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£60k boost to help Gaelic tongue survive

THE Scottish Government announced a £60,000 investment in the Gaelic language as the 109th Royal National Mod got under way in Dunoon yesterday.
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Alexander McCall Smith scoops Wodehouse Prize for comedy novel

Alexander McCall Smith scoops Wodehouse Prize for comedy novel | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it
BESTSELLING writer Alexander McCall Smith, author of The No 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, has scooped a book prize for comic fiction.

The Scottish writer beat Caitlin Moran (How To Build A Girl) and Irvine Welsh (A Decent Ride) to this year’s Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction, named in honour of PG Wodehouse.
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How BB King inspired a funky white soul band from Scotland

How BB King inspired a funky white soul band from Scotland | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it
ONE of the founders of renowned Scots soul group Average White Band has paid tribute to King of the Blues guitarist and singer BB King who proved a key inspiration.
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Folk Film Gathering

Folk Film Gathering | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it
Folk Film Gathering 2015; 1st – 7th May; Edinburgh Filmhouse previewed by Jamie Chambers

Hamish Henderson had a fine phrase; ‘it was in you that it a’ began’.

Taken from his introduction to Ted Cowan’s The People’s Past, the words seem to cut right to the heart of Hamish’s sense of revisionism: of a concerted project to revise history and conceptions of Scottish culture to place ‘the people’ or ‘the folk’ (which is to say working class and subaltern communities) centre-stage and centre-frame. Which is exactly what Hamish did, symbolically, at the 1951 People’s Festival ceilidh in Edinburgh, where Scottish travelers and workers sang ‘for the first time on any stage, as opposed to the reeling road, or the booths of Porter Fair’.
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Get a SHIFT On

Get a SHIFT On | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it
Poetry has long had a special place in Scottish culture. Anywhere that can hold Tom Leonard, Kathleen Jamie and Ivor Cutler in one hand and Don Paterson, Jenni Fagan and Roddy Lumsden in the other, can’t doing bad.
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How Scottish Theatre Predicted The Referendum

How Scottish Theatre Predicted The Referendum | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it
Gratifyingly, it’s now commonplace to talk about how the arts enlivened the independence debate. In his book Disunited Kingdom the journalist Iain Macwhirter describes the huge success of the artists’ group, National Collective, as ‘a new form of political organisation primarily about mobilising peoples’ imaginations.’ They gave Yes a colour and creativity which Better Together sorely lacked. Even the writers who came out for No – such as J.K. Rowling, Carol Craig and Ewan Morrison – resorted to gloomy, Unionist-endorsed economics and predictions of catastrophe, expressing bafflement, even anger, about the Yes side’s passion and belief.
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Saving Ryan's Daughter

Saving Ryan's Daughter | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it
The world of film has come a long way in little more than a century. At the start, viewers were amazed to see scratchy depictions of moving monochrome figures, then talkies led a move towards more realism, and now we watch films in which Computer Generated Imagery makes anything appear possible – on screens from multiplex to phone sized.
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Scots the friendliest and most agreeable in UK, according to study

Scots the friendliest and most agreeable in UK, according to study | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it
A study of more than 400,000 Britons has found wide personality difference between regions - with Scots proving the friendliest, Welsh the shyest and Londoners the least welcoming.
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Scotland is ‘world’s best place to eat and drink’

Scotland is ‘world’s best place to eat and drink’ | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it
AN active lifestyle magazine in the US has selected Scotland in its annual Best of Travel awards as the best place to eat and drink in the world.
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A Celebration of Helen Crawfurd for International Women's Day

A Celebration of Helen Crawfurd for International Women's Day | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it
Artist Lorna Miller was asked to submit four pages for an anthology of comic art about the Great War which will be published in France by L’Association in 2016. Her pages are going to be exhibited in two schools in France who are using the theme of the first world war to create their own comics and to learn about the visual arts, history, geography and English. Lorna will be visiting the schools to work with the children for a few days in April 2015.
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Living with Words.

I enjoy Willie McIlvanney’s books, but, even more, I love listening to him speak. He has a slow, almost hesitant style which suggests thoughtfulness and reflection. Often, it prepares the way for a happy explosion of language which manages to sound grand but accessible at the same time. He gives conversation a good name.
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Sonny Liston in Scotland

Sonny Liston in Scotland | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it
When Sonny Liston’s dead body was discovered in a Las Vegas bedroom it was already decomposing. His death has never been satisfactorily explained, was he a victim of a random attack, the wrong end of a mob hit or self-imposed drugs overdose. The mystery and Liston’s dark reputation has calcified with time. It is impossible to pick up a book on the history of boxing without Liston dominating the list of fearsome and lawless champions.
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Ex-print factory may become Scotland’s film studio

Ex-print factory may become Scotland’s film studio | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it
A FORMER factory is ­believed to be the front-runner in the race to become Scotland’s national film studio.

The former OKI printer plant in Cumbernauld, North Lanarkshire, is understood to be in the frame for the flagship project, after a host of other sites around Scotland were ruled out.
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Gary McNair: The Arches is more than a club ... it is a home to Glasgow's artists

Gary McNair: The Arches is more than a club ... it is a home to Glasgow's artists | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it
THE Arches has always offered a valuable place for artists to have the chance to fail. Now, the artists must see to it that The Arches does not.

