About Fay

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

Introducing Doctor When, Walking Heads Time Lord

Celebrating our fifth anniversary we’re on a mischievous journey back in time. Meet Doctor When who juggles a few ‘alternative facts’ about Robert Plant and his parting gift to Glasgow Apollo – though one of them is true.  But which one? […]

And what comes after the T break?

At a very crucial level Tennent’s involvement in music is about doing something for our community: George Kyle So T Break takes on new meaning. After dominating the rock festival scene for 23 years, Tennent’s has decided it is time to take stock. The last few years have posed challenges and there will be no T in the Park 2017. But what comes next? Don’t underestimate the potential for adventurous reinvention.   […]

Back to the future with the Clay Pipe Factory

So we reach the final member of the cast of A Brisk Walk. The story of the Clay Pipe Factory makes a happy ending for our tour of buildings at risk. Or, perhaps we should say, a happy new beginning.  […]

Peacock’s Tea Room: disappearing Art Deco

Ready for a cup of tea?   Seventy or eighty years ago we might have popped into Peacock’s Tearoom, in Glasgow’s Trongate.  Will we get there before the Art Deco building disappears? […]

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. […]