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6.3 Kim and Alan - 13 October

Kim Graham and Alan Addison talk about Edinburgh roots, managing memories and education as transformation.


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Alan Addison


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Kim Graham and Alan Addison

About our guests

Kim Graham

A coaster and a knife
A coaster showing the Island of Skye and an Opinel French knife

Chosen object: Coaster gifted by a friend

Recording location: Edinburgh

Professor Kim Graham was appointed as the first Provost of the University of Edinburgh in June 2022, having previously held the role of Pro Vice-Chancellor, Research, Innovation and Enterprise at Cardiff University.  

Kim is an internationally-renowned Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience and co-author of award-winning book The Evolution of Memory Systems. Her research asks how variation in the structure and function of brain networks is linked to differences in human memory performance and how damage to these networks influences risk and resilience to dementia across the lifespan. 

Kim's staff profile

Alan Addison

Chosen object: French knife

Recording location: Edinburgh

Alan is a published author and a retired literacy tutor. Before graduating from the university in English Literature in 1995, Alan had his own joinery business. He gave it up to pursue his love of literature, which stemmed from his uncle Bert Mackie, who was a writer and journalist, and encouraged Alan to study English. To enable him to qualify for university he went to a community college and was the first in his family to reach higher education. After graduating, he became a literacy tutor. By then he had been diagnosed with dyslexia and learned that this condition existed in his family. This led him to become a family literacy tutor supporting families in areas of multiple deprivation.

He retired from a career in community learning in 2014 and published in first work of fiction, Justified Sinner, in 2017. He has gained education awards and published seven novels in all. Alan enjoys writing, cooking and walking through Leith - the place he lives and loves. 

Alan's website

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Host: Hannah Clark

Theme music: Nathan Webb

Producer: Kate Stewart