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Alastair Stewart
Editor
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Alastair Stewart is a freelance writer and journalist. He was previously a press officer in the Scottish Parliament and worked in public affairs. He graduated from Edinburgh University with an MA in International Relations and writes regularly on politics and the arts in the Spanish and British press.

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Zorica Ilin
Marketing & Community Engagement Officer
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An international economic development professional and diplomat with a keen interest in global economics and corporate involvement. Experienced in both the for-profit and non-profit sector; dedicated proponent of corporate social responsibility and sustainable economic .

Featured Writers


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Tammara Lesko
Studying politics at university and enjoy writing about history; political history especially
: british-politics-interests, education, european-politics, history, policy-analysis-interests, political-parties-interests, politics-interests, russian-politics
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Isabel Martins
Political Science undergraduate, speaks three languages, volunteers in free time.
: british-politics-interests, economy, european-politics, international-relations-interests, law, political-parties-interests, politics-interests, russian-politics, spanish-politics, theatre
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Scott Liddell
Photographer behind the 'Dark Edinburgh' series
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Richard Thieriot
From NYC comes a darkly comic guide for brothers everywhere: how to teach, protect and permanently traumatise each other.
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Katie Kopajtic
Actor, writer, producer. Potter nerd. Passionate about fighting with longswords. Adopt your pets!
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Sandra Hale
Sandra Hale was a professional actor for over 45 years working with comedy greats such as Sidney James, Clive Dunn, and John Inman
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Holly Morgan
Holly Morgan is making her Fringe debut with Seven Crazy Bitches at Assembly in 2017
: arts
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Murdo Fraser
Scottish Conservative shadow spokesman for Finance
: politics-interests, scottish-politics-interests
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Hugh Andrew
Managing Director of the Scottish publishing house Birlinn
: arts, british-politics-interests, european-politics, scottish-politics-interests

Partners


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Bernie O'Toole
Paper Rose PR
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Paper Rose PR is a Public Relations Agency working at Fringe Festivals across the UK, specialising in Comedy PR & Theatre PR.

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Josh Quigley
The Tartan Explorer
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After surviving a suicide attempt in May 2015, Josh Quigley is now a social entrepreneur cycling the world as The Tartan Explorer to raise awareness about mental health. The Tartan Explorer will be cycling to over 75 countries on 6 continents on May 26th 2016.

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Amy Cools
Ordinary Philosophy
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Amy holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy with an emphasis on Applied Ethics and Law from Sacramento State University and writes about practical philosophy and the history of ideas.

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Cameron Mackay
Explorers' Stories
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Cameron is a Geography student at the University of Glasgow. A keen researcher and communicator on environmental issues, he has joined and organised expeditions to Greenland, the Himalayas and Tanzania with the hope of engaging more people with the challenges facing our planet.

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Alan Graham
Combine Media
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Alan attended Queen Margaret University and holds a BA (Hons) in Drama and Performance. He is a fan of film, TV, video games, comic books and generally anything involving sitting down. Ironically, he is also a stand-up comedian.

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Paul Levy
FringeReview
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Paul Levy is a writer, a facilitator, senior researcher at the University of Brighton, founder of FringeReview, and author of the book Digital Inferno, published in 2014 by Clairview Books.

Meet the Team


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Daniel Hewett
Writer, blogger, cynical misanthrope and bad poet.
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I am fascinated by controversial and difficult topics. My articles try to be good-faith examinations of why any given idea can seem beautiful to one person and noxious to another. To this effect, I will always try my best to offer a fresh perspective and a balanced outlook.

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Ilia Hionidou
Student of English Literature at the University of Glasgow
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Student of English Literature at the University of Glasgow

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Alastair Stewart
Writer, editor & Churchill aficionado
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Alastair Stewart is a freelance writer and journalist. He was previously a press officer in the Scottish Parliament and worked in public affairs. He graduated from Edinburgh University with an MA in International Relations and writes regularly on politics and the arts in the Spanish and British press.

