FROM north to south, from east to west, the appetite for independence is growing, and political engagement by Yes supporters is reaching new heights while Unionists just sit at home trolling.

Here are just four examples of events happening next week that prove the Yes DIY movement is alive and well and is keeping people engaged in political debate about matters in Scotland end elsewhere.

Yes Hub Inverness told us: “The independence movement is a cause that both Scotland and Catalonia share. In collaboration with the Yes Hub Inverness, National columnist George Kerevan and Chris Bambery talk about the headline Catalonian independence vote in October 2017, as explored in their book Catalonia Reborn: How Catalonia Took On the Corrupt Spanish State and the Legacy of Franco.

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“From the history that led them to that fateful day in October to what lies ahead, the vote has stormed our news channels since October and have continued to do so, with the no-confidence vote that unseated Mariano Rajoy and the withdrawal of the trial against St Andrews professor Clara Ponsati.

“Answering questions like: Why do most people in Catalonia want independence from Spain? What is the history behind Catalonia’s struggle for independence?

They continued: “Has Catalonia ever been independent? Is it likely to be so again? Why has the Spanish government employed such draconian measures to prevent the possibility of Catalonian independence?

“Chris and George seek to bring clarity, insight and explanation to the political climate, both past and present, in Catalonia and the tumultuous events that have led to the present day.”

The event is on Tuesday, August 21, from 7pm at the Yes Hub Inverness at 45 Huntly Street.

Also on Tuesday, at the other end of the country, Yes Annandale are hosting what should be a fascinating free event in Lockerbie Town Hall from 7.30pm at which doctors Marc Aitken and Phillipa Whitford MP will discuss the future of the National Health Service.

The previous night, Monday August 20, Yes 2 Stonehaven and SNP Stonehaven and Mearns are hosting an evening with Peter Bell, the well-known independence campaigner.

It’s from 7pm at the Station Hotel in Stonehaven. Entry is free, there’s a cash bar and a raffle.

Finally, on Thursday, August 23, Bearsden South SNP will host a public debate on the Growth Commission report that will feature Dr Craig Dalzell, Head of Policy and Research at Common Weal, and Professor Iain Docherty of Glasgow University.

It’s at the Bearsden Community Hub in Drymen Road from 7pm. See Evenbrite for details.