Inverurie Book Launch @ Garioch Heritage Centre
Arran Johnston has been involved both as a stitcher for the Diaspora Tapestry and as Lead Manager for myriad exhibitions since 2014. And all the while he was undertaking participant research and analysis of the ‘celebrity’ phenomenon that tapestry has become. Now with over 250,000 visitors and 44 exhibitions to its credit, he’s penned this new book giving intriguing insights in what Scotland’s diaspora seemingly means today for those who stitched across 34 countries to create the 304 panels. He’s drawn some surprising conclusions and using the tales from the panels themselves gives a unique and extraordinary new perspective.
And Yes, he does have an answer to share: this was/ is what ‘they’ would do, and do again, for ‘their’ Scotland!
N.B. The first Book Launching Talk by Arran Johnston took place at Garioch Heritage Centre, Inverurie, Aberdeenshire where the tapestry is currently displayed, on August 22nd @ 7pm. He got a good crowd and was kept busy proudly signing copies …..
The book itself is of course available at Garioch Centre and also online at £8/ US$12/ €11 + postage and packaging or over the counter at The Prestoungrange Gothenburg, Prestonpans. Online its HERE