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Curator #39: Greg Moodie

Greg Moodie is a writer and graphic designer with an impressively ludicrous CV and a poor recollection of anything on it. Technically Dundonian, he says he graduated from the city’s Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art ‘before the invention of fire’ but that, like Vegas, what happened there stayed there.

He cut his design teeth working for the most hated television production company in Edinburgh, creating hundreds of hours of historical documentaries for international broadcasters. It was here that he was taught how to avoid paying bills and other skills that would stand him in good stead in the following 14 years he has spent as a freelancer.

In a ‘lunatics taking over the asylum’ moment, Greg began writing and directing his own documentaries for these internationals, winning several awards in the process. But when his ‘History of the Devil’ compared the Bush administration’s handling of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay to the witch trials of the Middle Ages, things went quiet. He believes he could have continued in television had he been content to remain underpaid but by then he had a steady stream of demanding but naive design clients that mistook his freelance status for a willingness to work.

Greg has written two novels, ‘The Unbearable Stupidity Of Being' and 'Six Degrees Of Stupidity' both of which feature his alter-ego, the under-employed Tony Boaks. He is on record as offering a free home-perm kit (for all bodily hair) to the first publisher brave enough to take on either.

He is also a regular contributor to National Collective, where his weekly column is titled Tony Boaks Versus The Union. To those who accuse him of politicising the @ScotVoices account, he says: “Vote Yes.”

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Follow Greg on Twitter: @gregmoodie

See also: Tony Boaks Despairing Notes




Curator #16: Eve NicolHello! My name is Eve Nicol and I’m a 26 year old professional tweeter. I work with the National Theatre of Scotland and also support artists and companies in their online endeavours.
 
I’ve been fascinated by theatre ever since a school trip to the Citizens Theatre in Glasgow when I was six years old. I’ve been hosting online communities around my passions since I was thirteen. Along the way, the two became intertwined and I now have a job doing what I love – using online platforms to talk about theatre.
 
I grew up amongst the gardens and galleries of the west end of Glasgow before I moved to England for university. Since returning to my hometown, it has felt like discovering a whole new city. The Scottish theatre community constantly inspires and motivates me to do more. As an industry, we create work that is socially aware, magical, challenging, progressive and it makes me very proud.
 
In my week, you’ll be accompanying me to lots of theatre, mostly in Glasgow and Edinburgh. I’ve fallen pretty deep down the rabbit hole and don’t often raise my head from the theatre world so am looking forward to connecting with people with different interests on @ScotVoices.
 
Online, I mainly inhabit Twitter @EveNicol, dabble in KILTR (http://www.kiltr.com/EveNicol), curate the best of #Glasgow Instagrams at http://fyglasgow.tumblr.com/ and blog about theatre from www.evenicol.com.
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Curator #16: Eve Nicol

Hello! My name is Eve Nicol and I’m a 26 year old professional tweeter. I work with the National Theatre of Scotland and also support artists and companies in their online endeavours.
 
I’ve been fascinated by theatre ever since a school trip to the Citizens Theatre in Glasgow when I was six years old. I’ve been hosting online communities around my passions since I was thirteen. Along the way, the two became intertwined and I now have a job doing what I love – using online platforms to talk about theatre.
 
I grew up amongst the gardens and galleries of the west end of Glasgow before I moved to England for university. Since returning to my hometown, it has felt like discovering a whole new city. The Scottish theatre community constantly inspires and motivates me to do more. As an industry, we create work that is socially aware, magical, challenging, progressive and it makes me very proud.
 
In my week, you’ll be accompanying me to lots of theatre, mostly in Glasgow and Edinburgh. I’ve fallen pretty deep down the rabbit hole and don’t often raise my head from the theatre world so am looking forward to connecting with people with different interests on @ScotVoices.
 
Online, I mainly inhabit Twitter @EveNicol, dabble in KILTR (http://www.kiltr.com/EveNicol), curate the best of #Glasgow Instagrams at http://fyglasgow.tumblr.com/ and blog about theatre from www.evenicol.com.

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Curator #14: Janice Forsyth
 
Hi. I’m Janice Forsyth. I live and work in Glasgow. As I type, I have a braw view from my study window - the snow-capped Campsies - yes, it’s a chilly Easter here in Scotland. 
 
I am a freelance broadcaster and journalist. I write a weekly arts blog for The Herald newspaper, and also pop up on STV’s Moviejuice to review films.  http://www.heraldscotland.com/just-janice
 
I’m about to start presenting The Culture Studio - a brand new daily, 2 hour, live arts and music show for BBC Radio Scotland. Website here:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01rlrlq. 
 
I’m really looking forward to the new show as it will give me the scope to cover a broad range of subjects and meet some fascinating people, and I will also be playing records. Yippee! The first time I’ve done that since my long-running Saturday morning show ended last summer. It will be demanding too, as it’s an unusual combination of arts discussion show and music programme. There is a lot of exciting work going on in Scotland right across the arts at the moment, so it’s an honour and a privilege to be able to reflect that and deliver it to our audience in what I hope will be a lively and unpretentious afternoon listen. Here’s an article about it in The Scotsman - http://bit.ly/10qruNC.
 
