Glen Matlock was the youngest member of The Sex Pistols at only 16 and he wrote many of their hits from God Save The Queen, he also played for many years in Iggy Pop’s band. Slick was Bowie’s guitarist. We caught up with Glen ahead of their gig at The Bungalow in Paisley to ask him a few questions.
With over 16 million copies of her books published and having been translated into 40 languages. Val McDermid is one of Scotland’s most prolific writers. Her first novel was published in 1987. It was the first British crime novel with a lesbian detective. This was the time of Thatcher government creation of section 28, making it illegal for local authorities to support anything that may promote same sex relationships. I asked her how hard it was to get her book out there.
Her writing has been described by the Guardian as “Black, bleak and brilliant.” Caro Ramsay is on her 14th novel. Although she was was born in Govan, Caro now lives in what she wryly tells us her publicity often describes as ‘a small fishing village on the west coast of Scotland; Elderslie.’ We were lucky enough to catch up her ahead of her talk at The Paisley Book Festival this month.
#makefridaygreenagain, #greenfriday and #shoplocal are tags that are trending as Black Friday looms and we need to jump on the bandwagon of this movement.
Singing and songwriting are a communal event. It is through these shared experiences and shared expressions people can explain to themselves and to outsiders what their community is or was, and what it needs. Creating art builds confidence. Singing your experiences and your history tells the world you exist and you matter…
Last night, Young Fathers won the Scottish Album of the Year Award 2018 (held in Paisley Town Hall) for their celebrated fifth album, Cocoa Sugar, scooping the £20,000 first prize.