“This event is so much more than just an art show, well, two things more. It’s got a bar and a cinema. Think of this as a fairground that embraces brutality and low level criminality – so a fairground then. Here you’re encouraged to consider, not just consume, to look, not just spectate and most important of all – beware of uneven floor surfaces.” — Banksy. Many, many years ago when I was growing up in Aberdeenshire, I used to be forced to spend rather too much time at a place called Anderson’s Storybook Glen, a most miserable little spot […]

Camp Bestival 2015

This is the story of how I went to a festival by accident. It may involve some Withnail and I quotes. There may also, as is traditional, be some occasional wry commentary on various aspects of British middle class behaviour that were observed and eye rolled over while I was at the aforementioned accidental festival. I still wholeheartedly recommend that you attend said festival deliberately and not by accident (as I did), but just bear in mind when booking that you will undoubtedly see some shocking things while you are there. You’ll mostly see AWESOME things but yeah, stuff that […]

Ten Historical Fiction Beach Reads

Yup, it’s that time of year again. You know the one. The time when the sun starts to come out and we all start fretting about the state of our winter dry and calloused feet, crash dieting so that we can get a ‘bikini body’ (clue: body + bikini = bikini body) and mentally limbering up for long lazy days of sunshine, PIMMS and pleasant lethargy. For some of you this may mean doing NOTHING AT ALL but for me this means BOOKS. Lots and lots of LOVELY BOOKS. Now although my most favourite type of holiday is a European […]