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.
Don Paterson, a multi-award- winning poet given the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry in 2010, has called Creative Scotland a "dysfunctional ant-heap", questioned its purpose and methods, and called for it to be abolished.
He calls the Year of Creative Scotland, a Scottish Government strategy backed by £6.5 million in lottery funds, "vapid and cynical", which "manages to offend every single other year since the Declaration of Arbroath".
The young professionals have taken a fresh approach at the Venice Biennale of Architecture and shunned ambitious design plans or extravagant models of the kind usually on show.
In the most off-beat display at the festival, they have allowed children to build their own homes from cardboard blocks, organised a community banquet and carried a large portable gallery through the city. A balloon has also been floated over a lagoon.