Art & Design

Empire: sensational expo at The Old Rope Works, Montrose

You only have a few days left to catch this superb exhibition in the atmospheric, lightly refurbished Old Rope Works in Montrose. Empire is A Society of Scottish Artists members’ exhibition, curated by Gayle Nelson PSSA and Alan Bond SSA. It looks at both the positive and sinister aspects of

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

Beautiful views & good food, Forrester Park, Fife

Known more for its golf course and as a wedding venue, Forrester Park Resort, in the village of Cairneyhill, near Dunfermline, tends to get overlooked as a restaurant. Often it’s not busy and Trip Advisor comments point to a lack of atmosphere. That may be true but the views across the 350 acres of parkland are beautiful and the food is good. Robert Forrester, the owner who built the course and hotel from scratch, has been in the fortunate and

Events

Empire: sensational expo at The Old Rope Works, Montrose

You only have a few days left to catch this superb exhibition in the atmospheric, lightly refurbished Old Rope Works in Montrose. Empire is A Society of Scottish Artists members’ exhibition, curated by Gayle Nelson PSSA and Alan Bond SSA. It looks at both the positive and sinister aspects of Scotland’s colonial history with tea, opium, imported plants, whalebone and a hangman’s noose all represented in the dimly lit, ivy clad walls of this raw, post industrial gallery space. The

Shopping

A modern take on men’s cashmere

Edinburgh company, A Tailor Retailored, has launched a range of modern limited edition cashmere for men. From August until Christmas you’ll be able to check out the cashmere for yourself at their pop up shop at number 6, The Grassmarket. The duo behind the brand are John MacEwan, a former marketing consultant to large retail brands, and Richard Olive who has worked on knitwear design for labels such as Michael Kors, Apostrophe, Eskander and Marcus Lupfer. Looks like August will be