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Fire at Earth in Common
Charity Earth in Common has its base at Leith Croft. On Sunday morning they discovered that a fire had destroyed their shed causing about £2,000 of damage. CEO and founder Evie Murray explained to us what had happened.
September 12, 2021
Andrea Baker mezzo soprano
Ms Baker is appearing at the Edinburgh International Festival. Here she talks to The Edinburgh Reporter about the show woman:life:song and also about her abhorrence of volunteer labour in the arts world.
August 13, 2021
Taking a walk with former councillor and Lord Provost Lesley Hinds
Lesley Hinds is a former councillor and Lord Provost and - in what we think is her legacy project - she is masterminding a community asset transfer and new civic centre in Pennywell and Muirhouse. We had a walk around Macmillan Square to talk about it.
August 9, 2021
Sara Thomson is founder of Leith Collective
In this episode Sara tells us what motivated her to start Leith Collective and about her role as a Green Ambassador for the UN COP26 Summit
August 9, 2021
The Drem to Gullane path
The 16 year campaign to have a safe cycle and walking route created from Drem to Gullane appears to have hit a wall. Easy Lothian Council suggest it will be another three years before they can start to build it. I met one of the campaigners,Iain Monk, who took me on a cycle along the proposed route to explain the plans in more detail.
July 20, 2021
A walk around the new Fruitmarket
In advance of the reopening of Fruitmarket we were invited to have a walk around the new space and the new exhibition created by artist Karla Black in the company of Director, Fiona Bradley. We highly recommend popping in for a look.
July 7, 2021
A cycle round Granton with Cllr Cammy Day
The Hidden Door festival is coming to Granton in September and will literally shine a light on an up and coming area of Edinburgh. Cllr Day is both local councillor and Chair of the All Party Oversight Group on the council's £1.3 billion Granton Waterfrot Project.
June 30, 2021
Chatting with David Martin of Hidden Door
This year’s Hidden Door Festival is taking place in September in Granton. We were invited to the site for a preview of what will be happening later this year.
June 29, 2021
Derryck Reid talks to The Edinburgh Reporter
Professor Reid has been constantly against the Spaces for People measures. We met him on the side of Lanark Road
June 16, 2021
Speaking with Chris Young of BEST and Low Traffic Corstorphine
Chris Young speaks to us about the council’s plans for the future of the Spaces for People measures which have been installed around schools, in shopping streets for leisure access and also segregated cycle lanes.
June 16, 2021
Speaking about Spaces for People
Spaces for People measures are on the agenda at this week’s Transport and Environment Committee meeting. Why are some measures to remain - and on what basis? Here we talk to Transport Convener Lesley Macinnes about the future of some of them - and yes potholes get a mention.
June 15, 2021
Speaking with Amanda Tyndall of Edinburgh Science Festival
Amanda Tyndall is Festival and Creative Director of Edinburgh Science and we met her on Portobello Prom where there is a photography exhibition staged. It is called Human Nature and shows a range of work taking you on a photo journey round the world to see how humans connect with nature. It runs until 11 July 2021
June 12, 2021
Sue Webber MSP
Sue Webber is one of the newest MSPs at Holyrood and we took a short walk outside the parliament building on a lovely sunny morning to hear what is uppermost in her mind at the moment both as a councillor and an MSP. Sue confirmed to us that her councillor allowance will now be split anonymously between a couple of Edinburgh charities. She is stepping back from her role as Transport spokesperson but not before handing over the baton at next week’s Transport Committee when the future of the city’s Spaces for People measures are debated.
June 9, 2021
The Edinburgh International Festival 2021
The festival will take place come what may in August this year. There is a huge selection of events to watch online or in person if you get a ticket. At the media event in the Botanics Festival Director Fergus Linehan gave us a hint of what will be happening.
June 2, 2021
Speaking with Jeremy Balfour MSP
Jeremy Balfour is Scottish Conservative MSP for Lothian who has just been elected for a second term. Here we speak to him on the priorities which he has for the next five years
June 1, 2021
June Peebles is CEO of Edinburgh Leisure
Here June tells us what customers should expect when they get back to the gym on 17 May
May 14, 2021
Speaking with The Transport Convener
Here we speak to the Transport Convener about the measures already put in place - and the potholes.
April 22, 2021
On the side of the road at Longstone
I met with Alan Gordon who is a Longstone resident and a member of the community council and he showed me what is happening on Lanark Road and Inglis Green Road in terms of Spaces for People. There are segregated cycle lanes and parking spaces created on the inside of those. We were both on bikes and cycled from one spot to the other.
April 18, 2021
A view from Braid Road
The council have made plans to reopen Bridge Road travelling south on Monday 19th April after the road being closed for a year as part of Spaces for People. Here we spoke to several people including a couple of councillors , local residents and a representative from SPOKES. If nothing else it possibly shows how difficult it is to get a road layout which pleases everyone. But we hope it also shows that no matter what your view it is clear that people care about their neighbourhood.
