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Letter from Scotland

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Scotland has joined the “four nations” bubble for Christmas.To avoid confusion and to recognise the ties that still bind the peoples of Britain together, the rules over...

For St Andrew’s Day – one million words of kindness

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Celebrate shared kindness and community spirit this St Andrew’s Day 2020 by sending ‘One Million Words of Kindness’ across the country.The Scottish Government would like everyone to recognise...

Booker Prize – masterful Scottish working-class story Shuggie Bain wins in most diverse year...

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by Stevie Marsden, Tutor in Publishing, Manchester Metropolitan UniversityStevie Marsden, Manchester Metropolitan UniversityDouglas Stuart’s debut novel Shuggie Bain has won...

Letter from Scotland

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More than two million of us, nearly half the population, have been placed under “lockdown” until 11th December. It’s a last desperate effort to suppress the virus enough to allow us to...

Scot Douglas Stuart wins the Booker Prize 2020

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Shuggie Bain wins 2020 Booker Prize·       Douglas Stuart is the second Scot to win the prize, following James Kelman in 1994·       This novel is based on Stuart’s...

Government to fund devices to keep care home residents connected

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New government funding has been announced to provide around 1,400 care homes in Scotland with digital devices to connect those receiving care with their loved ones.The government's £1...

Letter from Scotland

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We have paused to see what the virus will do next.  I sense a feeling of uneasy calm and weariness. We are settling into our new regime of...

Newly named gritter will display remembrance logo

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A brand new 32 tonne gritter which has just taken to the roads, is to be called Scotland's Bravest Gritter, and it will feature the Royal British Legion Industries (RBLI) logo. Drivers...

Equal Protection from Assault Act is law from today

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Legislation that gives children the same legal protection from assault as adults comes into force on Saturday 7 November 2020.The Children (Equal Protection from Assault) (Scotland) Act 2019...

Letter from Scotland

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As I write, the swings and roundabouts of the American electoral system are slowly working out whether Donald Trump should continue to live in The White House or whether he should spend...

New report by shows improvement in gender equality in Scottish theatre

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Stellar Quines and Christine Hamilton Consulting published a new report today which analyses numbers of women in creative roles in subsidised theatres in Scotland – and the results are broadly positive.

First Minister pays tribute to Sir Sean Connery

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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, has paid tribute to Sir Sean Connery, who has died in the Bahamas, aged 90.SI Neg. 2001-3797.18a. Date: 4/6/2001.Actor Sir Sean Connery speaking...

Is Scotland poised to phase out oil now?

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The international race is on to see which countries will lead the transition into a new age of eco-friendly alternative energy sources.And while Scotland may not have...

Letter from Scotland

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Our masters are telling us we will have to learn to live with this Covid creature though all the dark months of winter (the clocks go back this weekend). Halloween is cancelled....

Scottish Government offer one-off support grants

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The Scottish Government announced today that more funding will be made available for businesses affected by the extension of temporary restrictions to slow the spread of coronavirus.The First...

Edinburgh Short Film Festival 2020 – the box office is open now

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The Edinburgh Short Film Festival 2020 will run from 7 to 14 November 2020.The ESFF again brings the world’s best short film to Edinburgh: your only chance...

Prime Minister says Brexit will be based on ‘no deal’ – what the Scottish...

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The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has said that any trade talks with the EU are at an end.This is the text of the speech relating the latest...

Millions for Scotland’s scientists

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The UK Government is backing Scotland's most promising scientists with funding of £12 million.This finance is intended to take innovation and help turn it into reality with transformational...

Letter from Scotland

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I was stopped in my tracks this week by the shocking statistic that one in three children in Glasgow were living in poverty, even before the Covid-19 pandemic.

Letter from Scotland

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The autumn school holidays were originally to allow children to help bring in the potato harvest. “Tattie howking” it was called.Nowadays, it’s done by machines and a...

Coronavirus – the evidence

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Just before the First Minister made her statement to parliament this afternoon, an evidence paper from the Chief Medical Officer Gregor Smith, Chief Nursing Officer Fiona McQueen and National Clinical Director Jason...

The Balmoral Introduces ‘The Curfew Club’

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The Balmoral is offering guests the perfect antidote to restrictions on the hospitality industry with a curated range of after dark experiences.The Balmoral, a Rocco Forte Hotel in...

Coronavirus – National Records of Scotland figures for Week 40

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The National Records of Scotland have reported the number of deaths involving Covid-19 for Week 40 - 28 Sept to 4 October 2020.As at 4 October 2020, 4,276 deaths had been registered...

Redmill – relatives told numbers were the same as Saturday

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A relative of one of the residents at HC One's home in East Whitburn has contacted us about the complete lack of communication from the owners of the home which led them...

Coronavirus – today’s figures

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The Scottish Government has issued figures today of the number of people who have been diagnosed with Covid-19 in the last 24 hours.The figures as at 5...

Scotland’s population reaches a record high

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Scotland's population rose to 5.46 million in 2019 which is a record high, according to the statistics released by National Records of Scotland today.There were fewer births...

Coronavirus – today’s figures

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The First Minister has announced figures today of the number of people who have been diagnosed with Covid-19 in the last 24 hours at today's Media Briefing.The...

Girlguiding Scotland begin media literacy campaign today

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The leading charity for girls and young women, Girlguiding Scotland, launches a new campaign today to support their members to deal with sexism and negative gender stereotypes in the media.

Coronavirus – today’s figures

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The Scottish Government has issued figures today of the number of people who have been diagnosed with Covid-19 in the last 24 hours.The figures as at 4...

Iconic Scotland will open the Great Tapestry of Scotland Centre

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She starred in The Avengers, Sapphire and Steele, and Absolutely Fabulous, but Joanna Lumley reveals that it's a couthy wee Angus town that gives her chills and thrills.Lumley...
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