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Fionnbharr Rodgers
Writer
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I have recently graduated with a Masters in Politics from Queen's University Belfast, and now I write articles on a breadth of subjects and hope someone will take an interest in them.

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John Lindberg
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John Lindberg is a former policy adviser to Sir Jamie McGrigor MSP and a self-declared science geek. His main interests are energy and environmental issues, with a burning passion for nuclear power. He recently graduated with a First from the University of Glasgow, MA (Hons) in Politics.

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Max Gwynne
History Enthusiast / Favourite Historical Figures: JFK, Churchill, T.E. Lawrence
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Modern History/Politics/International Relations Writer.

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Matthew Cooper
Political writer/blogger, free thinker, libertarian, aspiring journalist/content writer, coffee snob
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Matthew Cooper is a University of Bath alumnus with a BSc in Politics and International Relations. He intends to take his love for writing further by actively pursuing a career in journalism or content writing.

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Annie Maddison
Sassy and outspoken Londoner. Passionate about food, culture and travel.
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A food, fun and dance-loving English and French Graduate from the University of Leeds, and an aspiring writer who analyses beyond the point of no return.

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David Malcolm
25 | Proud Northerner | Historian | Writer | Political enthusiast
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A graduate from Teesside University with a Masters in History. Deeply interested in British and American politics alongside world history and philosophy.

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Oliver Murphy
| Contributory Writer | PR Campaigner | Young Commissioner |
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Oliver is an A-Level Politics student, contributory writer and campaigner for MakeVotesMatter. His work focuses on British politics, contemporary political events and European politics. Supplementing this is a passion for History.

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Howard Fisher
20 | International Relations Student
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Howard J. Fisher is an undergraduate student of International Relations at The Royal Holloway, University of London.
Currently a member of the UOTC, Howard specialises in War and Security Studies, as well as Defence in the Post-Cold War World, and American Foreign Policy.

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Pelican Comedy
Pelican are an exciting young comedy company formed by Gaulier-trained ex-Footlights Sam, Jordan and Guy.
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Pelican are an exciting young comedy company formed by Gaulier-trained ex-Footlights Sam, Jordan and Guy. We blend intelligent sketch-based comedy with clowning and physical theatre to create shows with a real sense of liveness.

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Angelika Majchrowska
Contributing Writer
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Angelika is a contributing writer and writes about politics, law and current affairs. She has a Master of Law in Corporate and Commercial Law, and a Master in European Public Law and Governance. She is particularly interested in privacy, data protection and cyberlaw. She is a paralegal at Sterling Lawyers and deals with immigration and employment law.

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David Bone
Writer on British politics and society.
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David is a graduate of the University of Stirling and holds a BA (Hons) in politics. Since graduating he has been employed in the third sector. His writing interests include Scottish and British politics, international relations, ideologies and megatrends.

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Jonathan Tew
Historian
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Masters in Research student at the University of the West of England

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Geejo Francis
Lawyer,Student in politics,Architectural photographer,Traveller,Listens to Regina Spektor
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Law graduate. Politics student. History buff and an ardent Conan fan.

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Amber Reidy
Generic graduate, aspiring author, dedicated dogwalker, accidentally alliterative
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I graduated from the University of Birmingham in 2016 with a 2:1 in English Literature and History. As well as fulfilling my graduate potential as a waitress, I am a closet writer, political enthusiast, history nerd and personal comedian!

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Stephen Mallet
Prospective academic, political philosophy enthusiast, and an advocate of criticism.
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Intelligent scepticism is never an overrated characteristic within modernity. I'm a Politics and International Relations student at Royal Holloway and a freelance writer. I take an interest in a variety of topics, mostly concerning political philosophy and contemporary political affairs. An advocate of critical thinking who prizes analysing the normal and justifying the non-existent.

