GLASGOW-based theatre company Vanishing Point has launched New Directions, an initiative that aims to provide training, employment and opportunities for emerging theatre directors based in Scotland.

One of its main inspirations is the company’s recent creative learning programmes, including The Dark Carnival.

A new Assistant Director will work with Vanishing Point's artistic director as part of the scheme.

The director of Vanishing Point Matthew Lenton, said: “As a company, we have always been interested in directors’ theatre, which values the director as creator, so we have decided to launch New Directions.”

Behind the plan is what Mr Lenton calls a “lack of opportunities for emerging directors in Scotland.” He said, it is “not only about ‘mentoring’, a word that’s thrown about a lot, but rather about offering direct, tangible opportunities for directors to develop their careers.”

Emilia Romagna Teatro Fondazione, the Tron Theatre and the VIE Festival in Italy will work on the international co-production as part of the scheme.

Organisers of the Edinburgh International Book Festival have revealed the line-up for their free late-evening, live-literature strand Unbound.

It takes place over 16 nights from 11 to Monday 26 August in the Spiegeltent in Charlotte Square Gardens.

This year Armellodie Records introduce Dan Lyth and Euphrates, The Scottish Enlightenment and Thirty Pounds of Bone who’ll perform alongside three of the world’s best short story writers: Nicole Flattery, Wendy Erskine and Kevin Barry.

Night School Records will have music and readings from J. McFarlane's Reality Guest, Michael Amherst and Sean Nicholas Savage.

Neu Reekie will explore the archipelago of Indonesia and, inspired by Will Ashon’s book on the hip-hop legends Wu Tang Clan, Vic Galloway presents a night with Joseph Malik, Callum Easter, Saskia Vogel and Dean Atta.

Roland Gulliver, Associate Director of the Edinburgh International Book Festival, said: “Unbound has grown and flourished over the last decade, responding to the Book Festival in the Gardens and listening to the beat of the cultural world outside.

"There’s been dancing and joy, emotion and intimacy, spectacle and the odd heckle over the ten years, and the 2019 programme promises more of the same.

"We’ve captured the best of what Scotland has to offer while welcoming a host of international stars to light up the nights and with Edinburgh Gin on board, together with the addition of their festival bar, this year will be one to remember.”

A NEW documentary following Scotland’s last family of traditional salmon netters is to be released later this month.

The film tours UK cinemas from 26 July, with Glasgow and London previews from 10 July

Andy Heathcote and Heike Bachelier’s Scotland-shot feature documentary Of Fish and Foe will screen at cinemas across the UK.

The film follows the "tense, real life skirmishes" when a family of Scottish fishermen find themselves a target for activists, conservationists, anglers and river owners.

The Pullar family from Angus have been fishing for salmon along the North and East coasts of Scotland for generations.

Fife-based co-directors Andy Heathcote and Heike Bachelier said: "We had always found the traditional way of net fishing for salmon very beautiful but we also knew it was very controversial.

"In 2015 the last of Scotland's remaining salmon fishermen were coming under attack from all sides, including from direct action environmental groups.

"We questioned how much longer this way of life could survive. But we also wondered if the fishermen were really were as bad as their enemies made out."

Of Fish and Foe’s cinema tour is supported by Screen Scotland and The National Lottery through Creative Scotland.