April 16, 2021
The Edinburgh International Festival 2021
Edinburgh International Festival, the world’s leading performing arts festival, today announces a reimagined festival for 2021 which marks the return of live performance to Scotland’s capital. Taking place from 7 to 29 August, the 2021 International Festival uses bespoke outdoor venues to safely reunite artists and audiences to rediscover the magic of live performance. Here we speak to Fran Hegyi who is Executive Director of EIF
April 14, 2021
Cycling with Kirsty Lewin
I went for a cycle around Portobello with Kirsty Lewin who is an active travel expert who now volunteers with Spokes Porty. Here you can listen to us chatting as we cycled around Portobello - largely off road.
April 14, 2021
Speaking with the Rt Hon Lord Provost
The Rt Hon Lord Provost of the City of Edinburgh is HM The Queen’s royal representative in Scotland. Here he talks about the influence of the Duke of Edinburgh on the city.
April 10, 2021
#SP6 - speaking to The Alba Party
Two of the candidates for Lothian - Kenny Macaskill and Alex Arthur were guests on our podcast explaining the reasons for joining a new party and what it will mean for the Scottish political landscape.
April 2, 2021
Speaking with Director Christina Jansen about the Scottish Gallery summer exhibition
This summer The Scottish Gallery is staging an exhibition of works by Joan Eardley. Eardley who died young is a driven, passionate artist and much appreciated and celebrated by the gallery. This year would have been her 100th birthday.
February 28, 2021
Talking about the Eye Pavilion
Sarah Boyack MSP is meeting with NHS Lothian today about the cancelled contract for the new Eye Pavilion. She explained the main issues ahead of that meeting.
February 19, 2021
Talking about the council budget 2021/22
Cllr Joan Griffiths is the Vice Convener of Finance and Resources. Here she talks to us about the administration plans for spending in the next year
February 17, 2021
Budget matters at the City Chambers
Here we talk to Cllr Graham Hutchison from the Conservative group on Edinburgh council about the proposals which they have for spending in the forthcoming year
February 17, 2021
Speaking to Owen Thompson MP
Owen Thompson is MP for Midlothian and has been battling to bring Westminster into the 21st century as well as liking being home in his constituency more.
January 25, 2021
Speaking with Cllr Adam McVey
Here we chat with Adam McVey the Council Leader about the Council and their role in dealing with the virus and the homeless and poor.
December 21, 2020
Shop Local - speaking to shop owner Linsay Given Black about how to do that
Linsay owns the Art and Craft Collective at Causewayside and here she offers up some gift advice
December 7, 2020
Focus on Edinburgh charity ECAS
Here we speak to Ally Irvine who is the CEO of Edinburgh Charity ECAS. One of the less well known charities it works with people who have a physical disability helping to promote equality, choice and participation.
December 4, 2020
Speaking with artist Frances Macdonald
Artist Frances Macdonald will exhibit her latest work at The Scottish Gallery from 28 November alongside an exhibition by her son Ross Ryan whose work she describes as ‘stormier’ than her own.
November 21, 2020
By election - independent candidate
Andy McDonald is the independent candid it in the November Craigentinny Doddington by-election here we speak to him about his reasons for standing.
November 4, 2020
Taxi trade
Asking the council leader about help for the taxi trade in the capital
November 1, 2020
Council Leader Adam McVey talks to The Edinburgh Reporter
Talking to Cllr Adam McVey about the effects of the recent government restrictions announced on Thursday which puts Edinburgh into Level Three of the Strategic Framework. And some discussion about the Leither who was recently awarded an MBE...
October 30, 2020
Margaret Graham Scottish Labour Party candidate
Margaret Graham is the Scottish Labour party candidate in the by-election to be held in Craigentinny Duddingston on 12 November 2020
October 25, 2020
Ben Parker - the Edinburgh Greens candidate for Craigentinny/Duddingston
We speak to Ben Parker about his bid to become the second Green councillor in a very green council ward
October 22, 2020
Social Bite launch their Boxes of Joy
With little custom in their city centre cafés the social enterprise has turned to mail order to keep their trading business going. From today you can order a little Box of Joy which has their special handmade brownies inside and all proceeds go to the social enterprise
October 20, 2020
Edinburgh cabbies
Jacqui Dunn is Secretary of Unite the Union Edinburgh Cab Section. Here she tells us about the difficulties they are currently facing.
October 16, 2020
Ethan Young SNP candidate in the Craigentinny/Duddingston by election
Ethan Young is the SNP candidate in the Craigentinny/ Duddingston by election which is being held on 12 November.
October 16, 2020
Eleanor Price Scottish Conservative and Unionist candidate
Eleanor Price is one of seven candidates in the upcoming Craigentinny/Duddingston by election
October 16, 2020
Hidden Door Live begins on 14 October
We speak to creative Director David Martin about the online event which will work a bit like a relay race - and will go on until May 2021
October 14, 2020
Tam Laird is one of seven candidates in the Craigentinny/Duddingston by election
Tam Laird is the Scottish Libertarian Party candidate in the upcoming by election. He is Leader of the party which he is largely responsible for setting up.