Guests in the first week include Annie Lennox, Dame Edna Everage and Ricky Ross. I’ll also be talking to Christopher Andreae about his new book about painter, Joan Eardley.
 
The week of my @ScotVoices curation will be a break from my normal routine - not only because of the launch of the new show, but also because it’s the Easter school holidays, so I won’t be involved in the usual daily round of activities involved in hurling my 14 year old son towards school in the morning! I won’t be leaving Glasgow at all this week, because of work, but I hope to fit in a visit to one of my favourite spots in Scotland at the weekend, and bring you a flavour of life beyond the radio studio! My regular Twitter account is @JaniceForsyth.
 
Cheeriebyethenoo and G’aun Yersels!
 

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Curator #14: Janice Forsyth
 
Hi. I’m Janice Forsyth. I live and work in Glasgow. As I type, I have a braw view from my study window - the snow-capped Campsies - yes, it’s a chilly Easter here in Scotland. 
 
I am a freelance broadcaster and journalist. I write a weekly arts blog for The Herald newspaper, and also pop up on STV’s Moviejuice to review films.  http://www.heraldscotland.com/just-janice
 
I’m about to start presenting The Culture Studio - a brand new daily, 2 hour, live arts and music show for BBC Radio Scotland. Website here:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01rlrlq
 
I’m really looking forward to the new show as it will give me the scope to cover a broad range of subjects and meet some fascinating people, and I will also be playing records. Yippee! The first time I’ve done that since my long-running Saturday morning show ended last summer. It will be demanding too, as it’s an unusual combination of arts discussion show and music programme. There is a lot of exciting work going on in Scotland right across the arts at the moment, so it’s an honour and a privilege to be able to reflect that and deliver it to our audience in what I hope will be a lively and unpretentious afternoon listen. Here’s an article about it in The Scotsman - http://bit.ly/10qruNC.
 
Guests in the first week include Annie Lennox, Dame Edna Everage and Ricky Ross. I’ll also be talking to Christopher Andreae about his new book about painter, Joan Eardley.
 
The week of my @ScotVoices curation will be a break from my normal routine - not only because of the launch of the new show, but also because it’s the Easter school holidays, so I won’t be involved in the usual daily round of activities involved in hurling my 14 year old son towards school in the morning! I won’t be leaving Glasgow at all this week, because of work, but I hope to fit in a visit to one of my favourite spots in Scotland at the weekend, and bring you a flavour of life beyond the radio studio! My regular Twitter account is @JaniceForsyth.
 
Cheeriebyethenoo and G’aun Yersels!
 

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Curator #15: Duncan HothersallHi. My name is Duncan Hothersall. I’m 40 years old, which seems rather surreal to me to be perfectly honest, since I used to think 40 year olds were an impossibly alien concept, but there you go. I live in the Southside of Edinburgh, as I have done for the last 23 years. I’m one of four brothers. My mother’s family has lived in Edinburgh for generations, mostly around the Southside and Portobello; my father’s family is from Lancashire; and I was born and brought up in Stoke on Trent. I’m a Labour party activist, but I only joined the party in 2010 after many years campaigning for LGBT rights with organisations like Pride Scotland and the Equality Network. As a veteran of campaigns such as the equalisation of the age of consent, the repeal of Section 28 and the introduction of civil partnerships, I have a healthy dislike of religious intolerance, and a low threshold for calling out bigotry. I live with my partner, Rod, and our chihuahua, Rocco. Yes, that is probably the gayest sentence ever written, thank you. When we’re not at home in our flat in Edinburgh we spend a lot of time in the East Neuk of Fife, where Rod’s family comes from, and where I can indulge in one of my main pleasures in life - eating top quality fish and chips and drinking decent real ale. I am not thin. I work in educational IT, I make really good roast potatoes, my favourite holiday destination is the Faroe Islands, I love the trams, and I think the new Forth Bridge is a waste of money. Want to know anything else? Just ask me.
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Curator #15: Duncan Hothersall

Hi. My name is Duncan Hothersall. I’m 40 years old, which seems rather surreal to me to be perfectly honest, since I used to think 40 year olds were an impossibly alien concept, but there you go. I live in the Southside of Edinburgh, as I have done for the last 23 years. I’m one of four brothers. My mother’s family has lived in Edinburgh for generations, mostly around the Southside and Portobello; my father’s family is from Lancashire; and I was born and brought up in Stoke on Trent.

I’m a Labour party activist, but I only joined the party in 2010 after many years campaigning for LGBT rights with organisations like Pride Scotland and the Equality Network. As a veteran of campaigns such as the equalisation of the age of consent, the repeal of Section 28 and the introduction of civil partnerships, I have a healthy dislike of religious intolerance, and a low threshold for calling out bigotry.

