The Voice Needs You

The first issue of the monthly Voice for Arran online magazine was published in February 2011. With the exception of April and May 2015, when our technical guru was indisposed, we have published a new edition every month since then. We will soon be reaching our first century and our techie will be retiring once …

To end the reign of the climate delayer we need to re-write our contract with nature

Scott Leatham, political ecologist, researcher and campaigner, says that natural solutions must be part of any credible strategy to address climate breakdown. Published in CommonSpace 29.04.19. As messages on climate breakdown and biodiversity loss dominate the airwaves, the emergence of a new form of denialism stalks the policy landscape: the delayer. We don’t need to …

You can’t forget what you don’t know

Why we need to talk about the links between colonialism and climate change in the context of Highland land reform. Mairi MacFadyen writing in Bella Caledonia 21.04.19 I visited Timespan in Helmsdale recently. The gallery is exhibiting a display called ‘No Colour Bar: Highland Remix: Clearances to Colonialism’ which aims to reconcile the local history …

Brodick Castle – A history in your hands

By Chitra Ramaswamy, visiting Brodick on the eve of the Castle’s reopening last month. First published in the NTS Magazine, Spring 2019. Guarded by the rugged sentinel of Goat Fell, Brodick Castle on the Isle of Arran is under­going its latest transformation in a history that spans eight centuries. Behind the doors of the Hamiltons’ …