I have been arts correspondent for The Herald since 2002 and have covered nearly every funding crisis, personality clash, controversy and triumph in Scottish cultural life ever since. I started my career at the Glaswegian before stints as arts correspondent for the Scotsman and the Sunday Times. As arts correspondent, I endeavour to report the latest in breaking arts and cultural news, but I also write features, the odd column, magazine pieces and reviews. I won arts writer of the year at the Scottish Press Awards 2010, and was runner-up this year.
Home-grown stars such as Billy Connolly, Kelly Macdonald and Robbie Coltrane are expected to join fellow cast members Julie Walters, Emma Thompson and Kevin McKidd for the premiere of Brave in Los Angeles on June 18.
First Minister Alex Salmond will also be flying the flag for Scotland in an effort to ensure that publicity for the 3D Pixar movie is translated into tourists.