Claire Sawers

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The Isle of Skye offers more arts and culture than you may think

21 Mar 2014

The island is home to a bustling calendar of visual art, live contemporary music and film events

The devastatingly good looking isle of Skye doesn’t like being patronised. ‘Please don’t call us “remote”,’ one local tells me with only half a smile, as we eat slippery langoustines and pints in the bar of the Eilean Iarmain hotel on a Saturday night.

Hot 100 2013: 39-30

11 Dec 2013

Blythe Duff, Mark Millar and Numbers among Scotland's hottest cultural contributors in 2013

The Hot 100 is our list of Scotland’s 100 hottest individuals and groups who’ve made a splash this year, from comic book writers to comedians, artists to actors. If they've contributed to Scotland's cultural landscape in 2013, you'll find them here.

Hot 100 2013: 19-11

11 Dec 2013

Armando Iannucci and Boards of Canada among Scotland's hottest cultural contributors in 2013

The Hot 100 is our list of Scotland’s 100 hottest individuals and groups who’ve made a splash this year, from comic book writers to comedians, artists to actors. If they've contributed to Scotland's cultural landscape in 2013, you'll find them here.

Interview: Ning Wang, one of the fashion designers at GSA's Graduate Degree Show

18 Sep 2013

The Masters graduate specialises in oversized, hip hop, surrealist silks

Can you describe your collection in five words? Surrealist silks, oversized, hip hop. What do you draw inspiration from? My vivid dreams and imagination, and my kitsch collection of toys, including My Little Pony, Hello Kitty and fashion dolls…

Interview: producer of intelligent house music Heatsick

4 Apr 2014

The DJ and producer prepares to play the Counterflows festival alongside Golden Teacher & Joe McPhee

Steven Warwick, who’ll be better known to many as the intelligent house producer, and maker of intensely danceable, cyclical-tropical, minimal disco beats, Heatsick, has ordered in lavender room sprays, hula hoops, fortune cookies and yoga mats before…

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Yves Saint Laurent

13 Mar 20144 stars

The ‘official’ biopic of the couturier takes a glossy look at his fascinating, but tragic life

The impeccably styled but tragic life of fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent always had ‘screen adaptation’ written all over it. On the surface, there are his glamorous, emancipating designs; the satiny, mannish tailoring and supple styles which helped…

My Name is Hmmm... (Je m'appelle hmmm...)

3 Mar 20144 stars

Artist Douglas Gordon stars in the first feature from French designer Agnès Troublé

When anyone asks what she does for a living, Agnès Troublé calls herself 'a stylist', or to be more specific, 'a perfectionist'. Troublé is much better known to the world as agnès b.; a well-respected Parisian clothes designer (she can't stand the word…

Family tree: The Glasgow and Edinburgh experimental, weirdo and improv scene

24 Feb 2014

Mapping out the local music scene in Scotland, one sub-genre at a time

Glasgow improv crew, Eight Thumbs play Summerhall this month. They’re one of many Scottish acts with fingers in many musical pies, sharing their talents among various projects (7VWWVW, Isshko Taiko Drummers, Asparagus Piss Raindrop, to name a few.) But…

Interview: Olaf Furniss, founder of Born To Be Wide

21 Jan 2014

The Scottish music biz get-together and gig night talks pet hates, banned songs and Joe Mangle

For those who don’t know, what is Born To Be Wide? Born To Be Wide was started as a way of bringing together everyone involved in the Edinburgh music scene. We would invite musicians, promoters, record shop staff and famous people with a connection to…

Fiona McFarlane - The Night Guest

12 Dec 20133 stars

A combination of suspenseful whodunit and tender portrait of an ageing relative

As widower Ruth hears the padding footsteps of a tiger prowling her living room at night, the reader is being wrong-footed. The opening pages of this début novel from Sydney’s Fiona McFarlane are full of magical realist promise; the imagined jungle…

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Hot 100 2013: 69-60

11 Dec 2013

Limmy, Vox Motus and Red Note Ensemble among Scotland's hottest cultural contributors in 2013

The Hot 100 is our list of Scotland’s 100 hottest individuals and groups who’ve made a splash this year, from comic book writers to comedians, artists to actors. If they've contributed to Scotland's cultural landscape in 2013, you'll find them here.

Hot 100 2013: 29-20

11 Dec 2013

Electric Frog, Peter Capaldi and Summerhall among Scotland's hottest cultural contributors in 2013

The Hot 100 is our list of Scotland’s 100 hottest individuals and groups who’ve made a splash this year, from comic book writers to comedians, artists to actors. If they've contributed to Scotland's cultural landscape in 2013, you'll find them here.

Hot 100 2013: 10-2

11 Dec 2013

Andy Murray, Chvrches and James McAvoy among Scotland's top 10 cultural contributors in 2013

The Hot 100 is our list of Scotland’s 100 hottest individuals and groups who’ve made a splash this year, from comic book writers to comedians, artists to actors. If they've contributed to Scotland's cultural landscape in 2013, you'll find them here.

