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The Tay Moses by Kathleen Jamie – World Poetry Day

Today is World Poetry Day so we’ll expecting you to speak in rhyme until bedtime. To mark the occasion we’re featuring a poem from our part of the world. The brilliant Scottish – indeed Fife – poet Kathleen Jamie wrote this when she was expecting her first child and unsure of how she’d feel about the new arrival. The Tay Moses What can I fashion for you but a woven

Take your mum to tea with an artist on Mother's Day

Avoid the crowds on Mother’s Day and take your mum to tea with an artist. Artists across Scotland are opening their studios and serving tea on Sunday 17 March 2012. Tickets are around £5 per person and places should be reserved on the Take Your Mum to Tea site. Artists based in Fife include Lucy Turner, the creator of the very popular “stuffyourdoodles”, 3D stuffed characters created from your drawings

Raising the roof at The Olympia, Glasgow

The Olympia Theatre in Glasgow’s East End attracted its biggest audience in decades when its original roof dome, fully restored, was lifted back into place last week.  The old variety theatre was used for many years as a cinema, bingo hall and furniture shop before being damaged by fire in 2004. It is now being returned to its former magnificence in a £10 million project led by Clyde Gateway as

Govanhill Baths: Going swimmingly after 11 years

Five, Six, Seven, Eight – A Debasers Filums Production Later this month Govanhill Baths will present 1950s Cinema and Dance Hall in its Edwardian main pool.  Surf rock band The Head Henchmen, the cast of Five Six Seven Eight and virtuoso cabaret legend John Sampson will perform on Saturday 25 February 2012. This is only one of many unexpected fundraising events in an 11 year campaign by the local community to reopen

Granny Green’s Big Night Out, Edinburgh

Granny Green’s Big Night Out is a weekly gathering of crafters and creatives based in Edinburgh. Open to all, the group is a mixture of skilled and beginners, old and young, professionals and hobbyists, male and female. The group meets every Monday night from 6-8pm at the Red Squirrel pub, 21 Lothian Road, Edinburgh and everyone is assured of a warm welcome. There are regular craft drop-ins where you can

A Night to Remember at the GFT, Glasgow Film Festival

The Glasgow Film Festival, with its usual, colourful mix of film, events and talks, kicks off today and runs until 26 February in venues across the city – including a tall ship and a swimming pool! A highlight of this year’s festival is a special screening of Roy Ward Baker’s 1958 epic A Night to Remember at The Glasgow Film Theatre on 19 February. Generally regarded as the best, and certainly

Claim a coffee at The Harbour Cafe, Tayport!

There may be no such thing as a free lunch but if you mention ‘Avocado Sweet’ at The Harbour Cafe Tayport  this weekend, you can claim a free coffee or tea on us! The Harbour Cafe is a delightful little place serving homemade soup, sandwiches and cakes – all most welcome after a bracing walk on the vast, windswept expanse of nearby Tentsmuir Beach. The Cafe, which overlooks Tayport Harbour,

Isi Metzstein; 'lapsed atheist' church designer

One of the many ironies that marked architect Isi Metzstein’s life is that the self-described ‘lapsed atheist’ was known for his series of bold and inventive churches. Metzstein died in Glasgow on 10 January 2012 at the age of 83. The Roman Catholic hierarchy believed the architect of the Scottish churches to be Coia, of Gillespie, Coia & Kidd. The designing was in fact carried out by Metzstein, a Jewish refugee

Tickets on sale for new Fence Collective Festival

Much to be admired are those people who step around norms and pursue something with such thoroughness and devotion that it succeeds in the unlikeliest circumstances. Seventeen years ago singer songwriter Kenny Anderson launched Fence Records with what he calls ‘a healthy cynicism of all things music industry related’. He set up not in London but in the small coastal town of Anstruther and yet within five years the label

Burnside on Brueghel: Fife poet wins TS Eliot Poetry Prize

Congratulations to Dunfermline born poet John Burnside who has won the TS Eliot Poetry Prize with his stunning latest work, Black Cat Bone. Here he ponders the lives behind the tiny skating figures in Pieter Bruegel’s Winter Landscape with Skaters and Bird Trap: We have to imagine the duties they leave behind for the thrill of the river, the kitchens and middens, the sheepfolds and clouded byres, the old folk