Interview: Scottish poet David Kinloch on his new collection

By Émer O'Toole David Kinloch discusses his new collection, In Search of Dustie-Fute, which gives groups of historically marginalised groups – women, LGBT people – back a voice. In his search for Dustie-Fute, David looks back to where he started out as a poet and where he is now. But what – or who – is Dustie-Fute? David first came across the term … Continue reading Interview: Scottish poet David Kinloch on his new collection

“As long as you’re not a pretentious idiot you’ll succeed.” Interview: Moon Dogs star Christy O’Donnell

By Tara Fitzpatrick There is a high chance you haven’t heard of Christy O’Donnell. Over the past few years, the 22 year-old Glaswegian has shifted between being a recognised presence on the Scottish busking scene and building the foundations of an international acting career. The latter is about to take off. Moon Dogs, in which … Continue reading “As long as you’re not a pretentious idiot you’ll succeed.” Interview: Moon Dogs star Christy O’Donnell

Interview: Former Hector Bizerk frontman Louie John Lowis takes his talents to the stage

By Niall Christie Loud, brash and often provocative, former Hector Bizerk MC Louie John Lowis is back, this time tackling one of Scotland’s salient issues with a slightly unfamiliar medium. Arriving at the Platform Theatre after a slow and tentative wander through, what looked to be through my unfamiliar, Dundonian eyes, deepest, darkest Easterhouse, I’m … Continue reading Interview: Former Hector Bizerk frontman Louie John Lowis takes his talents to the stage

Interview: Indie clothes designer Ed Phillips of By Sea By Land

By Niall Christie Since its inception towards the end of 2011, Highland-based indie clothing brand By Sea By Land have been styling an increasingly loyal band of followers. Now sending clothes across continents, founder and designer Ed Phillips talked to June & Winter about how the label came about, how to take the next step using … Continue reading Interview: Indie clothes designer Ed Phillips of By Sea By Land

Interview: Scottish singer songwriter Michael Timmons on getting personal and breaking through

By Tony Inglis Michael Timmons and I are reminiscing about the time we first met. I was interviewing a young, Jake Bugg-esque upstart before his gig at Glasgow venue King Tut’s - Timmons was supporting. Like a teenage Liam Gallagher, he strutted around wearing his sunglasses in the dark. When Timmons took the stage, alone … Continue reading Interview: Scottish singer songwriter Michael Timmons on getting personal and breaking through

Interview: Frankie Cosmos’ Greta Kline on missing home and being the face of your art

By Tony Inglis Greta Kline is right in the middle of the Edinburgh Fringe and she doesn’t even know it. The singer, songwriter, guitarist, and artistic driving force behind New York band Frankie Cosmos, is fresh out of sound check at La Belle Angele, the night’s tour stop, wedged between shows in Dublin and Manchester. … Continue reading Interview: Frankie Cosmos’ Greta Kline on missing home and being the face of your art

Interview: Cramp Your Style — the social enterprise that tackles period poverty one tote bag at a time

By Émer O'Toole Rebecca Blackburn-Turner, the founder of Cramp Your Style, discusses how she helps homeless women access sanitary products through commissioning artists to make designs for tote bags. The fight against period poverty is making progress with Waitrose and Tesco dropping the five per cent tampon tax on sanitary products, a petition to end this tax receiving more than 320,000 signatures … Continue reading Interview: Cramp Your Style — the social enterprise that tackles period poverty one tote bag at a time

Fringe 2017: Award-winning feminist play, Mouthpiece, comes to Edinburgh (video)

By Tara Fitzpatrick Mouthpiece, by Quote Unquote Collective, is a devised performance from Canadian theatre makers Amy Nostbakken and Norah Sadava. Having won 'Best New Canadian Play' at the Toronto Theatre Critics Award for 2016/17, the two-woman show is performing at Summerhall's CanadaHub as part of the Edinburgh Fringe 2017. The play follows one woman … Continue reading Fringe 2017: Award-winning feminist play, Mouthpiece, comes to Edinburgh (video)

Fringe 2017: Alan Bissett revisits his ‘hardest woman in Falkirk’ with (More) Moira Monologues

By Tara Fitzpatrick Alan Bissett is off duty. Temporarily. We meet in Glasgow as he prepares for the Fringe premiere of (More) Moira Monologues, the sequel or update to his hit 2009 one-man (or one-woman) show about a loud, chatty, working-class Falkirk woman, getting things off her chest. He is enjoying a post-rehearsal wine and … Continue reading Fringe 2017: Alan Bissett revisits his ‘hardest woman in Falkirk’ with (More) Moira Monologues

Fringe 2017: Spilt Milk debut explores the complexities of adulthood

By Tara Fitzpatrick “There are all these books on "Adulting" now, it’s become such a buzzword.” The cast of Spilt Milk are explaining the title of their Fringe debut. “Adulting” is a verb relating to any action associated with adulthood: paying bills, navigating relationships, renting a flat, cooking. The term alludes to the notion that … Continue reading Fringe 2017: Spilt Milk debut explores the complexities of adulthood