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Scotland 2030: Death and Dying

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Tuesday 6 November 2018, at the Scottish Parliament

The Futures Forum concluded its investigation into life in the future with a discussion on death and dying in 2030 and beyond.

Chaired by the Parliament’s Presiding Officer, Rt Hon Ken Macintosh MSP, this session considered our approach to death and dying in Scotland, now and in the future, and how our cultural relations with death may change by 2030.

With a keynote presentation by writer and broadcaster Richard Holloway, former bishop of Edinburgh and author of the recent book “Waiting for the Last Bus”, this event tackled a taboo subject that ultimately affects us all.

This seminar forms part of the Life in Future Scotland series run in 2018 by the Futures Forum.


Richard Holloway is a writer and broadcaster. A former Bishop of Edinburgh and Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church, Richard has also served as chairman of the Joint Board of the Scottish Arts Council and Scottish Screen, as a member of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority and as chair of the BMA Steering Group on Ethics and Genetics. Richard is a fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and the chair of Sistema Scotland.

Richard has written published more than 20 books, exploring the relationship between modern religion and various issues such as sexuality, drugs and bioethics. His memoir “Leaving Alexandria” won the PEN/Ackerley Prize 2013 and was shortlisted for the Orwell Prize in 2013, while his recent book “Waiting for the Last Bus” has been described by the Scotsman as a “profound meditation on the ultimate inevitability.”

Richard Holloway writes regularly for a variety of newspapers and has presented many series for BBC television and radio. Richard is also a former director of Scotland’s Futures Forum.