The current chairman of the Auchterarder and District Local History Association, Robin Bell, is a historian who has written over twenty books dramas and documentaries, including a global history which presents a new perspective on our history as viewed from our village, Auchterarder. The book, entitled "Set on a Hill - A Strategic View over Scottish History", looks outwards from our strategic ridge on the wild frontier of the Roman Empire, and where world leaders met at the G8 Summit Conference 2000 years later.
The strategic ridge rises from the Strathearn valley, where the Scottish Highlands and Lowlands meet. The ancient Royal Burgh of Auchterarder and the modern Gleneagles Hotel stand on its slopes. Across the centuries, politicians and armies have learned that you cannot control Scotland for long without holding this ridge. It has seen times of extreme poverty, but today the world's wealthy and famous build homes on its green slopes, and Britain's future king, Prince William was created Earl of Strathearn in 2011.
Robin Bell grew up in Strathearn. He spent many years as a writer, broadcaster and university teacher in New York and London. He won a Sony Radio Academy for best British Documentary with "Strathinver: A Portrait Album 1945-1953". He also won Scotland's premier arts awqard, the Creative Scotland Award, for 'How to Tell lies', his fables on political processes of the G8 meeting.
'Bittersweet Within My Heart', his biograthy and translations of the French poems of Mary, Queen of Scots, was acclaimed internationally.
The book, 'Set on a Hill' is available, costing £12.00, including post and package charges, contact us