James Hunter at Winter Words Festival


Scotland’s 1846 potato crop was wiped out by blight. The country was plunged into crisis. In the Hebrides and the West Highlands a huge relief effort came too late to prevent starvation and death. Further east, towns and villages rose up in protest at the cost of the oatmeal that replaced potatoes as people’s basic foodstuff.

Those dramatic events have long been ignored or forgotten. Now, in James Hunter CBE, they have their historian. He joins us to tell a story that is moving, anger-inducing and inspiring. Come and hear a long-hidden part of Scottish history from one of the best story-tellers around.

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Saturday 15 Feb 2020
Pitlochry Festival Theatre, Pitlochry. United Kingdom