THE HERALD Angels awards are back this year.

The coveted awards, given to artists, performers, directors, companies and all other kinds of contributors to the Edinburgh festival season, will be announced on August 11, 18 and 25.

The Angels are accompanied by Archangels, special awards for people or companies who have made a "sustained and valued" contribution to the Festivals over the years, and the Little Devils, for those who have gone on with their show despite adversity.

There is also a Wee Cherub award for the best young critic whose work was submitted to the annual project The Herald runs in conjunction with the Edinburgh International Festival.

The Herald is grateful for the support of the Festival Theatre, part of Capital Theatres, which provides the venue and support for the awards.

The Angels, a key part of The Herald's coverage of the festivals, were begun in 1995 as a way of acknowledging excellence during the Edinburgh festival period.

The Angels, five of which are given at each ceremony, are judged by the newspaper's specialist art critics and writers, as are the other awards.

A FORMER Principal of Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art called for a landmark building to house a major design museum 30 years before the V&A Dundee project was conceived, new research has found.

Myer Lacome’s 1977 proposals were rediscovered by Matthew Jarron, head of museum services at the University of Dundee when researching a new exhibition celebrating the city’s heritage in design.

Designed to Inspire is being held at the Lamb Gallery at the college.

Mr Jarron said: "Little is known about Lacome’s plan, and it didn’t seem to get as far as drawings or models, but we do know that he tried to get Dundee councillors and the Tayside Regional Council interested but his ideas were never developed.

“This is just one example of how central Duncan of Jordanstone has been to the history of design in the city and to its rebirth as a cultural hub.

"Many of the objects we’re showing in Designed to Inspire were created by staff and students in the college.”

Speaking about his abortive plans in 1993, Myer Lacombe said: "I believed that Dundee had a unique opportunity to have a great architectural landmark on Riverside Drive which could take the form of a museum/gallery housing a collection of internationally acclaimed 20th century masterpieces of design and craft."

Mr Lacome, who died in 2011, was the principal of Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art.

The College merged with the University of Dundee in 1994 and its name was changed to Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design to more accurately reflect the disciplines taught there three years later.

Designed to Inspire is open at the Lamb Gallery until 10 October.

AN independent bookshop to hold a new Scottish historical fiction festival in Grantown-on-Spey.

Called It's Nae The Tudors, it will be held on September 8 and 9 and is organised by The Bookmark, a book shop in the town.

It will feature writers including Susan Fletcher, Andrew Grieg, SG Maclean, Rosemary Goring, literary editor of The Herald, and Maggie Craig.

Marjory Marshall, the owner of The Bookmark, also organises Grantown’s Wee Crime Festival, said: "There have been, and are, historical fiction festivals in Scotland, but none focusing entirely on Scots history, and there’s a rich vein to be mined there.

"A great deal of attention has been given to 16th century British history in recent fiction, and associated film and TV dramas - another film about Mary Queen of Scots will be released later in the year - and I wanted to look beyond that period.

"I’m delighted by the range of excellent authors we have coming to this first festival, covering key periods in Scottish history from medieval life in the Borders to the Clearances."

Other speakers are Shona MacLean, creator of the Alexander Seaton novels set in 17th century Banff, Maggie Craig, Glaswegian author of Damn’ Rebel Bitches: The Women of the ‘45 and Angela Macrae Shanks, a Highland author whose first book, The Blood and the Barley was published last month.

‘It’s Nae the Tudors’ events will be held at The Pagoda, Grantown on Spey.