When you think of The Arches, you might think of people out on late nights, of dancing, and queuing on Monday afternoon to get your jacket back after losing your ticket, wallet and perhaps also your dignity there on the weekend. It is also a cauldron for the most gloriously diverse group of artists that Glasgow has to offer.
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Profile: Gregor Fisher

Profile: Gregor Fisher | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it
LET me tell you this – Gregor Fisher may have shot to fame for his depiction of a semmit-wearing, booze-swilling Govan philosopher, but it’s not going to stop him appearing on stage as a 100-year-old glutinous granny.
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Stewart Stevenson's news updates: Stevenson Brings Doric into Scottish Culture Debate

Stewart Stevenson, SNP MSP for Banffshire & Buchan Coast, broke out into Doric poetry yesterday (Tuesday) in a Scottish Parliament debate on the contribution of culture, visitor attractions and events to Scotland’s economy and society.
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Southern Fried Festival | Horsecross

Southern Fried Festival | Horsecross | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it
Southern Fried 2015 takes place from Thursday 30 July to Sunday 2 August   Festival passes go on sale at 10am on Monday 20 April with individual show tickets on sale from Thursday 23 April.  
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The Utopia of Rules, David Graeber Interview

The Utopia of Rules, David Graeber Interview | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it

JP O’ Malley interviews anthropologist, activist, anarchist and author, David Graeber, who was one of the early organisers of Occupy Wall Street. 


In a compelling new book of essays entitled The Utopia of Rules: On Technology, Stupidity, and the Secret Joys of Bureaucracy, the American anarchist, and anthropologist, David Graeber argues that in all western countries today bureaucracy—whether it comes from multinational corporations or government offices— informs almost every single aspect of both public and private life.

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Page\Park Architects win Glasgow School of Art bid

Page\Park Architects win Glasgow School of Art bid | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it
ONE of Scotland’s leading architectural practices has been tasked with restoring Glasgow School of Art’s iconic Mackintosh Building to its former glory.

Page\Park Architects was selected from a five-strong shortlist for the multi-million project, work on which is expected to get underway within the next year.
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Meet the Authors: Alan Bissett and Ajay Close

Meet the Authors: Alan Bissett and Ajay Close | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it
Soutar Theatre, A K Bell Library, PERTH, PH2 8EP

Saturday, April 11, 2015, 15:00 (until 16:30)


In collaboration with Waterstones, and as part of the Festival of the Common Weal, Common Weal: Perth & Kinross is delighted to welcome two of Scotland's brightest literary talents to the Soutar Theatre.

Alan Bissett is one of the most distinctive voices on the Scottish literary scene.. As well as being a novelist, short story writer and playwright, he is a superb performer whose live readings are energetic, entertaining and guaranteed to stay long in the memory. His independence referendum satire, "The Pure, the Dead and The Brilliant" was one of the highlights of the 2014 Edinburgh Fringe.

Ajay Close is a former Soutar Writer in Residence in Perth. Her musical play "In a Sma Room", based on the life and work of William Soutar, toured Scotland in 2012 and was revived at the 2014 Edinburgh Fringe. She has had three highly-acclaimed novels published. The latest is "Trust", a multi-layered account of female friendship over three decades, from the miners strike of the 1980s to the financial collapse of the last few years.

Tickets £5 waged, £2 U18/unwaged, available on Eventbrite at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/meet-the-authors-alan-bissett-and-ajay-close-tickets-15951128254

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Is the Southbank Centre Right to Exclude Scotland From Its Exhibition on Postwar British History?

The big new exhibition at the Southbank Centre in London "History is Now" http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whatson/history-is-now-7-artists-take-88866 is meant to address British postwar history. It does not do so. As a Scot who voted 'No' in the referendum I found the experience of visiting this show profoundly depressing. I left with an increased sense that a 'British' identity has become problematic, dislocated and fragile, and that the ties that bind the countries that make up the Union are coming undone.
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Edinburgh author gets ‘write behind’ the Great Scottish Book Off

Edinburgh author gets ‘write behind’ the Great Scottish Book Off | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it
An Edinburgh author is lending her support to Capability Scotland’s Great Scottish Book Off on World Book Day on 5 March.

Fran MacIlvey author of ‘Trapped: My Life with Cerebral Palsy’ is taking part in a question and answer session at Blackwell’s Bookshop in Edinburgh at 6.30pm – 7.30pm. The event is free and open to members of the public who want to come along and meet the author.
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Dunbar Art Trail

Dunbar Art Trail | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it
Dunbar Street Art Trail will take place next on Saturday 18th April 2015 and feature a blend of famous contemporary artists alongside our home-grown talents. The event seeks to blend together the shop local initiative with the world of art so that visitors and locals alike can experience the great atmosphere which Dunbar is renowned for.
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Scotland's National Galleries hit out at Paolozzi mural dismantling

Scotland's National Galleries hit out at Paolozzi mural dismantling | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it
SCOTLAND'S national galleries have expressed their dismay that a landmark mosaic by pop art pioneer Eduardo Paolozzi has been dismantled in London.
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