Dunfermline and West Fife

Andrew Carnegie & the Homestead Strike, 1892

Carnegie Lecture, Fire Station Creative, 7.30pm Tuesday 28 November, 2017 To mark the 125th anniversary of one of the most notorious strikes in American history,  the controversial Homestead dispute that took place in Andrew Carnegie’s Homestead Steelworks in Pittsburgh in 1892, is the focus of  a Carnegie lecture at Fire Station Creative. From Chartist Roots to Labour Unrest; Andrew Carnegie and the Homestead dispute of 1892 Professor of Scottish History at

Hollywood’s Chris Pine in Dunfermline for Netflix movie

How’s this for a bit of glamour? Chris Pine is in Dunfermline today filming the new Netflix movie about King Robert the Bruce. Lots of swords and bearded extras were to be seen but the main cast were a bit elusive. The bells at the Abbey were suspended for a day. Abbot House got a sprinkling of fairy dust as well – rooms on the ground floor were used for

Extraordinary Coincidences: Pittsburgh & Dunfermline, Wednesday 20 September, 7pm, FSC

Don Carter, the Director of Urban Design at the Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh is coming to Fire Station Creative, Dunfermline to speak on ‘Extraordinary Coincidences: Pittsburgh/Dunfermline’.  The American architect and urban designer, whose grandfather was a coal miner from Ballingry, will be joined by Lord Bruce who will be speaking on Dunfermline’s urban planning and its regional and global links. 7pm Wednesday 20 September 2017, Fire Station Creative, Carnegie

Acclaimed author, Isla Dewar at The Canmore, Dunfermline, 10 September

Isla Dewar on ‘Wimmen’ at The Canmore, Dunfermline, Sunday 10 September The acclaimed fiction writer, Isla Dewar, author of: Women Talking Dirty, which was made into a feature film starring Helena Bonham Carter; Getting out of the House; and The Woman who painted her Dreams will be at The Canmore on Sunday 10 September at 1pm. “I’ll be chatting about the subject of impossible, bossy or just difficult but also

‘Comic Genius’, Angela Jackson brings Edinburgh Fringe Show to Dunfermline Outwith Festival

Angela Jackson, The Canmore, Dunfermline, Sunday 10 September Fresh from her acclaimed run at the Edinburgh Fringe, award-winning author Angela Jackson, who critics describe as ‘a tour de force’, ‘comic genius’, and ‘Alan Bennett in his female form’, will be performing The Darling Monologues at Dunfermline’s Outwith Festival. The Darling Monologues introduces you to three characters, Lily, Sadie and Ruby, who share their secrets of relationships, sex, birth, infidelity, and

Comedy in the Dark, Dunfermline, Friday 8 September

Comedy in the Dark, Dunfermline, Friday 8 September The most fun you can have with the lights off Luminaries of the comedy world such as Kevin Bridges, Greg Davies and Phil Nichol have all performed at Comedy in the Dark, the sell-out show from London’s Southbank. On Friday 8 September Dunfermline Delivers is bringing the show to Harlem in Dunfermline as part of the new Outwith Festival. Chris Foote, Events

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

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

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