James Kelman on the Dirt Road to Lafayette

https://www.commonspace.scot/articles/10254/anni-donaldson-james-kelman-dirt-road-lafayette Our Celtic Connections columnist Anni Donaldson goes on a musical journey with Dirt Road author James Kelman JAMES KELMAN in conversation with Alan Bisset at a packed ‘meet the author’ session at this year’s Celtic Connections festival was full of surprises.  The ‘connection’ celtic-wise between Kelman’s latest novel, Dirt Road, and Glasgow’s annual music …

Is it time Scotland paid a new piper?

https://www.commonspace.scot/articles/10202/anni-donaldson-it-time-scotland-paid-new-piper Our Celtic Connections columnist, Anni Donaldson, explores the politics of gender in Scottish traditional music WITH the chants of a women’s anti-Trump demonstration booming outside Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall, it was an auspicious moment to start a new conversation about gender and Scottish traditional music.  Judging by the audience’s response to the lively discussion …

The Archers: coercive control and domestic abuse

Amid a storyline on The Archers radio programme, writing in Common Space Anni Donaldson explains coercive control in abusive relationships and how people can seek help THE ARCHERS’ Helen Titchener really could use an independent domestic abuse advocate (IDA) right now. If Ambridge was in the west of Scotland she could just lift the phone …

#indyref discourse highlighted sexism

This article was written for The National Saturday 29 August 2015 I was delighted, and genuinely surprised, to be announced the winner of the inaugural Write to End Violence Against Women Awards in 2013. Since then, Scotland has witnessed a dramatic shift in its political landscape which included some devastating critiques of mainstream media and its …

#16 Days of Activism against VAW – A Woman’s Place

This article first published  @LennoxHerald 19 November 2014 November 25 marks the UN’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and signals the start of the annual 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence ending on 10 December, Human Rights Day. This year the global campaign, which began in 1981, highlights the links …

Why I am voting YES!

With three maybe four sleeps to go before we know the result of the Scottish referendum I can barely contain my excitement. I am finding it difficult to concentrate on anything else – and like most people, most women especially, there is much to be got through in a day.  However there is no other …

Scotland leads UK on preventing violence against women, but its new policy is still incomplete

This article first appeared in The Conversation 2 July 2014 Read the full article  here

Oral history can survive the Boston College tapes debacle

This article was originally published on The Conversation Read the original article. Anni Donaldson does not work for, consult to, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has no relevant affiliations.

Another Post from A Women’s Place

The March of the Undecideds?  Scottish Women #indyref Another Post from A Women’s Place http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/all-about/west%20dunbartonshire Recent polls suggest that a woman’s place is rather further from the ballot box than is good for them ahead of September’s independence referendum. By all accounts, they could be spending more of their precious time studying political form and …

Convicted domestic abuser Bill Walker released early from prison

Daily Record 22 March 2014 http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/all-about/bill%20walker Bill Walker’s early release is an indictment on the handling of domestic abuse by our justice system. The former MSP was convicted in September 2013 of 22 violent assaults against three former wives and a step-daughter. The conviction and imprisonment of such a high profile figure for serious domestic …