Jemma Neville is a writer with a background in human rights law. She is Director of the national development agency for community-led arts, Voluntary Arts Scotland. She was the inaugural Community Fellow at theInstitute of Advanced Studies in Humanities, University of Edinburgh, and has been shortlisted for the Guardian International Development Journalism Award.
Constitution Street considers what real-life stories from neighbours of one street in Leith reveal about today’s constitutional crisis in an age of anxiety. Part memoir, part social history, part exploration of a new constitution for the day we live in, Neville’s debut encourages a reclamation of human rights practice as something that belongs to each of us, too important to be left to politicians and lawyers.
Jemma gets to know the people and stories that have lived on her street for decades, showcasing
‘Both personal and political, insightful but never judgemental and, above all, compassionate. An essential read for anyone who wants to move forward, with hope.’ -Helen Sedgwick