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Three To See 2018: Three conversations… at The Stand

By | Published on Saturday 28 July 2018

ThreeWeeks Co-Editor Caro Moses helps you navigate the Festival with her Three To See tips. This time three interesting conversations happening at The Stand.

In Conversation With… Rory Bremner | The Stand’s New Town Theatre | 16 Aug (pictured)
When it came to picking stuff from the Spoken Word section of the Fringe programme I got rather distracted by all the great events that The Stand have going on in their ‘In Conversation With’ strand. And because that happened I basically only picked stuff from said strand. So I guess this section is actually now the ‘In Conversation With’ section. And you know what, that’s okay. Not least because I love The Stand. And I am going to start with Rory Bremner because I bet you all know who he is, and I bet a lot of you would be interested in an event involving him.

In Conversation With… Paddy Hill | The Stand’s New Town Theatre | 10 Aug
Fewer of you, possibly, will have heard of Paddy Hill, though the moment I begin to recount who he is, you will instantly recognise his case. He was one of the so-called Birmingham Six, who were wrongfully convicted of the Birmingham pub bombings back in 1974. If you were a reasonable age back in the eighties, you will surely remember that the campaign to free them became incredibly high profile and, of course, finished with the quashing of the convictions. Paddy has since campaigned tirelessly on behalf of fellow falsely-imprisoned inmates.

In Conversation With… Aamer Anwar | The Stand’s New Town Theatre | 5 Aug
And finally, Aamer Anwar, who does one of my favourite things, human rights lawyering. A brief biog: “Originally from Liverpool, coming to study at Glasgow University in 1986. Widely recognised as one of Scotland’s leading human rights campaigners. Solicitor of the Year 2016, Lawyer of the Year 2017. Glasgow University Rector. Made legal history in a 1995 civil action against Strathclyde Police for a 1991 racist attack. He has been instructed in some of Scotland’s highest profile cases, including the seventeen year campaign to secure a conviction for the Surjit Singh Chhokar murder. During the Fringe he will be in the middle of defending ex-Catalan minister Professor Clara Ponsati against extradition”. I’d like to hear more from him, for sure.