October 14, 2020
Elaine Ford Liberal Democrat candidate
Elaine is one of seven candidates in the upcoming Craigentinny/Duddingston by election. She spoke to us about the issues she’s hoping to be elected on
October 13, 2020
#SP21 Rebecca Bell
Rebecca is the Liberal Democrat candidate for Edinburgh Northern and Leith at the Scottish Parliamentary Election in 2021. Here she tells us a little about her campaign
October 7, 2020
At Lauriston Castle
A walk round the grounds at Lauriston Castle with David Baker who has asked many questions of the council about the condition of the property and the endowment left to look after it.
October 2, 2020
Empty Kitchens, Full Hearts is a charitable movement working from Leith
Empty Kitchens, Full Hearts is a charitable movement which grew out of two problems. The first is that there are chefs who are out of work as a result of the Covid-19 crisis and the second is that people need food who cannot afford it. By the end of the September 2020 they will have served over 200,000 meals to people living in Edinburgh.
September 14, 2020
Chatting with Tommy Sheppard MP
The Edinburgh East MP talked to us during recess from Westminster
September 1, 2020
Chief Radio is the newest city radio station
We met Kerry Thomson who is Station Manager at Chief Radio where they hope to play more than just chart music
August 30, 2020
Speaking with Shadow Chancellor Anneliese Dodds
Born in Aberdeen and now MP for Oxford East as well as a member of the Shadow Cabinet, we slotted in a quick interview at the side of Morningside Road with the visiting Labour politician
August 29, 2020
Speaking with Fergus Linehan Director of the Edinburgh International Festival
The Festivals in Edinburgh have been cancelled this year due to coronavirus, but at the beginning of August the Edinburgh International Festival will have some alternative for us. In this episode we speak to Fergus Linehan to find out exactly what that might be like.
August 3, 2020
Edinburgh International Book Festival 2020
Speaking to Director Nick Barley about the 2020 festival - without tents
July 31, 2020
Filmhouse and their GoFundMe - how you can help
Filmhouse is running a fundraiser to secure its future. We invited Head of Development Juliet Tweedie to explain why they need the money and what they plan to do with it.
July 8, 2020
The Edinburgh Report 3 July 2020
Today’s podcast is with Louise Dickins - the Edinburgh businesswoman who founded Dickins Homes from Home about 20 years ago. The Scottish Government has just relaxed the coronavirus restrictions to allow holiday lets of main door homes to begin again. This is Louise’s whole business so she is glad about that - and we speak to her on the day after home schooling her two young children has just come to an end……
July 3, 2020
Podcasting with the panto boys
We invited Allan Andy Grant and Jordan, the panto goodies and baddies, to be guests on our podcast. Here we talk about all things panto and about the Old Lady of Leven Street herself - the King’s Theatre
July 2, 2020
Andrew Burns - Convener of SCVO
Andrew explains the role of SCVO in getting the money from Scottish Government to those who need it
June 16, 2020
Speaking with Scott Smith of Fhior Restaurant
Scott Smith and wife Laura of Fhior Restaurant on Broughton Street have devised a way of keeping their staff busy and their suppliers in business too. Here we speak too him about Root to Market and how that works
June 12, 2020
Catching up with Planning Convener Neil Gardiner
We invited the planning convener Neil Gardiner on to our podcast to explain what the council is doing in the realms of planning right now. It turns out they are working hard to help get the city ready for rebuilding the economy after the lockdown ends.
June 4, 2020
Speaking with Malcolm Cannon
Malcolm Cannon is the National Director of the Institute of Directors in Scotland Here we find out what is keeping him busy during the lockdown
June 4, 2020
BackHug is a way of getting back therapy without a therapist
Here we meet the guys from Edinburgh startup BackHug who may just have the perfect product for the post Covid world
June 2, 2020
Speaking with Active Nation Commissioner Lee Craigie
Lee is the person who is responsible for promoting walking and cycling in Scotland. A former professional mountain biker she is using her skills well during the coronavirus lockdown. Listen here
May 29, 2020
Speaking with Suzy Enoch author of children’s stories Ferntickle Tales
Suzy Enoch is a mum of three children and wanted to have some new material to teach her five year-old daughter how to read. So she has written her own and three will be launched on 26 May with more to be published later. All the stories are set in lockdown and will help you explain that to young children while also teaching them how to read.
May 26, 2020
The Royal National Institute of Blind People Scotland and the difficulties during lockdown
The RNIB commissioned a survey of those with sight loss to assess how difficult life had become for them in recent weeks. Here we speak to James Adams Director of RNIB Scotland and to Kirin Saeed who is registered blind
May 22, 2020
A major award for Inverleith House Gallery will be announced on Friday
We interviewed Emma Nicolson who is ahead of Creative Programmes about the latest news.
