Laura Clements talks to writer and awardee of the Scottish Book Trust’s Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship, Lisa Ballantyne, about her work. Lisa Ballantyne was born in Armadale, West Lothian and was educated at Armadale Academy and University of St Andrews. …
Lisa Ballantyne : Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship
Describing the Jimmy Reid Foundation as the policy arm of the independence movement Robin McAlpine argues that politics engages creativity to represent a more confident and articulate Scotland. Successfully organised through social media the Festival in Glasgow’s Arches demonstrated how …
Robin McAlpine : Common Weal Festival
Jo Caulfield is back to present the June edition of Speakeasy. The show featured a variety of poets, storytellers, comics and musicians. Have a look at the video for a very funny retrospective of the event!!
Jo Caulfield hosts The Speakeasy : June 2014
Children and Education Programme Director Janet Smyth, introduces this year’s Children’s Book Festival highlights, which includes many events that take a look at the First World War Centenary. The Children’s Programme at Edinburgh International Book Festival runs from the 9th …
Janet Smyth : Children’s Programme at EIBF 2014
Nick Barley, Director of Edinburgh International Book Festival, introduces this year’s programme at the launch held in Central Hall, Edinburgh. The programme has many aspects to it, and will be taking a look at the Centenary of World War One, …
Nick Barley : Edinburgh International Book Festival 2014
Whilst Jo Caulfield is away, storyteller and writer Fiona Herbert takes the reigns for May’s Speakeasy extravaganza. Featuring a play from writer Fiona McDonald, comedy from Stu Murphy (1 half of comedy/improv duo Stu and Garry), and a collaboration between …
Fiona Herbert Presents The Speakeasy : May 2014
Robert Harris talks about his last book in the Historical Fiction Festival. The book, An Officer and a Spy, tells the story of the Dreyfus Affair.
Robert Harris : An Officer and a Spy
Neu! Reekie! #46
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First of a new and occasional series of discussions titled Writers’ Stories. Writers’ Stories is a longer format allowing writers and literary figures to unravel something of how they progress. Nicole Brandon talks with two winners of the 2013 Scottish …
Scottish Book Trust : New Writers Award
Julia Sutherland stands in for Jo Caulfield to host the Speakeasy from the Scottish Storytelling Centre in Edinburgh that this month features another wide variety of authors, poets, storytellers, comics and musicians.
Julia Sutherland Presents The Speakeasy : April 2014
Lucilla Sim, StAnza Artist in Residence 2012, discusses her exhibition, which was shown during the 2014 festival. Sim combines found objects and text, and uses a process that utilises potassium permanganate to provide a layered affect on her work. Sim …
Lucilla Sim : Found on the Road North
Director of Glasgow’s Aye Write! Festival, Karen Cunningham gives a sneak preview into what’s going on at this year’s festival. Taking place at the Mitchell Library, Aye Write! will be celebrating the legacy left behind by Scottish writer Iain Banks, …
Karen Cunningham : Aye Write! Book Festival
Festival Director Eleanor Livingstone introduces the annual poetry festival that takes place in St.Andrews. As well as poetry, the festival features music and art, and provides opportunities for collaboration across the creative platforms. stanzapoetry.org/index.php
Eleanor Livingstone : StAnza Festival 2014
Miko Berry steps in for Jo Caulfield to host the Speakeasy from the Scottish Storytelling Centre in Edinburgh that this month features another wide variety of authors, poets, storytellers, comics and musicians.
Miko Berry presents Speakeasy : March 2014
Jasmine Fassl, Head of the Schools Programme, introduces the Scottish Children’s Book Awards. Originally started in 1999 by the Scottish Arts Council, the awards aimed to help promote the importance of reading amongst children and young people. The Scottish Book …
Jasmine Fassl : Scottish Children’s Book Awards
Jo Caulfield introduces a whole host of acts at her Valentine’s special of the Speakeasy including slam poet Carly Brown, writer and actor Robert Howat, comedian Robin Grainger, spoken word performer Rachel Amey, comedian Scott Agnew, performance poet Jem Rolls …
Jo Caulfield presents The Speakeasy : Valentine’s Special
Following on from a recent appearance at Pitlochry’s Winter Words Festival, journalist, broadcaster and author Lesley Riddoch, discusses her new book ‘Blossom: What Scotland Needs To Flourish’, with Nicole Brandon. Through anecdotes and conversations with Scots who have worked without …
Lesley Riddoch : Blossom – What Scotland Needs to Flourish
Pitlochry’s literary festival Winter Words, turns 10 this year. Events Manager Annie Hibberd, and other members of Pitlochry Theatre staff give us a sneak peek into what they’re looking forward to seeing.
Pitlochry Festival Theatre : Winter Words Festival
We talk to veteran broadcaster Peter Snow at the 2013 Lennoxlove Book Festival about his newest book “When Britain Burned the White House”, which tells the story of the War of 1812 and Britain’s attempt to stop the Americans by …
Peter Snow : When Britain Burned the White House
Kevin Williamson’s explosive recital of Tam O’Shanter at Neu! Reekie!’s Mega Burns Bash held at Summerhall in January 2013. Kevin Williamson is a poet, journalist, publisher, and activist. He founded Rebel Inc, a counter-culture publishing company and literary journal, co-edits …