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My Dunfermline: Alan Grieve and Vic MacRae expo opens this Saturday

This Saturday 8 April, if you fancy having a drink and seeing some excellent Dunfermline-inspired artworks from Vic MacRae and Alan Grieve, pop along to Workspace in Wellwood at 7pm.  The exhibition is a collaboration between the two locally based artists and is inspired by their experiences of living in Dunfermline. In MacRae’s case often being, ‘drawings of places I go in Dunfy with my six year old daughter Iris.’

Sizzling prize to be won: Woodland Trotters

Fancy winning a packet of outdoor, free-range pork sausages and streaky bacon? Of course you do! This week’s Christmas competition prize comes from Woodland Trotters in Saline, a small local business selling pork products from free-range, hand reared Gloucester Old Spot and Saddleback pigs. All products are labeled and vacuum packed and frozen on date of collection from butcher to ensure freshness. Russell of Woodland Trotters says, ‘Having started with a

Gear and Gilbert: Fife’s unlikely double contribution to international CoBrA movement

CoBrA was an artist group formed in 1948 by artists from Copenhagen, Brussels and Amsterdam whose painting style was highly expressionist and inspired by the art of children. The name is taken from the first letters of Copenhagen, Brussels and Amsterdam where the group’s founder members lived.  As a group they had active social and political concerns and felt paintings ‘should appear on the canvas as naturally and quickly as a sudden

Father Christmas is a Fifer: introducing the Avocado Sweet local Christmas shopping guide!

Now here’s a challenge. Is it possible to buy all your Christmas presents locally? Many people might try to buy local the rest of the year but probably assume it can’t be done at Christmas. In Fife, like many parts of the country, there are interesting shops, food and drink producers, artists, designers and makers that can help you with your Christmas list. Over the next couple of weeks Avocado

Fife artist wins Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year!

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!

The low down on Beaujolais

Beaujolais by Paul Rudge, Reubens Wine Store, Dunfermline, Fife Geographically, Beaujolais is part of Burgundy, but from the wine point of view there seems little logic in the association between the Côte d`Or and the pretty, hilly, granite band of Beaujolais vineyards that run along the west bank of the Saone towards Lyon. With annual production sitting at 133 million bottles you’d think the region would be dominated by factory

Marjory Fleming – child poet of Fife

Adam Smith, Mary Somerville and Gordon Brown are not the only bright sparks to have hailed from Kirkcaldy. Admired by Sir Walter Scott, whom she knew, Robert Louis Stevenson and Mark Twain, Marjory Fleming was a child prodigy poet born in the town on 15 January 1803, the third child of  accountant James Fleming and his wife Isabella. Isabella was a surgeon’s daughter and, as a gifted intellectual herself, Marjory’s

Mary Somerville – maker of Heaven’s map

In the modest seaside town of Burntisland in Fife in the early 1780s lived a girl who would become the pre-eminent thinker in science and mathematics of her day, known and feted throughout Europe. Eventually a school, an Oxford College, an island, even a crater on the moon would all be named for her. But first Mary Somerville had to negotiate her way through a society that did not expect

Christmas greetings from Darktown: Jonny Hannah’s brilliant new work

One of the finest artists ever to come out of Dunfermline, renowned illustrator Jonny Hannah has an impressive new book out. Greetings from Darktown tells of a mysterious coastal town, not found on any map, peopled by pin-up girls, jazz artists and tattooed sailors. Darktown is home to the Unquiet Grave junk emporium; the Mermaid Café where Woody Guthrie still plays each week; McVouty’s vintage clothes shop and a pier