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Philip Pullman discussion event in Dunfermline

Philip Pullman discussion event, Saturday 9 September, 2-3pm, Waterstones, Dunfermline – free event Waterstones, Dunfermline is hosting a Philip Pullman book group in early September as part of an exciting new arts festival.  The discussion will focus on Northern Lights, the first volume in ‘His Dark Materials’ series, which was made into a film called The Golden Compass, starring Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig. The official book store for the Festival is

Funny and from Falkirk: Alan Bissett at The Canmore, Dunfermline

Don’t mention the F-word … yes, he’s from Falkirk but the writer and performer, Alan Bissett, is very funny and is coming to The Canmore, Dunfermline on Saturday 9 September.  If you need a reason to come to his event,  check out the video (below) where he tells us why he’s a writer – it’s cut with a wry tour of the writer’s residence – his very unremarkable flat.  Currently

Walk Fife launch crowd funding campaign

Walk Fife, which is run by volunteers, shares walking routes, paths and trails for exploring the Kingdom of Fife on foot. Routes include easy going strolls to tougher long distance walks such as the well trodden Fife Coastal Path. The team share the walks via video, podcasts and mapping and are now looking to expand and upgrade the service they offer to encourage even more people to enjoy Fife’s varied

Perth, Scotland: City Hall designs revealed

Five architects have been shortlisted to transform Perth City Hall in St John’s Square by Perth & Kinross Council.  By the end of 2017, one of the five companies will be chosen to proceed with the £20 million transformation. After Historic Scotland blocked demolition to make way for a city centre plaza, attempts to transform the building into an indoor market hall were also rejected, and, in 2016, Perth and

Dunimarle Castle, Culross beautifully restored

Dunimarle Castle and Chapel, one km west of Culross had fallen into disrepair and had been vandalised when new owners asked GLM architects  to renovate and refurbish the magnificent A-listed castle, in a prominent elevated position facing south over the Forth. A major feature of the castle had once been a magnificent Orangery. In the 1960s this had been truncated by having its roof removed and replaced by a much lower

Bibi’s Little Baking School, Fife

Feeling the need to knead? Bread baking classes are being hosted at Bibi’s Little Baking School in Earlsferry, Fife by Fiona Pratt who already runs the successful Bibi’s Bakery in Hanover Street, Edinburgh. The school opened at her home in 2017 and classes include Scandi baking, marvellous macaroons and gluten-free baking. For parents or grandparents trying to think of things to do during the long summer holidays there are some parent

Beautifully bleak and fragile jewellery by Beth Legg

Burntisland-based Beth Legg’s award winning jewellery reflects the ‘beautifully bleak and fragile nature of the Scottish coastal landscape’.  Legg has been making jewellery professionally since 2003 after graduating with a first class honours from Edinburgh College of Art.  The remote environment she comes from in the far north coast of Scotland has strongly influenced both the work she produces and the materials she uses.  Her studio has been compared to

Beautiful wooden tables and chopping boards made in Fife

Love the clever combination of these rough hewn, beautiful pieces of wood on top of spindly, retro legs – a look which manages to be rustic and urban at the same time.  The tables were made by Ian Davidson and his partner Jen Marshall for their small craft business, Country Collective, which they launched in their workshop near Oakley in Fife, late spring 2017.  The timber live edge designs also

Pecha Kucha, Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries

Dunfermline’s Pecha Kucha is back, and it’s in a brand new venue, the award-winning Dunfermline Carnegie Library and Galleries. The free event is at 7pm on Thursday 15 June and follows the rapid Pecha Kucha format; 20 slides lasting 20 seconds each. Each talk is less than seven minutes. Lesley Ratomska, Dunfermline based founder of ‘Leslie & Rosie’ Claire Christie, Dunfermline based textile designer Colin Gourlay,  History of Dunfermline’s ‘Regal

The Skids & the Scottish Punk Revolution 1977 at FSC

Photo of The Skids (above) by Virginia Turbett and below by Paul Slattery Dunfermline’s Fire Station Creative, is the chosen venue for an exhibition of historic photographs from the punk music scene 40 years ago. The show, titled ‘Scared to Dance: The Skids and the Scottish Punk Rock Revolution 1977’, is being curated by frontman, Richard Jobson, and music business consultant, Ronald Gurr. ‘In 1977 I started a fanzine in