Nobody's Dream: Stories of Scottish Devolution



Hames S (2016) Nobody's Dream: Stories of Scottish Devolution. [Audio podcast] 02.2016. https://stirlingcentrescottishstudies.wordpress.com/2016/02/26/nobodys-dream-stories-of-scottish-devolution/

There is no grand narrative underpinning the most important constitutional process of our times. Devolution was nobody’s dream, but a pragmatic compromise driven by electoral expedience and the need to appear to do something. For this reason the meaning of devolution is unsettled and up for grabs.  This podcast explores the difficulty of making a cohesive story out of Scottish devolution, and the competing narratives and perspectives brought to the question by writers, historians, parliamentarians and constitutional experts. It emerges from a research workshop held at the University of Stirling to examine the idea of ‘cultural devolution’ – the notion that writers and artists made Holyrood possible – and revisits a side of the story which is less about taxation powers than the management of national feeling.  With thanks to BBC Scotland, the Scottish Political Archive, Billy Kay and Stuart Platt for use of archival audio. Other recordings from ‘Narrating Scottish Devolution’ research workshops held at the University of Stirling, supported by the British Academy. Recording, editing and production assistance from Peter Geoghegan, with support from the Stirling Centre for Scottish Studies.  Available in DataSTORRE: http://hdl.handle.net/11667/77

devolution; nationalism; Scottish literature; Scottish politics

Featured in the Guardian's Scotland blog, 26 February 2016: http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/scotland-blog/2016/feb/26/nobodys-dream-stories-of-scottish-devolution

Type of mediaAudio podcast
FundersThe British Academy
Publication date29/02/2016
PublisherThe Guardian
Publisher URLhttps://stirlingcentrescottishstudies.wordpress.com/…tish-devolution/
Place of publicationLondon

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Dr Scott Hames

Dr Scott Hames

Senior Lecturer, English Studies

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