May 21, 2020
Ian Murray MP on COVID-19:
Questions continue over the decision to go ahead with mass gatherings across the UK following the Edinburgh Nike conference COVID-19 outbreak. It is a week since the BBC Disclosure programme which revealed that the Scottish Government had not made findings of positive cases arising from the conference public. Here we speak to Edinburgh South MP Ian Murray about what he sees as a cover up
May 18, 2020
Meeting Tom Harries of Edinburgh Lockdown Economy
Edinburgh Lockdown Economy has fast become the website to go to whether you’re looking for food groceries or ideas to keep you entertained during the lockdown here we speak to Tom of Edinburgh Lockdown Economy about how it works
May 15, 2020
Scran Academy and how to feed 30,000 meals in a few weeks
John Loughton is running the logistics of a catering company which is about to deliver its 30,000th free meal in Edinburgh in just a few weeks. We spoke to John recently about how this all works.
May 12, 2020
Meeting Paul from Invisible Cities
Paul Stewart is a walking tour guide with invisible Cities. That is the social enterprise which runs tours for residents and tourists alike. Invisible Cities employee those who have had experience of homelessness. He has been homeless over 10 times, and sees the city in a different way. During the pandemic he is offering virtual tours on Zoom on a one to one basis when you can experience Edinburgh with Paul as your guide to Leith which is rich in local history
May 6, 2020
The Moderator on what he is doing during lockdown
The Right Rev Colin Sinclair is the minister of Palmerston Place Church in Edinburgh. He has been Moderator this past year and will give up office on 16 May. We spoke to him and his wife Ruth from their home in Morningside where their daily Facebook broadcasts are making them social media sensations.
May 5, 2020
A story about Denis Goldberg and Edinburgh
Anti-apartheid activist Denis Goldberg died on Wednesday aged 87. We spoke to former Lord Provost Eric Milligan about his memories of Goldberg and FW de Klerk, as well as Nelson Mandela
May 1, 2020
Talking to Sir Geoffrey Palmer part 2
In the first part of this series we spoke to Sir Geoff who is a human rights activist as well as an Emeritus Professor at Heriot-Watt University about links to the slave trade in the New Town. In the second part we take up the tale of the plaque proposed for the Melville Monument in St Andrew Square.
May 1, 2020
Lorna Slater co-leader of The Scottish Greens
Talking about the climate emergency, cycling and working from home when you’re building a huge tidal wave energy device.
May 1, 2020
Speaking to the council leader and deputy leader
The city council has had to find a new way of working. They decided only yesterday that council business will be run by 17 councillors on the Policy and Sustainability Committee Other committees will be revived as soon as they can - but this will at least allow some councillors to take part in decision making We contacted the council leader and deputy leader to ask them about it
April 24, 2020
Keeping the spirits up with Richard Lewis
People are finding all sorts of ways to entertain themselves It is easier if you can already play the piano of course - and here is Edinburgh musician, conductor and composer Richard Lewis with something to keep you going during the lockdown
April 24, 2020
Meeting Jim the Magician
Jim is usually out there doing card tricks and close up magic particularly during the fringe or at corporate events. We found his blog online and it is really worth reading and sharing. Here he is talking to us about what he is up to during the lockdown.
April 20, 2020
Invisible Cities - the social enterprise
Invisible Cities is a social enterprise which offers walking tours. During the pandemic they are looking after their guides and volunteers who have all experienced homelessness. Here we speak to founder Zakia Moulaoui who tells us what they are doing and how you can help by taking a virtual tour
April 20, 2020
Legal advice about scamming
Sadly at this time there are those who are only too keen to take advantage We spoke to lawyer Margaret Ross from Balfour+Manson who is highlighting the dangers of being scammed at this time -particularly the elderly or vulnerable who may be more isolated than usual
April 17, 2020
Online language classes during lockdown
The coronavirus lockdown is not all bad news. Some companies are benefitting from it and turning to technology to help. One of these is Yakety Yak Language cafe which offers language classes with a native speaker in cafes in Edinburgh and Glasgow They have moved the classes onto Zoom and Skype where the chat goes on. We asked Jordan Peyroche one of the tutors how it works.
April 17, 2020
Speaking with Garry Clark of FSB
Garry Clark of The Federation of Small Businesses welcomes the additional funding from Scottish Government but is still seeking some clarification about it
April 15, 2020
Speaking to Jim Slaven of Edinburgh Helping Hands
The charity is organising emergency food drop offs for people across Edinburgh, in areas of need. We spoke to Jim from the charity about the work and how you can help.
April 15, 2020
The Eric Liddell Centre Lunch programme
We spoke to John Macmillan the CEO of The Eric Liddell Centre about their new lunch programme. They are delivering free lunches to vulnerable people in Edinburgh.
April 14, 2020
Talking to chef Barry Bryson
Edinburgh chef Barry Bryson is used to catering for large events but now he has started up a home delivery service
April 14, 2020
Speaking with Cyrenians CEO Ewan Aitken
The Edinburgh charity Cyrenians work in a variety of ways with those who experience homelessness or who have mental health problems They help people to get back to independence with the right kind of support - that can be on their farm, in the Social Bite village or by learning at their Cook School Today we spoke to Ewan Aitken the Chief Executive of Cyrenians - he is pretty busy at the best of times, but right now the charity is working harder than ever as you will hear
April 9, 2020
Edinburgh Science Festival 2020 is all online
There are many resources but also some live sessions between 9 and 11 April that you can join in with. These are on the festival website, their Facebook page and the Earth Live Lessons YouTube channel. All of the learning resources will stay on the Science Festival website until next year’s is planned.
