A Sculptor’s Eye View

How often have you stopped, on entering the Queen’s Gallery at the foot of the Royal Mile, to admire the magnificent unicorned bronze hinges and figurative door handles, and wondered why and where they came from?

“I have always believed in the power and importance of figurative art; it has been a necessity throughout the history of mankind. I believe that people relate to this with enormous pleasure. In turn it gives me great pleasure working with and for the public.” So says sculptor Jill Watson, whose work, along with the heraldic lion above the door, they are.

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Steven Osborne – A Festival Favourite

The rapturous applause that greeted Steven Osborne’s appearance at the first of the Edinburgh Festival’s Bank of Scotland Queen’s Hall concerts this year was as sincere as it comes. Not only is Steven making a name for himself in the rarified world of classical music, he is a local lad and a perennial favourite at the Festival. Continue reading Steven Osborne – A Festival Favourite

Good Weekend for Romance in Edinburgh

Often considered by those who know no better to be the “Cinderella” of writing, namely Romantic Fiction, the genre enjoyed a boost in its standing at events in Edinburgh over the weekend. Continue reading Good Weekend for Romance in Edinburgh

James Meek wins Scottish Arts Council Book of the Year

For the first time ever, the prestigious Scottish Arts Council Book of the Year winner was announced at a public session at this year’s Book Festival, chaired by Richard Holloway.
There were three contenders for the prize:Kathleen Jamie “Findings”, James Meek “The People’s Act of Love” and Ali Smith “The Accidental”.
Each of the contenders received a £2,000 cheque, but the outright winner was James Meek.

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