STUART MCHARDY is a writer, historical scholar, poet, musician, folklorist and renowned lecturer about Scottish history and culture, at home as well as abroad. His unique understanding of tradition comes from a thorough immersion in the storytelling arts and history alike. Former President of the Pictish Arts Society and the Director of the Scots Language Resource Centre, McHardy has occupied lead positions with organisations working towards the aim of rediscovering Scottish national identity.
In the last few years the battle for Scotland's future has led some to argue that Scotland, apparently unique among nations, has misplaced its present because it has been reliving an 'inaccurate' past, a mythical version of itself. This is quite ridiculous given that all nations relive an inaccurate and mythical version of their past. Stuart McHardy looks for the roots of Scotland's future by digging through its past. I suspect this book will make many people question what they currently assume. - ROBIN McALPINE