I live with my partner, Rod, and our chihuahua, Rocco. Yes, that is probably the gayest sentence ever written, thank you. When we’re not at home in our flat in Edinburgh we spend a lot of time in the East Neuk of Fife, where Rod’s family comes from, and where I can indulge in one of my main pleasures in life - eating top quality fish and chips and drinking decent real ale. I am not thin.

I work in educational IT, I make really good roast potatoes, my favourite holiday destination is the Faroe Islands, I love the trams, and I think the new Forth Bridge is a waste of money. Want to know anything else? Just ask me.


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Curator #14: Andy Summers
Aloha.  I’m Andy Summers.  I’m a 34 year old photographer and architect originally from Edinburgh.  After stints in Melbourne and Copenhagen I’ve lived in London for the past ten years.  My immediate family is split between Edinburgh and Hawaii, hence the opening salutation : )
I’ve been taking photos since I was around nine years old.  I’ve been designing and constructing buildings since around then too, although these were rather small and plasticy as they were made out of Lego.  I studied architecture at Edinburgh College of Art, the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Art in Copenhagen and the Bartlett School of Architecture at University College London.
My dad, brother and mum all play / played golf and I love the game very much.  I don’t get to play much in London unfortunately, but I hold out for a membership of a links course in East Lothian.  
A usual week for me involves a bit of swimming, ballroom dancing, yoga and hanging out with my mates.
My photographic work can be seen here www.robbmcrae.com and you can follow me on Twitter @robbmcrae  Robb Mcrae are my middle names : )
I hope you enjoy my curation of the @ScotVoices account.  Take it easy.
A usual week for me involves a bit of swimming, ballroom dancing, yoga and hanging out with my mates.
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Curator #14: Andy Summers

Aloha.  I’m Andy Summers.  I’m a 34 year old photographer and architect originally from Edinburgh.  After stints in Melbourne and Copenhagen I’ve lived in London for the past ten years.  My immediate family is split between Edinburgh and Hawaii, hence the opening salutation : )

I’ve been taking photos since I was around nine years old.  I’ve been designing and constructing buildings since around then too, although these were rather small and plasticy as they were made out of Lego.  I studied architecture at Edinburgh College of Art, the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Art in Copenhagen and the Bartlett School of Architecture at University College London.

My dad, brother and mum all play / played golf and I love the game very much.  I don’t get to play much in London unfortunately, but I hold out for a membership of a links course in East Lothian.  

A usual week for me involves a bit of swimming, ballroom dancing, yoga and hanging out with my mates.

My photographic work can be seen here www.robbmcrae.com and you can follow me on Twitter @robbmcrae  Robb Mcrae are my middle names : )

I hope you enjoy my curation of the @ScotVoices account.  Take it easy.

A usual week for me involves a bit of swimming, ballroom dancing, yoga and hanging out with my mates.

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Curator #13: Alex Aitchison
Hello! My name is Alex Aitchison and I am a 20 year old art student. Having grown up in Edinburgh for the first 3 years of my life, I was shortly whisked away up to sunny Aberdeen (the happiest place in Scotland!) where I now work and study.
I am currently a 3rd Year Visual Communication student at Aberdeen’s art school, Gray’s School of Art, where I spend my days drawing and taking photographs. In my work and personal life I have a great interest in culture and politics, which I’m sure you will find rather evident through my work and experiences as the week goes on! Having a partner who is a real life curator has got me interested in the idea of documentation and using art as a means of doing so. Over the past year I’ve become involved with various projects using my work as a focus for documentation and debate.
To keep me going through my University studies I also have a part time job working in retail and try to spend as much time working on photoshoots, music photography and documentary photography as I possibly can.
Online I can be found at my own Twitter @alexaitch, my folio website www.alexaitchison.co.uk , and occasionally here at Blipfoto.
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Curator #13: Alex Aitchison

Hello! My name is Alex Aitchison and I am a 20 year old art student. Having grown up in Edinburgh for the first 3 years of my life, I was shortly whisked away up to sunny Aberdeen (the happiest place in Scotland!) where I now work and study.

I am currently a 3rd Year Visual Communication student at Aberdeen’s art school, Gray’s School of Art, where I spend my days drawing and taking photographs. In my work and personal life I have a great interest in culture and politics, which I’m sure you will find rather evident through my work and experiences as the week goes on! Having a partner who is a real life curator has got me interested in the idea of documentation and using art as a means of doing so. Over the past year I’ve become involved with various projects using my work as a focus for documentation and debate.

To keep me going through my University studies I also have a part time job working in retail and try to spend as much time working on photoshoots, music photography and documentary photography as I possibly can.

Online I can be found at my own Twitter @alexaitch, my folio website www.alexaitchison.co.uk , and occasionally here at Blipfoto.

