Last year, held during the Commonwealth Games, The Empire Cafe was the name given to a week of cultural events looking at Scotland’s role in Empire, the Commonwealth, and the slave trade. It was the brainchild of Louise Welsh and Jude Barber, and Scots Whay Hae! spoke to both of them about it in a previous podcast.
But another figure central to the Cafe’s success was the historian and writer, Stephen Mullen, and we finally managed to catch up with him this month. Stephen is the author of It Wisnae Us: The Truth About Glasgow & Slavery, a seminal work on Glasgow’s role in the slave trade, both in perpetrating and in opposing. Continue reading