National Collective

The cultural campaign for Scottish independence.


We are National Collective. This is our manifesto.

Photos by Robb Mcrae. Illustrations by Alex Aitchison.

Andrew Tickell

An academic lawyer, writer and theatre reviewer, Andrew was brought up on the Argyll coast and after a spell down south, now lives in Glasgow. Andrew blogs as Lallands Peat Worrier.

Ruth Wishart

Ruth Wishart is a journalist and broadcaster who was born in Glasgow and now lives in Argyll. She has contributed to the Scotsman, the Herald and the Guardian amongst others.

Dan Paris

Dan Paris is National Collective’s Political Editor and an SNP activist. Dan was born and brought up in Perth and has since lived in Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Christopher Silver

Christopher Silver writes for National Collective and Bella Caledonia. He recently produced the feature length documentary Scotland Yet.

James Maxwell

James Maxwell is a Scottish political journalist who writes for the New Statesman, Bella Caledonia, the Sunday Herald and the Sunday Mail.

Lesley Riddoch

Lesley Riddoch is a writer, broadcaster and prominent political commentator. She is the author of Blossom – what Scotland needs to Flourish.

Robin McAlpine

Robin McAlpine is the founder of Common Weal, a left-wing campaign group and think-tank. He previously worked in public affairs for Scottish universities.

Jenny Lindsay

Jenny Lindsay is a poet and teacher living in Edinburgh. She is one half of the Rally and Broad team, one of Scotland’s premier spoken word nights.

Ross Aitchison

Ross Aitchison is a Part II Architectural Assistant based in Edinburgh and a graduate of Edinburgh College of Art, originally from Aberdeenshire.

Tessa Ransford

Tessa Ransford is poet, translator, literary editor and cultural activist. She also worked as founder and director of the Scottish Poetry Library.

Calum MacLeòid

Calum MacLeòid is a language activist and award winning writer originally from Inverness. He studied at Glasgow University and lives in Partick.

Jalal Abukhater

Jalal Abukhater is a 19-year old Palestinian from Jerusalem. He studies Politics and International Relations at the University of Dundee.

Isobel Lindsay

Isobel Lindsay has been an active campaigner in Scottish politics since 1960 promoting anti-nuclear, independence and left issues.

Roanne Dods

Roanne Dods is producer at PAL Labs, a lab based organization that develops new work and ideas through collaborative, interdisciplinary processes.