Current Issue

The Skinny Current Issue

We’ve got a bit of a student focus this September, bringing back our annual student guide after last year’s necessary hiatus. Our way of saying welcome to the city, fellow young people [cough]. The articles are all relevant regardless of your phase of life, though. We look at routes into getting involved in community engagement and activism, talk to author and journalist Rachel Thompson about ways of addressing sexual violence within society and share some hard won tips on financial planning. We meet an Open University professor, Sophie Grace Chappell, to hear about taking the longer road to major life decisions, and salute the return of the club. The 16-page supplement will also be available as a standalone in all good student-y places.

We often work on projects helping to develop new writing talent, and this month we are able to share the results of two of them. An in-depth interview with Turkish artist and video activist belit sagĖ† is the first installment of a series developed through a writing programme in collaboration with Alchemy Film & Arts and LUX Scotland. We've also collaborated with EIFF to showcase nine sharp young critics who've reviewed films that spoke to them from the festival programme, from animation to documentaries.

Music meets a clutch of Scottish artists with new releases to share. Hamish Hawk discusses his new boundary-pushing album, Heavy Elevator, We Were Promised Jetpacks offer a track by track rundown of their latest, Enjoy the View, while Honeyblood's Stina Tweddale introduces her new moniker, Stina Marie Claire. We also take a moment to reflect on the horrifying news that Screamadelica is turning 30, with a look back at what makes it influential today.

As Take One Action film festival returns to inspire another generation of activists, we talk to Emily Munro about Living Proof – A Climate Story, which used archive footage to explore Scotland’s complex relationship with the climate crisis. We also meet Irish filmmakers Christine Molloy and Joe Lawlor to talk about their new thriller Rose Plays Julie.

In Art, we meet Japanese artist Chikako Yamashiro whose work exploring the contested politics of her native Okinawa arrives in DCA this month. Comedy talks to Rob Auton about returning to live performance, ideas and art. Books discusses the change-driving possibilities of unions in the 21st century as Eve Livingston releases her manifesto on the subject, Make Bosses Pay. Our Local Heroes design column takes a trip to London Design Festival with a cohort of Scottish designers who’ve taken the opportunity of the last year to push their practice and explore what home means. And, now that clubs are actually, really back (!!!) we talk to Glasgow-based DJ, artist and photographer Junglehussi about his forthcoming set at Riverside Festival.

We close the magazine with our traditional Q&A, The Skinny On… Bemz, the Ayrshire rapper whose dream dinner party guests would be Drake, Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou and our very own Music editor Tallah Brash. Sounds weird. 

 [Rosamund West]