Review: Rock of Ages at The King’s Theatre

The smell of wine and cheap perfume is practically rife in The King’s Theatre, Glasgow, as the audience settles in for a night of rock n’ roll debauchery at Rock of Ages. A global smash hit musical with stints on London’s West End, Broadway, and Las Vegas, Rock of Ages promises to bring crowds hurtling […]

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Rubber Ducks

A short play about a strange phenomenon in New York City as thousands of stolen rubber ducks appear overnight in Central Park.

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Don’t Blink / Buy your copy today!

A wee blurb about Don’t Blink It’s April 2017. Fletch and Billy are meeting up for their monthy bevy to catch up and reminisce on the good old days when their ex-best friend Fran bursts into their local – reviving old wounds and creating new ones. In Don’t Blink, the reader is taken on a […]

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Review: Ma, Pa, and the Little Mouths at The Tron Theatre

Published by Glasgowist. Ma and Pa seem obsessed with the past, recalling unreliable memories, and conversing in an endless cycle of stories they have heard and told before yet can’t quite remember. Karen Dunbar and Gerry Mulgrew ooze sharp, sly wit and fantastical characterisation bordering on the grotesque as the aged Ma and Pa. Charlotte […]

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⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀awk here we go again ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀here I go again on ma ain that’s a gid song aht ⠀⠀wee bitta whitesnake ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ hing on ⠀⠀⠀⠀ahts detractin fae ma point ⠀⠀aht hings distractin me again ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀wae its mad ginger tail ⠀⠀flickin aboot aw ooer the joint lit a feather duster ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ let me journey back ⠀⠀⠀⠀aht foax […]

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Theatre Review: Sleeping Beauty at The King’s Theatre

Published by Glasgowist. As we snuggle down in our seats, show programme in one hand and an extra-large mixed strawberry and blue raspberry slush puppy in the other, the audience at The Kings Theatre is buzzing for the opening night of the Christmas panto, Sleeping Beauty. There’s something about pantomime which turns everyone into big […]

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Theatre Review: Mamma Mia at the Theatre Royal

Published by Glasgowist. Admittedly, Mamma Mia is a total cheese-fest. The smash hit musical by Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus has ludicrous high notes, a sickly sweet romantic setting, perfect enunciation, and huge grins which make even our cheeks hurt. But the infectious, feel-good atmosphere in Glasgow’s Theatre Royal on opening night is undeniable and […]

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Theatre Review: Trainspotting at Citizens Theatre (2017)

Published by TSA. It’s a quiet, soft moment on stage. A group of scanty clad, intoxicated delinquents are slowly being roused from their drunken slumber when the silence finally breaks as Alison (Chloe-Ann Taylor) makes the worst, most unthinkable discovery a mother can make. Taylor’s profound, shattering wails pierce the eerily still air and reverberate […]

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Theatre Review: 30th Anniversary of The Steamie

Published by Glasgowist. A tribute to the mammies and grannies of bygone Glasgow, The Steamie is a classic and timeless comedy, masterfully blending Scottish humour with the touching sentimentality and drunken nostalgia that comes with Hogmanay. With side-splitting laughs from the get-go, The Steamie’s joyous, light-hearted patter builds to a crescendo of hilarity with the […]

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Review: Friday 13th at Dread, Scare Attraction, Glasgow

Published by Glasgowist. Friday 13th, unlucky for some, can be scary enough in Glasgow city centre at night with the odd alcohol-induced zombie roaming the streets, shoogly scaffolding to walk under, cracks on the pavement to dodge, and, bearing in mind it’s always raining, slippery surfaces to avoid. It’s the month of Halloween and with […]

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Theatre Review: The Addams Family Musical

Published by Glasgowist. Against a misty backdrop of gothic manors, creepy phantoms, and thunderstorms, The Addams Family Musical cast bring a new brand of macabre comedy to everyone’s favourite misfit family. Originally created by cartoonist Charles Addams in the 1930s, the Addams Family is described as a satirical inversion on the idealised family unit. With […]

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Interview: Greg Esplin, Co-Director of Trainspotting Live

