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Looking Back

  This piece originally appeared on Neil’S personal blog Looking Backward, by Edward Bellamy, is a strange read and it is so for a number of reasons, not least being the fact that it was published in 1888 and is about the socialist utopia the writer envisages for the 20th century. In it he predicts […]


Sleepwalking to the Abyss

     This piece originally appeared on Allan’s  website 2016 has been some year so far. A year in which Scotland once again failed to qualify for an international football tournament and 2 months into the new qualifiers already look out of the next one. A year which every celebrity is wondering if they will […]

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Jackal Trades

Jackal Trades bring you Hip Hop, Electronica, Acapella and interpretive dance. With Scottish subtitles. Their album, Need the Character, has been described as “lyrically and poetically inventive” and “in no fear of holding a black mirror up to our post-truth society” You can find Jackal Trades on facebook, soundcloud and bandcamp

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Fuad Alakbarov

Fuad Alakbarov is an Azerbaijani-Scottish political activist and human rights defender. He is known mainly for human rights advocacy for refugees, anti-racism and anti-poverty campaigns. Alakbarov is a columnist for the Mind Waves, a NHS-funded project which raises public awareness about mental health issues. He also covers refugee crisis, geopolitics and conflict worldwide for openDemocracy […]

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Philip Kane

Portrait drawn by Raiph from a photo by Grace Sanchez Philip Kane is an award-winning writer, storyteller and artist whose books include The Wildwood King(Capall Bann, 1997) and The Hicklebaum Papers (Mezzanine Press, 2010), as well as his most recent poetry collection, Unauthorised Person (Cultured Llama, 2012). A new collection of poems, The Decipherment of […]

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Thomas Swann

Thomas Swann completed his PhD at the University of Leicester School of Management in September 2015 and is currently a Research Associate at Loughborough University working on constitutionalising and rule-making in anarchist politics. He is a member of the international advisory board of the journal Anarchist Developments in Cultural Studies and in 2014 co-edited a […]

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Tommy Ball

Tommy Ball has been involved in progressive politics for over a decade. From Scottish National Party activist to Executive Committee member of the Scottish Socialist Party, he has pounded the streets and tenements of Glasgow and beyond delivering leaflets, speaking at pro-Independence events, and standing – generally unsuccessfully – for election in the Socialist interest. […]

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Sandra Webster

Sandra Webster is a carer to two children. Both her boys live on the autistic spectrum and have other health issues. Sandra was inspired by her children to become an activist, especially round caring and health issues. She likes to write and believes that true change in our society only happens when we talk to […]