Traquair visit for First Minister

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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, BBC correspondent Lyse Doucet, and special envoy to Syria, Staffan de Mistura, will appear on a panel at Traquair House on Sunday, August 28, for the Beyond Borders International Festival of Literature and Thought.

The panel, which will take place at 1pm, will see Ms Doucet lead a discussion with the First Minister and Mr de Mistura on the diverse roles that women can play in the realms of politics and peace making.

This will be followed by a Q&A session.

Ms Sturgeon said of the upcoming 1325 Fellowship and her participation in the festival: “I am delighted to be returning to Traquair House this year and discussing the important role that women can play in the peace-making process. In any war there is a human cost, as we have seen all too often. It is more vital than ever that the international community tries to resolve conflict with peace settlements which have been shaped by women as well as men.”

Tickets (weekend pass £45, day pass £24, individual events £9, walks and cycle rides £6) are available online at

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