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Video: Edinburgh’s Secret Courtyard

This is my highly unofficial Guide to the Hidden Door Art Festival 2015, filmed on the final night (Saturday 30th May). Running time = 5:15 minutes which  admittedly is long for an internet video these days, but there was a lot to pack in. (Also, there’s some NSFW language at the beginning). I’m convinced this was […]

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Behind the Scenes: Hidden Door Arts Festival 2015

On Wednesday evening I managed to invite myself along for a sneak blogger’s preview of this year’s venue for the Hidden Door Arts festival – and the space and art taking shape there is incredible.

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Water of Life: Interview with Rob St John and Tommy Perman

Water of Life is an art-science collaboration between Rob St. John and Tommy Perman exploring flows of water through Edinburgh using drawings, photos, writing and sound. I was suitably intrigued when I found out that Rob and Tommy were teaming up for the project. They are both multi-talented artists who have contributed a lot to […]

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Doctor Who Delights

I like sci-fi because of its sense of possibility. For any creative person, it offers the ability to explore space and time, giving a potentially unlimited canvas for the imagination. I’m also a big believer in the importance of ‘fandom’. Fans, the so-called geeks who aren’t afraid to demonstrate their love for their favourite TV […]

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Edinburgh Festival: Fun & Freelancing

If you don’t live in Edinburgh or the UK, you might not be aware of the scale of the ‘Edinburgh Festival’ which is considered the biggest annual cultural event in the world.

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Hit the Kiss (and Tell) Button – an Interview with Lomond Campbell

Last weekend I spoke to Ziggy Campbell, frontman of acclaimed Edinburgh band FOUND, during a wedding in the grounds of Edinburgh Zoo. After a failed attempt to noise up the monkeys we thought we’d record a wee interview instead as a special treat for you.   [powerpress] The ‘nitty-gritty specifics’ we cover during our conversation include: His forthcoming […]

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4 Good Reasons to Leave the House This Week if You Live in Edinburgh

I’ve not been getting out of the house much since I’ve been self-employed and stopped drinking  – and yet every week there is an interesting gathering of some sort which I’m missing out on. So I thought maybe if I start listing some of the events that are on in Edinburgh for the creative and […]

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Edinburgh Freelance Fridays – Tweet for a Treat!

Edinburgh Freelance Fridays is a monthly night arranged by local freelancer Emily Dodd and held at Sofi’s Bar in Leith. I’ve been along to a few of them and always had a good time. It’s an informal social gathering which is open for anyone who freelances whether full or part-time. In the video below, a […]

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Unravelling the Truth With FOUND & Aidan Moffat

“Everything starts with the truth and goes somewhere else” Aidan Moffat  The Edinburgh-based FOUND Arts Collective have followed their brilliant (and BAFTA-winning) Cybraphon project with a new interactive sound installation called #unravel. They’ve collaborated with songwriter and storyteller extraordinaire Aidan Moffat, former frontman of Arab Strap and who recently collaborated with Bill Wells for the […]

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How to Write 12 Books in 12 Months – An Interview with Writer/Illustrator Ali George

Most writers are faced with a difficult decision as October draws to an end – whether to take part in NaNoWriMo (more details below). I’ve never managed it myself and having tried and failed to write a novel when I was younger the thought brings me out in a cold sweat. So for the next […]