Artist Graham Fagen is representing Scotland at this year's Venice Biennale with a show that takes it cue from Robert Burns's contemplation of a move to Jamaica in the 1780s and the poem The Slave's Lament, as was reported in The Herald this week.
ALTHOUGH the grim-faced individual you see above can scarcely recall his own these days, this weekend I am delighted to have been invited to two 50th birthday parties, celebrating the anniversaries of women whom you would take for half that age.
It was not top of The Herald's "most read" list - until a certain Glasgow football club finally hangs up its boots we are all runners-up in that race - but an arts page a week past Thursday gave me particular pleasure as a commissioning editor.
At the announcement last week of the concerts and recitals programme for this year's Edinburgh International Festival, several things caught my eye, particularly the number of orchestral works on the programme which are "about" something, whether they have a story to tell or, pictorially, scenes to evoke and images to conjure.
When he stood before a capacity house in the Dunard Library at The Hub in Edinburgh on Tuesday, the new director of the Edinburgh International Festival, Fergus Linehan, revealed that there had been some discussion about whether his address would be as curt as that of Brian McMaster or as prolix as Jonathan Mills.