Lesley Riddoch is one of Scotland’s best known commentators and broadcasters. She was assistant editor of the Scotsman in the 1990s (and editor of the Scotswoman in 1995 when female staff wrote, edited and produced the paper) & contributing editor of the Sunday Herald. She is best known for broadcasting with programmes on BBC2, Channel 4, Radio 4 and BBC Radio Scotland, for which she has won two Sony speech broadcaster awards.
Lesley runs her own independent radio and podcast company, Feisty Ltd which produces a popular weekly podcast and was media partner for the 3 year EU-funded Equimar marine energy project. Lesley is a weekly columnist for the Scotsman and Sunday Post and a regular contributor to the Guardian. Lesley is Director of Nordic Horizons, a policy group which exchanges expertise between the Nordic nations and Scotland and is completing a PhD supervised by Oslo and Strathclyde Universities. She was a founding member of the Isle of Eigg Trust which led to the successful community buyout in 1997.
Her forthcoming book – Blossom: what Scotland needs to flourish will be published by Luath in August 2013.
Battle of Ideas 2011 Showreel
"To contribute to Battle of Ideas is to add a few words to a giant, communal speech-bubble out of the gap-toothed mouth of British opinion. It is a strong reminder that the joys of free, uncalculated speech and the right to attack orthodoxies can in no way be assumed in 2012 – that we use them or lose them."
Piers Hellawell, composer; professor of composition, Queen’s University Belfast