Wednesday October 8 at 7PM: The Voice of the Butterfly: Poems and Lyrics of the Scottish Independence Movement
The desire for the re-establishment of Scottish independence has persisted in one form or another ever since independence ended in 1707 with the Treaty of Union. For most of the 300+ years between then and now it has been subordinated to a variety of imperial enterprises undertaken in common with the rest of Britain. However it has manifested itself more prominently in recent years and this has most recently been evident in the popular “Yes” movement for self-determination known as the “Butterfly Rebellion” that has emerged in response to the independence referendum held last month. Although unsuccessful in securing victory in the referendum, unprecedented levels of grass roots democratic engagement continue, and the process has stimulated and inspired a significant amount of creative activity in all art forms.
Peter Clive is a scientist from Glasgow, Scotland, who has been involved in the movement, and will be reading a selection of items by himself and others providing some historical background and context as well as conveying some impression of the energy, excitement, euphoria, disappointment, and continued resolve and determination of what has been a revolutionary moment in modern Scottish history. Opportunities missed still show the way to the destination we will surely reach one day.