Jan Rutherford: Those writing now for digital media can transfer skills to those who are not digital natives

Creative Scotland and Scottish Review of Books have for the second time round requested submissions for their Emerging Critics programme, which provides a mentoring opportunity to enable an new generation of reviewers in Scotland.
Jan Rutherford from the Scottish Review of Books spoke with The Fountain about the change in programme, the programme in more detail and who it is geared towards.

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Review: Sleep in the Park 2017 Rating 100%

Review: Sleep in the Park 2017

On arrival at the East Gate of Princes Street Garden we were met with a queue of maybe 50-100 people. Although the night was cold, I was wrapped up warm and the traffic and huddle of people kept the temperature bearable. What was less bearable was the Scottish tat shop across the street that on a loop played Wham’s Last Christmas on a loop for the entire duration of us waiting in the queue – approximately 20-30 minutes. I felt sorry for the poor folk who work there.

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Review: Edinburgh’s Christmas Ice Adventure Rating 55%

Review: Edinburgh’s Christmas Ice Adventure

Christmas has well and truly landed in Edinburgh, as eighty-metre-high attractions scrape the skyline, market stalls glow invitingly, delicious smells waft on the breeze, and Christmas tunes blast from every door as shoppers go about their festive business. Not only is Princes Street bedecked to the hilt – but George Street and St Andrew’s Square are stuffed to the brim with everything you could need to make the festive season just that little bit more festive.

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Review: Jury Play Rating 85%

Review: Jury Play

Learning by experience is arguably the best way to understand. Here Grid Iron in association with the Traverse Theatre, give us the opportunity to see, hear and feel a murder trail through the eyes of a jury.  I’ve seen Making a Murderer and watched bits of Oscar Pistorius’ lengthy court drama and I like many others believed the business of a murder trial to be gripping and fascinating. Not so, for we soon discover in this production that a high court trial is an interminably dull affair. As a staged piece it has to be clever though, to walk us through the essence of the tediousness involved, while still being entertaining. Director Ben Harrison and legal expert and writer Dr Jenny Scott ensure that this happens, simultaneously raising questions, exploring areas for change, presenting the reality of jurors’ journeys and making us laugh – a lot more than you’d expect with so much talk of murder.

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