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  • Alistair Braidwood

A Matter Of Death & Life: The SWH! Podcast Talks To Peter Ross…

Updated: Apr 26, 2023

For the latest SWH! podcast Ali was joined by writer and journalist Peter Ross to talk about his latest book A Tomb With A View. It was the first podcast recorded face-to-face since Lockdown began (maintaining the required distance, of course) and it was a genuine pleasure to be able to chat to Peter in person.

He has been a guest on previous podcasts to talk about his books, Daunderlust: Dispatches from Unreported Scotland and The Passion of Harry Bingo: Further Dispatches from Unreported Scotland but A Tomb With a View: The Stories and Glories of Graveyards is his most engaging book yet and it was fascinating to be able to get behind the stories.

The conversation touches upon when and where Ross’s love of cemeteries, graveyards, and other places of memory began, the genesis of the book, the secret lives of those who live and work in sacred spaces, the people who find themselves drawn to these cities of the dead, and so much more.

Peter also explains what the book is really about, but to find out what that is you’ll have listen to the pod. Suffice to say it’s an enthralling and insightful conversation on a subject which touches upon us all.

A Tomb With A View is out on 3rd September, published by Headline.

If you are new to the Scots Whay Hae! podcast there is quite a substantial back-catalogue for you to discover. If you aren’t yet a subscriber you can do so, (or simply listen) at iTunes, on Podbean, with Spotify, by RSS (but you’ll need to have an RSS reader to do so) or on MixCloud.

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We will continue to bring you many and varied SWH! podcasts over the coming weeks and months. In the meantime you can always check out our back catalogue of over 150 interviews with some of the most interesting names in Scottish culture, including our Scottish Opera series and the Glasgow Film Festival 2020 podcasts.


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