Gerry Hassan is a writer, commentator and thinker about Scotland, the UK, politics and ideas and Research Fellow in cultural policy at the University of the West of Scotland. Gerry has written and edited numerous books on Scotland and the wider world: from the setting up of the Parliament, to its record, policy, in-depth studies of the Labour Party and SNP, and looking at how we imagine the future.
His recent books include ‘The Strange Death of Labour Scotland’ (co-written with Eric Shaw), ‘Radical Scotland: Arguments for Self-Determination’ (co-edited with Rosie Ilett) and ‘After Independence’ (co-edited with James Mitchell).
His most recent book is ‘Caledonian Dreaming: The Quest for a Different Scotland’ published by Luath Press in April 2014. It has been described by Elaine C. Smith as ‘an intelligent, brave and much needed contribution to the debate’ while the writer Fintan O. Toole has called it a ‘bracing, searching, discomfiting and ultimately exhilarating book’.
Gerry’s activities include speaking at conferences and events in Scotland, the UK and internationally on themes ranging from contemporary Scotland, the UK, social change and imagining the future. He also facilitates events, discussions and conversations and for twelve years has produced the Changin Scotland weekends of politics, culture and ideas in The Ceilidh Place, Ullapool which provide a reflective space for non-partisan, non-aligned discussions.