Published by Glasgowist. In 1993, Irvine Welsh’s ground-breaking debut novel Trainspotting was released. The book disgusted some, infuriated others, and kickstarted a phenomenon which is now a beloved franchise. Now, over twenty years later, the story of Rents, Sick Boy, Spud, and Begbie is still being picked up by every generation and reincarnated into new, […]

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Theatre Review: Trainspotting Live at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Published by Glasgowist. Scurrying into what feels like a dark train tunnel buried underneath the Edinburgh International Conference Centre, wearing fluorescent wristbands as admission, the nervous excitement and eager anticipation in the room is palpable. Based on the 1993 novel by Irvine Welsh and adapted for stage by Harry Gibson, the audience brace themselves for […]

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Review: American Idiot at The Kings Theatre, Edinburgh

Published by Glasgowist. Following Green Day’s highly anticipated Glasgow gig being spectacularly cancelled last week, merely hours before show time, a youth theatre group are seeking to revive the spirits of Scottish Green Day fans. Shoogly Peg Productions showcase their adaptation of the 2009 Broadway musical American Idiot over two nights in Edinburgh’s impressive King’s […]

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Why the T2 Trainspotting Ending is Genius

As Vladimir Nabokov once said: ‘Genius is finding the invisible link between things.’ With the DVD of T2 Trainspotting being released this month, allowing hardcore fans and phenomenon newbies alike to relish in 30+ minutes of unseen footage and cast interviews, the ending to the long-awaited sequel is a hot topic of conversation. Loosely based […]

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Shelley, Welsh, Nabokov: The Dream Authors Panel with Eventbrite

This week, I was inspired by Eventbrite – a platform that allows event organisers to plan, promote, and sell tickets to events and publish them on social media – to come up with my dream panel of authors, dead or alive, to hear talk about their particular genre and bestselling books. I have used Eventbrite […]

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In the Line of Duty: Building a Memorial to the Unsung Canine Heroes of WW1

Published by Positively Scottish. They are the forgotten heroes of the Great War, thousands of dedicated individuals who more than played their part on the front line. But now a crowdfunding campaign is under way to provide a permanent memorial to the Airedale Terriers near the Scottish base where their training began, at East Haven in […]

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Review: Leah McFall at Stereo Cafe, Glasgow

Published by Glasgowist. It’s a crisp, slightly chilly Monday night in Glasgow’s city centre and Northern Irish singer-songwriter Leah McFall, runner-up on The Voice UK 2013, is set to play Glasgow for the first time at Stereo Café as part of her debut ‘INK’ tour. After breaking away from her label and independently releasing her […]

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Glasgow International Comedy Festival Review: Frankie Boyle and Friends

As part of the Glasgow International Comedy Festival, the country’s most controversial comedian Frankie Boyle heads up the show with host Fred MacAulay and support acts Jen Brister and Scott Gibson over four nights at The Kings Theatre. Perth comedian MacAulay opens the show, not afraid to tear into members of the crowd including a […]

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foaxes

Published by Quotidian literary magazine and runner-up in New Zealand International Robert Burns Poetry Competition, featured in Dunedin Public Libraries e-magazine. here thair its thair aht foax again rummagin throo ma bins bold as ye like boxin day dain ma boax in its fureezin ahm only in ma slippers sa ah canny go oot n […]

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Glasgow Film Festival: The Slab Boys

Published by Glasgowist. Described as a vivid piece of social observation cinema, John Byrne’s film adaptation of his stage play The Slab Boys returned to the big screen at the Glasgow Film Theatre for the 20th anniversary of its release in 1997. Attended by John Byrne himself and cast members Robin Laing and Julie Wilson […]

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Interview: Leah McFall

Published by Glasgowist. The Voice 2013 runner-up Leah McFall is back with a new independently released EP and UK tour called INK. The singer-songwriter from Northern Ireland who confesses that she ‘sings weird and dresses like a grandpa’ is coming to Glasgow on Monday, April 10 to play in Stereo Café in Renfield Lane. With […]

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Glasgow Film Festival: Benny