April 9, 2020
A chat with Angus Robertson
Angus Robertson wants to become the SNP nominee for Edinburgh Central at next year’s Scottish Parliamentary elections. Here we find out about the former MP and why he wants to be elected to Holyrood
April 7, 2020
Discussing The Quaich Project
We discuss the ins and outs of The Quaich Project with the Managing Director of The Quaich Project David Ellis and the Chair of the Cockburn Association, Professor Cliff Hague.
April 7, 2020
Edinburgh Science Festival - the digital alternative
Edinburgh Science Festival was due to take place between 4th and 11th April Sadly it can’t happen this year, but the team behind it have put together a digital alternative that you can enjoy from home We spoke to Amanda Tyndall the creative director about Elements of #EdScIFest
April 6, 2020
Sir Geoff Palmer talks to us about a particular address in Edinburgh’s New Town
Sir Geoff is a human rights activist and speaks often on the slave trade, and how that relates to Scotland. Our podcast came from an idle conversation with him when he told me he had a good story. Listen to Part 1 here
April 1, 2020
On 26 March 2020 people were encouraged to thank the NHS
They did this by hanging out their windows and balconies and clapping - on Dundas Street there was one you will hear.
March 26, 2020
A new Filmhouse for Edinburgh?
The Centre for Moving image the Edinburgh Filmhouse and the Edinburgh International film Festival have big plans for taking over Festival Square as the site of a new bespoke Filmhouse. Here we speak to Ken he the chief executive about the plans
March 11, 2020
Today our Edinburgh Report comes from Holyrood
Today is just before International Women’s Day and we spoke to three MSPs about work life balance, women in parliament and men. The three MSPS are Alison Johnstone, Daniel Johnson and Sarah Boyack.
March 5, 2020
The council and Third Party Grants
This is one of the busiest council Committee I have ever attended. There have been around 100 or more people here representing the views of around 20 organisations whose funding has been cut by the council. The City of Edjnburgh Council has, during the meeting, decided it has to continue the decision and not make such swjngejng cuts today. To be clear - The coalition motion to continue the decision is likely to be approved by the committee although at the time of these interviews it has not yet been discussed by councillors who have spent all morning listening to citizens from many groups.
March 3, 2020
Energy Saving Trust have grants for cycling
We met Ellie Grebenik who explained to us how members of the public can get funding for the purchase of e-bikes from Energy Savjng Trust
March 3, 2020
Talking about the Bike Bus
Here we talk to Ewen Maclean who helps to organise the Bike Bus at James Gillespie’s Primary and the benefits that active travel brings.
February 25, 2020
Speaking to Finance Convener Cllr Alasdair Rankin
The Coalition has had council approval for its budget meaning an increase of 4.79% in Council Tax and some cuts to services. But here the Finance Convener explains the bulk of the cuts will not affect frontline services.
February 20, 2020
The Edinburgh Reporter in conversation with Amanda Tyndall of #EdSciFest
The 32nd Edinburgh Science Festival takes place in 30 city venues from 4 to 19 April 2020. Here we speak with Festival and Creative Director at Edinburgh Science Amanda Tyndall about what we can expect this year.
February 20, 2020
Edinburgh Science Festival 2020
The Creative Director of Edinburgh Science Festival, Amanda Tyndall, talks about one part of the programme that she is really ‘fired up’ about - the interactive exhibition called Pale Blue Dot. This celebrates Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters. Carl Sagan :”Look again at that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us.”
February 20, 2020
Granton Waterfront plans
The council will develop the largest brownfield site in the city and transform it into a new area with 3,500 houses, a school, medical centre and transport connections to the city. It will also be the location for a new coastal park and there are exciting plans for the gasometer. Here we speak to the council’s Depute Leader Cammy Day who represents the Forth Ward where the site lies. The plans will be considered by the Policy and Strategy Committee on Tuesday 25 February 2020.
February 19, 2020
Meeting Andrew Landsburgh of Codehostel
You may have missed CODEhostel - it is tucked away in the corner of Parliament Square. It is a place to stay for solo travellers but it is also a place for locals to hang out and be entertained in.
February 18, 2020
£eith Chooses
It’s voting day for £eith Chooses when 20 projects go all out to attract votes for funding of community projects.
