Alan Bissett to Speak at Yes Dumfries Event

One of Scotland’s leading writers will speak at a Dumfries community 
centre this week as part of a series of meetings for voters undecided 
about the independence referendum.

Alan Bissett, author of Boy Racers, Death of a Ladies Man and the Moira 
Monologues will be at Locharbriggs Community Centre on Friday 9th May at 
7pm at the invitation of Yes Dumfries, the local campaign for a yes vote 
in September.

The event is free to attend.

Bissett will be joined by Richard Arkless of Business for Scotland, 
which recently hit the headlines for forcing the bosses union the CBI to 
register as an anti-independence group.

Locals will also hear from Willie MacDonald from Labour for Independence 
and Joan McAlpine, South of Scotland MSP.

Ms McAlpine said: “Alan is a Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Writer of 
the Year and in great demand as a performer. It is fabulous that he is 
coming to one of our local community centres – he is a mesmerising 
speaker. Alan has won countless awards for his work but has chosen to 
devote this year to helping get a Yes vote in September. He is a 
socialist and he believes that the way to deliver fairness and 
prosperity for all us if the people who live in Scotland make all the 
decisions about what happens here.

“The meeting will give the public the chance to ask anything they want 
about independence and get straight answers.”

Bissett, who is from Falkirk, is currently rehearsing a play which will 
run at the Edinburgh Festival this August. Called “The Pure, The Dead 
and The Brilliant”, it features Elaine C Smith and a cast of young 
actors. The play is funded by public donations via the crowd-funding 
website indiegogo. It raised £15,000 worth in a few weeks and is 
supported by Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh.

Bissett is an ambassador for National Collective, the Scotland wide 
artists movement for independence. Speaking about his new play recently 
he said:

“The world’s media and international audiences will be watching to see 
what we have to say about it. I decided to do the play primarily because 
there’s only one month before the referendum and I wanted to use my 
voice and this platform to try and nudge people towards a yes vote.”

The Locharbriggs meeting is one of a number organised by local Yes 
groups. On 12th May, Mike Russell MSP, the Cabinet Secretary for 
Education and Lifelong Learning, will be at the Buccluech & Queensberry 
Hotel in Thornhill from 7pm. On 16th May, the former Labour MP Dennis 
Canavan will speak and answer questions at Kirkconnel Miners Memorial 
Hall alongside actress and Deacon Blue singer Lorraine McIntosh and on 
29th May Jim Sillars, the veteran campaigner, former MP and widower of 
the late Margo MacDonald MSP will address undecided locals in Annan.

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