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Michaela Watters
Teacher of English, Philosophy and Ethics with an interest in all things political and an insatiable thirst for learning new things.
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Michaela has educated young people all over the world from the UK, to Uganda to Hong Kong and further afield. Her academic background is in Philosophy, Ethics and English and she is passionate about motivating people to engage with politics.

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Charlie Smoothy
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Charlie is a University of Leeds Politics graduate, currently working in the heart of British Politics.

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Gem Sofianos
Journalist and Blogger.
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Gem used to co-run a family business before embarking on a career as a journalist. She takes a keen interest in business and politics.

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Thomas Nugent
Aspiring journalist with a passion for the arts and politics
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I am an aspiring journalist who enjoys writing about the arts and politics. I also have an unhealthy addiction to coffee, or 'journalist fuel'.

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Gabriela Bernal
My name is Gabriela Bernal and I enjoy writing, reading, traveling, and learning languages.
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Gabriela Bernal is interested in politics, international relations, and terrorism. She is pursuing a degree in political science and plans on pursuing her postgraduate studies in the U.K. She likes to write, read, play tennis, travel, and learn new languages.

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Nicholas Hoare
Writer on rivalry in international relations, the Labour Party and many other topics.
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Currently studying for an International Relations Masters at the University of Nottingham having spent last year in Toulouse.
Originally from Bedford, I focus on the interplay between domestic and international politics, what makes countries become rivals and the Labour Party.

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James Anderson
Political activist & analyst, historical nerd and philosophical musings
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James Anderson is a UK Communications and politics analyst, focusing in particular on the Conservative Party. He has previously worked as an activist on local and national campaigns in public affairs. He graduated from Warwick University in History and writes regularly on UK politics and history.

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Priya Surendra
Writer, specialist in Geopolitics, passion for International Development
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Master’s graduate in Geopolitics, Territory and Security from Kings College London. Relationship builder, articulate in speech with a flair for research and writing. Well-developed analytical skills and tackles issues originally.

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William Campbell
Another disaffected millennial
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William studied at the University of Glasgow and graduated MA (Hons) Political Science. He has experience working in roles related to criminal justice in Scotland and is interested in International Relations and political philosophy.

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Lewis Spencer-Witcomb
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Lewis is currently studying Politics, Philosophy and Economics at the University of Manchester. As well as his academic interests in these subjects and the relations between them he is also a keen sports fan, following his local teams in football and rugby league.

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Allan Nixon
Writer, political enthusiast
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Writer, political enthusiast and contributing writer on DARROW

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Hannah Tayab
Writer. Aspiring Lawyer.
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I am 19 years old and an aspiring lawyer. I love writing, especially about current affairs.

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Niall McCumesty
Glaswegian with a keen interest in International Development
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Masters Student in International Development at University of Glasgow.

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Chris Holdsworth
Earth scientist and citizen.
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My writing interests spawn from my studies in Earth Sciences. The natural world fascinates and amazes me, but engaging and involving others in science is my greatest passion because of the ever-growing need for interest and understanding of the natural world.

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Caroline Hibbs
Writer, history and politics enthusiast
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Caroline has a masters in human rights and global ethics and an undergraduate degree is in history. Her interests are mostly history and politics. At the end of her studies she hopes to work for a charity, NGO or political organisation.

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Ethan Sloan-Dennison
Ethan is a Politics graduate currently working as a canvasser
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Ethan is a Politics graduate currently working as a canvasser. He enjoys writing about British Politics but also takes an interest in events across the world too. As well as Politics, Ethan also likes to contribute some content concerning film.

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Alan & Kallum
Alan and Kallum are the writers and stars behind the entertainment podcast 'What's Now? With Alan & Kallum'.
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Alan and Kallum are the eponymous co-stars, writers and producers behind the culture and politics podcast series 'What's Now? With Alan & Kallum'.

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Robert Glynn
Historian, cultural consumer, digital marketer and political theorist
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I'm a political junkie; an artistic addict; and culture pervert. Just another disaffected millennial who loves everything.

