A panorama of ideas about nationality and culture, Arts and the Nation arose from the conviction that Scotland can never be really democratic until it gives the arts the priority of place and attention they demand. This book is a fresh take on subjects new and old, with multifaceted ideas of nationality and culture. Alan Riach is a poet and the Professor of Scottish Literature at the University of Glasgow. Alexander (Sandy) Moffat is an artist and teacher whose paintings grace the walls of Scotland's National Portrait Gallery. John Purser is an award-winning composer, playwright and author and one of Scotland's most important cultural ambassadors.