Sat, 11 May 2019, 12:00
Boswell Book Festivel, Ayrshire (UK), Dumfries House, Cumnock, KA18 2NJ
Appearing as part of Boswell Book Festival
As the Great War ended and revolutions broke out all over Europe, 60,000 demonstrators ready to strike clashed with police, tanks and soldiers in George Square in Glasgow on 31 January 1919, the day that would become known as Bloody Friday – Red Clydeside was about to be born and with it the Independent Labour Party.
Tracing these roots of dissent back to the French Revolution, former Scottish Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill will talk about his book Glasgow 1919 in conversation with biographer Henry Bell, whose life of John Maclean investigates the early hero of radical Scottish Independence, feared by the government, adored by workers, celebrated by Lenin and Trotsky.
Together they will assess the legacy of these stirring times.
Chaired by BBC Scotland Correspondent James Shaw.
Book signings: Authors will be delighted to sign copies of their books immediately after their events.