Language Matters

Kathleen Stein Smith, Ph.D

A Tiny Country of Creative Geniuses (Scotland)

“Scotland has long been at the forefront of innovation, drawing on a unique combination of practicality and creativity.

The first time I glimpsed Edinburgh Castle, sprouting from the basalt like some giant stone apparition, I was stunned into an uncharacteristic silence. There is something about Edinburgh – indeed about all of Scotland ­– that inspires not only silence, but also a certain type of creative ingenuity.

You feel this something as soon as you arrive in Scotland’s capital.

There’s a little bit of Scotland in all of us, whether we know it or not.

There’s something special about Scotland, he said. Yes, this creative spirit is in full bloom each August during the famous Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the world’s largest arts festival, but, according to Beer, Scottish ingenuity is a year-round affair.

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