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

Christmas shopping comp #2: Maker in Inverkeithing

In our second local shopping competition, there’s a juicy £10 voucher to be won for newly opened Maker in Inverkeithing. The shop is a community project which will be exhibiting and retailing unique and original and visual art and contemporary craft from Fife and beyond. Artist Jane Francis, below, says, ‘The workshop at Maker will be a buzzing creative space where people can participate in a broad spectrum of arts-based activities and projects. We will be

Bennet House, Culross: historic building open for tours

Having been unoccupied for twenty years, Bennet House, a small domestic dwelling of historic and vernacular importance in Culross, was in a sorry state. Luckily the Little Houses Improvement Scheme (LHIS), the National Trust Scotland’s in-house building preservation trust, was able to purchase it to safeguard its future: Bennet House is now a study house with regular hard hat tours available to the public. Throughout the conservation process, the public

Stirling University: surrounded by art

by Caroline Copeland I’ve had a long relationship with Stirling University. For over thirty years I’ve sampled the delights of films and plays at the MacRobert Arts Centre, I’ve walked children and dogs around Airthrey Loch and admired the stark 1960s architecture that makes up its many buildings: sleek and white against the backdrop of the ever-changing shadows of the Ochil Hills. I’ve always noticed the sculptures interwoven with the

Avocodo Sweet welcomes Caroline Copeland as new guest contributor

We are delighted that Caroline Copeland will be joining us to contribute occasional features to Avocado Sweet. Caroline describes herself as living many lives in one and has a varied career as a writer, book historian, publisher, and lecturer in publishing education. She has written on subjects as diverse as the publication of early 20th century female novelists to the Peacocks of Pittencrieff Park. Caroline has lived in London, Devon,

The beautiful Ardbeg Distillery, Islay

If you happen to be on the island of Islay check out the Ardbeg Distillery. Like many of the other whisky producers on the island, Ardbeg is housed in the immaculately restored white distillery buildings with the distinctive black roofs. The larger whisky distilleries are to Islay what the grand bank buildings used to be for the mainland – beautiful and impressive landmark buildings which have received significant investment. No