My Glasgow: Heather Palmer

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  • 20 October 2017
My Glasgow: Heather Palmer

Glasgow School of Art: one of the city's most iconic landmarks

Writer and comic creator tells us about her favourite spots in the city

Whether it's shopping, eating, drinking or dancing, Glasgow has everything you need for a first-rate day out. Want to discover the city through the eyes of a resident? We asked a few creative Glasgow locals about their favourite things to do.

Heather Palmer

Heather Palmer is a writer who lives, works and lunches in Glasgow. She is the co-creator of Grave Wax, the SICBA shortlisted supernatural comic exploring death and nationalism, comedy podcast The Second Set and Smithers and Wing, a gothic exploration of Edinburgh, which will be released later this year.

I'm new to Glasgow – what's the first thing I should do when I get there?
Eat, of course! Glasgow is full of great places to pick up a bite I recommend Nippon Kitchen which is a few blocks from the Central Station and Queen Street Station and the food is brilliant.

I love shopping – where should I shop in Glasgow?
Buchanan Street is full of great shops but a hidden gem is Princes Square which is calm and full of interesting shops and great places to eat and drink.

Glasgow's one of the UK's artistic hubs: what's your favourite place to see art, inside or outside?
One of my favourite places to see art is Glasgow School of Art's Degree Shows. It's only a few times a year but it's a brilliant way to see new and interesting art all at once.

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There's so much to see and do in Glasgow, but I've only got a day. Which essential sights should I head to?
The Lighthouse gallery on Mitchell Lane is a must, not only for the exhibitions and shop but for the two viewing platforms on the upper levels that offer brilliant scenes of the city. Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum is also a must see. It's a quirky museum full of composite parts: parts for kids, big and small, quiet parts and impressive organ recitals.

Edinburgh might be famous for its festivals, but Glasgow holds its own too. What's your favourite Glasgow festival of the year?
Glasgow Comic Con is one of the best festivals in Scotland. It's full of brilliant artists and writers, famous comics figures and cosplay. It's also a great place to hear what's happening in comics and enjoy a vibrant day!

Finally, it's time to chill – what's your favourite place in the city to take a moment to relax?
One of my favourite places for a stroll is the Glasgow Necropolis. It might be too spooky for some but it's the perfect place for a quiet stroll and there are lots of interesting monuments to see, including Charles Rennie Mackintosh's first ever commissioned work!

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