INTERVIEW – Sara Sheridan

Sara Sheridan is a bestselling Edinburgh writer. Her new series set in the 1950s, the Mirabelle Bevan Mysteries launched last year and Brighton Belle went to No 1 in the Amazon Kindle chart, knocking 50 Shades of Grey off the top slot. This month, the second in the series, London Calling, is just out in […]

FEATURE – Illicit Ink

A spoken word group with a difference, Illicit Ink has a refreshingly relaxed and entertaining approach to literature and storytelling. Formed from an idea by Napier’s creative writing students, Illicit Ink has a forthcoming event on 2nd October with a Halloween theme – Monsters Ink. We caught up Illicit Ink’s ‘Benevolent Dictator’, Babs Melville, to […]

FRINGE PREVIEW: The Games by Spike Theatre

“I’ve always been fascinated by the origins of things,” says Mark Smith, artistic director of Spike Theatre and co-director of their Fringe show The Games. “When the 2012 Olympics were announced, I started researching how some of the sports first got started.” “It was fascinating,” he continues. “The Ancient Olympics were like the Glastonbury of […]

INTERVIEW – Echo Arcadia

The high-ceilinged bedroom of a top-floor tenement flat probably isn’t where you’d expect to find one of Edinburgh’s most promising bands practicing. “We like to have one quiet practice here every week,” explains keyboard player Majied, sitting in the bay window of drummer Dan’s room, “and one loud one in a rehearsal room.” “The neighbours […]

INTERVIEW – Helen McNaughton, child singer in Joseph

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat returns to the Edinburgh Playhouse tonight for a short run with Keith Jack taking the lead role.  One of our mini-Spotlight Fringe reviewers is appearing as a singer and we caught up with her ahead of tonight’s first performance.  Let us introduce you to Helen McNaughton. Hi Helen, can […]

FEATURE – Tea Tree Tea, Bread Street, Edinburgh

  Tea Tree Tea in Bread Street is one of our favourites places in town to work from and conduct meetings – as well as starting the day with a hearty bowl of porridge and some relaxing time in the afternoon involving cake.  The owners Drew and Jamie were kind enough to be our first Spotlight feature when […]


“It was just a throwaway line! I used it because there was a close mate in the audience who was vegan – it got a good reaction, so I kept it in the show.” The young Australian comedienne’s referring to one tiny gag (“Some of my best friends are vegan. They were going to come […]

FRINGE INTERVIEW – Frisky & Mannish

“2009 was a rollercoaster!” says Frisky, sitting outside the purple cow of the Udderbelly. “We weren’t sure if Frisky & Mannish was going to continue, so we pinned everything on last year’s Fringe – we gave it everything we’ve got.” “It helped to create a real buzz,” says Mannish, her partner in pop. “It allowed […]

INTERVIEW – March Her To Norway

Slightly damp and bedraggled after an outdoor photoshoot in typically Scottish summer weather, March Her To Norway sit back in the relative comfort of a coffee shop and talk about their music and their plans. “Above all, we’re about having fun and playing live,” says vocalist and guitarist Andy. “And not sounding cheesy.” “We play […]