Tue 19 Aug 2014 – Sport, Dreams and Independence

We Could Be Heroes

Sport, Dreams and Independence


With Gerry Hassan, Alan Bissett, Susan Egelstaff, Michael Stewart, David Greig, Ron Ferguson, Fiona Ferguson, Miko Berry, Josephine Sillars, Ruth Wishart.

Well, it’s hard to beat the Bowie’s shows so far but having my dad on the panel today pretty much did the job (oh as did discovering during the show that I had a great uncle called David Bowie, a butcher in Alloa, whose confirmed surname pronunciation has now pushed me firmly in the ‘rhymes with cow’ camp – Alloa Bowie beats Manhattan Bowie especially when wielding a butcher’s knife). We were delighted to have Josephine Sillars back with her beautiful songs (and ironing board), plus Miko Berry from Loud Poets reading a brand new poem and a polemic from Gerry Hassan about dads and men and the way in which football suffocates other sports in Scotland. The panel – David Greig, Gerry Hassan, Ruth Wishart, Allan Bissett, Ron Ferguson, Susan Egelstaff and Michael Stewart – talked about sport and identity, the Commonwealth Games and ach yeh, ok there was a fair bit of football chat because we just cannae help ourselves.

Mon the Blue Brazil.

Fiona Ferguson