Writers can be imprisoned for expressing truth to power in some other countries. This should in no way blind us to the need to do just that in our own.
Jim Aitken is editing an anthology of radical Scottish poetry to be published by Culture Matters this summer. Against a background of so much inequality, unfairness and social disconnectedness in our society and the world around us, the word radical should be interpreted in a way that suggests writers feel they are in opposition to the way things are, whether expressed through protest, satire, the hopeful imagining of a better world, or other creative responses.
It is planned to launch the anthology in the summer of 2020.
Jim Aitken is a poet and dramatist living and working in Edinburgh. He is a tutor in Scottish Cultural Studies with Adult Education and he organises literary walks around the city.