Rip It Up and Open Up: museums for everyday people

A gateway opens. Where does it lead? To a wider world? To inspiring people in unexpected places?  To be honest right now I have no idea, but I’m tentatively opening the gate…. Why? […]

Young Fathers: win-win for Scottish can-do creative spirit

  The audience falls silent as Alloysius Massaquoi takes the mic. ‘You’re hearing right,’ he says with a smile,  ‘I’m a black guy with a Scottish accent. I’m not here to take your jobs, or steal your women…’ A pause, the smile grows wicked… […]

Just do it: A Wall Is A Screen in Leith

How to create a pop-up, open-air short film festival? Just do it. When darkness falls city streets and blank walls take on a different identity. Is that a threat or a promise? […]

Journeys into space: Architecture Fringe 2018

Where shall we begin?  In an echoing Cumbernauld underpass maybe. Or with street artists painting forgotten parts of Kelty. Among poets of diversity congregating in Dunoon. Or with female dancers challenging the granite-grey masculinity of Aberdeen? […]

Zombie treasure hunt: infectious outbreak of fun

Gloriously gruesome stuff. No shortage of blood and gore in the usually shiny clean shopping centre, and the air filled with ghastly shrieks. Clearly security staff had been well briefed. No-one turned a hair as a young woman gorged on a corpse in the doorway of Carphone Warehouse. […]

Message from the skies reveals HER story in Edinburgh

When darkness falls HER story comes to light. Fay Young takes an evening walk in Edinburgh and accidentally discovers a message from the skies. […]

Loki and Shogun: Talking Feet Episode 2

Aye, it’s candyfloss. No food for thought. You take it and put it on your tongue and it dissolves, and you’re left with candyfloss. I’d rather a meal, mate. I’d rather sit down and have something to digest […]

Talking Feet…talking music

Remember that night?  Rummaging through memories of first gigs and ticket stubs to favourite places, Dougal Perman and Jim Gellatly can cover a few decades of Glasgow music.  […]

Knock knock: doors open day

  He felt the magic as soon as he walked inside. ‘It’s one of these places. You just felt it, you felt the music seeping through, you felt warmth…the Barrowland is one of these places, it’s oozing out, saying “Hellooo”.  And the Garage has got that too’.  […]

Tell the truth, shame Henry Dundas

‘So, why is there a big statue to him?’ Harry asks at the foot of the towering monument to Henry Dundas. The answer from ‘ Professor’ Jamie is deadpan but spot on the money: ‘He was a political powerhouse, Harry… and I think he may have paid for it himself.’ […]

Freedom to roam Glasgow music city

“I wander inside, passing the ‘famous jukebox’, and am persuaded to enter the bathroom.” So writes Alan Tennie, one of the most inquiring reviewers of the Glasgow Music Tour to date. He’s clearly not a man to take a short cut.  […]

The mystery of Paisley

‘Unravelling the air of enigma could be what gets Paisley the UK City of Culture Title in 2021.’ Edinburgh student Tess Mallinder Heron visits Paisley for the first time and finds a place of mysterious contrasts. […]