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Curator #12: Lilly HunterHi! My name is Lilly Hunter, though I am becoming rather better known by my twitter name, @LillyLyle.I’m a Canadian Scot, lived in Edinburgh since 2002, after a stint in Norway and Sweden. One might ask why I’m such a dafty to keep moving from one cold country to the next. Indeed I ask myself this often this time of year! But I am a true northerner, and I start longing for snow already around the 15th of September.I am currently working at the School of GeoSciences at the University of Edinburgh, as their Digital Communications Officer. I have asked them to stop calling me “Lieutenant Uhura”, but they insist.I am one of a number of public servants and freelancers who voluntarily hold Social Media Surgeries at Edinburgh’s libraries, where third sector, small businesses and private individuals can come and get advice and help with their online communications once a month.I am also a keen photographer, a task made easy by living in one of the most beautiful countries in the world. In Scotland you can point your camera in almost any direction and get a great shot. Very little talent or luck is required.You can see some of my photography on my Blip, or on Flickr and some snapshots (featuring many Scottish authors) on Twitpic.My vision for a future Scotland is a country that puts the word compassion into everything it does. A peaceful, secular, green, democratic nation that takes care of its people and cooperates with other nations to care for our shared planet.
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Curator #12: Lilly Hunter

Hi! My name is Lilly Hunter, though I am becoming rather better known by my twitter name, @LillyLyle.

I’m a Canadian Scot, lived in Edinburgh since 2002, after a stint in Norway and Sweden. One might ask why I’m such a dafty to keep moving from one cold country to the next. Indeed I ask myself this often this time of year! But I am a true northerner, and I start longing for snow already around the 15th of September.

I am currently working at the School of GeoSciences at the University of Edinburgh, as their Digital Communications Officer. I have asked them to stop calling me “Lieutenant Uhura”, but they insist.

I am one of a number of public servants and freelancers who voluntarily hold Social Media Surgeries at Edinburgh’s libraries, where third sector, small businesses and private individuals can come and get advice and help with their online communications once a month.

I am also a keen photographer, a task made easy by living in one of the most beautiful countries in the world. In Scotland you can point your camera in almost any direction and get a great shot. Very little talent or luck is required.

You can see some of my photography on my Blip, or on Flickr and some snapshots (featuring many Scottish authors) on Twitpic.

My vision for a future Scotland is a country that puts the word compassion into everything it does. A peaceful, secular, green, democratic nation that takes care of its people and cooperates with other nations to care for our shared planet.

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Curator #11: Stephen McNally 
Heyhoo.
My name is Stephen McNally. I am a 42 year old laddie from North Argyll and music is what I do, mostly. I am a multi-instrumentalist and play in a number of bands including a ceilidh band, a folky trio, an old time-string band and an off-the-wall comedy street band.
I also teach music and at the moment I am involved in an inclusive music making project in primary schools around Argyll. Using percussion, mostly Brazilian, the project gives all the children in the classes involved the experience of playing and performing in an ensemble, regardless of experience or ability. This coming week I have a full schedule in different parts of Argyll, including two islands, so my travels throughout this beautiful county may be prominent in my tweets.
When there is not enough musical stuff going on I also fix other folk’s computers and dabble in a bit of web design. My friends definitely see me as a bit of a geeky, tech head.
My home life revolves around my two boys, 11 and 13, and my wonderful partner Fiona who is also involved in arts and culture in education.
My musical life is online here http://www.facebook.com/ArgyllAcoustic and here http://argyllacoustic.com
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Curator #11: Stephen McNally

Heyhoo.

My name is Stephen McNally. I am a 42 year old laddie from North Argyll and music is what I do, mostly. I am a multi-instrumentalist and play in a number of bands including a ceilidh band, a folky trio, an old time-string band and an off-the-wall comedy street band.

I also teach music and at the moment I am involved in an inclusive music making project in primary schools around Argyll. Using percussion, mostly Brazilian, the project gives all the children in the classes involved the experience of playing and performing in an ensemble, regardless of experience or ability. This coming week I have a full schedule in different parts of Argyll, including two islands, so my travels throughout this beautiful county may be prominent in my tweets.

When there is not enough musical stuff going on I also fix other folk’s computers and dabble in a bit of web design. My friends definitely see me as a bit of a geeky, tech head.

My home life revolves around my two boys, 11 and 13, and my wonderful partner Fiona who is also involved in arts and culture in education.

My musical life is online here http://www.facebook.com/ArgyllAcoustic and here http://argyllacoustic.com

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Curator #10: Heather Whiteside

My name is Heather, and I am a 3rd year politics student at Glasgow University.   I grew up just outside Dundee, and I moved to Glasgow with the ambition of taking full advantage of a large city with so much culture and character.  The city hasn’t let me down so far!

I became involved in competitive debating in my 2nd year, and this led to my involvement in other events on campus – particularly at Glasgow University Union, and in our Dialectic Society.  In the last month, I’ve been helping out in the run-up to our very well-publicised Campus Independence Referendum – the first large scale poll in a Scottish university.  This has seen academics, politicians and activists speak in events at both of our student unions (we have two. I’ll tweet about them). 

