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.
Matthew Lenton, artistic director of Vanishing Point, an award-winning, international touring theatre company, said it may have to move abroad if it is not able to continue to work under the national arts body's new funding scheme. He said: "If nothing changes, then I am deeply con-cerned whether Vanishing Point will be able to work in Scotland, when there are opportunities in other countries."
The world's biggest annual arts festival opened yesterday, with more shows than ever before across about 300 venues, and looks about to sell more tickets in Glasgow than Olympics football has achieved.
The Fringe, the official festival's mammoth offshoot, is now bigger than ever, with a 6% rise in its programme of comedy, drama, theatre, music, and dance bringing 2695 shows to 279 venues.
Economic impact surveys show the festivals generate more than £250m worth of additional revenue for Scotland, with the Fringe contributing £142m.