Bound for glory?
Despite the political renaissance, Scotland's literature is in need of new blood.
‘I’m lovin it.’
A fundraising initiative in Scotland has made headlines, but good intentions are not enough when it comes to helping vulnerable people.
Sorry kids, these gift ideas are closer to home.
Peter Graham: Wandering Shadows (1878).
The Catalans have no trouble telling their story of oppression through culture. The Scots find it trickier.
Alexander Nasmyth’s Robert Burns, 1828.
After the Scottish bard mixed with Edinburgh high society, he started dabbling with Beethoven.
Are you being served?
Scotland's new deprivation figures confirm a wider trend towards suburbanising poverty.
What’s not to like?
Now in its 70th year, the Scottish capital's arts spectacular is almost as big as the Olympics.
Richard Demarco (left) with Joseph Beuys in the early 1970s.
The Demarco European Art Foundation
Richard Demarco, aka Mr Edinburgh Festival, has been fostering vital UK links with artists around the world for decades.
The fears about the City don't look overcooked – here's why.
Oxgangs Primary in Edinburgh ravaged by storm earlier in the year.
The Private Finance Initiative was meant to be the solution to 21st century public buildings. Edinburgh's school problems are far from unique, however.
This could come to blows.
There's something every Scot should know about those caterwauling pipes.
All together now …
The great Scottish ode to the passing years may never have become a global hit had an Edinburgh lothario not changed the recipe.
From the unique dwellings of Omigachi in Japan to the ruined temples of Angkor, Cambodia, UNESCO status brings great value. Here's why Edinburgh needs to take its status more seriously.
‘I will proceed directly to the intravenous injection of hard drugs, please.’
Danny Boyle's pop heroin fable defined an era and made the careers of everyone involved. Here are a few reasons to be wary of the sequel - and a possible happy ending.
Stopgap Dance Company, Artificial Things, 2013.
Bold programming at the Edinburgh Fringe challenges the engrained tick-box culture, which at its worst, serves only to pay lip service to diversity.
Jan Kranendonk / Shutterstock.com
Far from supporting risk, the environment of the Fringe is increasingly one in which playing safe is the best way to avoid losing out.
UNESCO status: a mill stone round Edinburgh’s neck?
Edinburgh, recently voted fourth-most-beautiful city in the world, is one of many having problems with the coveted UNESCO status. It's time for change.
Giving homeless people a legal right to accommodation makes a big impact.
Housing tends to be seen as a human right, but here’s something to make you pause this winter: very few countries give homeless people any entitlement to emergency shelter. Scotland goes further and gives…
Edinburgh to see a huge pro-union orange march on Saturday.
An Orange Order march in Edinburgh on Saturday in support of the Union has been widely viewed as likely to be counter-productive and to provide a further boost to a currently buoyant Yes campaign. Commentators…
Light rail enthusiasts aboard Edinburgh’s new tram.
Finally the Edinburgh tram has opened – more than three years late and significantly over budget. Disputes with contractors caused long construction delays. The disruptive construction work was unpopular…