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Article by The Skinny | 01 Aug 2023
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Not Your Usual is a new series of podcasts from The Skinny – each episode, we'll be having an extended chat with a Scottish creative who's doing things a bit differently from the usual.

In our fifth and final episode, we talk to Will Anderson. Will is a BAFTA-winning filmmaker and animator based in Edinburgh, whose debut feature film – A Cat Called Dom, co-directed with collaborator Ainslie Henderson – has just finished a UK screening tour. We caught up with Will to talk about his art school origins, his process-led approach to filmmaking, his growing embrace of 3D animation, and the art of making films that only you can make.

In episode four, we catch up with Adura Onashile. Adura is a writer, performer and director based in Glasgow who has been at the forefront of Scottish theatre since 2010. On this month's episode, our film editor Jamie Dunn chats to Adura about her love affair with Glasgow, her theatre background and moving into film, and her excellent debut feature Girl, out later this month.

In episode three, we speak to Heather Parry. Heather is a prolific writer of novels, short fiction and non-fiction, often centred on our relationship with the body – the ways it can be used, transformed and made vulnerable.

Heather sits down with our books editor Anahit Behrooz to chat about her novel Orpheus Builds A Girl, her new short story collection, existentialism, music writing, the limits and liberations of genre, and cocktails.

Orpheus Builds a Girl is out now with Gallic Books. This Is My Body, Given For You is out now with Haunt Publishing. Electric Dreams: Sex Robots and the Failed Promises of Capitalism is out with 404 Ink in April 2024. Follow Heather on Instagram @heatherparrywriter

In our second episode, we caught up with Bee Asha Singh, musician, an MC, and co-founder of The Spit It Out Project. Our Music editor Tallah sat down with Bee Asha to talk about making art from trauma, creating connections with other artists of colour in Scotland and beyond, and her incredibly ambitious plans for her new record.

Content warning: this episode contains discussions around grief and sexual assault.

Follow Bee Asha on Instagram @bee.asha.bish and on Bandcamp at

In episode one, ahead of this year's Edinburgh Fringe, we spoke to David Callaghan. Listen to the podcast in the player below, or grab it from your favourite podcast platform. David combines theatrical staging, innovative technology and storytelling stand-up to make exciting, boundary-blurring shows. He joined us fresh from tour to discuss his influences, embracing technology, and the creation of his latest show Everything That's Me Is Falling Apart.

Not Your Usual is brought to you by Glayva, the tangerine and honeyspiced whisky liqueur, and The Skinny. #NotYourUsual