Hello, and welcome to my week on @CatalanVoices. It’s going to be a typical week in the life of a Scottish fifty-something man living between the countryside and the city, between Catalonia and Scotland, between rain and sun, laughter and tears, work and play.
Here’s the basics; I’m a fifty-something man, born in Glasgow, Scotland. I live in an old Catalan farmhouse – a ‘masia’ – that my partner and I have restored with the help of our friendly builder, with four donkeys, six Ripollesa sheep, dogs, chickens and bees. I work as a consultant and researcher in philanthropy and fundraising, with www.pallapupas.org, the Catalan hospital clown organisation, with www.factary.com, and as a teacher at the University of Barcelona, where I give part of the postgraduate certificate in fundraising (http://www.ubsce.ub.edu/es/postgrado/postgrado-captacion-fondos-fundraising.html).
I write and blog about Catalonia, Scotland and philanthropy. My latest book, “How Philanthropy is Changing in Europe” was published last month by Policy Press (http://policypress.co.uk/how-philanthropy-is-changing-in-europe). My blog on farming life is at http://croftingcatalunya.blogspot.com.es/, and on Scotland and politics at http://serosedseriocat.blogspot.com.es/.
I’m going to touch on some of the hot topics of the day – including the ironies of being Scottish, in Catalonia, during the Brexit debate – as well as the normal, warm, welcoming world of life here.