Trevor Royle at Winter Words Festival


Between the end of the Second World War and the collapse of Communism, confrontation with the Soviet Union was an everyday reality. As part of NATO’s response, Scotland played a key role in the alliance’s forward maritime defence strategy, aimed at containing the Soviet threat from naval and air forces.

Trevor Royle – broadcaster, author and fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh – will paint a fascinating portrait of this extraordinary period, examining the wider military and political contexts, and showing how the defence industry brought huge economic benefits, how CND (Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament) maintained a high-profile presence, and how anti-nuclear sentiments underpinned much of the left’s thinking in Scotland.

“Engrossing… Like a military commander at the top of his game… to show how Scotland has been shaped by, and also helped shape, the Cold War.” Barclay McBain, The Herald

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Friday 14 Feb 2020
Pitlochry Festival Theatre, Pitlochry. United Kingdom