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Everybody’s Talking about the ‘St Andrew’s Day Conversation’

Tickets are selling fast for the first-ever ‘St Andrew’s Day Conversation’ in St Andrews . Four high-profile Scots will be taking part in the evening event on 30th November, which is being held in the 350-seat Buchanan Theatre, located in Union Street in the town centre.

Update, 8.30am, Wed 30 November – remaining tickets will be on sale at the door of tonight’s event, available on a first-come, first-served basis from 6.45pm.

Each of the participants is pre-eminent in their field: during the Conversation, they will talk about what ‘Scottishness’ means to them, how their own backgrounds have shaped their identities, and their hopes for the future of Scotland.

janice-gallowayJanice Galloway – This garlanded author has won MIND Book of the Year, Allen Lane Award, E. M. Forster Award, Scottish Book of the Year and the Saltire Award to name just a few.

muriel-grayMuriel Gray – an author and broadcaster whose knowledgeable and sometimes outspoken commentaries have made her a leading figure in Scottish and British cultural life.

david-machDavid Mach – the Methil-born artist who is renowned worldwide for his dynamic and imaginative sculptures and large-scale installations.

henry-mcleish-photographHenry McLeish – another Fifer, whose career has taken him from being a professional footballer to becoming First Minister of Scotland, and now a sought-after commentator on various aspects of public life.

The evening – which will feature audience questions – will be chaired by well-known TV journalist Louise Batchelor, and held in the impressively-refurbished Buchanan Theatre in St Andrews town centre.

Tickets for the event, which runs from 7.15-9.00pm, are now on sale, priced at just £5 (£3 concessions) and can be purchased either online or in person at the Byre Theatre box office.

The St Andrew’s Day Conversation is organised by the St Andrews Partnership and sponsored by Rufflets St Andrews. Stephen Owen, General Manager of Rufflets, said,

“At Rufflets we are lucky to have guests visit us from all over the world and many are extremely proud to tell us of their links to Scotland, in one way or another! We are so pleased to see this discussion happening with influential Scots and on such a large scale, a great way to celebrate St Andrews Day. We are delighted to sponsor this event and to support the St Andrews Partnership.”

Exact timings and ticket details for all the events taking place during the five days of St Andrew’s Day Celebrations are now available in our what’s on section and a printed programme is now also being circulated throughout the area.

The St Andrew’s Day Celebrations are also supported by Scotland’s Winter Festivals, Fife Council and Stayinstandrews.