Posts From Jane Livingstone

Rare chance to step inside Pittencrieff House and help shape its future

All this week (1-7 August) there is a fantastic opportunity to be involved in the shaping the future of one of the jewels in Dunfermline’s architectural crown. For almost 500 years Pittencrieff House has enjoyed a commanding position, enjoying views of the sweeping south lawn of the Glen and to the Forth Valley beyond. Historically significant, it was once the home of the Forbes family, in particular the high achieving

Betrothed and Divine: Dunfermline legends The Skids inspire new exhibition by Jonny Hannah

The latest exhibition at Fire Station Creative is by consistently brilliant Dunfermline born artist Jonny Hannah  who has hand lettered, drawn, scribbled and recycled photos to illustrate a new book – The Story of the Skids – by Richard Jobson. The book will be a mix of comic book, fanzine and punk-rock penny dreadful or, as Jonny describes it, ‘informal, all over the place & hard to read (the text in full will be at

Pilmuir Street reno yields treasure under the hall carpet

Among Dunfermline’s several pockets of impressive period houses, such as Park Avenue, Transy and Garvock, one area often overlooked is Pilmuir Street. The street, which runs north from the town centre right up to Queen Anne High School on the town’s perimeter, features on its east side handsome terraced villas with large west-facing bay windows. A little faded and rather out of favour for some years, these elegant houses have

Hindu Times: Gods arrive in Dundee from Dunfermline in brilliant new audio play

This weekend you can catch the first performances of Hindu Times, a new comedy by electrifyingly talented Dundee writer Jaimini Jethwa.  The play, already showered with 4 star reviews in The Guardian and The Scotsman, tells the story of Hindu deities Vishnu and Brahma arriving in Dundee on a bus from Dunfermline to restore earth and ending up in a Spar shop shut in. Directed by Caitlin Skinner and starring Rehamma McDonald,

Peter Kirley: A Sense of Place at Fire Station Creative

Fire Station Creative’s latest exhibition explores the landscapes of Perthshire. Scottish artist Peter Kirley previously worked as an art teacher at Crieff High School and has been painting and printmaking full time since 2004. Inspired by the countryside surrounding Perth and the interaction between the spectacular natural scenery and incidental man made structures. Peter has lived in Perthshire for nearly 50 years but began life in Lancashire which he believes

Taking furniture design to the Max

A furniture maker’s life is full of repetition and Max McCance, one of Scotland’s leading furniture designers and makers, has elevated this process to an art form, devoting a 30-year career to making work composed of ever more complex, multiple and layered components, each individually shaped, sanded and finished before assembly. Based in rural northeast Fife, Max works exclusively in solid hardwoods, using natural rubbed oil finishes. If you would like to explore

First home becomes forever home in central Dunfermline

The term ‘ideal first home’ suggests something petite and manageable, perhaps a one bed flat in a new build block. First timers  Katie and Ryan however have gone for something much more ambitious – and more splendid!  – plunging into a back-to-the-bare-bones renovation of a dilapidated, stone built Edwardian end terrace in central Dunfermline.  When they moved in, in the summer of 2020, the house had not been lived in

Tupelo Tree Branches Out

If there is a supplier of more dramatic or better styled floristry in Fife than Tupelo Tree, we haven’t come across it. Now this ethically minded, woman owned business is set to grow as it opens a new online shop where you can buy an amazing range of dried flora and fauna. Everything is foraged and gathered locally, packaged and posted in natural paper, paper tape and long cardboard boxes

‘Toon tees’ for sale at Workspace Dunfermline

Combining art, wit and disco nostalgia, Workspace Dunfermline’s brilliant new t shirt designs are available in sizes XS to XXL and cost £20 each. They can be ordered here with bespoke designs also available.