SARAH BEATTIE-SMITH

Best bit: Becoming part of the fantastic Dunbar Sings! Worst bit: The compound awfulness of Hawick Cashmere joining Hawick Knitwear in its troubles; and of already flood hit parts of the South being dealt another blow. Folk of note: Gordon from South Lanarkshire Greens who has an astonishingly good singing voice Miles travelled: 447 Things …

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“I had no idea this was here”. That was the most common comment I heard from fellow visitors during a weekend in Wigtown. The town’s annual book festival attracts writers, poets, playwrights and pundits as well as visitors from all over the world to Scotland’s book town, nestled in the rolling hills of Galloway in …

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In the last days of this parliament came one of the most interesting and useful reports I’ve seen in five years of the Scottish Affairs Committee. Our Borderlands, Our Future sets out a vision for the South of Scotland that tackles the lack of jobs with decent wages and calls for much better connectivity, whether …

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