Everyone is welcome at the events, and I imagine that some of you might be interested in joining me there!
https://www.facebook.com/GUindyref
This week are going to be particularly exciting because the vote and final debate are on Thursday, with a line-up including Jean Urquhart, William Bain, Blair Jenkins, Jackie Bailie and Lesley Riddoch. 

I’m interested in politics (obviously; I’m a politics student), but I’m also interested in student politics, and we’ve just entered election season at Glasgow University.  I’ll try not to be as unrelenting as the campaign teams on University Avenue, but we can hope for a little interesting analysis of the process of student elections. 

I play the piano as much as I can (expect tragic photos of neglected pianos around campus) and sketch a lot (expect less tragic photos).  Politically, I’m centre-left, a feminist, an ex-catholic, but I’ll argue about almost anything.  Debating takes up a lot of my time, so I’ll try and give you an idea of what competitive debating is about.  There may be more tweets in the evening than the morning, because the evening is when I am awake. 

So far in life, I’ve been terrible at vegetarianism and Twitter.  This week should correct the latter, and I’ll share the ongoing struggle of the former. 
Looking forward to the next week! 

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Curator #10: Heather Whiteside

My name is Heather, and I am a 3rd year politics student at Glasgow University.   I grew up just outside Dundee, and I moved to Glasgow with the ambition of taking full advantage of a large city with so much culture and character.  The city hasn’t let me down so far!

I became involved in competitive debating in my 2nd year, and this led to my involvement in other events on campus – particularly at Glasgow University Union, and in our Dialectic Society.  In the last month, I’ve been helping out in the run-up to our very well-publicised Campus Independence Referendum – the first large scale poll in a Scottish university.  This has seen academics, politicians and activists speak in events at both of our student unions (we have two. I’ll tweet about them). 

Everyone is welcome at the events, and I imagine that some of you might be interested in joining me there!


https://www.facebook.com/GUindyref


This week are going to be particularly exciting because the vote and final debate are on Thursday, with a line-up including Jean Urquhart, William Bain, Blair Jenkins, Jackie Bailie and Lesley Riddoch. 

I’m interested in politics (obviously; I’m a politics student), but I’m also interested in student politics, and we’ve just entered election season at Glasgow University.  I’ll try not to be as unrelenting as the campaign teams on University Avenue, but we can hope for a little interesting analysis of the process of student elections. 

I play the piano as much as I can (expect tragic photos of neglected pianos around campus) and sketch a lot (expect less tragic photos).  Politically, I’m centre-left, a feminist, an ex-catholic, but I’ll argue about almost anything.  Debating takes up a lot of my time, so I’ll try and give you an idea of what competitive debating is about.  There may be more tweets in the evening than the morning, because the evening is when I am awake. 

So far in life, I’ve been terrible at vegetarianism and Twitter.  This week should correct the latter, and I’ll share the ongoing struggle of the former. 

Looking forward to the next week! 

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Curator #9: Jemma Hatherill
I’m Jemma, I’m 22 and live in the west end of Glasgow. Raised in the East Ayrshire countryside, I’ve lived in Glasgow and have been studying philosophy at the University of Glasgow since 2008 (graduating this summer).
I present a world music radio show on the Glasgow University sponsored Subcity Radio station (which also features shows from some of Glasgow’s most interesting DJs, musicians and promoters) in my spare time, as well as working in bars and events.
What brought me to Glasgow and keeps me here is the fast-paced arts environment. More or less every day there’s a new live-music event, club night, play or arts exhibition to go to, so if you make the time to explore, it always has something to offer. I also love that Glasgow is very outward looking - lots of our great artists and musicians have come here from other countries and cities, and stay here to be part of this great arts scene.
When I’m not trying my best to keep up-to-date with everything going on in Glasgow, I like to take pictures, bake, travel, and I am currently in the process of setting up my own online vintage store from my little sandstone tenement flat.
My radio show site is http://www.subcity.org/shows/tigerbeat/
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Curator #9: Jemma Hatherill

I’m Jemma, I’m 22 and live in the west end of Glasgow. Raised in the East Ayrshire countryside, I’ve lived in Glasgow and have been studying philosophy at the University of Glasgow since 2008 (graduating this summer).

I present a world music radio show on the Glasgow University sponsored Subcity Radio station (which also features shows from some of Glasgow’s most interesting DJs, musicians and promoters) in my spare time, as well as working in bars and events.

What brought me to Glasgow and keeps me here is the fast-paced arts environment. More or less every day there’s a new live-music event, club night, play or arts exhibition to go to, so if you make the time to explore, it always has something to offer. I also love that Glasgow is very outward looking - lots of our great artists and musicians have come here from other countries and cities, and stay here to be part of this great arts scene.

When I’m not trying my best to keep up-to-date with everything going on in Glasgow, I like to take pictures, bake, travel, and I am currently in the process of setting up my own online vintage store from my little sandstone tenement flat.

