Review: Michael Pedersen’s Oyster Party for Scott Hutchison, EIBF 2018

The Oyster Party was originally a night that Michael Pederson was to host with his close friend, artistic collaborator and Frightened Rabbit frontman Scott Hutchinson, to celebrate a year since the launch of his poetry collection Oyster, which Scott beautifully illustrated. But with Scott’s tragic passing Pederson decided instead to make the event a tribute to Hutchinson’s life and work. Close friends Hollie McNish, Withered Hand and E A Hanks joined him to pay homage to their talented friend in what I anticipated a deeply emotional gathering.

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Review: Surprising Birds by Elodie Jarret

From Walker Studio, an imprint of Walker Books, publishers of Trees and the beautifully illustrated Animals, comes Surprising Birds. The creation of French-Swedish designer, Elodie Jarret, who also designed Big Dog, Little Dog, this ‘lift-the flap’ and learn book is intended to teach colours to children between the ages of three and seven, though arguably even younger readers will quite happily giggle and point their way through to the very end. Chunky, sturdy, square and pleasing to hold, every thick cardboard double page opens out to reveal a boldly colourful and peculiar bird that kids will wish could leap out from the pages and come to life.

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Review: Lost Map’s Strange Invitation

.As Saturday’s enthusiastic rugby crowds were attempting the perilous journey home, stepping into the warm, welcoming, creative space of Edinburgh’s Fruitmarket Gallery was most welcome. This Strange Invitation, courtesy of the Fruitmarket and Lost Map Records, to enter the gallery space ‘after-hours’ was pleasingly akin to the illicit feeling of being locked in a department store after closing time.
Billed as a night of “fun ‘n frolics at the Fruitmarket”, ambient music and an open bar welcomed guests in from the cold to this well-loved arts venue, which recently hosted a week of artist’s films, installations, performances and music called Open Out.

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Review: Magnificent Birds by Narisa Togo

Magnificent Birds illustrated by Japanese artist Narisa Togo, is a simple but remarkable book that lies somewhere between fairytale and natural history book.
Waiting to be discovered between the beautiful teal hardcover are birds that even a non-birder will recognise like the Barn Owl; that near-silent night-time hunter with eyesight twice as sensitive as a humans, to rare, exotic species we are never likely to clap eyes, or binoculars on. 

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Review: Krua Thai Cookery School, Fringe 2017

The Edinburgh Festival is the city’s most exhilarating annual event, but occasionally a little time-out is needed from the frenetic buzz of comedy shows, buskers and pedestrian packed streets. Booking a two hour cookery course at the Krua Thai Cookery School is just the tonic.

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