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The print edition of The Skinny is a monthly free magazine covering the best in culture and lifestyle across Scotland and beyond. In October 2005 the first issue of The Skinny Scotland hit the streets providing up to date listings, previews and in depth features about events and artists in Edinburgh and Glasgow, and nearly 150 issues later we still provide the best way to keep up to date on the best of your local scene. Find out what’s in this month’s magazine by reading the digital edition below, along with this month’s editorial introducing what’s inside.
THE SKINNY: July 2019
If it’s July then it must be the exclusive release of Edinburgh International Book Festival’s Unbound programme. This month our centre pages once again contain a very special supplement revealing the tenth edition of the late night event series happening in Charlotte Square’s Spiegletent this August. It’s given us an opportunity to look back on the evolving style of our supplement, which has each year been given its own identity by a specially commissioned illustrator. Things have become a lot more colourful in the last five years, we can reveal. This year’s programme offers another cornucopia of opportunities to engage with the written, performed and spoken word, live music, debate and for the first time – GIN! Find out more in the middle of the magazine.
On our cover you will find a photograph by Ruby Pluhar taken directly from the Glasgow School of Art degree show. We’ve put together a small celebration of emergent Scottish art, as we share our appraisals of the Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen degree shows, alongside a Showcase of the early career artists who’ll be exhibiting in the Edinburgh Art Festival's Platform show. The explosion of creativity and critical thought that emerges from art schools across the nation annually offers a little hope, surely, in a world where BoJo is apparently going to be running the country quite soon.
In Music, we meet husband and wife duo Steve Clarke and Rachel Goswell aka The Soft Cavalry to discuss domesticity and creativity ahead of the release of their eponymous debut. Montreal-based Ada Lea (or Andrea Levy IRL) talks Virginia Woolf and what we say in private, her debut; Battles, now a duo, are coming to Scotland to play Doune the Rabbit Hole – they fill us in on what’s been happening since we last met. The Clavin sisters talk catharsis and maintaining sobriety as they reveal Bleached’s ‘calm after the storm’ third album, Don’t You Think You’ve Had Enough? while Melbourne’s Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever reveal a surprisingly political bent as we meet them ahead of their Glasgow gig. A new collaborative project, The Lost Words, shines a light on how language can be artificially engineered to disconnect us from the natural world.
Scotland’s new Next Big Thing, Romeo Taylor (move over, Lewis Capaldi) talks to sometime Savage Mansion bandmate Craig Angus about being bullied into cutting his hair by small children on Eigg, and we meet Mungo’s Hi Fi and Bristol MC Eva Lazarus to hear about More Fyah, the accompanying soundtrack to futuristic stage show KID_X. Film meets Angus Macfadyen, the man behind long-gestating new release Robert the Bruce, which aims to reclaim The Bruce’s reputation from the clutches of problematic Australian Mel ‘Freedom’ GIbson. We meet the director and stars of new Glasgow-set romantic drama Only You, which follows a couple from a New Year's Eve hookup to the trials of conceiving a baby.
The incomparably-named Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck drops by the discuss his decades-spanning new film Never Look Away inspired by painter Gerhard Richter. Theatre continues its series on building a fairer Fringe, this month looking at how to improve accessibility in all its forms. We also meet prolific playwright David Edgar to head about Trying it On, in which current-day Edgar imagines a conversation with his twenty year old self, while Comedy talks to Funny Women runner-up Susan Riddell in the lead up to her first full Fringe run.
Travel ponders whether TEFL is actually a tool of post-colonial British cultural imperialism (the answer is almost always yes), Intersections explores what it’s like to date with dyspraxia, and also examines the digital means of dealing with grief. Finally, Food continues its bid to systematically rank all consumable goods by taste-testing all the non alcoholic beers we could find in our immediate vicinity. Not drinking is the new drinking, apparently. [Rosamund West]