My radio show site is http://www.subcity.org/shows/tigerbeat/


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Curator #8: Alastair Cook
I am an artist working predominantly with lens-based media, principally as a photographer focussing on wet-plate collodion and film technology and as a filmmaker combining digital video and hand-developed film-stock. . My award winning film and photography is driven by my knowledge, skill and experience as an artist: this mercurial work is rooted in place and the intrinsic connections between people, land and sea.  I trained at the Glasgow School of Art then fled the country, returning after a dutiful spell in London and a more relaxed time in Amsterdam; I now live and work in Edinburgh with my young family.Most recently I have been the artist in residence for North Light Arts, spending three months last year working with the fishermen of the Dunbar fishing community, making wet plate collodion portraiture. Wet plate collodion is a photographic process dating from 1851. It was the primary method of capturing images from the early 1850s until the 1880s. The process must be completed within ten minutes before the plate dries; this brings an involvement, an intensity, producing mercurial and unique images.The exhibition of 26 wet plate portraits, McArthur’s Store, runs until 21st February at Dunbar Town House and has just received a 4 star review in The Times http://www.alastaircook.blogspot.co.uk“Arresting and nostalgic, contemplative and intriguing. Cook’s portraits create their own atmosphere and intrigue. Rooted in place, they reflect its spirit, at once harsh and poetic; the tracings of light from a northern sky on raw metal.” My website is here.
(Photo credit: Carl Radford)
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Curator #8: Alastair Cook

I am an artist working predominantly with lens-based media, principally as a photographer focussing on wet-plate collodion and film technology and as a filmmaker combining digital video and hand-developed film-stock. . My award winning film and photography is driven by my knowledge, skill and experience as an artist: this mercurial work is rooted in place and the intrinsic connections between people, land and sea.  I trained at the Glasgow School of Art then fled the country, returning after a dutiful spell in London and a more relaxed time in Amsterdam; I now live and work in Edinburgh with my young family.

Most recently I have been the artist in residence for North Light Arts, spending three months last year working with the fishermen of the Dunbar fishing community, making wet plate collodion portraiture. Wet plate collodion is a photographic process dating from 1851. It was the primary method of capturing images from the early 1850s until the 1880s. The process must be completed within ten minutes before the plate dries; this brings an involvement, an intensity, producing mercurial and unique images.

The exhibition of 26 wet plate portraits, McArthur’s Store, runs until 21st February at Dunbar Town House and has just received a 4 star review in The Times http://www.alastaircook.blogspot.co.uk

“Arresting and nostalgic, contemplative and intriguing. Cook’s portraits create their own atmosphere and intrigue. Rooted in place, they reflect its spirit, at once harsh and poetic; the tracings of light from a northern sky on raw metal.” 

My website is here.

(Photo credit: Carl Radford)


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Curator #7: Tam Dean BurnHiya I am an actor by trade and always on the lookout to use performance as a platform for ideas and fun, like the one my portrait photo came from. That’s me last Friday night, January 25, at the Edinburgh cabaret night Neu Reekie’s Mega Burns Bash celebrating Robert Burns’ birthday with the band I sing in, The Bum-Clocks. We specialise in mashing up Burns songs with other poets like Iggy Pop and Bob Dylan. We have shirts embroidered by the wonderful lassie Laura Lees and usually I’d wear one of those under the tartan waistcoat but since we had Stevie Christie guesting (keyboard player with The Proclaimers, no less) I got the chance to go really rock’n’roll and bare my arms!I’ve got a week off work before I start rehearsing a show at the Traverse Theatre (Found At Sea on 19-23 Feb) so it seemed like a good week to go for this Scotvoices thang. Not sure where it’s all going to go but I’m looking forward to it. I am passionate about all sorts of political stuff so that will most likely be to the fore. There’s a Glasgow meeting this week of folk interested in the whole Creative Scotland stooshie that’s been developing over recent months - looking at just what sort of funding body there should be to support the arts in Scotland - so I’m sure there’ll be stuff on that. I would be particularly interested to hear from anyone in other countries who have had to deal with such matters. There seems to be a neo-liberal strategy for arts funding, at least European-wide, which Creative Scotland is a guinea pig of and is making a right pig’s ear of too, as is widely felt across the Scottish arts community. But things are shifting dramatically because that community has spoken out and demanded real change. Exciting times…I am also passionate about the coming Independence referendum but I’m in a very difficult position. I fully appreciate the desire for fundamental change and almost all my pals and respected folk support the Yes campaign. But coming from a Marxist background, I cannot accept that there is any national road to socialism and believe that calling for a Yes vote is fostering the dangerous delusion that capitalism can at least be made better by a Scottish state. I believe the best way forward is for us to organise a fightback on as wide a scale as possible and right now that means on a European-wide level at least. But in no way would I want to be identified with the Unionist ‘Better Together’ platform. I want to see the smashing of the British state. So at the moment, the very unsatisfactory position I find myself in is to call for a spoilt ballot-paper in the referendum - a pox on both houses, neither Westminster nor Holyrood - but hopefully, the next year and a half can produce something more positive…Ok, all that’s possibly lost a lot of you but I don’t want to lie or deceive. I’m not always banging on about suchlike. There are some wonderful micro campaigns I am lucky enough to be involved in and they should come to the fore this week…along with a few laughs hopefully!I am also an auld daddy again and while I don’t want to show off my wee daughter Morgan, there will probably be ways that my daddyhood will crop up. In fact, what I want to tweet first comes from just that…I hope you might find something of interest and that I end up this week with some new pals, new ideas and some laughs to show for it…
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Curator #7: Tam Dean Burn

