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Children’s Book Review: Gobbolino, the Witch’s Cat

Children’s Book Review: Gobbolino, the Witch’s Cat

There’s a delightful irony in the publishers sending me Ursula Moray Williams’s Gobbolino, the Witch’s Cat, (MacMillan, RPP £9.99) to review.  Both as a teacher and a parent I enjoy children’s literature and I love animals.  Unfortunately, as all my best friends know, while I have no problem […]

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Philip Guston: Late Paintings at Inverleith House

Philip Guston: Late Paintings at Inverleith House

The Festival exhibition at Inverleith House (the erstwhile Gallery of Modern Art, but you’re showing your age if you remember that) is Philip Guston’s Late Paintings. The exhibition, the first ever of his work in a Scottish museum, shows nine major paintings by the Canadian born but […]

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Dieter Roth: Diaries – at the Fruitmarket Gallery

Dieter Roth: Diaries – at the Fruitmarket Gallery

The Fruitmarket Gallery’s ambitious Festival exhibition, Dieter Roth, Diaries,running until 14 October, reviews the work and the intellectual tradition of one of Germany’s great late-twentieth century artists.  The Fruitmarket Gallery has also produced a major new publication, Dieter Roth: Diaries, to accompany the exhibition. Dieter Roth (1930-2012) saw himself as […]

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Special Delivery: the Wallace Letters

Special Delivery: the Wallace Letters

The Scottish Parliament’s current exhibition, running until 8 September, is ‘Special Delivery: The William Wallace Letters’.  The centre-pieces are the only two original letters with a direct link to William Wallace. After the deaths in 1286 ofAlexander III and the Maid of Norway, Scotland had no monarch.  […]

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Masterpieces of Mount Stuart

Masterpieces of Mount Stuart

Mount Stuart on Bute, the home of the Marquesses of Bute, is a massive Gothic revival mansion built on a site long associated with the Stuart family.  The Masterpieces of Mount Stuart (running until 2 December 2012) in the Scottish National Gallery on the Mound features nineteen of Mount […]

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Nicholas Parsons’ Happy Hour

Nicholas Parsons’ Happy Hour

Nicholas Parsons, suave anchor-man of BBC radio’s classic ‘Just a Minute’, is delivering his tried and tested ‘Happy Hour’ at 5.10 pm daily at The Pleasance Courtyard until 26 August.  His opening promise is that the audience will leave in a happier frame of mind than on […]

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Jonathan Prag – classical guitar

Jonathan Prag – classical guitar

Jonathan Prag has been a regular at the Festival Fringe since 1992.  After twenty years, the quality of his performances mark him out as one the Fringe’s finest musicians. Classical Guitar – Jonathan Prag (1.30 pm, until 27 August, at C too, St Columba’s by the Castle, […]

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Miss Havisham’s Expectations

Miss Havisham’s Expectations

Two hundred years after his birth, the reputation of Charles Dickens as a novelist remains unchallenged.  He was seen as a literary colossus in Victorian Britain and remains viewed as one of the greatest of writers in the English language. Dickens the writer remains, properly, in high […]

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Theseus and the Minotaur: a Love Story

Theseus and the Minotaur: a Love Story

The tale starts with the over-the-top news reporters Pete Loggin (Pete Baynes) and Katie Expresse (Corinne Harris, who also directs the production) at Athens Harbour.  As they await the return of Theseus’ ship they trade terse verbal quips over the news they are reporting and over their […]

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2008 Macbeth

2008 Macbeth

Macbeth is Shakespeare’s shortest and bloodiest tragedy.  TR Warsawa’s production, 2008, Macbeth, at the Royal Highland Centre’s Lowland Hall (7.30 pm, 11-13 and 16-18 August; 2.00 pm, 15 August), translates Macbeth to that bloodiest of contexts, the contemporary Middle East.  Violence begets violence and all moral restraints dissolve. […]

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