A wee nudge about the “Random History of Scots Poetry and Song” which  Alexander Hutchison has helped to  organise at the Voodoo Rooms, 19A West Register St. Edinburgh at 7.30 on the 21st November. Wi this galactic line-up!

Elspeth Murray, Lila Matsumoto/Pete McConville, Andrew Greig
Michael Pedersen, Tessa Ransford, Margaret Bennett
Kevin Cadwallender, Jennifer Williams, Ian Stephen & Kirsty Law.

PLEASE NOTE: Doors will be open at 7.30 and things will get underway at 8.00 through till about 11.00. (Even if Eventbrite and your ticket says differently!)

The’Previously’ Scottish History Festival and the SPL are promoting and supporting, and there is a notice and Eventbrite booking process at http://www.scottishpoetrylibrary.org.uk/connect/events/random-history-scottish-poetry-and-song

Look out for StudioLab

For those  who were unable to make the Ayr Campus screening of the Bafta-nominated documentary We Are Northern Lights, by Nick Higgins of the School of Creative and Cultural Industries, the film is available to view online.

Through the film distributors, a special 50% discounted rate of £2.00 for download of the film has been offered to University Of The West Of Scotland  colleagues and students. The discounted rate is available from now until midnight on Monday 28th October; however once you have purchased the film you can watch it whenever you want within 30 days. If of interest, instructions for viewing are given below:

Guide to watching We Are Northern Lights online:

  1. Go to the We Are Northern Lights webpage http://wearenorthernlights.com/northern-lights-trailer/

Teaching in Scotland –  Thurs 17th  October 12 – 1pm  GT11

Find out all you need to know about the teaching profession before applying for a PGDE course

Delivered by Isobel Kerr from the  Scottish Government.

And if you  decide to apply for a teaching Post Graduate Course :

Session on Applying for a PGDE   Friday 8th November 12 – 1 pm GT11 –  applications are now made through UCAS – this talk will take students through the process.

Delivered by Nigel Royle from the Careers Service

Students should  sign up for the above events on www.uws.prospects.ac.uk or contact 

We should also mention the UWS Employer Mentoring Scheme which is open for applications whereby a student is linked  with a professional person who gives their time to share their experience of work with the student. The programme is designed to motivate and inspire students. A flyer for this is attached – The deadline is 25th October.

Eligibility: 3rd or 4th year. Resident in Scotland for last 3 years prior to starting in HE  plus one of the following: parents did not attend University, direct entry from college, mature student.

Interested applicants should contact 

James MacMillan : Celebrated Scottish composer to give an insight into his career at Ayr Campus event – Thursday 24th October 2013

UWS Ayr Campus – 16.00-1800


Please find further detail on link below:



If you wish to register for this event – please email me Lesley-Anne Niven


Lesley-Anne Niven

Faculty Administrator

School of Creative & Cultural Industries

University of the West of Scotland

University Avenue





Universal Comedy is seeking Freelance Support Workers to provide assistance to our Comedy Tutors at our workshops, courses and events across the central belt of Scotland.

Universal Comedy provide a wide range of workshops and courses using comedy to improve the lives of young people and adults with long term ill health, who are isolated in their community.

This post would potentially suit BA Community Arts graduates (or similar) as organisational skills are required.  The post holders would be required to have their own car and be flexible to travel to a variety of projects across the central belt of Scotland.  They will be reimbursed for their travelling expenses.

Our workshop sessions are usually 2 – 3 hours long and normally during the day, although some evening work may be required.

The post holder will be responsible for reporting income earned to H.M. Revenue and Customs, and paying their own tax and National Insurance contributions.

Salary:           £30 – £50 depending on length of session

Hours:            2 – 3 hrs sessions

Time Scale:  On-going

Location:       Across the central belt of Scotland

Start:              As soon as possible by negotiation

Terms:           As this post involves working with/contact with vulnerable people, any offer of employment will be confirmed following the company’s procedures and policies with regards to obtaining references and enhanced disclosure status.

If you are interested in the position of Freelance Support Worker, please send in your CV and covering letter detailing your skills and experience.

To request a Job Description please e-mail or telephone 0141 564 1200.

The deadline for applications is Friday 18th October 2013 at 17:00


StudioLab is a unique crossover project which allows University Of The West Of Scotland  students from across  all programmes in the School Of Creative & Cultural Industries  to collaborate together to create a live recorded TV Programme.

Over the past  7 weeks, as part of their CSA Research Project, 4th Year Contemporary Screen Acting Students have been tasked with creating a 30-45 minute piece of TV Drama. They are devising , workshopping ,  and will finally  record this programme  live on Weds 11th December.

To do this requires the support and help of students from other programmes to chronicle and record the work. We will be continuing with StudioLab next Trimester at UWS so  if you are a student in the UWS School Of Creative & Cultural Industries and are Image interested in taking part as a Designer, Producer, Director, Runner, Camera Operator, Musician, Digital Artist, Screenwriter or whatever your chosen specialism may be, please come along to our first meeting.

Every Weds, 1.30 PM TV Studio 1, UWS Ayr.

Please email me at [email protected] to book a place.

This gig has been postponed due to circumstances beyond our control.

Singer/Songwriters David Ward Maclean and Edwina Hayes make a welcome return to Ashfield Village Hall, by Dunblane.Friday Nov. 1st , 7.30 pm.  +BAR+

Tickets £7.00 on the door or from Fineprint, Beech Road, Dunblane.

David Ward Maclean “Great stuff ” Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull.

Edwina Hayes ” Sings like an angel ” Nancy Griffiths.

For more details email [email protected]

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Movement Artist Scott Houston at UWS Ayr Open Day

Are women playing a full role in Theatre in Scotland?  A quick look around suggests ‘no’.  On the one hand, all theatres profess to have an ‘equal opportunities policy’ on the other hand, the Review of Theatre in Scotland last year showed that fewer than half actually monitored that policy.  Recent research by Equity shows that opportunities for female actors are shrinking.

Does this matter?  After all we can see women everywhere in theatre, in marketing, management, front of house and other roles.  Are women just not interested in running theatres or taking a lead creative role?  What affect does this have on the work and on what audiences see?  How does this differ from the situation elsewhere in the UK and Europe?

Come and debate and discuss at Traverse 2 - 26th September 6pm -7.30pm with a glass of wine in the bar afterwards.

Blythe Duff in "Marco Pantani"

Blythe Duff in “Marco Pantani”


  • Max Beckmann, Equity Organiser, Equity
  • Christine Hamilton, Arts Consultant and Author of the Review of Theatre in Scotland 2012
  • Blandine Pelissier, founding member of the H/F Association for Gender Equality in Culture in France

The event is FREE but please book a space via the Traverse Box Office www.traverse.co.uk or call 0131 228 1404

Supported by Equity, Federation of Scottish Theatre, Playwrights’ Studio Scotland and Scottish Society of Playwrights.  Organised by Christine Hamilton, Consulting - 

Thanks to the Traverse Theatre for their support.

Lorne Boswell
114 Union Street
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0141 248 2472

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