February 1, 2020
At Summerhall Mount Strange and the Temple of Fame'
A brand new exhibition curated by Wendy Law presents a diverse range of work by four very different women artists. Dealing with the erasure of women in written history, wealth and power, folklore and ritual. A reimagining of Summerhall’s Festival 2012 exhibition ‘Only Women Women Only’. Here we speak to the curator Wendy Law and three of the artists. Victoria Clare Bernie, Maria Gimeno and Alix Villanueva. The fourth artist Mina Heydari-Waite was sadly not available for interview today. MOUNT STRANGE AND THE TEMPLE OF FAME Victoria Clare Bernie, Maria Gimeno, Mina Heydari-Waite and Alix Villanueva Fri 24 Jan 2020 - Sun 15 Mar 2020 11am - 6pm daily (closed Mondays & Tuesdays) Summerhall, Edinburgh Sciennes, Corner and Meadows Galleries Admission: FREE
January 23, 2020
At the National Museum of Scotland - Tyrannosaurs
The dinosaurs are back. Dr Nick Fraser Keeper of Natural Science at National Museums Scotland told us what to expect
January 22, 2020
#BrewMonday speaking with the Samaritans
We met Rachel Cackett the Executive Director of Samaritans Scotland on top of Calton Hill this morning.
January 20, 2020
At Holyrood - Daniel Johnson MSP
Mr Johnson tells us about the new bill which he is bringing to parliament and spills the beans about change for the Labour Party.
January 9, 2020
The dead and the living
Dealing with funeral plans and bereavement can be made easier if you engage specialist help
January 6, 2020
Sarah Boyack MSP - back at Holyrood
Labour MSP Sarah Boyack is back in office at Holyrood following the resignation of Kezia Dugdale from politics. We met her to hear about her priorities.
January 6, 2020
Holyrood Park
Events in Holyrood Park impact local residents. Here we speak to one about the Torchlight Procession
January 4, 2020
GE2019 The Edinburgh count
Interviews from the Edinburgh count on polling day
December 12, 2019
#GE2019 Interviews with candidates in Edinburgh West
Candidates in Edinburgh West talk to The Edinburgh Reporter
December 11, 2019
#GE2019 Edinburgh South West
Interviews with candidates in Edinburgh South West
December 11, 2019
GE2019 Edinburgh North and Leith candidates
Our interviews with almost all of the candidates in this constituency
December 11, 2019
#GE2019 Interviews Edinburgh East
Interviews with candidates in Edinburgh East
December 11, 2019
#GE2019 Interviews with candidates in Edinburgh South
Interviews with four out of five candidates
December 10, 2019
Speaking with Cllr Derek Howie about Gucci
No not all things fashionable but rather the new companion is Cllr Howie’s life.
October 9, 2019
Speaking with Hugh and Cornelia Topping
Topping and Co are the newest independent bookshop in town and they will open their doors on 29 September 2019 at 10.00am. Amid the piles of books and the cardboard boxes we spoke to the members of the Topping family who will run it.
September 24, 2019
Transforming the city centre in Edinburgh
The full council considered the plans to transform the city centre in Edinburgh giving priority to walking and ‘active travel’ They heard a deputation from Spokes the cycling campaigners and then passed the 10 year strategy.
September 19, 2019
Speaking with Rachel Baxter from Edinburgh Children’s Hospital Charity
The Oor Wullie Big Bucket Trail has been a lot of fun over the last couple of months but the statues are now in St Andrew Square for the farewell weekend
September 13, 2019
Residents and shopkeepers from Roseburn on their petition to the council
The residents and shopkeepers in Roseburn lodged a petition to demand that the council looks again at air pollution. In particular they want nitrogen dioxide levels on the south side of the street assessed since they believe they will be higher due to the canyoning effect in this space.
September 13, 2019
The decision on the appeal to the Court of Session delivered
The Inner House of the Court of Session delivered a unanimous decision regarding the unlawfulness of prorogation. We spoke to Joanna Cherry the lead petitioner and Jolyon Maugham from the Good Law Project who are coordinating the crowdfunding to pay for the action.
September 11, 2019
Art Walk Porty 2019
Art Walk Porty runs from 7 to 15 September. Here we talk to some of this involved and the local MP Tommy Sheppard who was being shown round the Kilns on an art Walk.
September 7, 2019
Art Walk Porty 2019
All roads lead to Portobello to see the art created there Art Walk Porty is on from 7 to 15 September
September 6, 2019
Brexit matters
The issue of Brexit and the suspension of Parliament came to Edinburgh this week with an application to the Court of Session to stop it - even on a temporary basis. Here we speak to Ian Murray MP for Edinburgh South who is one of the 70 + petitioners.
August 31, 2019
Meet the media at Edinburgh Fringe
Here we talk to some of the lovely people we met at the Fringe Meet the Media event. Get some Fringe inspiration here!
August 3, 2019
Fringe 2019
The Tartan Pimpernel by John Hughes and starring Graeme Dallas tells the story of Rev Donald Caskie Minister at the Scots Kirk in Paris during WW2
July 26, 2019
Fringe 2019 A Fear and Loathing Actor in Dublin
Talking to playwright Mark McAuley
July 15, 2019
Speaking with the council leader Cllr Adam McVey
This is the first instalment in a mini series of chats with the council leader at the end of another year in office.
