Anna Meridith – Nautilus

Described by Pitchfork as one of the most innovative voices in British music, Anna Meredith MBE is a genre-crossing composer and producer whose work straddles the worlds of contemporary classical, art pop, electronica and experimental rock Composer, producer and performer of both acoustic and electronic music, Meredith’s sound is frequently described as ‘uncategorisable’ and ‘genre-defying’…

Cacophony – Art in Music

Art Galleries render a cacophony of space in which to display visual pleasure. Their silence hangs in the air like a vast sail and permeates peaceful contemplation of the pigments and pastels on display. Just the barely audible murmur of appreciation or apprehension interrupts the seeing. Only the hush of a draped coat, a chair…

Walton Wood Cottage No.1

October half-term. A long-planned visit to Edinburgh, staying in the Community Hall of Well Court, part of Edinburgh World Heritage Dean Court. These apartments were built in 1886 as a model housing development for artisans and worker families employed by the many mills that dipped their wheels in the Water of Leith. The Water of…

Jacob Polley and a Jar of Honey

Back in those heady days of 2009, with the news dominated by bankers’ bonuses and MP’s expenses, the BBC launched a campaign to let poetry into our lives. On 28th January that year, BBC Director-General Mark Thompson announced a deeper commitment to arts and music on the BBC, with a range of initiatives to support…

Blood on Burnswark Hill

History, for me, becomes most alive when ancient and modern uses are found for the same device. I first realized this when I read about the historical and contemporary uses of the term wall-chalking. During the Great Depression, an estimated 4,000,000 adults left their homes in search of work. These ‘hobos’ roamed the United States,…

The Last Post Of Dunluce Castle

For Game of Thrones fans, Dunluce Castle is a highlight of any Northern Ireland location tour. Perching precariously on the basalt outcrops of the Antrim coast, its dramatic situation, plus a touch of CGI, turned Dunluce Castle into Castle Pike, Seat of the House Greyjoy, in fictional Westeros. For naval researchers, H.M.S. Dunluce Castle is a frequent posting on personnel…

A Rose Tinted Spectacle

Anthony Salvin isn’t an instantly recognisable name. Yet many instantly recognisable buildings know the hand of Anthony Salvin. Between 1799 and 1881, Salvin became, according to the famous art historian Sir Nikolaus Pevsner, the most successful restorer and purveyor of castles in the 2nd half of the 19th Century. Salvin pioneered the Gothic revival in…