It’s not often (enough!) that a Fife accent is heard on stage or that a great Fife character is brought to life dramatically. So the producers of Jocky Wilson Said, a new play that pays affectionate and thoughtful tribute to the Scottish sporting legend and Kirkcaldy native, are hoping people will make the trip from the Kingdom to see the play when it opens in Glasgow on Monday. Wilson rose from
Glenrothes, Kirkcaldy and Central Fife
Adam Smith Festival of Ideas, Kirkcaldy, 17-19 March Martha Lane Fox, Ed Balls and Brendan Cox, who will deliver the first Jo Cox Memorial Lecture, are just some of the high profile speakers at this weekend’s Kirkcaldy Festival of Ideas. Also in the festival line up is the RT Hon Gordon Brown and Chris van der Kuyl, founder and owner of 4J Studios, one of the UK’s most successful videogame developers
Fife Historic Buildings Trust completed the restoration of the castellated and B-listed Kinghorn Town Hall in 2009. This magnificent building dominates the approach into the coastal town and the upper floors now house a holiday apartment which sleeps five to six people. The first floor of the holiday apartment includes a living/dining area with three floor-to-ceiling south-facing windows and two original fireplaces. There is a well-equipped kitchen off this room. On
Incredibly, The Wemyss School of Needlework in Coaltown-of-Wemyss dates back to 1877. It was founded by Dora Wemyss, a wealthy philanthropist and great-grand-daughter of a relationship between King William IV and his mistress the actress Dora Jordan. Wemyss had been inspired by the opening of the Royal School of Needlework in London five years earlier and set up the Wemyss School to offer girls six-month apprenticeships. If they were particularly good they
Tae Sup wi a Fifer is a superb series of shows brought to the Adam Smith Theatre by acclaimed Fife musician James Yorkston. On 9 April the show, in an amazingly good line up, features the magnificent Linton Kwesi Johnson, still going strong at 63, and recent winner of the Scottish Album of the Year Award, Kathryn Joseph. Tickets cost £15 and are available here.
A Festival of Architecture 2016 exhibition which has recently opened at Kirkcaldy Galleries, Fife, is curated by Bobby Niven of The Bothy Project. Shelters, explores themes of shelter, off-grid living and self-build construction through both Scottish and international examples – some of the international examples reference Lloyd Kahn’s Shelter Publications. The exhibition runs 5 March to 5 June. Lloyd Kahn will be in Fife on Tuesday 10 May to give
Massive congratulations to Dunfermline High School’s Head of Art Nerine McIntyre who last night was crowned Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year. Nerine, from Dysart, is a gradutate of Edinburgh College of Art and was the standout talent throughout the series. She receives as her prize a £10ooo commission which will be added to the National Trust’s permanent art collection. Well done Nerine!
If you are bookish, hungry, thirsty or still have a thing for John Gordon Sinclair as Gregory, the following Book Week events may be for you. On 24 November, novelists John Gordon Sinclair and Frank Muir talk about their work at Beer, Book and Burger at Rothes Halls, Glenrothes. The event will be hosted by acclaimed crime writer and critic Russel D McLean and, as the event title suggests, you can
It may not be safe to go back in the water but viewers watching Jaws will be cozy in their cagoules on the Esplanade, Kirkcaldy at the opening of Kirkcaldy Film Festival on 17 September at 8.30pm. Tickets for Jaws were free but have sold out, however check out the trailer for other highlights which include The Ipcress File, Inside Out, Stonemouth and the Scottish premiere of Palio.
The famous Great Tapestry of Scotland which tells the history of Scotland in rich and vibrant handstitched colour, is in Fife until September. You can see the entire tapestry, consisting of 160 individual panels running 143 metres long, at the Kirkcaldy Galleries throughout the summer. One of the biggest community arts projects in the world, a thousand volunteers worked for more than 50,000 hours to complete the project using a range of embroidery skills and