Glenrothes, Kirkcaldy and Central Fife

Some great writers coming to Fife for Book Week 2015

If you are bookish, hungry, thirsty or still have a thing for John Gordon Sinclair as Gregory, the following Book Week events may be for you.  On 24 November, novelists John Gordon Sinclair and Frank Muir talk about their work at Beer, Book and Burger at Rothes Halls, Glenrothes. The event will be hosted by acclaimed crime writer and critic Russel D McLean and, as the event title suggests, you can

Jaws on the Prom, Kirkcaldy, Fife

It may not be safe to go back in the water but viewers watching Jaws will be cozy in their cagoules on the Esplanade, Kirkcaldy at the opening of Kirkcaldy Film Festival on 17 September at 8.30pm. Tickets for Jaws were free but have sold out, however check out the trailer for other highlights which include The Ipcress File, Inside Out, Stonemouth and the Scottish premiere of Palio.

Great Tapestry of Scotland is now in Fife

The famous Great Tapestry of Scotland which tells the history of Scotland in rich and vibrant handstitched colour, is in Fife until September. You can see the entire tapestry, consisting of 160 individual panels running 143 metres long, at the Kirkcaldy Galleries throughout the summer. One of the biggest community arts projects in the world, a thousand volunteers worked for more than 50,000 hours to complete the project using a range of embroidery skills and

Major new theatre production previews at Pettycur Bay

Drift, which previews at Pettycur Bay Sand Dunes in Fife from 26-29 June, is an innovative piece of visual theatre inspired by the true story of Shetland crofter Betty Mouat, who in 1886, aged 61, was the only passenger on the coastal cutter Columbine bound for Lerwick. A storm washed the captain and crew overboard and Miss Mouat was presumed lost at sea.  More than a week later the Columbine grounded in Norway.  Miss Mouat

‘Sarah’s Room’ wins Best Feature at Fife Film Expo

After receiving 1200 submissions, the inaugural Fife Film Expo on 9 May featured over 50 shorts and five feature film screenings. The event, which took place at the Lochgelly Centre, also included Q&As with filmmakers, animation and film workshops and networking opportunities. Winner of the Best Feature award was Sarah’s Room, a psychedelic horror/thriller directed by Edinburgh filmmaker Grant McPhee. The film is Scotland’s first feature to be released in 4K and was

Fabulous vintage wedding in Fife

Here’s a treat – this is a featured blog by Sarah Patrick of Postcard from Fife. A Fifer born-and-bred, Sarah blogs and tweets as Postcard from Fife to highlight her interesting finds – particularly food, music, festivals and vintage – so that others can discover what makes the area so special. Sarah, who tells us she is excited to be back living in the Kingdom after over 10 years in Edinburgh and London, recently

Public art in Fife: David Mach’s Phantom comes to Kirkcaldy

So what do we think of this then? Methil-born David Mach’s long awaited driftwood-and-tacks sculpture Phantom has been lowered into place in Kirkcaldy at a cost of £35k. The artist, who was commissioned by supermarket Morrisons, said in an interview with The Courier last week that the sculpture was an ‘ugly hard ass brute’, ‘direct in the same way Fifers are’. He also said ‘it is what it is – it’s

And the award for best picture goes to…Fife Independent Film Expo

Have you made Scotland’s answer to Birdman or Whiplash? If so dust off your dickie bow and shake out your slinkiest gown because you could be going to an awards ceremony. Fife Independent Film Expo is a grassroots film screening event run by Fife Cultural Trust, showcasing the best of independent micro budget films in Scotland. The deadline for submissions is 16 March and screening will take place at Lochgelly

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

Diane Arbus at Kirkcaldy Galleries from 14 February

The work of legendary photographer Diane Arbus (1923- 1971) can be seen at Kirkcaldy Galleries from 14 February until 31 May. Arbus challenged concepts of identity, beauty and normality. Her photography revealed the complexities of human nature and relationships, making the ordinary extraordinary and the misunderstood familiar. Featuring twenty of her seminal pieces, this exhibition explores how her work reflected the social, political and economic changes taking place throughout the United