Alastair is a public affairs consultant and freelance writer. He regularly writes about politics, history and culture with a particular interest in Winston Churchill's links to Scotland.
Public Affairs, PR & Digital
Providing public affairs, public relations, design and digital support to clients. Sample work below.
Orbit digital engagement deemed best practice by Scottish Government (Scottish Housing News)
Best practice digital nod for Orbit Communications (Scotland on Sunday)
Alastair Stewart: Adapting to COVID-19 with Orbit Communications (Scottish Housing News)
Switch to digital is boosting community engagement (Consultation Institute)
Switch to digital is boosting community engagement (Edinburgh Evening News)
Engagement and project approval
Gilston Park – http://gilston-park.scot/
Parkhead Hub – https://parkheadhub.scot/
British Land – Dougalston – https://bldougalston.co.uk/
Buckholm Corner – https://buckholmcorner.com/
Queensberry Properties – https://finance-house.co.uk/
PLATFORM_ – https://platform-edinburgh.co.uk/
Press & Brand
Churchill & Scotland
EDINBURGH EVENING NEWS
INTERNATIONAL CHURCHILL SOCIETY
BBC RADIO SCOTLAND
Part 1: Debunking the cult of Churchill
Using primary sources to explore the statesman’s life and work.
Part 2: Churchill as a military leader
A look at Churchill’s reputation as a boorish war leader with a penchant for expeditions over expediency. Is it justified?
Part 3: Churchill the actor
For all his flaws and quirks, Churchill makes for an infinitely more interesting character study than the heavily redacted, and catastrophically cliched, caricature of a stoic leader with a jutted jaw and cigar.
Alastair calls for a more significant distinction between the real and apocryphal stories about Churchill.
Part 5: A heavy drinker?
Examining Churchill’s reputation as a heavy drinker.
Part 6: The real price of ale
If Churchill wasn’t an alcoholic, but if he fanned tall drinking tales about himself, then what was he at heart?
Exploring Churchill’s post-war role as a peacemaker.
What ‘The Dream’ can tell us about Churchill’s relationship with the father he thought never believed in him.
The many Churchills, the many Europes.
Part 10: Churchill on our doorstep
Where are the books dedicated to Churchill and Scotland?
THE SOL TIMES
International Churchill Society
I pitched an article that became the basis for a dedicated edition of ‘Finest Hour’ focussing on Churchill’s connections with Scotland.
I wrote the leading feature considering why the Scots have forsaken Churchill. I also coordinated the Scottish PR campaign to raise awareness of the edition including the research appeal.
The edition included a foreward by former prime minister Gordon Brown.
Dedicated landing page: http://winstonchurchill.org/finest-hour-scotland/
Press release: Churchill’s Scottish links explored on St. Andrew’s Day
BBC RADIO SCOTLAND
The Times: It’s time for Scotland to reclaim Winston Churchill (PDF)
Edinburgh Evening News: Churchill’s Scottish connections run deeper than we may think
The Daily Record: History’s greatest Englishman Winston Churchill was really ‘a Scot’
Third Force News: Churchill’s Scottish links explored
Scottish Field: Bid to uncover Churchill’s untold Scots connections
North Edinburgh News: Churchill and Scotland: First scholarly research appeal launched
North Edinburgh News: Churchill’s close friendship with an SNP founder remembered
Working with the United Macedonian Diaspora to raise awareness about the implications of the Prespa Agreement and Macedonian accession to NATO and the EU.
North Macedonia? Don’t you ‘North Briton’ me! (The Scotsman)
Колумна на новинарот Алистер Стујарт: Северна Македонија? Не ме прави Севернобританец (Don’t you North Briton me!) (Kurir)
Северна Македонија? Don’t you ‘North Briton’ me! (Off.net.mk)
Обединетата Македонска Дијаспора (ОМД) назначи нов Директор за Комуникации (Observer, Macedonia)
Launched a six-month campaign to introduce MPs for British citizens living in Europe. Central focus was on raising awareness as to the current status quo and putting forward suggested reforms.
Scottish teacher launches petition for MPs for expats (Edinburgh Reporter)
Scottish expat in Spain campaigns for MPs to represent Brits living abroad (The Olive Press News)
March for The People’s Vote (Bremain in Spain)
Why Do We Need A People’s Vote? (Bremain in Spain)
Votes for Life must only be the beginning (Bremain in Spain)
Member of the month – Newsletter – Alastair Stewart (Bremain in Spain)