What is the way forward for Canna? Can the National Trust for Scotland give the island community a secure future? What chance of a community buy-out? Questions from the floor at Glasgow's Aye Write book festival have become highly topical. Answers by Ray Perman – both thoughtful and thought-provoking – promise another spirited discussion at Edinburgh Book Festival on 23 August when he shares the platform once more with land reform activist Andy Wightman.
Land reform and landownership are complex issues in island communities accustomed to centuries of the master-servant relationship. In this third podcast from Aye Write Ray Perman also describes how John was inspired by pioneering work in Nova Scotia (but frustrated by realities back home) and why he would be excited by the potential of new digital communication to unlock the Great Library of Canna to the wider world.