Constitution Street: book launch

Constitution Street

'A love letter to Scotland – its past, present and future – and an exhilarating portrait of the power of community in a time of change. Transformative and inspirational.' - GAVIN FRANCIS, Adventures In Human Being

IASH is delighted to support the launch of Jemma Neville's Constitution Street, one of the most hotly anticipated books of 2019. A counter to Brexit panic publishing, Constitution Street explores ideas of community, human rights and constitutional crossroads to offer a calm vision of a way forward in uncertain times. Fellow Leither, writer and award-winning journalist Chitra Ramaswamy will be interviewing Jemma for the launch. Tickets are available here:

Welcome to Constitution Street, Edinburgh. The street, like the world at large, is in a moment of flux. Part memoir, part social history and a call to action, Constitution Street is an antidote to an age of personal and political anxiety. Here, the real-life stories on one street, shared with Jemma Neville and framed by her own, reveal the courage, perseverance and capacity for love within us all. Neighbour by neighbour, street by street, reclaiming our human rights as something too important to be left solely to lawyers and politicians, will unite us with our sense of belonging and common purpose.

'A beguiling and important book. It opens an important conversation about our communities and country.' - SARA SHERIDAN


Jemma Neville has a professional background in human rights law. She was Communications Outreach Coordinator at the Scottish Human Rights Commission, and is currently Director of Voluntary Arts Scotland, the national development agency for community-led arts practice. Jemma Neville held an IASH Community Fellowship in 2017-18. Her dog Bon features throughout and is wonderful. @jemma_tweets

Constitution Street is published by one of Scotland's most vibrant indie presses, the fantastic 404 Ink.