Jemma Neville

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
404 Ink
September 2019

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 real life accounts of perseverance, courage and vulnerability, and that extraordinary stories are behind each door.  Constitution Street takes a view on the global issue of human rights through the lens of one street and its inhabitants.