Published by Glasgowist. Benny is an education in the art of boxing, an unflinching look at the unimaginable depravity of Glasgow’s slums during the Great Depression, and an insight into the triumphant rise and tragic fall of the people’s champion, Benny Lynch. The documentary follows the story of the pint-sized 5ft 4in boxer – born […]

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Glasgow Film Festival: Patriots Day

Published by Glasgowist. Patriots Day, directed and co-written by Peter Berg, is electrifying, violent, unnerving, and thoughtful – emerging as an unprecedented highlight of the Glasgow Film Festival. The film documents the Boston Marathon bombings and the city-wide manhunt that ensued when two bombs were detonated 12 seconds apart on April 15, 2013. Considering how […]

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Glasgow Film Festival: Personal Shopper

Published by Glasgowist. Olivier Assayas’s Personal Shopper, starring Kristen Stewart, gives audiences an alternative look at the paranormal. This film is one that is hard to distinguish in terms of genre as we flit between moments of suspense building, uncomfortable silence, and that tense, eerie feeling that someone is watching you (characteristic of Hitchcock). Yet, […]

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Review: T2 Trainspotting

Published by Glasgowist. Trainspotting is the film of the 1990s, the film of a generation. A phenomenon that perfectly captured a decade in time, making the world laugh, cry, cringe, and recoil in horror, disgust, and delight. Mark Renton, Simon ‘Sick Boy’ Williamson, Danny ‘Spud’ Murphy, and Francis ‘Franco’ Begbie are characters almost every Scot […]

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Interview on Scran, Trainspotting and more with Pendora Magazine

Earlier this month, I was approached by Pendora, an online literary magazine, to be interviewed about my little short story series, Scran, as well as Trainspotting, Scottish literature and more. A big thank you to Himanshu Goel for conducting the interview. Here is what we talked about: Q. Just going through your blog and social […]

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News: Strathclyde Concert Band Wins Platinum Award

Published by the Strathclyde Telegraph. The University of Strathclyde concert band have won their first platinum award at the Autumn Regionals of the National Concert Band Festival in Edinburgh. Having previously won a gold award, the Strathclyde University Concert Band will now attend the National Finals in Warwick on 8-9 April next year to compete […]

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Review: The Gorbals Vampire at Citizens Theatre

Published by Glasgowist. Armed to the teeth with bats, pots, pans, sticks, and even whisks as makeshift chibs, hundreds of Gorbals kids take to the gothic Southern Necropolis to have a square-go with the beast plaguing their town and eating their classmates in Johnny McKnight’s new play, The Gorbals Vampire. With a moody and atmospheric […]

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Interview: The Gorbals Vampire Playwright Johnny McKnight

Published by Glasgowist. Over 60 years after the notorious Gorbals vampire was said to be creeping around ‘the gravy’ in the Southern Necropolis, a new play on the dramatic real-life events by Johnny McKnight is set to hit the Citizens Theatre this weekend. In 1954, the rumour mill churned out the tale of a monster […]

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Uncanny Valley and the Creepy Clown Craze

Published by Huffington Post and Strathclyde Telegraph. Clown sightings, the world’s current epidemic of excitable rumour and panic – which seems to be gaining more and more momentum just in time for Halloween – began when a young boy, the son of Donna Arnold, and a small group of children, spotted two clowns in the […]

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Short Story: ‘Little Lies’

Published by the Strathclyde Telegraph. Banoffee muffins with cream cheese and cinnamon icing, spiced pumpkin lattes, strawberry cheesecake, banana bread, pumpkin pies, carrot cake, ginger bread, and chocolate brownies were just a few of the baked goods stacked onto the towering shelves in Bella’s Coffee House in Lochwinnoch that morning. With my jacket drenched, and […]

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Theatre Review: Trainspotting at Citizens Theatre

Published by Glasgowist. More than two decades after the original stage play of Irvine Welsh’s Trainspotting was performed at Citizens Theatre in 1994, Harry Gibson’s theatrical adaptation returned on Friday. Directed by main stage director-in-residence Gareth Nicholls, this incarnation of what is arguably Scotland’s biggest cult followed story burst onto the stage with a fresh […]

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Preview: Trainspotting at Citizens Theatre, Glasgow