July 5, 2019
Speaking with Dr Mark Newman from the Botanics
Speaking to Dr Newman about the collaboration between RGBE and a new botanical garden in Laos near the former capital Luang Prabang
July 1, 2019
The Floral Clock Edinburgh
We spoke to David Dorward who is in charge of the planting of the oldest floral clock in the world. He told us what has been used this year
June 19, 2019
Speaking with Nick Barley Director of the Edinburgh International Book Festival
The Book Festival in Charlotte Square is a real highlight in August for anyone who loves reading. Here we speak to Nick about the news of a big new sponsorship, some of the big names and the problems they encountered last year of visas for authors and where they are in dealing with that now.
June 8, 2019
The Edinburgh Reporter speaks to Martin Green whisky specialist Bonhams
There is a very special bottle of whisky for sale this week at Bonhams and Martin tells us all about it here.
June 4, 2019
Speaking with Professor Stephen Salter
Stephen Salter explains to us here his work over two decades to combat climate change. He hopes that the Centre for Climate Change at Cambridge University might pick his Project for funding in the future. This is science made simple by a master educator!
June 1, 2019
Interview with Sir Sandy Crombie
Sir Sandy Crombie is someone who is quite well known in Edinburgh we speak to him here about his involvement with Cameron Hume where he was appointed chairman in October 2018.
May 31, 2019
Council Leader Adam McVey talking to us about funding for community groups
The council leader read our story about Forever Young which has had its funding slashed by 84%. He explained that the administration had wanted to deal with community funding in Locality networks but their political opponents had put a stop to that.
May 30, 2019
The 73rd Edinburgh International Film Festival programme was launched today
We spoke to Mark Adams who is the Artistic Director of EIFF about the Edinburgh angle of the programme. First you hear part of CEO Ken Hay’s speech
May 29, 2019
Speaking to Alyn Smith MEP
On the night when votes were being counted in Edinburgh in the European Parliamentary Election 2019
May 26, 2019
Speaking to Claudia Escobar Y/Our Linen Stories
Claudia is a fashion designer and her linen finished off in Newhaven Harbour will be on display at Custom Lane this weekend. Here she tells us about it.
May 24, 2019
Speaking with Cllr Lesley Macinnes and Daisy Narayanan about City Centre Transformation
The council begins a six week consultation on 20 May 2019 on plans to radically alter traffic movement in the city centre.
May 16, 2019
Speaking with the owner of Summerhall Robert McDowell
I tried hard to talk to him about the Festival offering at Summerhall but Mr McDowell wants you all to hear about the talk he is giving there on 23 May. Listen up!
May 16, 2019
Danny MacAskill is on the Fringe
Danny MacAskill is bringing his Drop and Roll Tour to the 2019 Fringe. Here we talk to him about his career and the influence of Edinburgh on it.
April 18, 2019
Leith Walk by-election 2019
Chief Executive of the council Andrew Kerr explains the Single Transferable Vote System.
April 11, 2019
Talking with Scottish politicians visiting America
Linda Fabiani and Liam McArthur are in New York to represent The Scottish Parliament at the New York City Tartan Day Parade.
April 5, 2019
Ceilidh Band Whisky Kiss are off to New York Tartan Day Parade
Here we speak with Iain McPhail qnd Murray Fergusson of the Band about what they will do in New York this weekend.
April 5, 2019
Pete Irvine - author of Scotland The Best
The 13th edition of Pete Irvine’s essential book Scotland the Best has just been published. Here we find out his modus operandi and his new finds.
March 22, 2019
Ian Murray MP 22 March 2019
We caught up with Ian Murray MP on a flying visit to Edinburgh in between a busy week at Westminster and the People’s vote March in London tomorrow
March 22, 2019
Speaking with the Music Director of the RSNO
The music and venues have now been chosen for the second season when Thomas Sondergard is Music Director of RSNO - and here we try to get him to sing......
March 21, 2019
The Quaich Project
The new fundraising drive for the replacement for The Ross Bandstand in West Princes Street Gardens has a new name. It is now called The Quaich Project and an animation film is released today featuring a voiceover by actor Iain Glen.
March 21, 2019
Catching up with Christine Jardine MP
Brexit and clean air!
March 2, 2019
At Careers Hive 2019
Careers Hive is a yearly week-long free event run by Edinburgh Science Learning and it’s on this week. Today we spoke with a couple of young STEM professionals who will be addressing the young people about how to get on in a STEM-based career
February 27, 2019
Talking Trams and transformation with the Transport Convener
Two of the council’s big projects will be considered at next weeks Transport and Environment Committee. We spoke to Cllr Lesley Macinnes about taking the tram to Newhaven and also making radical changes to the way we get about in the city centre.
February 22, 2019
Transforming the city centre
Ahead of the council papers relating to the City Centre Transformation Project being published later today we spoke with Transport Convener Lesley Macinnes who told us what it will mean for Edinburgh.
February 22, 2019
All aboard the tram...
