Hannah McLaren

Hannah is Head of Design for our print magazine, The Pattern, and is a student journalist with an interest in writing cultural, social, community and arts features.

Quirky things to do in Glasgow: The Craft Pottery

When you think of Glasgow, it’s unlikely your first thought is an evening of wine drinking and pottery painting. Yet, The Craft Pottery is one of Glasgow’s newest art hubs and it’s a hit with the locals. Situated in the city centre of Glasgow, The Craft Pottery is only about a ten-minute walk from Glasgow Central Station. It’s an independent and contemporary pottery and craft studio with lots on offer

History is Being Sewn at The Paisley Thread Mill Museum as The Tapestry of Renfrewshire is well Underway

In the eyes of tapestry stitching coordinator, Paula Reynolds, the old county of Renfrewshire is a brightly coloured portrait of many historical firsts, including the global reach of its once thriving thread industry. During the late 19th century, 98 per cent of the world’s thread was made in Paisley and the town was home to a huge repertoire of textiles – the Paisley Pattern, shawls and woven fabrics. Inspired by

Diabetes Scotland plans to grow its Young Leaders Project in the new year with multiple funded campaigns that will raise awareness of Type 1 diabetes across Scotland

Earlier this year, Diabetes Scotland launched a new initiative called The Young Leaders Project, which aims to tackle the stereotypes, stigmas and obstacles that young people living with Type 1 diabetes in Scotland face every day. Funded by Young Start via the Big Lottery Fund, The Young Leaders Project was created for young people across Scotland aged 16-25 to come together and tackle issues regarding Type 1 diabetes that are

Paisley creatives band together to answer the question on “everybuddy’s” lips at the 'What's Next? Connect, Share and Celebrate' event

After losing the City of Culture bid earlier this month, many Paisley Buddies have been asking what’s next for the thriving culture hub.   Despite missing out on the title, Paisley’s brightest and boldest creatives gathered in Paisley Town Hall last Wednesday night at the ‘What’s Next? Connect, Share and Celebrate’ event hosted by the Creative Renfrewshire Network. It was an evening of lightning talks from various creative speakers, and

Over 60,000 Christmas dinners and counting have been donated to the homeless through this year’s itison and Social Bite campaign

As Scotland’s hit by its coldest winter in five years, the real meal deal this Christmas is that which will feed a vulnerable homeless person for just £5.   Leading deals and events site, itison, has partnered for the fourth year running with the charitable social business, Social Bite, in a fundraising campaign that will provide those who will be sleeping rough this winter with a hot, festive meal and

Paisley’s Purple Flag student discount card flies with students

After securing Purple Flag status for its evening and night-time economy at the beginning of the year, Paisley’s Purple Flag has caught wind of some much-needed student engagement within the town. As only the third Scottish destination to be awarded the accreditation, the Purple Flag has prompted the creation of a Student Discount Card that aims to establish stronger links between students and local Paisley town centre businesses. The card