Full Scottish – 5th June 2016

Programme starts at 12:30 PM on Sunday 5th June 2016

Welcome to your Full Scottish, live from the YES Bar in Glasgow.

We’re excited to reveal our lineup for this week’s Full Scottish, which is focusing on art and culture in Scotland.

Joining hosts Richard Walker and Michelle Rodger for the newspaper review are journalists Joyce McMillan and Jan Patience.

Joyce McMillan

Joyce is probably best known as a theatre critic with The Scotsman. She also writes a political and social commentary column for the paper.

She has been involved in many campaigns for democracy and human rights, both in Scotland and internationally, and has been a freelance journalist, based in Edinburgh for more than 25 years.

She was a Visiting Professor in the School of Drama and Creative Industries at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh from 2006 to 2010.


Jan Patience

Jan Patience

Jan writes a regular column for The Herald and does PR for arts organisations, including Scotland’s leading creative industries festival, XpoNorth and broadcast support body, ScreenHI.

She has co-written a book about the celebrated Scots artist, George Wyllie, with his daughter Louise and was instrumental in making a celebration of his life’s work happen in 2012.



We’ll be talking to Full Scottish guests Joan MacAlpine, playwright and author Peter Arnott and arts journalist Alan Morrison.

Joan McAlpine

Joan McAlpine

Joan is a  journalist and SNP MSP for the South Scotland region. She has a column in the The Daily Record newspaper and is author of the blog Go Lassie Go, which won a Scottish media blog award.

A long standing commentator on Scottish affairs she is a former Scottish Journalist of the Year and has edited The Sunday Times in Scotland and was deputy editor of The Herald.

She takes a keen interest in the arts as a way to boost the economy and make us all feel good. She supports festivals such as the Big Burns Supper in Dumfries which has seen its government funding rise to make it the best publicly funded winter festival event outside Glasgow and Edinburgh.


Peter Arnott

Peter Arnott

Peter has written some 40 professionally produced theatre plays. His latest are Propaganda Swing for the Belgrade Theatre in Coventry and Ensemble, an experimental play for Edinburgh University. He has written songs, screenplays and television scripts though his main focus has remained live performance, including large and small scale community projects, and has a special interest in international groups, working with refugees at the Citizens Theatre in Glasgow. Peter was a recipient of a prestigious Creative Scotland Award in 2007. He was Writer in Residence for the John Murray Archive at the National Library of Scotland 2008-11, and recently he was Writer in Residence with the Traverse Theatre and the ESRC Genomics Forum at Edinburgh University.

Alan Morrison

Alan Morrison


Alan Morrison is a former Editor of The List, Reviews Editor/Contributing Editor of Empire, Associate Editor of Total Film, and Film Critic for the Daily Record.

He was Group Arts Editor at the Herald & Times Ltd, writing, commissioning and editing articles on music, film, theatre, TV and visual art.

For years, he’s been banging on about the strength of Scotland’s music scene in the Sunday Herald and on Twitter at @mralanmorrison. He’s also Director of the Kirkcaldy Film Festival, which was established in 2013.


Joy Dunlop

Joy Dunlop

Music on this week’s Full Scottish is from Gaelic singer Joy Dunlop. Joy is one of today’s foremost Scottish Gaelic singers.

A passionate ambassador of Gaelic language and culture, Joy is also in demand as a television presenter, dancer, journalist and educator.

She recently joined acclaimed Scottish duo Twelfth Day on the collaborative album Fiere and has also lent her talents to recordings with numerous other international artists.


Joy has won many awards, including:

  • Traditional Singer of the Year – 2015 Pan Celtic Festival (Winner)
  • Traditional Inter-Celtic Dance Champion – 2015 Pan Celtic Festival (Winner)
  • Roots Recording of the Year – Scots New Music Awards 2011 (Winner)
  • Gaelic Singer of the Year – MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards 2011 & 2010 (Nomination)
  • The Tradition Award – Fatea Awards 2010 (Winner)
  • Royal National Mòd Gold Medalist – 2010
  • Best Achievement for Argyll – For Argyll Awards 2009 (Runner up)
  • Scottish Press Awards – Gaelic Journalist of the Year 2008 (Nomination)
  • Highlands and Islands Media Awards – Gaelic Journalist of the Year 2007 (Highly Commended)
  • Oban Times Mòd Gold Medalist – 2006
  • Traditional Inter-Celtic Dance Champion -2006 Pan Celtic Festival (Winner)

So please join us at 12.30pm for your weekly helping of the Full Scottish, we’ve got so much to share with you.

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