Speakers Announced – This years line up, so far!

We are delighted and honoured to have….

Alan GardnerThe Austic Gardener of Channel 4 Fame, with a representative from National Autisic Society.

Joined by

Jason Tutin - Digital & Learning Development Manager.

Leeds Library & Information Service

Speaking on their Libraries Change Lives award winning “Libraries for Autism”

And our own

Wendy Pearson – Service development Leader

Speaking on how Edinburgh Libraries are challenging and breaking the boundaries of Autism.

Martyn Evans – Chief Executive, Carnegie United Kingdom Trust



Councillor Richard Lewis – Convener for Culture & Sport

Born in Sydney, Richard grew up in both Edinburgh and Australia. After attending James Gillespie’s High School, he completed a B.A. (Hons) in Music at Magdalen College, Oxford and a Masters at Edinburgh University before working in Mannheim, Germany for some time. He has since worked as a freelance musician and conductor in Austria, Hungary, Australia, Denmark, Belgium and Ireland. He has been a member of the SNP for 18 years and has served as vice-convenor of Marchmont branch. He first stood for the party in the council 2007 election. His primary areas of council interest are education and the arts and particularly the importance of maintaining and expanding upon Edinburgh’s reputation as a leading artistic, cultural and educational centre. Richard has a Hungarian partner Eszter and two young children.

john-scallyJohn Scally, National Librarian and Chief Executive , National Library of Scotland

Dr Scally started his career at the National Library of Scotland in 1993 as a curator in the British Antiquarian Division and left the Library as Deputy Head of Rare Books in 2003.  Dr Scally moved to the University of Edinburgh to take up the post of Director of University Collections and during his time at the University progressed to the post ofDirector of Library and University Collections. Dr Scally returned to the National Library of Scotland in September 2014 as National Librarian and Chief Executive.

Dr Scally holds a BA (Hons) in English and Modern History from the University of Strathclyde, a PhD in History from the University of Cambridge and a Diploma in Information and Library Studies from Aberystwyth University.