THE National’s quality range of columnists and other contributors are playing a vital part in the Yes DIY movement – as events over the next couple of days show.

Tomorrow night, Bearsden South SNP will host a meeting that features Lesley Riddoch. As readers of The National will know from her column, Lesley has great admiration for the way they do things in Scandinavia and the other Nordic countries such as the Faroe Islands.

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On this occasion, Lesley will be talking about Small Nordic States and Their Relationship With the EU at 7.30pm in the Bearsden Community Hub on Drymen Road.

Also tomorrow night, Strathearn SNP will host the Wee Ginger Dug and his human, Paul Kavanagh, in what is billed as an event for all supporters of Scottish independence in Strathearn.

Catch Paul and the Dug in the Strathearn Art Space in Crieff at 7.30pm. Entry is free and you are asked to BYOB – now whatever could that mean?

We can’t claim Gerda Stevenson as our own, because she’s a star who belongs to the whole of Scotland.

Tonight Gerda will be talking about her latest book of poetry, Quines: Poems in Tribute to the Women of Scotland, in a special event hosted by Leith SNP at Leith Dockers Club, Academy Street, at 8pm. Not to be missed.

Also tonight, Yes Cumbernauld have Craig Dalzell of Common Weal talking about social security post-independence. It’s at the Link centre at 7.30pm.