Scottish Magazine Awards 2014

Another year, another fantastic Scottish Magazine Awards. Every time I attend this event I'm inspired by the great work the industry continues to produce, even against squeezed budgets and shifting sands. Congratulations to one of my biggest clients, Think Publishing, who took home three gongs at the end of what has been a stunning year for the team ...

Time for PLAY

Great excitement in my office today, as the new-look alumni magazine of Guildhall School finally landed on my desk. As I wrote in an earlier post, I was originally commissioned by this prestigious performing arts school to provide an editorial consultancy for their magazine, and I was delighted when they subsequently asked me to source ...

Reaction to the Autumn Statement

The Chancellor's Autumn Statement had many financial commentators in a tizz as they waited for the full state of the nation's finances to be revealed. It's fair to say there were a few surprises, the most widely reported of which being the (long overdue) reform of Stamp Duty. The afternoon of 3 December was a pretty hectic one ...

Guildhall School: The Magazine

One of the most prestigious conservatoires in Europe, Guildhall School is the alma mater of numerous stars of stage and screen, including Daniel Craig, Damian Lewis, Ewan McGregor and half the cast of Downton Abbey.   I'm delighted to announce that I'm working alongside influential design agency Pentagram on relaunching the School's alumni magazine to match its stunning new ...

Yes.

As one of the copywriters producing material for the Yes Scotland campaign, I was privileged to meet people from a cross section of Scottish life, who all shared their motivations for voting Yes in the referendum for independence. Each person was quizzed on why they thought that self-determination was the right course for Scotland, and I wrote their ...

Liverpool looks beyond the lab

This month, as ebola continued to devastate populations in West Africa, I was asked by media agency White Light Media to assist with copywriting for the University of Liverpool's Institute of Infection and Global Health 2014 Annual Report.   The University has led research into infection and global health for more than a century – in fact, the link ...

Tough talk on tax

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Today I was asked to interview Lin Homer, Chief Executive of HMRC, about the organisation's digital transformation strategy, and its controversial plans to take overdue taxes direct from tax payers' bank accounts.   The interview was for The CA Magazine, the member magazine of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Scotland, published by Think. It was a tough brief, putting ...

One

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The nights are once again drawing in, and winter is well and truly upon us. I freely admit that I love Christmas, but this year it feels particularly poignant for me, as we prepare to celebrate our daughter's first birthday. This time last year she was just a tiny, wrinkly, newborn bundle, and it's hard ...

David vs Goliath: ding ding

My latest post for Forth Metrics takes inspiration from the recent BrewDog/Diageo battle, and explores how even a small business can throw big stones with the right strategy in place... This week saw provocative craft beer company BrewDog hit the headlines, as allegations emerged that Diageo had abused its position as sponsor of the British Institute ...