The strange and playful work of Alastair Dickson: at Fire Station Creative until 3 December

Broken toys, battered household items and other detritus of life are given new life in Alastair Dickson’s work, on show at Fire Station Creative this month. Dickson, brother of  Barbara, studied at Edinburgh College of Art  and is now a sculptor based in Gibraltar Point near Toronto. FSC Curator Ian Moir said, in opening the Uncommon Blockhead exhibition, that he had wanted to bring Dickson’s ‘playful and inventive art’ to

Glamorous house in Saline available to rent

Don’t know if Jonathan Adler has ever been to Saline but the influence of the American designer can certainly be seen in The Maine House, a very glam period house that has previously featured in 25 Beautiful Homes magazine and is now available to rent in the Fife village. The completely renovated house has four bedrooms, one with double rain shower, and a formal lounge with marble fireplace. There’s a

Bowhouse Food Weekend, Fife, 23 & 24 September

Bowhouse Food Weekend, St Monans is this Saturday and Sunday, 23 and 24 September. Free to attend, the two-day event will showcase the produce that the harvest season brings in the East Neuk. Hosted in a beautifully restored barn, the market will also host regular tastings, talks and demonstrations from chefs and producers. Children’s activities, as well as information on local walks, and a chance to see a selection of the

Outwith Festival: Day 1 schedule

The inaugural Outwith Festival is now underway. Launched this morning at Fire Station Creative with a well attended event for Dunfermline BIDS members and other stakeholders, the festival is already attracting extensive media coverage and tickets for all festival events are selling fast. Here’s what is on today: Tickets and more information here.

Everything you think you need: pop art expo opens at Fire Station Creative this week

Andrew Gerald Redman, who lives in Aberdour, is unveiling a cheering, pop art style exhibition at Dunfermline’s FSC this week. Having moved house once a year for the last twenty years, it seems Redman’s nomadic lifestyle has been the inspiration for the work: ‘Packing and unpacking boxes seems to have become quite a thing,’  says Andrew. As befits a serial mover, Andrew trained at several art colleges including Chesterfield College of Art,

Lindow in the Window: live art event in Inverkeithing

Catherine Lindow, creator of charming and lyrical illustrations such as the one of the new Dunfermline museum below, will be making the most of a nice rhyme and sitting in a window in Inverkeithing this Saturday, drawing. ‘Lindow in the Window’ will take place from 13 until 17 June at Maker. As well as drawing what she can see from her window perch, Catherine is hoping people will come along

This year’s St Margaret’s National Pilgrimage taking place on 11 June

The recently revived 2017 National Pilgrimage to Dunfermline in honour of St Margaret of Scotland will take place this year on Sunday 11 June with the procession leaving from the Glen Gates at 2pm. The procession, led by His Grace Archbishop Cushley and the Dunfermline Pipe Band, will process via Bridge Street, High Street and East Port to St Margaret’s RC Church for Mass at 3pm. The Mass will be concelebrated

Good news for the bookish: author reading and library re-openings in Fife

This evening at the Old Inn in Dunfermline, author Daniel Gray will be reading from his latest book Saturday at 3pm. Edinburgh-based Gray’s books, often football inspired, are hugely popular with this latest offering being described in The Telegraph as a ‘delightfully written little book…a counterpoint to feeling jaded about football in the modern age’  and When Saturday Comes saying, ‘each chapter is a precision tooled delight.’ The evening starts

To the Weaver’s Gin Ye Go by Robert Burns

A great Robert Burns poem this and one that seldom seems to be recited on Burns night. You can listen below to an excellent recording of it by Dunfermline actress Shirley Henderson – she really brings out the emotion of the bored weaving girl whose heart has been taken ‘as wi’ a net.’ My heart was ance as blythe and free As simmer days were lang; But a bonie, westlin

Christmas wishes (and some festive Julie London) from Avocado Sweet!

We’d like to wish all our readers a wonderful Christmas and a happy new year when it comes. Also a big thank you to everyone who has contributed to Avocado Sweet this year by sharing posts, signing up to our newsletter, writing articles and making donations – it’s all been hugely appreciated here at AS HQ.  We have something exciting planned for 2017 so watch this space when we return