Alistair McCleery draws parallels between the situation in 1931, using Gunn's account of it in his diary, and the present day. Michael Russell, Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning, examines Gunn's debt to Ireland, the role of the writer in nationalism, and the need for Scottish literature within the Scottish curriculum. Ewen Cameron, now Professor of History at Edinburgh University, considers the gaps in his own school education in the Highlands and how he was led to fill them through an enthusiastic teacher leading him to Gunn's novels and thereby to the history and culture of his own locality. Dairmid Gunn draws on his intimate knowledge of his uncle to provide an account of his home in Inverness as a centre for lively company and stimulating discussion of art and politics. This picture is reinforced in the late Neil MacCormick's memoir of Gunn and the influence he had on John MacCormick, his father.The collection also contains two of Gunn's essays on writing and politics as well as a complete bibliography of his political writings by Christopher Stokoe.
The collection as a whole is timely in its contribution to understanding of Scottish nationalism just under a year before the Scottish people come to decide, as Gunn hoped they would have the opportunity to, on Scotland's future as an independent state or not.
|Publication Date||17 Oct 2013|
|Number of Pages||80|
'The release of this collection of essays on novelist Neil Gunn is a timely one, intended to appeal to current widespread interest in question of nationhood and Scotland's future. ...a refreshingly new perspective on the writer as a political and historical figure, and may serve as a helpful - if extremely detailed and specific - introduction to Gunn for the less-familiar reader.' Northwords Now '...offers an appraisal of Neil M. Gunn's influence and relevance... Its arrival is timely... ...it certainly allows Gunn readers to make more solid the links between his insights and contemporary notions of nationhood. ...this edition is an ideal companion for those reading Gunn with a political eye. ...there is excellent material here which will appeal to Gunn aficionados and historians of Scottish history and politics. It is essential for anyone truly concerned with nation and nationalism in Scotland'. Scottish Studies Review