Shereen: the big talking points of the week
For this Sunday's show I've been speaking to a man who was born into the privileged life of the landed gentry and left it all behind to live and work with Glasgow's homeless people. Ninian Stuart, a descendent of the Marquess of Bute, grew up on the Falkland Estate in Fife, the site of one of the country's most impressive Renaissance palaces. He tells me why he left to become a community worker in Glasgow in his teens.
He spent years living and working in a housing scheme with some of the city's most disadvantaged people. The experience and the people he met had a huge impact on him and when he eventually returned to the Falkland Estate he was determined to put something back and make a difference. Now he's a committed "steward" of the countryside, running projects and events promoting social enterprises and environmental schemes designed to protect and nurture the countryside. The flagship event is The Big Tent Festival, back again this July after a year's sabbatical. This year's headliners are The Proclaimers, but, as he told me, there's a lot more to the festival than just music.
Joining me in the studio this week will be journalist and political biographer David Torrance, The Guardian's Severin Carrell, and making her first appearance as a panellist, medical ethics expert, Sheila Mclean. There are a few stories around this week on her specialist subject- I'm sure we'll be touching on some of them- but I'll also be interested to get her views on the new Sun on Sunday, since we'll have the first copies hot off the press. We'll also be looking at the worsening situation in Syria and reflecting on the death of renowned foreign correspondent, Marie Colvin.
All that, and the rest of the big talking points of the week, at 9am on Sunday.