Hiya 


I am an actor by trade and always on the lookout to use performance as a platform for ideas and fun, like the one my portrait photo came from. That’s me last Friday night, January 25, at the Edinburgh cabaret night Neu Reekie’s Mega Burns Bash celebrating Robert Burns’ birthday with the band I sing in, The Bum-Clocks. We specialise in mashing up Burns songs with other poets like Iggy Pop and Bob Dylan. We have shirts embroidered by the wonderful lassie Laura Lees and usually I’d wear one of those under the tartan waistcoat but since we had Stevie Christie guesting (keyboard player with The Proclaimers, no less) I got the chance to go really rock’n’roll and bare my arms!

I’ve got a week off work before I start rehearsing a show at the Traverse Theatre (Found At Sea on 19-23 Feb) so it seemed like a good week to go for this Scotvoices thang. Not sure where it’s all going to go but I’m looking forward to it. I am passionate about all sorts of political stuff so that will most likely be to the fore. There’s a Glasgow meeting this week of folk interested in the whole Creative Scotland stooshie that’s been developing over recent months - looking at just what sort of funding body there should be to support the arts in Scotland - so I’m sure there’ll be stuff on that. I would be particularly interested to hear from anyone in other countries who have had to deal with such matters. There seems to be a neo-liberal strategy for arts funding, at least European-wide, which Creative Scotland is a guinea pig of and is making a right pig’s ear of too, as is widely felt across the Scottish arts community. But things are shifting dramatically because that community has spoken out and demanded real change. Exciting times…

I am also passionate about the coming Independence referendum but I’m in a very difficult position. I fully appreciate the desire for fundamental change and almost all my pals and respected folk support the Yes campaign. But coming from a Marxist background, I cannot accept that there is any national road to socialism and believe that calling for a Yes vote is fostering the dangerous delusion that capitalism can at least be made better by a Scottish state. I believe the best way forward is for us to organise a fightback on as wide a scale as possible and right now that means on a European-wide level at least. But in no way would I want to be identified with the Unionist ‘Better Together’ platform. I want to see the smashing of the British state. So at the moment, the very unsatisfactory position I find myself in is to call for a spoilt ballot-paper in the referendum - a pox on both houses, neither Westminster nor Holyrood - but hopefully, the next year and a half can produce something more positive…

Ok, all that’s possibly lost a lot of you but I don’t want to lie or deceive. I’m not always banging on about suchlike. There are some wonderful micro campaigns I am lucky enough to be involved in and they should come to the fore this week…along with a few laughs hopefully!

I am also an auld daddy again and while I don’t want to show off my wee daughter Morgan, there will probably be ways that my daddyhood will crop up. In fact, what I want to tweet first comes from just that…

I hope you might find something of interest and that I end up this week with some new pals, new ideas and some laughs to show for it…


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Curator #6: Simon Varwell
—Hello from Inverness, the Capital of the Highlands, mouth of the River Ness, and fastest growing city in the known universe, where I’ve lived for the best part of the last decade. Apart from a brief sojourn in Glasgow, which I gave up on after eighteen months because the water tasted rank.
I’m 34, married, and work in a job that’s too much hassle to explain in simple terms. Basically, it involves education (ish) and spending lots of time on trains travelling around Scotland. Which is not a bad thing to do given that this wee country of ours is so fascinating and worth exploring.
In fact, travel is a big interest of mine, and I love exploring weird and wonderful places - not only those far away but also those lurking close to home. In my spare time I combine my love of travel with a love of writing. I’ve had one book published about my travels, have a second just about finished, and am currently writing a third one.
I dabble now and then in photography, I speak the international language Esperanto (not quite fluently, but getting there), and love hillwalking, post rock and lame puns.
I’m very interested in politics too, though I retired from active party politics at the age of 22 and became a normal person.
Well, relatively.
Find out more about me, and get in touch if you’d like, via www.simonvarwell.co.uk.
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Curator #6: Simon Varwell



Hello from Inverness, the Capital of the Highlands, mouth of the River Ness, and fastest growing city in the known universe, where I’ve lived for the best part of the last decade. Apart from a brief sojourn in Glasgow, which I gave up on after eighteen months because the water tasted rank.

I’m 34, married, and work in a job that’s too much hassle to explain in simple terms. Basically, it involves education (ish) and spending lots of time on trains travelling around Scotland. Which is not a bad thing to do given that this wee country of ours is so fascinating and worth exploring.

