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.
A train from Central and the ferry from Wemyss Bay, and a scenic journey across water later, you are in Rothesay. A short taxi or bus ride, and you are at the 19th-century palace of Mount Stuart, the beautiful Gothic revival home, built by John Patrick Crichton-Stuart, 3rd Marquess of Bute.
The ancestral home, one of the most unusual as well as most spectacular in Scotland, is a treasure-trove of art from 300 years of history: packed with art, artefacts, tapestries, and remarkable and unusual architecture and design.
Indeed, for Chris Fujiwara, the artistic director currently putting the final touches to his first Edinburgh International Film Festival, this year’s programme, the 66th, is almost done and unlikely to be changed now.