over-packed chocolate items. We will be back with you next week. In the meantime, take a chance to share the details… Read More ›

An Eye for an Aye?

If you were asked to design a poster that inspires a nation, what would it be? Bella, National Collective and Scottish Independence Convention today launch a national prize competition …

Signs of In(ter)dependence

‘The run up to Scottish Referendum has inspired a re-examination the relationships, tensions and dialogues between the constituent parts of the Atlantic Archipelago and its place in the wider international community’. A great line up for this event by the… Read More ›

Bring It On

To celebrate International Women’s Day, Women for Independence are holding events and stalls across the country (all details are here). As part of our series celebrating women’s role in Scottish democracy, we’re delighted to have a guest piece by Mary… Read More ›

Hidden Door

Kicking off our alternative culture feature Dougie Strang reports on the Hidden Door Festival in Edinburgh. I have mixed feelings about the Edinburgh International Festival and Fringe. On the one hand it would be hard to argue against it as… Read More ›

Dear England

… thanks for the belated apologies yesterday. It seemed (well mostly*) sincere, so thanks for that. Apology accepted. Except, well, it was a bit confusing because some of it seemed not to be an apology at all just an excuse… Read More ›

Finnegans Waking?

By Mike Small Closely after Burns was enlisted to support a Yes vote (followed by a scurry of slightly desperate denunciations) along comes James Joyce. Placing Scotland on the periphery of Europe (but in a good way) in Cultural Weapons… Read More ›

Culture Club

By Mike Small The List’s indy issue is really odd. Promising ‘a range of cultural voices’ I thought of all the papers out there The List has managed at last to unearth some No voting creative types. Seems, they hadn’t…. Read More ›

Cafe Democracy

By Lesley Riddoch What’s the connection between the independence referendum, pop up cafes and Helsinki? Bear with me. Restaurants and cafes are rarely seen as centres of radical thought these days. Even though Camille Desmoulins chose the Café de Foy… Read More ›

Slebs for the Union

Dave has suggested that the ‘battle for hearts and minds’ is needed to persuade us useless Scots to stick with Britannia.  The Prime Minister’s outburst came after unfortunate reports that senior UK Tories believed Alistair Darling’s leadership of the No… Read More ›

Indy Rally

Here’s the Indy Rally in words and pictures. All images © Ivon Barthlomew Special thanks to Shaun Craig who recorded all the speeches for us. He said: “There are plenty people catering for the YouTube outlet who are already posting… Read More ›

Calton Calling

By Mike Small Get inspired … aspirational and inspirational talks from Calton Hill … all with thanks to Tim Fraser-Granados from Saor Alba Pictures. HARDEEP KOHLI & ELAINE C SMITH: FM ALEX SALMOND: NICOLA STURGEON: ALLAN GROGAN: DENNIS CANAVAN: MARGO… Read More ›

Closer

We’ve been a working on a special project which goes to press today. It’s our new journal Closer which will be launched at The After Party on Sat 21 Sept  at the Bongo Club, Edinburgh. It’s a limited edition newspaper… Read More ›