Winter Weekend [Radio Scotland]

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Coming of Age: with Daniel Shand, Catherine Wilson, Jenny Niven and Heath Sheridan20180112

Edi Stark and her guests have suggestions based around Coming of Age.

Edi Stark and her guests discuss recommendations around the theme of Coming of Age.

Novelist Daniel Shand suggests Wes Anderson's film Rushmore, and Catherine Wilson of Edinburgh performance poetry group the Loud Poets picks Kate Atkinson's second novel Human Croquet. Digital Marketeer Heath Sheridan introduces Edi to cult US TV series Freaks and Geeks, written by Bridesmaids and Ghostbusters director Paul Feig. And Jenny Niven from Creative Scotland has chosen Belle and Sebastian's album Dear Catastrophe Waitress.

Plus Edi visits Lochgelly High School to meet pupils who will be travelling to the Arctic with a scheme called The Polar Academy, and she speaks to Mollie Hughes, the youngest woman to scale Everest from both sides, who has just joined The Polar Academy to train as an Arctic Polar Guide.

Dark Nights: Kirsty Logan, Pippa Goldschmidt And Geoff Allan20171208

Edi Stark and guests with recommendations inspired by the dark nights of winter.

On today's programme, Edi asks her guests for recommendations inspired by the dark nights of winter.

Author Kirsty Logan describes herself as a professional daydreamer, and is known for her love of dark fairy tales. Her choice is a classic children's book, Joan Aiken's The Wolves of Willoughby Chase.

Geoff Allan has visited every bothy in Scotland for his guidebook The Bothy Bible, and has experienced his share of dark nights. He's recommended the expansive sounds of Mogwai's album Every Country's Sun.

And astronomer-turned-writer Pippa Goldschmidt encourages everyone to enjoy the night sky, and to watch a documentary which she loves. Nostalgia For the Light is set in Chile's Atacama Desert, and tells the parallel tales of astronomers looking for the furthest reaches of the universe, and local women coming to terms with the country's violent past.

Plus Edi dons her warmest woolly hat as she sees how ice sculptures are created, and our archive selection is the account of a man coming to terms with a literal loss of light in his life.

Escape, With Craig Hill, Marie Moser And Robin Mckelvie20171229

Edi Stark and guests suggest ways to escape the cold and dark of winter.

The theme for today's programme is escape, and Edi Stark and guests bring their recommendations for getting away from it all, literally and metaphorically.

Comedian Craig Hill explains why he loves losing himself in the sumptuous world of The Crown, Netflix's hit drama about the reign of Queen Elizabeth II. Travel writer Robin McKelvie reveals the places he most likes escaping to... and the answer might surprise you. And bookshop owner Marie Moser picks Moon Dust by Andrew Smith, a book that tells the story of the most dramatic of all escapes from the everyday: the account of every man who has walked on the moon.

Plus Pete Irvine, author of guidebook Scotland the Best, takes Edi to one of his favourite places of escape; and today's archive pick is an account of one man's very lucky escape, with a highlight from an interview with climber Joe Simpson.

Heroines, with Boo Paterson, Karen Cargill and Stuart Paterson20180126

Edi Stark and guests suggest ways to fill short winter days, today discussing heroines.

Edi Stark's theme for this programme is Heroines, and she invites her guests to share the work of women who have inspired them.

Mezzo-soprano Karen Cargill reveals how, ever since she saw a photograph on a record sleeve in her singing teacher's house in Arbroath, she's been an admirer of Maria Callas.

Boo Paterson has been a journalist, music manager and circus ringmaster. She's now known for her intricate papercut art. Her choice today is the work of writer, poet and activist Maya Angelou, in particular her poem Still I Rise.

And poet Stuart Paterson explains the role music plays in his life, and why he has chosen Janis Joplin as his recommendation today.

Plus Edi takes a walk through the buildings of Edinburgh's Old Town as she discovers the story of the Edinburgh Seven, the first female students admitted to a university in this country, who had to battle to be allowed to study medicine.

And today's archive choice is an interview with Jean Muir, who Edi spoke to in 1994 for what was to be the designer's final radio interview.

Inspired By Books, With Jenny Colgan, Doug Johnstone And Kate Young20171201

Edi Stark and guests suggest ways to fill the short days and dark nights of winter.

This week Edi and her guests take Book Week Scotland as a starting point for their discussions of things to do as the snow starts to fall.

Author Jenny Colgan chats about her love of children's illustrator Pauline Baynes, whose most famous pictures include the original Narnia books.

Chef Kate Young is at the table with a warming recipe from an Agatha Christie short story.

And crime writer Doug Johnstone enthuses about sci-fi film Arrival, based on a story by American author Ted Chiang.

Edi will also be chatting to two winners of this year's Saltire Literary Awards and listening to a highlight from the BBC Radio Scotland archive: an interview with Dame Muriel Spark, whose centenary celebrations have just been launched.

Nature, with Karine Polwart, Jim Crumley and Alan Rowan20180119

Edi Stark asks her guests for recommendations inspired by nature.

Edi Stark's theme for this edition of Winter Weekend is nature.

Jim Crumley is a journalist, poet and nature writer. He has selected Gavin Maxwell's Ring of Bright Water, a book he credits with changing the course of his life. And today's archive selection is from a tribute to Maxwell, featuring memories from people who knew him in Glenelg.

