St Giles’ will host a large-scale public lecture on St Andrew's Day, which will be a 'state of the nation address' to provoke thought and new ideas about Scotland and the wider world. Our speaker for 2018 will be Alastair McIntosh, a prominent writer and activist on community empowerment, non-violence, social justice and the environment. Alastair will also use this lecture to discuss the idea of an inclusive national identity. This year we will also be hosting an exhibition in St Giles', charting the life of St Andrew and exploring how he became Scotland's patron saint. This will include an interactive 'fishing net' installation inspired by the story of St Andrew. Members of the public will be encouraged to contribute towards the installation by writing wishes for the future on paper fish and tying them to the net. The exhibition will run 16 Nov - 5 Dec.