Life on Pause: Waiting for Answers

I want to write about something that has occupied every space in my mind for months, but began ten or so years ago. Before I begin, a quick trigger warning; what follows is a discussion of reproductive health issues, fertility, health procedures, sexual assault and rape. It wont be an easy read, and it certainly hasn’t been easy to write, but, I feel as though it’s a opportunity to open up

Punk's Not Dead, It's Just at The Bungalow

On June 22nd 1977, The Stranglers played a show at the City Halls in Candleriggs, Glasgow which erupted in to violence when bassist and singer of the band, JJ Burnel told the councillors present to “fuck off” if they didn’t like what they saw. This prompted scores of fans to raid the stage and end up in a violent mix up with the stewards of the gig. After this, punk

Fundamental Conduit to Bring Their Mix of Music and Poetry to Callum's Cavern

On Saturday the 26th of May, Fundamental Conduit, Paisley’s new spoken word/musical group will bring their first show to Callum’s Cavern. The group, which originally started as an experimental project run by Gwen McKerrell, the director of the show and Chiara Pacitti, the musical director, as an off-shoot from the Paisley Pen and Paper group, is a collaboration between local poets and musicians to create a performance unlike any other

Paisley 10K Road Race with Fun Run

Jim Blythe of Renfrewshire Leisure has urged people to sign up for Paisley’s 2018 10K and fun run, which will both be held on Sunday, August 19. Registration opened last month for summer’s event, and Jim Blythe, Regional Sports Coordinator for Renfrewshire Leisure, has encouraged everyone to apply. “The race grows year in, year out” He said: “It’s a fun family day out, getting involved in activities and participating in

Paisley 2021 & Beyond

December 7th of last year didn’t quite go to plan for Paisley. After many long months of campaigning, concerts and other public events, the town narrowly missed out in the bid to become the UK’s City of Culture 2021. The mood (which had been electric all night) throughout halls, pubs and homes sank quicker than you could say one word: Coventry. However, the deflation that spread through the town only

Sally Magnusson discusses her successful debut novel- The Sealwoman's Gift

Life is made up of collective experiences that shapes who we are and, in fact, stories are what we have to comfort us when we are down, to inspire us when we are struggling, and to entertain us for enjoyment. We are all made of stories and veteran broadcaster Sally Magnusson uses the concept of storytelling to create a captivating debut novel. Now, the 62-year-old is swapping fact for fiction;

Sun set to rise on Ferguslie

  Ferguslie Park. An area thought to be rife with drugs, poverty, gangs and violence. Yet despite the recent SIMD reports that have declared Ferguslie Park ‘the most deprived area in Scotland’. However, members of the Community Council and women’s group ‘SWIFT’ see a vastly different side of Feegie’ not often shown in the media. The Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD) is report based on the council areas in

Ex Scottish striker Craig Dargo giving guidance to future stars at Ayr United after bagging in the goals at eight different clubs

Former Buddies striker Craig Dargo looks back at his memories of wearing the shooting boots at eight different clubs in Scotland with fondness. Dargo, who is now head of professional academy programmes and education at Ayr United, is grateful that he had the opportunity to play football. He made his senior debut for Raith Rovers, before playing for Kilmarnock, Inverness Caley Thistle, St Mirren, Partick Thistle, Dumbarton, Dunfermline Athletic and

Gonnae No Dae That – Mhairi Black Calls Out the Bigots

In 2015 Paisley and Renfrewshire south elected the youngest ever MP in the democratic history of the Houses of Parliament. At just 20 years old the young Mhairi Black, then still a student, defeated shadow Foreign Secretary, Douglas Alexander, and became the fresh young face of politics for a new generation of independence supporting Scots. Since then Mhairi has gone on to national recognition and is famed as an irreverent

In memory of Dale Winton

The relationship we have with the people on our television screens is one that can be hard to illustrate. More often than not, we don’t know them, we never have and never will meet them, they’re just there on the tele. Yet being so present on something we focus our attention on for hours at a time per day ends up meaning something. It’s why I find myself feeling some