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Our final event of Celebrating 25 years of community ownership 1997-2022 is an online discussion with three Scottish Authors who have all played their part in the Eigg buy out campaign, Alastair McIntosh, Lesley Riddoch and Andy Wightman. Before the time that the community on Eigg had found its voice, each of them in turn spoke on our behalf. Alastair was one of the founder members of the original Eigg Trust, which was then transferred to the community on Eigg in 1994. A director of the Centre for Human Ecology at the time of the buy-out, he has written extensively about community empowerment and the story of Eigg features strongly on his “Soil and Soul.” Andy started to map the ownership of Scotland in his pioneering work, “Who Owns Scotland”, and questioned the reach of the much-awaited Land Reform legislation in his latest book, “The poor have no Lawyers. Lesley, who took her award-winning radio programme “Speaking out” to Eigg in 1994, which led to the community finally finding its voice, has discussed the Eigg buy-out in her book “Blossom”. 25 years later, the question is:  are people in Scotland still facing the same barriers to access land assets, what has changed and what still needs to change?

To take part in this free online event on Wednesday 2 November 2022 at 7.30pm, and put your own questions to this amazing panel, you can register here.

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