Move aside Robert Burns, it’s time to celebrate Scotland’s identity with a woman: Nan Shepherd

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‘A strong, confident female voice being celebrated, read and enjoyed at events around the country with predominantly female speakers would be a welcome antidote to the heavily masculine Burns Night with its conspicuous array of male worthies’ say Nicholas Le Bigre and Alistair Heather.

In an article written for The Conversation and reprinted in The Independent, on 25th January 2017, Le Bigre and Heather argue that ‘Scottish identity can no longer be encompassed in one night nor expressed by one man’.

‘Scotland needs a new symbol that can more easily take on the country’s emergent identities. Environmentalism is a huge new concern, as is a real effort to achieve equal status for women’, they continue. And by a stroke of luck, they just happen to have the woman for the job – Nan Shepherd.

‘Raising Shepherd up to the height of national figure would at long last put a woman among the pantheon of Scottish greats. Burns, ScottStevensonGrassic GibbonGunn: they all have their place, but they are all men and can only inspire so many of us, and only in so many directions’.

Hear, hear. And you can read the complete article here and here.

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