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The 22 – a new collaborative radio studio in Edinburgh

April 2, 2013 by


Over the last few weeks something very exciting has been taking shape in Argyle House, a giant former government building in the shadow of Edinburgh Castle. In this unusual building, a group of independent producers, community radio makers, retired broadcasters, poets, sound artists, freelance journalists, writers and podcasters have come together to work on a […]

Interview with Stuart Murdoch from Belle and Sebastian

November 22, 2012 by


Stuart Murdoch is BEST known as the lead singer and songwriter of indie pop band Belle and Sebastian, whose wistful songs have earned them a cult following in the UK and abroad. If your a fan of Murdoch’s music, you’ll know that they’re full of often melancholic stories of young life and love, with well […]

BBC Culture Cafe – a look at the new Edinburgh Scultpure Workshop

July 4, 2012 by


Last week I had the chance to revisit Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop in north Edinburgh, and to see the new building that is now their home. I was there to do a recording for BBC Radio Scotland’s Culture Café show – you can hear the piece on Iplayer by following this link.  The new building, which […]

New blog dedicated to radio documentary

February 27, 2012 by


I’ve just started a new blog dedicated to the art of radio documentary – The Radio Doc Blog. This new blog is intended to be a notebook filled with useful links, resources and articles. It reflects the journey I am currently taking for myself – I’ve been a journalist and radio maker for about six […]

BBC Scotland – Occupy Edinburgh Artist Ewan Smith

January 17, 2012 by


My latest radio piece has just been broadcast on BBC Radio Scotland’s Culture Cafe show – an interview with a young artist, Ewan Smith. Ewan has become the unofficial artist of the Occupy Edinburgh Camp. He’s been inspired by the protest movement to paint his own versions of revolutionary classics, but blended with the logos […]

Digital saturation – does it help or hinder creativity?

December 23, 2011 by


We live in a world super-saturated with stimuli. The internet, wifi, smartphones, free sheet papers, advertising, radio, tv…particularly those of us living in cities use are bombarded by so much information and noise. But does the constant flow of data and ideas help or hinder us in our creativity? Are we missing out on the […]

Edinburgh’s mystery book sculptor – BBC Scotland

November 27, 2011 by


Over the last six months a mysterious sculptor has been exquisitely made sculptures out of books, and leaving them anonymously in locations around Edinburgh. Last week the tenth and final sculpture turned up at the Scottish Poetry Library with a final message – and a farewell – from the artist. I’ve been following the trail […]

Stone carving, war, and the dead – BBC Scotland

November 16, 2011 by


Greek lyric poet Simonides is best know for his epitaphs, and his mastery of the art of memory. His verses were carved in stone at the sites of famous battles, such as the Greek vistory at Marathon, and to commemorate fallen Spartans at The Battle of Thermopylae. Nowadays we remember in different ways. With Remembrance […]

Latest post on the Edinburgh Innertube – Guerilla Cinema

November 5, 2011 by


In case you missed it on the Innertube Website, here’s my latest post there – about Guerilla Cinema at the Occupy Edinburgh protest site. You can view all my Innertube stories here. If you’ve passed by St. Andrew Square over the last month, you can’t fail to have noticed the village of tents that have […]

Recording for Forest documentary complete

September 5, 2011 by


I’ve now completed recording material for a documentary about the last ten days of the Forest Café, and the campaign to buy the building. It’s been quite an experience, and I’ve met some wonderful people along the way. There’s an outline description of the documentary below, but there’s an awful lot to do before it […]


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