National Conference & AGM in Glasgow – A shining success!

The NWR National Conference & AGM 2015 took place in Glasgow on Saturday 20 June in the beautiful and historic Grand Central Hotel. The trustees, staff and conference committee were delighted to welcome 260 members. Many made a weekend of it and enjoyed wraparound events including a guided tour of Glasgow’s historical sites.

We had an impressive line-up of high calibre speakers talking on the theme of ‘Diverse Connections’. The conference kicked off with award-winning writer and journalist Alistair Moffat who captivated the audience on the subject of DNA and how much it can inform us about our ancestry. In addition to Alistair was BBC broadcaster and writer Sally Magnusson who talked movingly about her mother’s dementia, which led her to write Where Memories Go and starting up the charity Playlist for Life. Finally we got to hear from English language teacher and co-author of the children’s novel Food Wars, Mairi Nasr. Mairi lived in Lebanon for several years and gave us food for thought about accommodating different cultures.

We’d like to extend a warm thank you to all the members of the local groups who contributed to making the weekend such a success.