After the City of Edinburgh Council budget meeting on Thursday 21 February we spoke with Conservative councillor and group leader, Iain Whyte. The Tories has a plan in their alternative budget proposal to ditch the tram project and take the special dividend from Lothian the city’s bus operator, and spend that money on schools instead. Here he explains his position on Trams and what their proposal ( which was defeated by full council) would have meant.
February 22, 2019
The Edinburgh Reporter speaks with June Peebles CEO of Edinburgh Leisure
This week the council sets its budget for spending in the coming year. They have proposed some cuts to the funding they will give to Edinburgh Leisure which is an arms length company. All will be revealed on Thursday but we spoke to the CEO to find out what she thinks about it.
February 19, 2019
Scotland for a People’s Vote
The campaign group Scotland for a People’s Vote held a press conference in Edinburgh to explain that they have growing confidence in achieving such a vote
February 18, 2019
Cllr Work speaking about the Mayor of Contalmaison
The mayor of Contalmaison Patricia Leroy has died. Here we spoke to Cllr Norrie Work who knew her.
February 9, 2019
Today’s news from the capital
Today there was a full council meeting at the City Chambers and we were there for some of it and managed to get a word with a small number of elected representatives.
February 7, 2019
The Transformation of the National Museum of Scotland is complete
The transformation of the Museum has taken 15 years and has cost £80 million. Now the last three galleries open on 8 February.
February 6, 2019
HippFest takes place in March
The silent film festival has lots on offer including a film screened in a railway station.
February 6, 2019
Speaking with John Donnelly of Marketing Edinburgh
This is the first episode of a chat with Marketing Edinburgh boss John. The body is challenged by proposed cuts to their funding from The City of Edinburgh Council and here we speak to John about what that means.
January 31, 2019
The next step towards Edinburgh imposing a tourist tax
Councillors will decide next week whether or not to approve the administration’s recommendations that the city introduces a Tourist Tax. The proposal is to charge overnight visitors £2 a night with a cap on seven nights. Scottish government legislation is still required but Edinburgh would be first if Holyrood manages to introduce that legislation. Here we speak to the Council Leader.
January 29, 2019
Black Arrow comes to land in Scotland
Skyrora Edinburgh’s rocket company has returned Black Arrow to Midlothian today where it will be used for educational outreach. Black Arrow was the UK’s first and only rocket to place a satellite into orbit.
January 25, 2019
The Edinburgh Reporter Podcast 19 January 2019
Here we speak to Fiona McCrindle who is taking over the Torrance Gallery
January 19, 2019
This is the major new exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland on Chambers Street
January 17, 2019
Incredible Distance
This is an audio visual installation which you can see and hear until mid February at WHALE Arts and the Fruitmarket Gallery. It is the result of a collaboration between the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and people in Wester Hailes.
January 16, 2019
How to claim Universal Credit in Edinburgh
Here we speak to Tony McGoldrick from the DWP who busts the myth about waiting for five weeks for payment.
January 15, 2019
Bonhams are selling Asian Art this week
Speaking to Asha Edwards the specialist in Asian art Bonhams
November 12, 2018
Although it’s only November we’ve already been listening to some Christmas music
Listen to this to hear the fabulous mezzo soprano voice of Andrea Baker and some colourful chords from pianist Richard Lewis previewing their Christmas edition of Sing Sistah Sing! which was a very successful Fringe show this year
November 8, 2018
Edinburgh Festivals - a new £15 million funding announcement
New funding for the next five years was made today by the three parties involved - The Scottish Government, The City of Edinburgh Council and Festivals Edinburgh. Here The Edinburgh Reporter spoke to representatives from all - Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop, Council Leader Adam McVey, Director of Festivals Edinburgh Julia Amour and Roger Spence from Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival
November 6, 2018
Talking art
This week we spoke to two artists who work in very different media. Alison Kinnaird is a glass artist. You can see her UNKNOWN at St Giles Cathedral. Tom Wilson is a more traditional artist who can devote more time to his work since he gave up being the owner of the Open Eye Gallery.
November 3, 2018
Thursday 1 November 2018
The lights have been switched on at the Ross Fountain for the first time. Here we speak to the Managing Director of the Ross Development Trust about the latest addition to the beautiful water feature.
November 2, 2018
Meeting Alison Kinnaird at St Giles
Alison Kinnaird has set up the most beautiful installation at St Giles Cathedral. Here The Edinburgh Reporter speaks to her about it.
October 31, 2018
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October 29, 2018
Tram decision is delayed
The City of Edinburgh Council have advised there will be a delay in making any decision about the Trams We spoke to the Transport Convener about it.
October 23, 2018
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October 23, 2018
Speaking to Sharjil Nawed of Sunoh Radio
Sunoh Radio is Edinburgh’s first Asian radio station. Tonight from 6-8pm Mithilesh will play music and speak to a couple of the organisers of Dusherra 2018 which takes place on Sunday
October 17, 2018
Monday 15 October 2018
Talking to the Finance Convener and some other news this Monday
October 15, 2018
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June 28, 2018
Sleep in the Park 2018
Speaking to Josh Littlejohn about Sleep in the Park which will take place in December.
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