The things I have written over the past few days:
March edition of Oot for The Broughton Spurtle
I co-wrote Ten Things to do in Edinburgh in March on The Edinburgh Reporter
It seems I have abandoned this blog pretty cruelly – no posts since October, terrible behaviour. I have been updating 12 Books in 12 Months pretty often though, and sporadically posting on my personal page, A Daddy Long Legs is Not A Father. Here are links to some of the writing I have done over the past few months.
November Oot for The Broughton Spurtle
Interview with The Night Light for 12 Books in 12 Months
Blues Weekend on Ten Tracks
Interview with Weaponizer for 12 Books in 12 Months
Interview with Angry Robot Books for 12 Books in 12 Months
December Oot for The Broughton Spurtle
Interview with cartoonist Alexander Matthews for 12 Books in 12 Months
Interview with Kohl Publishing for 12 Books in 12 Months
Edinburgh’s Unsung Heroes for Ten Tracks
Interview with illustrator Gemma Correll for 12 Books in 12 Months
Interview with Scary Go Round and Bad Machinery artist John Allison for 12 Books in 12 Months
Top Christmas Songs for Ten Tracks
January Oot for The Broughton Spurtle
Interview with illustrator Aurora Cacciapuoti for 12 Books in 12 Months
January Roundup for Ten Tracks
Interview with artist Victoria Evans, founder of the 28 Drawings Later Challenge for 12 Books in 12 Months
February Oot for The Broughton Spurtle
Idiot’s Guide to Dub for Ten Tracks
February Roundup for Ten Tracks
Scottish Children’s Book Awards Results for The Edinburgh Reporter
Oot – The May edition of my What’s On column in the Broughton Spurtle
Interview with Friends are Friends (formerly Epic 26) – The penultimate article for STV Local in the series about the bands involved in the Sick Kids Charity CD, No Colour Too Strong to Paint, which will be launched this Saturday (May 7) at Maggie’s Chamber in the Cowgate. Unfortunately I can’t go, but I’m sure it’ll be a good night.
Student protests against the education cuts are right up there with the snow in the news this week, although the former is decidedly more interesting to me as a jobless graduate. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to make the Edinburgh protest today because I had a couple of deadlines (one successfully met, the other less so) but I was able to follow the action in real time on Twitter. Here’s how it went down…
Nobody tweets about leaving Bristo Square, but they presumably did as:
@viceuk : What’s everyone having for lunch?
@DeadlineClare : Edinburgh Protesters now shouting “come outside” at doors of Scottish Parliament at Holyrood.
@impworks : Hark I hear the dulcet tones of a Student protest…
…. 20 minutes later….
@thesimonevans : Students are a bit like yamaha electronic keyboards. At their most impressive when in Demo mode.
Twitter then panicked and went over capacity, which was conducive to my finishing a What’s On column for The Broughton Spurtle, but sort of disappointing.
However, you can now see a slideshow of photos over at Deadline News, or read articles about it on STV (worth a look at the picture they use) or Guardian Edinburgh. The Guardian’s video features an interview with Patrick Harvie MSP and footage of student chants, some of which were more realistic than others… worth a look.
I found it interesting to note that none of the Edinburgh protests have descended into kettling yet, especially after watching Coppers last night. Even though students were chucking snowballs at them, they seemed to remain quite calm. Are our police more tolerant than those in London, Manchester and other larger UK cities? Or are our protesters better behaved than those down south?! And does a genuinely peaceful peaceful protest publicise the cause as effectively?