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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… [Read more…]

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… [Read more…]

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… [Read more…]

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… [Read more…]

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… [Read more…]

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… [Read more…]

The last ten days of the Forest…and why I need you to vote. UPDATED

August 20, 2011 by


From tomorrow there will be just ten days until the Forest Cafe and arts space must vacate the building they have occupied since 2003. Those last few days, it seems to me, would make a compelling video or radio documentary, and I’ve been exploring the idea of covering them with various members of the Forest… [Read more…]

Comment – The fate of The Forest will speak volumes about our “Capital of Culture.”

August 18, 2011 by


Yesterday this blog broke the news that the sale of Edinburgh University Settlement buildings, including the Bristo Place property occupied by The Forest Café, had fallen through – but that the administrators of the now defunct charity, Price Waterhouse Cooper would not reconsider the decision to ask the arts organisation to leave at the end… [Read more…]

The OTHER Cans film festival – BBC Scotland

May 19, 2011 by


I’m on my way to a remote village in Galicia in the rural North-west of Spain, for a rather unusual film festival. The Cans short film festival – held in the village of Cans – unashamedly echoes the name of its famous French counterpart, and happens at the same time. But there the similarity with… [Read more…]

BBC Radio – a day in the life of a crime writer

March 7, 2011 by


I was recently commissioned to produce a series of radio features for BBC Radio Scotland, looking behind the scenes at the different stages in the life of books. The latest in the mini-series is being broadcast today on the BBC Book Café Show, and is a window in to the working life of Glasgow based… [Read more…]


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