Fire in the Rain: The Samhuinn Festival

As fine rain fell from darkening skies, the old cobbled stones of the city once again became a swirling parade of fire. Dancers gathered in the dark, torches were lit, and the Beltane Fire Society emerged whirling from the shadows to share their winter celebrations with the city. Banned by the local church for over …

Edinburgh Military Tattoo 2013

The Fringe is back! I popped along to the Edinburgh Military Tattoo preview last night to see it in and what an incredible performance it was. Check out the photo highlights from the night and look out for Cruachan the pony mascot making his debut appearance. He did very well for his first time, though …

Queen Margaret University costume showcase

From small wooden puppets searching for humanity to six foot grasshoppers who like to live in giant peaches, it’s a fairy tale world of inspiration out there for our city’s young designers. And this year it seems the students from Queen Margaret University have traversed through all of it. With flowing silk dresses from Peter Panand …

Inked in the city

For centuries they’ve marked the skin of warriors and tribal kings. Tearing into the flesh of their arms and faces with burning wood, they filled their wounds with dark ink in a message to their enemies, their families and their gods. Quite what they’d think of One Directionstar Louis Tomlinson’s latest teacup tattoothen leaves much space for …

Doors open on new chapter in Cabaret Voltaire history

The skies above the city are bruised with  clouds and its cobbled old streets are teeming with water,  yet still the line of people winds on. They huddled along Blair Street, chins tucked into their jackets, their eyes all fixed on a pair of freshly painted red doors. Hoods are up and umbrellas are out …

Phillippa Gregory: the novel queen

As the current BBC series turns the White Queen into Philippa Gregory’s most popular heroine yet, I thought I’d take a look back at the last interview I did with this inspiring author. First published in March 2012, Gregory reflects on women in history and on the on-going struggle that their descendants still face today. …