- Sunday 10 October 2021
- Blairgowrie Community Campus PH10 6UZ
- Caroline Milligan
- Gary West
- Andrew Hodge and guests
20th Century Lives: Life, Work and War
Gary West and Caroline Milligan will showcase 2 books of local significance which bring us closer to understanding life, work and war in the early-mid 20th century through the voices of men and women from across a large swathe of Scotland from Perthshire to Aberdeenshire. Going to the Berries (written by Roger Leitch and edited by Caroline Milligan) looks at rural employment, particularly around the berryfields of Blairgowrie. We are delighted to be joined for this discussion by Andrew Hodge, whose family are integrally connected to the local berry industry and by local people who went 'to the berries' themselves.
If the berry book is a story of continuity in Scottish life, then Jock's Jocks is a book about rupture. Jock's Jocks brings us the voices of Scottish soldiers who went to the First World War and whose memories were collected by Jock Duncan. Gary West has edited this volume (and also created an acclaimed play based on the recordings) which brings together the powerful testimonies of 59 men from 14 regiments.
This event will bring together music, song and oral history and explore the challenges and rewards of working with oral sources towards publications which can help us get closer to understanding our shared cultural history.
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