2007 - 2021

Changing Scotland, 4th-6th Nov, at The Ceilidh Place, Ullapool

Ullapool (photo: K Williamson)

Based at Jean Urquhart’s world famous Ceilidh Place, ‘Changing Scotland’ is a twice-a-year gathering of minds in Ullapool which brings together thinkers, activists and creatives for a weekend of ideas, debate and culture.

The next Changing Scotland weekend is in five weeks time and features a wide range of speakers and activities.  Elaine C Smith will go head to head with Daily Telegraph writer Alan Cochrane on the question of Scottish Independence versus the Union (expect a few sparks flying on that one!), as well as a debate on the future of the post-Sheridan left in Scotland.  Spaces are limited so book early if you fancy going.


Friday November 4th

8.15pm Welcome

Gerry Hassan and Jean Urquhart

The Future of Scotland: The Union and Independence

Elaine C. Smith, actress and campaigner and Alan Cochrane, Daily Telegraph

10.00pm Live Music in the Bar from Babelfish

Saturday November 5th

10.15-11.30am Why did the SNP win?

David Torrance, author, ‘Salmond: Against All Odds’ and Ewan Crawford, former SNP Adviser

11.45-1.00pm A Decade of the Scottish Parliament and its Future

Robert Brown, former Lib Dem MSP and minister

1.00-2.15pm Lunch

2.15-3.30pm Being Second Generation Irish in Modern Scotland

Phil Mac Giolla Bhain, journalist and campaigner, author of ‘A Rebel Journalist’

3.45-5.00pm After ‘The Scheme’ and ‘NEDS’: How Do We Portray Poverty?

Nick Higgins, filmmaker with Morag Gillespie, Glasgow Caledonian University and Peter Mackie Burns, filmmaker

8.30-10.00pm Classic Films of Modern Scotland

Allan Hunter, Co-director of Glasgow Film Festival introduces the second in his series of recent Scottish films

Sunday November 6th

10.30-11.30am The Rise and Fall of the Scottish Left: Life After Tommy Sheridan

Gregor Gall, author, ‘Tommy Sheridan: A Political Biography’

11.30-1.00pm The State of the Scottish Media

Douglas Fraser, BBC Scotland, Kirk Torrance, SNP social media adviser and Joyce Macmillan, freelance journalism

Places are limited! So book early to avoid disappointment!

A weekend ticket £60 Individual sessions £8

To book tickets please phone: The Ceilidh Place Reception 01854-612103

Accomodation available from £25 per person per nite

Join the Discussion

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Help keep our journalism independent

We don’t take any advertising, we don’t hide behind a pay wall and we don’t keep harassing you for crowd-funding. We’re entirely dependent on our readers to support us.

Subscribe to regular bella in your inbox

Don’t miss a single article. Enter your email address on our subscribe page by clicking the button below. It is completely free and you can easily unsubscribe at any time.