End-of-year fashion shows display fresh talent from Glasgow and Edinburgh's Art Schools

18 Mar 2014

Names to look out for include Joanna Dixon, Natasha Samasuwo, Salwa McGill and Colleen Leitch

Syrian techno from the ultimate wedding-party DJ, Omar Souleyman, and squelchy Nigerian funk from the mysterious William Onyeabor boomed from the no-nonsense Art School’s speakers on the opening night of the GSA’s Third Year Fashion Show. There was a…

Ladyfest Glasgow: They’re not anti-boy, they’re just pro-girl

21 Feb 2014

The annual festival is now a monthly get together promoting woman musicians and DJs

Ladyfest Glasgow aim to subvert that strange but true reality of the music world; there are still more men DJing, more men behind sound desks, more men writing music criticism; more men making the actual music. And for why? Calling bullshit on this…

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Five of the best music highlights of the Glasgow Film Festival 2014

19 Feb 2014

Featuring Goblin with Golden Teacher and CHVRCHES' Lauren Mayberry introducing The Punk Singer

Partir to Live Strobes, 12-string guitar drones, skin-on-skin shots, electricity pylons – expect a chilling, confusing hour or so, at this screening of Chilean film Partir To Live. It’s beautifully soundtracked by Dutch minimalist electronic composer…

Bobby Womack - Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow, Mon 27 Jan 2014, part of Celtic Connections

29 Jan 20144 stars

The soul legend makes a comeback, and proves he's neither shy, or retiring

There are a few things that Bobby Womack can do, that you can’t. He can wear a head to toe red leather outfit and make it look good. He can sing things normal people would just say, without seeming ridiculous. (Eg, ‘Please can you turn up the lights/ I…

Top 10 albums of 2013

20 Dec 2013

Featuring Boards of Canada, My Bloody Valentine and Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

Boards of Canada – Tomorrow's Harvest (Warp) Eight years on from The Campfire Headphase, the Edinburgh brothers engaged in a remarkable pre-release album campaign that had fans listening to album streams in the Mojave Desert and watching video…

Alternative top 5 albums of 2013, featuring Penny Penny, Andy Kaufman and Lithic Grid

18 Dec 2013

Five LPs you may not have heard this year - but are definitely worth tracking down

Various artists – Dark Acid 2 (Clan Destine) Part 2 in a series of acid/ techno records. This gently-face-melting beauty features Glasgow-based artists Stefan Blomeier, Claire (real name Elise Tippins), Tropics of Cancer (with members of Golden…

Hot 100 2013: 59-50

11 Dec 2013

Young Fathers, LuckyMe and Rally & Broad among Scotland's hottest cultural contributors in 2013

The Hot 100 is our list of Scotland’s 100 hottest individuals and groups who’ve made a splash this year, from comic book writers to comedians, artists to actors. If they've contributed to Scotland's cultural landscape in 2013, you'll find them here.

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Hot 100 2013: 49-40

11 Dec 2013

Braw Gigs, Paul Wright and Neil Landstrumm among Scotland's hottest cultural contributors in 2013

The Hot 100 is our list of Scotland’s 100 hottest individuals and groups who’ve made a splash this year, from comic book writers to comedians, artists to actors. If they've contributed to Scotland's cultural landscape in 2013, you'll find them here.

Preview: mysterious Hype Williams performer Dean Blunt to play selected UK dates

18 Nov 2013

The secretive experimental hip hop/electronica musician is playing Bristol, Liverpool and Glasgow

Dean Blunt isn’t an easy one to decipher. In fact, he’d probably prefer you didn’t even try. Just listen to the music, or come to a gig, seems the message put over by his deft interview-dodging – or in the rare case when he does do them – the cryptic…

A brief guide to ancient Egyptian burial rites

15 Oct 2013

Egyptologist Margaret Maitland gives an insight into the funeral customs of ancient Egypt

‘A central belief of the ancient Egyptians was the notion of dying to be reborn again. They had very sophisticated preparations for the afterlife, and often buried their relatives with belongings and valuables, so they’d have everything they needed in…

The best upcoming gigs in Glasgow and Edinburgh - September/October 2013

20 Sep 2013

Fleetwood Mac, Tim Hecker and Oneohtrix Point Never all set for UK tours

There’s tonnes of good music happening in the next few months – plenty of excellent acts coming to town from far and away, plus local venues being used for one-off, exciting things. Anyone who saw Tim Hecker in Pilrig Church, Edinburgh last year will…

The best student fashion - to take you from lecture hall to house party

9 Sep 2013

Girls and Boys fashion from Life Story, Eden and HB Electronics at Herman Brown

Life’s too short to plan multiple outfits for the same day, so we’ve done it for you. After scouring some of Edinburgh’s finest independent boutiques, we present our guide to making the tricky fashion leap from daytime lecture-hopping to night-time…