Dunfermline and West Fife

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

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

Heaven Scent Cafe at Dunfermline Carnegie Library Galleries

Here’s a sneak preview of the cakes on offer at the new Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries which opens to the public today, 18 May. The brioche buns (pictured below) are delicious and there’s a good selection of vegan and gluten free cakes. Heaven Scent, who already have a successful cafe in Milnathort and run the catering at Knockhill, won the tender to provide the cafe in the new award-winning

The Flying Scotsman is back

Once again the Flying Scotsman will be crossing the Forth Rail Bridge on Sunday 14 May. Thanks to the Forth Bridge Hub for the following details. From media coverage it is believed that the Flying Scotsman will travel from Edinburgh to Fife, crossing the bridge early afternoon and will then make her way along the coast towards Kirkcaldy, before turning back inland, via Dunfermline. The train will then head back over

An Audience with Richard Murphy at the Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries

‘An Audience with Richard Murphy’ on Monday 8 May should be an interesting event. The award-winning architect responsible for the new Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries will be giving a personal insight on designing this innovative building before it opens to the public on 18 May. Last month DCLG won Best Building 2017 at the Edinburgh Architectural Association awards, coming first out of 57 entries. There will be an opportunity

Antioch: new Turkish restaurant for Dunfermline

If you’ve had to shorten the sleeves on a jacket or put braid on a blazer and you live near Dunfermline, then chances are you’ll recognise Nihat Oymak, the owner of the new Turkish restaurant. For the past 10 years he has been running the tailors, Ace Alterations – currently based in Eastport.  Swapping bobbins for Turkish beer and wine, Nihat is also keen to ensure the food cooked on