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Day of the Dead

Honouring lives lost and risked for Mexican freedom of Expression is the Mitchell Library Day of the Dead event. Hosted by The Scottish Writers’ Centre in partnership with Scottish PEN, the event will take place on November 2 -from 5.30pm- in the Glasgow Room. The free, un-ticketed event will see readings both about the country … Continue reading

Lisbon

With our hearts set on a music festival, seven friends and I booked a week in July to Lisbon. Liberdade was our area of choice for its proximity to the venue; but there was a catch, it was ‘save- a- year-ahead’ expensive. Being Portugal-virgins we had unwittingly booked accommodation in its premier shopping district. So … Continue reading

Galoshans Festival

There’s a new UK arts festival and it’s called the Galoshans. With the Scots name for ‘guising’ it’s unsurprisingly scheduled North of the border. The exact location is however, more surprising. Unlike most Scottish festivals, it isn’t going to Glasgow or Edinburgh, rather Inverclyde. Bringing the festival to Inverclyde is Scottish charity UZ Arts. The … Continue reading

Travelogue

If you enjoy Nordic fiction, then why not explore the landscape through visual art? This voyage can be taken in Glasgow’s Briggait (studio) through Clive A Brandon’s Travelogue exhibition (running April 27 to June 5). Travelogue showcases Brandon’s work from residencies in Norway, Scotland, Sweden and Iceland. He explained: “I had visited Scandinavia several times … Continue reading

Gdańsk

One of Europe’s best kept secrets is Gdańsk, Poland’s principle sea port. Bursting with culture and not stag-do in sight; it is literally a breath of fresh air. On a frozen February 2014 my mum and I visited my Dad (a marine engineer) as he worked in Gdańsk. We stayed in an apartment with views … Continue reading

Paris

Paris is known as the city of love; particularly apt if your love is art. In 2013 I took Parisian mini break with my mum (an ex travel lecturer) and we followed my artist twin’s recommendations of attractions. The result was a whirlwind tour of culture, cuisine and carry-on (my mum got berated for touching … Continue reading

Staycations

January is a trying time of year, with many of us facing little money or annual leave left after Christmas. Team this with seasonal hibernation and you have the perfect recipe for cabin fever. How can this slump be overcome? A staycation. A staycation can be any length of domestic holiday, from minibreak to camping … Continue reading

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