Songwriter Karine Polwart draws a lot of her own inspiration from nature, most recently in her theatre show Wind Resistance, which takes as its starting point the migration of thousands of pink-footed geese, who overwinter on Fala Flow near her home in Midlothian. She takes Edi for a walk on the moor, and back in studio, recommends listening to fellow singer Inge Thomson's album Da Fishing Hands, about the changing marine environment around Fair Isle.

Alan Rowan writes under the moniker of the Munro Moonwalker. He has climbed all of Scotland's highest mountains three times - in the dark. In 2018, he plans to visit a hill for every full moon. His choice is Nan Shepherd's classic of landscape literature The Living Mountain.

Parties, with Michelle McManus, Muriel Gray and Phil Cunningham20171215

Edi Stark and guests on filling the dark nights of winter, today inspired by party season.

Today, Edi asks her guests for recommendations which bring to mind the very best parties.

Singer Michelle McManus explains why Dean Martin's Christmas album reminds her of grand family gatherings, and today's Archive Selection is an interview with Dean Martin's daughter Deana, herself a singer.

Poet Iona Lee brings along the party atmosphere of the Talking Heads concert film Stop Making Sense, and Muriel Gray talks about Virginia Woolf's day in the life of a woman preparing a party for her politician husband, Mrs Dalloway. And film critic and lecturer Pasquale Iannone chooses his favourite party scenes in film.

Plus Edi meets musician Phil Cunningham as he prepares for his touring version of a Christmas party, Phil Cunningham's Christmas Songbook. She visits him at home as he and fellow musicians Eddi Reader, John McCusker and Karen Matheson get together to rehearse.

Resolutions, With Don Coutts, Mary Paulson Ellis And Blair Bowman20180105

Edi Stark and guests have recommendations inspired by a theme of resolution.

It's a new year, a time for resolutions and showing resolve, which gives Edi Stark and her guests a theme for this week.

Filmmaker Don Coutts, founder of the Cromarty Film Festival, has chosen Les Intouchables, one of the most successful French films ever, about the unlikely friendship between a quadriplegic millionaire, and his young, black carer.

Mary Paulson Ellis is a writer whose debut novel The Other Mrs Walker was named the 2017 Waterstones Scottish Book of the Year. Her recommendation is the 1969 film adaptation of Muriel Spark's The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie.

And whisky consultant Blair Bowman's pick is Adrian J Walker's The End of the World Running Club.

Plus Edi visits the Edinburgh Makar, poet Alan Spence to hear why two years after retiring, he's taking on even more new ventures. And today's archive highlight is an interview with a man who showed great resolve, following his dream to get to the Olympics: Eddie "the Eagle" Edwards.

Traditions, with Jill Barkley, Susie Fraser and Gary Sutherland20171222

Edi Stark's guests bring along recommendations based on their own festive traditions.

Today Edi's guests discuss their own personal festive traditions.

Businesswoman Susie Fraser is Head of Media for Scottish Women's Football, and was formerly an actor. Her love of panto and performance began as a child, and is still a Christmas Eve tradition for her and her family each year.

Gary Sutherland is a travel writer who journeyed all over Scotland to watch local traditions and rituals. His own annual routine is listening to American songwriter Sufjan Stevens' many Christmas CDs.

And broadcaster Jill Barkley explains why for her, Dirty Dancing, in spite of being a film set at the height of summer, is always a Christmas treat.

Plus Edi, her daughter and granddaughter look out for some treasured Christmas decorations, and today's archive pick tells the story of a much-loved Christmas song.

Traditions, with Jill Barkley, Susie Fraser and Gary Sutherland2017122220171223 (RS)

Edi Stark's guests bring along recommendations based on their own festive traditions.

Edi Stark and guests suggest ways to fill the short days and dark nights of winter

Today Edi's guests discuss their own personal festive traditions.

Businesswoman Susie Fraser is Head of Media for Scottish Women's Football, and was formerly an actor. Her love of panto and performance began as a child, and is still a Christmas Eve tradition for her and her family each year.

Gary Sutherland is a travel writer who journeyed all over Scotland to watch local traditions and rituals. His own annual routine is listening to American songwriter Sufjan Stevens' many Christmas CDs.

And broadcaster Jill Barkley explains why for her, Dirty Dancing, in spite of being a film set at the height of summer, is always a Christmas treat.

Plus Edi, her daughter and granddaughter look out for some treasured Christmas decorations, and today's archive pick tells the story of a much-loved Christmas song.

Traditions, with Jill Barkley, Susie Fraser and Gary Sutherland20171222

Edi Stark's guests bring along recommendations based on their own festive traditions.

Edi Stark and guests suggest ways to fill the short days and dark nights of winter

Today Edi's guests discuss their own personal festive traditions.

Businesswoman Susie Fraser is Head of Media for Scottish Women's Football, and was formerly an actor. Her love of panto and performance began as a child, and is still a Christmas Eve tradition for her and her family each year.

Gary Sutherland is a travel writer who journeyed all over Scotland to watch local traditions and rituals. His own annual routine is listening to American songwriter Sufjan Stevens' many Christmas CDs.

And broadcaster Jill Barkley explains why for her, Dirty Dancing, in spite of being a film set at the height of summer, is always a Christmas treat.

Plus Edi, her daughter and granddaughter look out for some treasured Christmas decorations, and today's archive pick tells the story of a much-loved Christmas song.