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Start the Week - Scotland - Ian Rankin and Alasdair Gray

Andrew Marr explores what it means to be Scottish with his guests, crime author Ian Rankin, artist Alasdair Gray, theatre critic Joyce McMillan and TM Devine.

On Start the Week Andrew Marr explores what it means to be Scottish. The streets and history of Edinburgh come alive in Ian Rankin's crime novels, while the Glaswegian writer and artist Alasdair Gray marries elements of realism, fantasy and science fiction in his work. With a long history of Scottish emigration, T M Devine looks at the impact on the nation left behind. And the theatre critic of The Scotsman, Joyce McMillan, believes that despite the coming Referendum on Independence, it's the arts and not politics that define Scottish-ness. Producer: Katy Hickman. Image © Alasdair Gray, A Life in Pictures, Canongate Books.

  • Broadcast on BBC Radio 4, 9:00AM Mon, 10 Dec 2012
  • Available until 12:00AM Thu, 1 Jan 2099
  • First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 9:00AM Mon, 10 Dec 2012
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  • Duration 43 minutes

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