Art & Design

Barry’s Tree Church

Barry Cox decided there was a space on his land in New Zealand that needed a church. The churches he’d studied over the years while travelling in Europe were the inspiration but he combined this with his other passion, trees. Fortunately, he knew a thing about trees; his business  re-locates

Interiors

John O’Groats, more than a signpost

It was a long way to travel to get a photo of a signpost. However, these days visitors to John O’Groats are less likely to turn on their heel disappointed at travelling all that way just for some signage. Thanks to Natural Retreats, who worked with Scottish architects GLM and Manchester interior design company, No Chintz, there is self-catering accommodation, a shop and co-operative cafe.  Admirably, Natural Retreats decided to keep the original building because upgrading and extending was a lot

Writing & Film

But what about the cover? The angst of a debut novelist

by Catherine Simpson When I told friends that my debut novel, Truestory, was going to be published one of the most common reactions was: ‘But what about the cover?’ I admit it had been on my mind too. However, I’m a writer, not a jacket designer, so the cover wasn’t up to me. This was a good job because I wouldn’t have had a clue how to create a decent cover despite studying thousands in bookshops over the years and

Food & Drink

Innis & Gunn opens first pub in Edinburgh

Innis & Gunn opened their first pub on Lothian Road in Edinburgh on Friday 24 July. Fans will be able to buy their beer fresh from the brewery along with pub grub at The Beer Kitchen, a welcome addition to Lothian Road. In years gone by the area was never viewed as a going out destination but, with the opening of Red Squirrel and The Hanging Bat, and now The Beer Kitchen, that could be changing. After the beer was discovered by

Events

Music for a summer night in Dunfermline this weekend

by Donald Makin Dunfermline is alive with music this weekend with a few gigs to perk up the damp summer nights of July. On Friday 24 July, at 9pm, Stella Reilly headlines a free acoustic gig at the Old Inn in the Maygate. With support from the great Deni Smith, whose new single Breakdown is out now, and Scott Gilbert, who is back with top new tune Neon Lights, this promises to be a great way to spend your Friday

Shopping

Kara Burke’s dog cushions capture the heart

Kara Burke is an illustrator from Portland, Oregon who brilliantly captures the personality of dogs and cats in these adorable cushions and mini stuffed ornaments. Off the peg designs start at around £20 from Kara’s Etsy shop and she is happy to accept custom orders based on a photograph of your pet. You can find out more here and can contact Kara at kara.l.burke [!at]gmail.com.