About Fay

Editor in Chief for Walking Heads, Fay is a blogger, writer and editor with a special interest in what makes cities tick.

Brutally beautiful: will Typographical House survive?

To the river.  On the way to the fourth star of A Brisk Walk we pass symbols of the Glasgow that has all but disappeared.  Can Typographical House take advantage of the tide that has turned? […]

Were you there? Big Red Shed gigs

‘I’ve still got my ticket for the gig, I’m sure I wasn’t the only one not to seek a refund.’ In the build up to tomorrow’s MOBO awards, Jim Gellatly remembers other great gigs at the SSE Hydro’s nearest neighbour, the ‘Big Red Shed’ – and one that, tragically, never happened. […]

Creative cities: built on can-do culture

All’s fair in love, war and creative city competition. Well, yes, maybe but losing a heartfelt City of Culture bid can hurt as Creative Dundee’s Gillian Easson freely admits. […]

The Hatrack: Art Nouveau beauty

Officially it is named St Vincent Chambers, but everyone knows it as the Hatrack.  Meet the third star of A Brisk Walk architecture audio tour. In a way this tall, slim, elegant Art Nouveau building symbolises the rise and fall of Glasgow architecture in the early 20th century […]

Lion Chambers: second stop on A Brisk Walk

Half way down Hope Street we find an astonishing monument to Glasgow’s architectural audacity.  Let’s stop and look up at the Lion Chambers. More than a hundred years ago, they said it couldn’t be done.  […]

520 Sauchiehall Street

We would like you to meet the cast of A Brisk Walk. Six very different characters provide the narrative of our journey through the hidden promise of buildings at risk. First up is 520 Sauchiehall Street the oldest and perhaps the most eccentric of them all. […]

Old buildings reborn with new music

Past, present and future jostle together in city streets.  We wander up an alley to find a beautiful Charles Rennie Macintosh building squeezed into an improbably tight space. Linger by the Finnieston Crane on the Clyde to hear music in the wind. Pause by an old factory in the East End to discover a new arts hub emerging inside.  […]

The hidden promise of Glasgow’s derelict buildings

Silent, empty, enigmatic, yet derelict buildings are often full of potential. A Brisk Walk invites you to explore the strange beauty and hidden promise of seemingly forgotten buildings. […]

Backstage Gossip: well beyond the Fringe

Backstage Gossip with Susan Morrison and Bruce Morton, takes us behind the scenes and well beyond the Fringe. Our research director Fay Young introduces the latest Walking Heads audio tour.  […]

Contraflow – by Clare Archibald

A woman alone and without pre-ordained purpose enters the echoing space of a multi-storey car park: this powerful piece by Scottish writer Clare Archibald begins an occasional series exploring the complex relationships of people and place.  […]

Lucky for some: #LoveComedy Fringe draw

Best laid plans…and all that. Our first week’s Fringe competition has not been without incident thanks to hackers and high winds. But, hey, that’s show biz and we’re delighted to say that despite such hazards six talented people have won tickets to The Stand Comedy Club in the first six days. […]

Memory and music in multi-storey telling

Music, words and buildings – they all describe human experience in different ways. They’re also all important elements of Walking Heads projects so we are delighted to feature Contraflow, a powerfully evocative new work by writer Clare Archibald, on our blog later this week. But first a heads up: Brigid Mae Power, an inspirational element in the story, will be playing live at The Glad Cafe in Glasgow on 13 August.  […]