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THE SKINNY: May 2019

We’re pretty sure that this summer is going to involve a heatwave as long and hot as last year* so in preparation we’ve compiled another edition of our Adventure supplement encouraging you to get outside and explore the wealth of possibilities the Scottish landscape has to offer. Loosely based around a theme of Grand Tours, we’ve taken a look at some of the many multi-day routes that weave through the landscape from the Borders to Cape Wrath. We meet some of the women who have embraced solo hiking, to discuss how it has helped them to de-stress, conquer fears and centre themselves without the intrusion of other people and all of their talking. We’ve also approached the topic from a cultural slant, and offer up a tour of the many cultural institutions that are dotted around the country in remote and surprising locations.

Continuing the theme of Landscape, in Music we meet Erland Cooper to discuss Sule Skerry, the second album in his trilogy inspired by the natural surroundings of his Orkney home. Continuing our Orcadian theme, we meet Luke Sutherland, a prolific collaborator of some two decades’ standing who’s here to unveil his solo project Rev Magnetic (he is from Orkney so this link is seamless). Continuing the theme of Solo Projects of People Who Were Previously Involved in Collaborative Projects, we talk to Roxanne Clifford, formerly of Veronica Falls, about her new synth-pop guise Patience. Continuing the theme of Music by Women Who Live in Scotland, we meet Siobhan Wilson who discusses new album The Departure, and Annie Booth, who is both a woman in the Scottish music scene and a collaborator, as a member of Mt Doubt. That only leaves Hamish Hawk, whose album title Laziest River is clearly another nod to Landscape and Tacocat, who cannot be shoehorned into any of the above spurious thematic links.

In Film, we depart from our thematic linkage briefly to meet some of the cast of the eagerly-awaited big screen adaptation of Kieran Hurley’s Beats, which centres on one last night of hedonism for two best pals at the end of the 90s West Lothian rave scene. Josephine Decker discusses her new feature Madeline’s Madeline, collaboration and following your creative instincts, while Joe Penna introduces his survivalist thriller Arctic. Which, I think we can all agree, links in nicely to the theme of adventure.

Books talks to Scottish crime writing royalty Denise Mina about her new novel Conviction, a deep dive into the world of true crime podcasts. Art meets Shadi Habib Allah ahead of his CCA exhibition to discuss the topic of welfare in the USA and the alternative economies that spring up around it. As Dundee Design Festival returns, we meet the new duo who’ve taken over the reins, bringing it into a new central shopping centre hub with an aim to grow local engagement and open design to the community. Theatre meets Zinnie Harris to learn more about her new adaptation of the Duchess of Malfi, and marks the return of the Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival with a frank discussion on how theatre can better serve the wellbeing of its practitioners.

We finish with an opinion piece on Eurovision as a purveyor of progressive queer politics in 2019. “Covert rebellion exists throughout the contest in slight jabs at the status quo, reminders that we ourselves are not static but pliable, liable to change at will, if only we could imagine it. It’s only a small step further to imagine alternative nationhoods, maybe even people and nations without borders altogether.” Eurovision as a tonic to the politics of division – read all about it on p63. [Rosamund West]

*We have no evidence for this assertion but reckon an article on the subject would make for some highly shareable content.

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