Published by Glasgowist. With the highly anticipated release of Trainspotting 2, expected to arrive at cinemas in February 2017, Glasgow’s Citizens Theatre is revisiting the original Trainspotting stage production, adapted from Irvine Welsh’s 1993 novel. Twenty two years after the first theatrical production of the story that defined Scotland’s 80s heroin epidemic for the 90s […]

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Stranger Things Review: ‘A Stephen-King-Style Compilation of Monsters, Superpowers and Nostalgic ’80s Horror’

Published by The Huffington Post UK Young Voices. With the seemingly never-ending list of films and TV series available to stream instantly online, it’s not hard to find your new Game of Thrones or Orange Is the New Black. But, in this instance, the creators over at Netflix have truly outdone themselves with the new […]

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Scran: Self-Published Series of Short Stories

Earlier this year, I was lucky enough to be awarded a Vacation Scholarship by the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland and chosen to be a Research Intern by the Research Interns at Strathclyde programme to research 21st century Scottish literature and to write and self-publish my own series of Scottish short stories. I […]

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Studying Abroad: Radboud Summer School in the Netherlands

Summer school aan de Radboud Universiteit. Ik studeerde Nedrlandse taal en cultuur. Earlier this year, I heard about Radboud University’s Summer School in Nijmegen, the Netherlands, after reading an email from Strathclyde about the programme. As I study English Literature, Journalism, and Creative Writing, I decided to apply to the Dutch Culture and Language class as […]

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Writing Diary: Mid-Internship Blog

I am now half way through my summer project with the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland to write and self-publish a series of Scottish short stories. As part of my accompanying internship with the Research Interns at Strathclyde programme, I had to write a mid-internship reflective blog talking about the challenges and successes […]

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moon child // Summer Update

So, it’s not *technically* summer yet. But when it’s 30 degrees in Scotland, it is summer. My classes have come to an end and I (luckily) only had one exam which is all done and dusted, so I’m finished for third year and off until September. Internship Knowing I’d have a lot of time off […]

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Essential Listening: Trainspotting Soundtrack

Published by The Strathclyde Telegraph. While the majority of motion picture soundtracks are too often composed of mere instrumentals and album fillers used to bridge the gaps and silences in a film, the Trainspotting soundtrack, however, is a sequence of landmarks in time through the music scene and tracks the trends and sub-cultures of the […]

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Peer Assessment: Is It Really Helping Us Learn?

Published by The Strathclyde Telegraph. Students have an array of different responses to the subject of group work and peer assessment. Some relish in being ‘the leader’, the driving force of a project where they can showcase their creativity and encourage their team members. Some quietly enjoy group tasks simply because it gives them the […]

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Best to Binge Watch: Father Ted

Published by The Strathclyde Telegraph. Timeless cult classic Father Ted is a quirky, kitschy ‘90s comedy (the brainchild of Graham Linehan who also created The IT Crowd) mixing the self-reflexive with absurdity, slap-stick, and digs at religious scandals and hypocrisies to create a truly original, stand-alone sitcom revived again and again by generations of comedy […]

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News: More Than Half of LGBT Students Experience Homophobic or Transphobic Bullying

Published by The Strathclyde Telegraph. More than half of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT+) students have experienced homophobic or transphobic abuse in further and higher education, according to a new National Union of Students (NUS) study. The Pride and Prejudice in Education research into the extent of bullying and harassment experienced by LGBT+ students […]

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moon child // Creative Nonfiction Published by Quotidan Literary Magazine

My second piece of writing published in the current issue of Quotidian literary magazine went live this week! I’m so excited to have my flash creative nonfiction piece ‘Thunderstorms and Midge Swarms‘ published with Quotidian. You can now find this piece in the current issue section of the Quotidian website – along with my other […]

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Glasgow Film Fest Review: The Forest

Published by The Strathclyde Telegraph. In typical horror films, the daylight offers a safe haven, free from scares and frights and bumps in the night. The Forest, however, set in the real life Aokigahara Forest at the base of Mount Fuji, famously known as Japan’s ‘suicide forest’, manages to make the natural, the sublime, and […]

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