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John Webster
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Contact me about national and international politics and about political and military history.

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Alexander Soltanahmadi
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Alexander studied History at the University of Hull and later moved to Germany where he work as an English Language Assistant for the British Council. His interests include different cultures, political news, and languages.

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Stephen Sacco
Writer - U.S. and British Politics
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Stephen Sacco grew up in New York and California and ​holds degrees from NYU and Columbia University. A former journalist, he writes and lives in St Andrews, where he's studying for a PhD. He is also trying to understand this strange form of football that allows you to use your feet.

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Karim Dafallah
Political Contributor
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Karim Dafallah is a political contributor for DARROW and is part of the courses team for a charity called Back Up, which supports people with spinal cord injury. He graduated from Coventry University with a BA in History and writes mainly on British politics.

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Luke Osborne
Writer in the politics of identity and conflict
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Luke Osborne is currently studying for an undergraduate degree in politics at the university of Kent. He has a keen interest in the politics of the European Union, identity and multiculturalism.

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James Samson
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James is a final year Law LLB student at Glasgow University. Having just returned from studying in Gothenburg, Sweden, James's writing interest lie in immigration law, accountability of government and Chinese political and legal culture.

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Chris Cresswell
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Chris holds a BA Hons and an MA in Theatre Practice and he is currently researching a PhD in Clown. He has been a performer and director in circus theatre (Ra Ra Zoo), film and TV for over 30 years. He is currently an associate lecturer at Chichester University and AELFA academy.

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William Hingley
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William is a Geography graduate at Aberystwyth University, currently studying for an MA in Regional and Environmental Policy. Will is also a passionate environmentalist with a keen interest in UK political affairs.

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Andrew MacAulay
Budding expert on all things Russia
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I am a postgraduate student studying International Security a the University of Dundee with a particular focus on Russia. I am utterly obsessed with history, international affairs and (observing) sport.

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Anita Vigneswaran
Meet Anita
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I am a student of the University of Kent and I am now going into my third, and final year of my degree. I study Sociology with Politics.
In my spare time I like to blog, especially about current affairs.

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Rodaidh McLaughlin
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Rodaidh is a Politics & History graduate from the University of Stirling who takes a particular interest in political philosophy and European history.

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Nicol Ogston
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Nicol is highly critical of the current constitutional debates surrounding the UK and EU's futures. Having completed a degree in History and Politics at Edinburgh University, he now spends his time explaining some of the political issues facing Europe and the Middle East.

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Martin Houdek
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Martin is a second-year student reading Law at Durham University with an emphasis on public law and policy. He has accrued over 15 months’ full-time experience in the investment banking, corporate law and political advisory sectors.

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Michael Grieve
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Michael is a Kirkcaldy man, and recent English graduate from the University of St Andrews. He improvises as part of Blind Mirth; writes poems, sketches, and standup; and has a dog.

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Rik Carranza
Comedian, Host, Geek. Creator & Host #STvsSW
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Comedian, Host, Geek. Creator &amp;amp; Host #STvsSW <a href=" http://bit.ly/EdFringeSTvsSW" ; target="_blank"> http://bit.ly/EdFringeSTvsSW< ;/a> I&#039;m A Fan <a href=" http://bit.ly/ImaFan" ; target="_blank"> http://bit.ly/ImaFan< ;/a> Represented by @BeyondCompere I am not @RCarranza_

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Kallum Corke
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Kallum Corke is a filmmaker, writer and visual artist whose varied creative output is chiefly concerned with issues of social justice, politics, arts and culture.

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Sam Black
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Samantha Black recently completed her MA in Modern British and European History from Oxford University. Her field of interest is memory theory, intercultural dialogue and the history of international relations with a focus on Europe in the mid-20th century.

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Matthew Murray
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Matthew recently graduated with an MSc in Public Policy and Management from the University of Glasgow. He has a keen interest in Scottish politics and the policy making process. His other passion is attempting to climb all the Munros in Scotland.