Interview: Cramp Your Style — the social enterprise that tackles period poverty one tote bag at a time

By Émer O'Toole Rebecca Blackburn-Turner, the founder of Cramp Your Style, discusses how she helps homeless women access sanitary products through commissioning artists to make designs for tote bags. The fight against period poverty is making progress with Waitrose and Tesco dropping the five per cent tampon tax on sanitary products, a petition to end this tax receiving more than 320,000 signatures … Continue reading Interview: Cramp Your Style — the social enterprise that tackles period poverty one tote bag at a time

Women come out on top at Belladrum Tartan Heart 2017

By Niall Christie Last weekend's Belladrum Festival proved to be one of my favourites, and having attended every year since 2005, that is a reasonable complement coming from me. But, the one thing I noticed, having thought about and taken in all that I saw during the festival, when asked who my top three performers … Continue reading Women come out on top at Belladrum Tartan Heart 2017

Fringe 2017: Alan Bissett revisits his ‘hardest woman in Falkirk’ with (More) Moira Monologues

By Tara Fitzpatrick Alan Bissett is off duty. Temporarily. We meet in Glasgow as he prepares for the Fringe premiere of (More) Moira Monologues, the sequel or update to his hit 2009 one-man (or one-woman) show about a loud, chatty, working-class Falkirk woman, getting things off her chest. He is enjoying a post-rehearsal wine and … Continue reading Fringe 2017: Alan Bissett revisits his ‘hardest woman in Falkirk’ with (More) Moira Monologues

Fringe 2017: Spilt Milk debut explores the complexities of adulthood

By Tara Fitzpatrick “There are all these books on "Adulting" now, it’s become such a buzzword.” The cast of Spilt Milk are explaining the title of their Fringe debut. “Adulting” is a verb relating to any action associated with adulthood: paying bills, navigating relationships, renting a flat, cooking. The term alludes to the notion that … Continue reading Fringe 2017: Spilt Milk debut explores the complexities of adulthood

Fringe 2017: Portraying the Refugee Crisis in The Sky is Safe by Dogstar Theatre Company

By Tara Fitzpatrick The Syrian refugee crisis has fallen off our news channels lately. This is despite the number of people fleeing the conflict having risen past five million this year, according to the UN. However, where the news cycle may have moved on – temporarily - to different issues, many performances at this year’s … Continue reading Fringe 2017: Portraying the Refugee Crisis in The Sky is Safe by Dogstar Theatre Company

CCA puts the power of libraries on display in new exhibition The House that Heals the Soul

By Tony Inglis The first library in recorded history existed under the rule of Pharaoh Ramses II. It was revered and sanctified by the Ancient Egyptian people. This grand structure contained knowledge and escape, and was believed to be restorative and transformative. The important tomes housed within it were held in such high esteem that … Continue reading CCA puts the power of libraries on display in new exhibition The House that Heals the Soul

Interview: Chris McQueer

By Émer O'Toole Chris McQueer's career has taken off rapidly since submitting a story to publisher 404 Ink's literary magazine last year. The 25-year-old, from Springboig in Glasgow, discusses his debut short story collection, sending a copy to Limmy and how Twitter has destroyed his attention span. After leaving school at 16, and doing many jobs including being an unsuccessful Subway sandwich artist, Chris started writing Hings 18 months ago when he … Continue reading Interview: Chris McQueer