In fact, travel is a big interest of mine, and I love exploring weird and wonderful places - not only those far away but also those lurking close to home. In my spare time I combine my love of travel with a love of writing. I’ve had one book published about my travels, have a second just about finished, and am currently writing a third one.

I dabble now and then in photography, I speak the international language Esperanto (not quite fluently, but getting there), and love hillwalking, post rock and lame puns.

I’m very interested in politics too, though I retired from active party politics at the age of 22 and became a normal person.

Well, relatively.

Find out more about me, and get in touch if you’d like, via www.simonvarwell.co.uk.


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Curator #5: Kate Higgins
—Here I am, Kate Higgins, doing what I love best.  Talking.  Wittering away to a captive audience.  Captive as in they couldn’t escape…I also do a bit of blogging.  I am the burd of A Burdz Eye View and occasionally contribute to ither blogs.  And during the day I toil away trying to help build a brighter future for Scotland’s vulnerable children.  Yes, I know.  Worthy.Which means I won’t be around much for this @ScotVoices gig during daylight hours but each morning I’ll be posing a question and will look forward to coming home to all your replies.But the most important job and thing I do is being a mammy.   I do my best and can only hope it is good enough.What do I care about?  Weans obviously.  My garden, though you’d not guess that from its current parlous state.Music.  Food.  Good friends.  And world peace of course….Social policy, politics, current affairs, history and ideas all float my boat.And books.  A world without books, ideas and words is unimaginable actually.And I care about Scotland and Scotland’s place in the world, and what we can do better for all the people who live here.I’ll be your @ScotVoices curator this week and I look forward to your tweets and blethers.  If nothing else, it will help me avoid the ironing, which is always a good thing.
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Curator #5: Kate Higgins



Here I am, Kate Higgins, doing what I love best.  Talking.  Wittering away to a captive audience.  Captive as in they couldn’t escape…

I also do a bit of blogging.  I am the burd of A Burdz Eye View and occasionally contribute to ither blogs.  

And during the day I toil away trying to help build a brighter future for Scotland’s vulnerable children.  Yes, I know.  Worthy.

Which means I won’t be around much for this @ScotVoices gig during daylight hours but each morning I’ll be posing a question and will look forward to coming home to all your replies.

But the most important job and thing I do is being a mammy.   I do my best and can only hope it is good enough.

What do I care about?  Weans obviously.  My garden, though you’d not guess that from its current parlous state.

Music.  Food.  Good friends.  And world peace of course….

Social policy, politics, current affairs, history and ideas all float my boat.

And books.  A world without books, ideas and words is unimaginable actually.

And I care about Scotland and Scotland’s place in the world, and what we can do better for all the people who live here.

I’ll be your @ScotVoices curator this week and I look forward to your tweets and blethers.  If nothing else, it will help me avoid the ironing, which is always a good thing.

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Curator #4: Dave Morris
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I’m Dave Morris. Nice to meet you!I’m a 34 year-old designer and photographer living in Edinburgh with my brilliant wife and our two cats, who are also quite impressive in their own way.Born in Oxfordshire to an English dad and an American mom, I’ve now lived in Scotland for about eight years. I trained as an architect and even worked as one for a while, both in England and here in Edinburgh, but now divide my time between lighting architecture and photographing it.I love anything which increases peoples’ access to their own creativity, and loathe anything which reduces it.I took to the web with great enthusiasm when I discovered I could share images, but anything involving words has always seemed a bit of a struggle - even when limited to 140 characters! Perhaps the task of speaking for an entire nation for a week will bring out the writer in me…This week’s tweets will probably dance badly but enthusiastically between issues of design, urbanism, imagination, technology, family, intellectual property, cats, food, music, photography, films, architecture, beer, and of course the ever-present weather. And if I try really hard, I may even be able to gather a thought or two on the subject of this brilliant place in which I live.All thoughts I present are my own, but there’s every chance they belonged to someone else first and I just picked them up by mistake.
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Curator #4: Dave Morris

I’m Dave Morris. Nice to meet you!

I’m a 34 year-old designer and photographer living in Edinburgh with my brilliant wife and our two cats, who are also quite impressive in their own way.

Born in Oxfordshire to an English dad and an American mom, I’ve now lived in Scotland for about eight years. I trained as an architect and even worked as one for a while, both in England and here in Edinburgh, but now divide my time between lighting architecture and photographing it.

I love anything which increases peoples’ access to their own creativity, and loathe anything which reduces it.

I took to the web with great enthusiasm when I discovered I could share images, but anything involving words has always seemed a bit of a struggle - even when limited to 140 characters! Perhaps the task of speaking for an entire nation for a week will bring out the writer in me…

This week’s tweets will probably dance badly but enthusiastically between issues of design, urbanism, imagination, technology, family, intellectual property, cats, food, music, photography, films, architecture, beer, and of course the ever-present weather. And if I try really hard, I may even be able to gather a thought or two on the subject of this brilliant place in which I live.

All thoughts I present are my own, but there’s every chance they belonged to someone else first and I just picked them up by mistake.

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