NWR National Conference 2015: Glasgow

The National Conference 2015 will be held in Glasgow on Saturday 20th June. Book now – don’t miss out! 

Members can now book their places now for this year’s NWR National Conference in the wonderful city of Glasgow. The conference will be held at the fabulous Grand Hotel and will be on the theme of ‘Diverse Connections’.

Some fantastic speakers are being lined up right now and to top it off delegates can enjoy preferential rates at the Grand Hotel! (See application form Glasgow Conference application for more information). So why not make a trip of it?

Confirmed speakers

These high calibre and proven speakers’ topics will reflect the theme Diverse Connections:

Mairi Nasr (nee McLellan)

Mairi Nasr is an English language teacher and co-author of a children’s novel on food, Food Wars. She lived in the Middle East for twenty years with her Lebanese husband and three children. In 2013, she returned to the UK and now lives in Renfrewshire, Scotland. 

Mairi will share how she survived the roller coaster of adjusting to a new and alien life. Picking her way through a minefield of strange customs, bewildering misunderstandings and painful mistakes, she learned about a culture. Beneath the surface of a chaotic, sometimes unruly, Middle Eastern way of life, the sublime beauty of age-old traditions was revealed.

And now, twenty years on, the UK itself has changed. We are a global community. War and political strife in the Middle East brew a climate of fear and tension, and the Muslim community of Britain is misunderstood and alienated.

Can we overcome this ever-widening divide? Mairi believes we can. 

Alistair Moffat

Award winning Writer and Journalist, and founder of multiple DNA and ancestry websites, Alistair Moffat will be talking about his recognised work on DNA.

Alistair was born in Kelso, Scotland. In addition to his journalism, he has held a long list of prestigious positions. These include Director of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Director of Programmes at Scottish Television, Founder and Director of Borders Book Festival and Founder and Director of Lennoxlove Book Festival

More recently, he has launched multiple websites on DNA and ancestry. These include Britain’s DNA, Scotland’s DNA, Ireland’s DNA and Yorkshire’s DNA. He is also Co-Chairman of The Great Tapestry of Scotland and a Director of Book Nation. Quite a list!

Sally Magnusson

Sally Magnusson, BBC Broadcaster and Writer, will be talking about her acclaimed book, Where Memories Go, about caring for her mother as she suffered from dementia.

Where Memories Go is part memoir of her beloved mother, Express journalist Mamie Magnusson, and part story of her tragic descent into dementia.

Sally has presented many television programmes, from Breakfast Time to Panorama. She is currently presents Reporting Scotland for BBC Scotland, Tracing Your Roots on BBC Radio 4 and Songs of Praise.

Wraparound events

Our fantastic wraparound events will include a guided tour of Glasgow Necropolis, a guided tour of Glasgow City Chambers, Friday evening meal,  Friday evening quiz, a guided city walk on Sunday morning. More details will be sent to those attending very shortly.

Your stay

Glasgow has been voted the number 1 UK destination “on the rise” by TripAdvisor. With over 9,000 hotel rooms within 10 miles of the city centre, 19,000 hotel rooms in the Greater Glasgow area and over 3,000 university rooms with en-suite facilities there is plenty of choice.

And don’t forget to make use of the free accommodation booking service operated by the University of Glasgow.

Book now

Don’t miss out – BOOK EARLY!

When: 8.30 to 5pm, 20th June 2015
Grand Central Hotel, Glasgow

Closing date for applications:
30th April 2015

Not a member but want to attend? Join us now!