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Kirstin Innes talks writing, activism, Renfrewshire and more

by on 17 March 2022 0
Sometimes, a piece of art comes along that seems to unconsciously tap into the cultural temperature of the times and with her second book, Edinburgh-born, Lochwinnoch-based author Kirstin Innes has accomplished exactly that. But for all that her latest novel presented a layered, often deeply unjust world in which people have seen aspects of... Read More

Cara Rose ‘Let Go’ track review by Robert Blair

by on 31 August 2021 0
Just days away from her headline show at the fabled King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, Cara Rose has released her enrapturing new single Let Go. Glasgow-based but with Lochwinnoch roots, Cara’s songwriting leads with an inviting candidness that feels as though it’s providing a window into the most turbulent – or sometimes serene and self-assured... Read More

The Sound of Renfrewshire: Bensider

by on 1 July 2021 0
From growing up Lewis to making a new home in Renfrewshire, Graham MacIver has a wealth of life experience to divulge. Now, as the frontman of Bensider, he’s channelling it through intimate folk and Americana. You came to songwriting in your 40s. What inspired you to take the leap? I’ve played music since I... Read More

Lochwinnoch history and legends brought to life

by on 18 June 2021 0
A collection of short stories inspired by the Lochwinnoch countryside have launched online this week, thanks to funding received from Renfrewshire Council. Tales from Ochwinnay, created by local authors Lyn McNicol and Laura Jackson, was designed to provide a free story-telling resource for children across Renfrewshire, helping to nurture reading skills during a time... Read More

Cara Rose interview – The Sound of Renfrewshire

by on 9 December 2020 0
Originally hailing from Lochwinnoch, soulful singer/songwriter Cara Rose discusses early beginnings, inspirations and her debut EP, Urges. How did music become a guiding force in your life? “Well, both my parents are in the arts. As soon as I could walk and talk, I was in that environment. They were really into music and... Read More

Interview: Carmen Pieraccini

by on 1 November 2019 0
Fresh from her return to the tumultuous world of River City, we met Paisley-born Carmen Pieraccini to discuss family, finding her feet in the acting world and much more.  On a brisk Tuesday morning, Carmen Pieraccini meandered around Barshaw Park for the first time in years. As her five-month-old son napped blissfully in his... Read More

Interview: Alan Bissett

by on 1 September 2019 0
The acclaimed playwright, performer and author has started gigging again following a move to Lochwinnoch and the birth of his second child. Words by Nadine McBay. Alan Bissett published his debut novel Boyracers soon after graduating from the University of Stirling. The Pink Floyd super-fan grew up in Hallglen, the Falkirk housing scheme which... Read More

Interview: Wendy Kershaw

by on 1 July 2019 0
Meet an award-winning ceramicist who creates narrative illustrations on porcelain. In a converted farmhouse just outside Lochwinnoch, Wendy Kershaw appears to be enjoying an idyllic life combining work with feathered domesticity. When we call her in her workshop, she reveals she’s not alone: “Two pheasants are watching me from outside as I haven’t put... Read More

Lochwinnoch Takes It All

by on 1 March 2019 0
A small village in Renfrewshire is home to one of Scotland’s best and brightest arts festivals. When the Lochwinnoch Arts Festival was established at the turn of the 21st century, it was a modest single afternoon affair devoted to local authors. Over the years it’s gradually grown into an eighteen day event encompassing literature,... Read More