The 22 – a new collaborative radio studio in Edinburgh

April 2, 2013



Over the last few weeks something very exciting has been taking shape in Argyle House, a giant former government building in the shadow of Edinburgh Castle. In this unusual building, a group of independent producers, community radio makers, retired broadcasters, poets, sound artists, freelance journalists, writers and podcasters have come together to work on a […]

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Timelapse Project on the Edinburgh Innertube

February 12, 2013



I recently began a new project to gather timelapse films of the city’s many off-road cycle routes for the Edinburgh Innertube Map project. So far I’ve mainly been shooting shots of rush-hour traffic at dusk on the Union Canal, which is close to where I live. I’m been making a lot of mistakes, but also […]

Sunday Herald Exclusive – disabled and sick face unpaid work programs

December 2, 2012



This week I did my first collaborative project with fellow journalist Peter Geoghegan, and we nailed a great story, getting the front-page lead story and a double page spread in the Sunday Herald – my first article for the paper. It’s about how the Government’s controversial mandatory work program is, from tomorrow, being extended to […]

Interview with Stuart Murdoch from Belle and Sebastian

November 22, 2012


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Stuart Murdoch is BEST known as the lead singer and songwriter of indie pop band Belle and Sebastian, whose wistful songs have earned them a cult following in the UK and abroad. If your a fan of Murdoch’s music, you’ll know that they’re full of often melancholic stories of young life and love, with well […]

Posted in: Arts, BBC

Two new radio pieces about Margo MacDonald’s assisted suicide bill

November 5, 2012


Margo MacDonald launcing her assisted suicide bill with Jane Nicklinson, Sir Graeme Catto, and Reverend Scott McKenna.

Campaigners from across Europe gathered at the Royal Society of Edinburgh last Friday to mark European Right to Die Day, and to launch Margo MacDonald’s Assisted Suicide Bill. This is MacDonald’s second attempt to change the law – her first proposal in 2010 was heavily defeated, by 85 votes to 16. But with recent high […]

Posted in: BBC, radio, social issues

Making Contact: Co-ops on the Rise

October 9, 2012



Earlier this year I spent a month in the north of Spain visiting eco-villages in the mountains, and also making a radio piece about the world’s largest worker owned co-operative, the Mondragon Corporation, based in the Basque Country in Spain. And now you can hear it! The report was for an upbeat American radio program […]

Posted in: Spain

September 21, 2012



Originally posted on The Radio Doc Blog:
Last night I had my second encounter with The Lights Out Listening Group – an aural  appreciation night where you sit in total darkness and listen to experimental, playful and interesting soundscapes and pieces. Last night’s session had something of an aquatic theme, featuring a few submissions (or sub-missions?) from…

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