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The Firework Factory – An Interview with Mark Buckland of Cargo Publishing

Mark Buckland and his team have achieved amazing things with Cargo Publishing in the last few years and I’m very excited to be sharing this inspiring interview with you on the eve of Elsewhere Day, a launch for a very special book/box set which is taking place across 5 cities across the UK tomorrow (Wednesday 26th […]

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Blythe and Miriam from The Istanbul Review

This is the first in a new series called Objects of Affection – celebrating the physical in a digital world. First up we find out the story behind The Istanbul Review, a new literary journal published by friends of CMC, including one of our previous Clear-Minded Creative Types, Hande Zapsu Watt. [tentblogger-vimeo 49673417] I quizzed […]

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“Blow Your Comfort Zone to Smithereens” – An Interview with Mars Dorian, Marketing Artist

Standing out online is all about personality, passion and a powerful visual brand. Mars Dorian has all three (and then some). Over the last couple of years Mars has produced an explosion of colourful cartoons and articles bursting with equally colourful language.  His posts are hilarious and highly motivational, with a ton of insight and […]

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Andy Lobban, Designer and Music Promoter

You can always find the time and energy for something if you really love it. Some creative people have one good idea and stick with it throughout their career – others, like my friend Andy, who is a designer and also runs a local mini-record label, seem to have too many ideas and projects to […]

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Career Development

“Don’t Wait to Be Discovered”- Zam Salim, Director of ‘Up There’

“You realize at a certain point that what you’re doing is storytelling and everything- the writing, the directing, the editing- is just part of that fundamental skill.” Zam Salim is a writer and filmmaker based in Scotland whose debut feature Up There recently won the Panavision Spirit Award for Independent Cinema at Santa Barbara International […]

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Alex Mathers from Red Lemon Club

I’ve been a fan of Alex Mathers and his Red Lemon Club blog for quite some time. The site provides really solid advice for freelance creatives of all kinds. Alex’s own speciality is illustration, a topic covered by his other site, Ape on the Moon – so he talks from experience – and of course this […]

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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 […]

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“Travelling & Hollering”: An Interview with Musician & Artist Dan Willson aka Withered Hand

After a bit of a break, I’m delighted to crank the Clear-Minded Creative Types series of interviews back into action with one of my favourite songwriters, Dan Willson aka Withered Hand, who is also an artist and DIY gig promoter – not to mention husband and father. He also happens to be an Edinburgh resident […]

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Poet, Artist & Blogger Emily Dodd

One of the good things about starting this blog has been meeting new creative people and Emily Dodd is one of those lovely new people who I’ve come into contact since the blog started up. I’ve been amazed at how positive, creative and productive she has been in the short while I’ve known her, so […]

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Mike Davenport of Stick Figure Simple

Here’s an interesting interview with an unusual creative type – Mike Davenport has been a teacher for over 30 years, and it doesn’t seem to have dampened his humour as you’ll see by his answers (hint: doughnuts feature heavily). Mike’s one of those rare people who practice what they preach, as seen by his wise advice  […]