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There has been a fair bit of interest in the Paul Maguire interview from a couple of weeks ago and I thought a small reminder would not be unwelcome. The third Low Def Film and Video Night will take place on Thursday 24th November.

 The poster speaks for itself but you can still access my chat with Paul from the blog.

Sweet n’ Low Def

Apart from being a talented film maker in his own right, Paul Maguire is keen to encourage others to create their own little pieces of cinema by participating in the compact and bijou Low Def Film and Video night in Leith at the end of November.

To hear his recent chat with Fiona Greig, to find Paul’s contact details and how to participate in Low Def, use the links provided below. With free entry to the festival and the screening night there is no excuse not to have a go or just come along to watch. See you there…

LowDef – Paul Maguire interview


Poetry In Motion

Any budding film-makers should take a look at thiscollection.org. The project has amassed one hundred Edinburgh-centric pieces of poetry and then encouraged people to film reponses to the works.

One screening has already been successfully staged at the Forest Café and another is due for late March, so there is still time and poems to spare, for a contribution to the cine-fest.

Leith has been represented in both poetry and film with no less than three works already completed for the project: Lunchtime In Leith by Martin Raymond and Landlocked In The Port Of Leith by Simon Jackson, to name two…

There are still pieces to film and anyone with Scorcese tendencies or an Aronofsky bent (sounds painful) are welcome to join the fray. A number of film and poetry workshops have been and are still taking place at the community section of Tollcross Primary School if you feel you need extra skills or encouragement from the project leader – an irrepressible lady called Stefanie Tan. Resist her enthusiasm if you dare!

Consulting With Leith

Well, I’ve been following this story for almost a year and even now – not all of Leith seems to be in the know regarding the application to build a biomass power plant at the docks by Forth Energy.

When I camped out at the Leith Community Centre pre-Christmas in order to record some audio vox-pops on the subject – I was met with blank looks or at best an acceptance of a fait accompli. However, the fat lady is only warming up and if her musical trillings have not yet been heard then there is still debate and decision to be made on both sides of the argument.

Indeed, Forth Energy have only just made their application and there is a 28 day consulting period in which the public have an opportunity to make its’ opinion known to the Scottish Government in writing or by email. Obviously, it is in the interest of Forth Energy to engage with the people of Leith as a legal requirement and to that end will hold further exhibitions around the port for the 28 day period. I shall include both the exhibition venues and dates, along with the government contact details at the end of this piece.

Just before disappearing into the swirling blizzards of north-east Scotland for Yuletide – I was fortunate enough to secure and record audio interviews with Calum Wilson, the Managing Director of Forth Energy along with Labour’s Malcolm Chisholm and Shirley-Anne Somerville of the SNP. Mr Chisholm and Ms Somerville are leading a cross-party effort to stymie the application on environmental concerns and hold a moritorium in order to fully scrutinize the green credentials of the proposals.

The interviews will be posted here on Firehorse Findings in the next week. Interested parties have until the 11th of March to write to the government with their views on the proposals. Be reminded that you can still access my original articles on this subject, here on the blog.

If you wish to see the exhibitions by Forth Energy regarding the plant you can view them at the following locations: –

Monday 31st January – Monday 7th February: – Leith Library, 28-30 Ferry Road, Edinburgh EH6 4AE (Mon to Thurs: 10am to 8pm; Fri: 10am to 5pm; Sat: 9am to 1pm).

Tuesday 8th February to Monday 21st February: – Ocean Terminal, Ocean Drive, Leith, Edinburgh EH6 6JJ  (Mon to Fri: 10am to 8pm; Sat: 10am to 7pm; Sun: 11am to 6pm).

Tuesday 22nd February to Friday 11th March: – City of Edinburgh Council, Urban Room, Waverley Court, Market Street, Edinburgh EH8 8BG (Mon to Thurs: 8.30 am to 5 pm; Fri: 8.30 am to 3.40 pm).

Any comments you wish to make will be taken into consideration when the Scottish Government makes the decision on whether to grant permission to Forth Energy or not. These comments should be forwarded to: –

The Scottish Government, Energy Consents and Deployment Unit, 4th Floor, 5 Atlantic Quay, 150 Broomielaw, GLASGOW G2 8LU

Or by email to leithbiomass@scotland.gsi.gov.uk

In The Domain Of The Lizard Queen…

No, it has nothing to do with Jim Morrison’s missus, but a rather brave (considering the recent weather) decision to hold a street, or more accurately, terrace party for the budding community at Salamander Court. Oh, and Her Majesty happens to be yours truly, as this is my burgeoning home territory, no need to genuflect…

The poster tells all and all residents and tenants are welcome – I have not been told of a Plan B, lest the cooling September temperatures decide to plummet, but you can always wear a jumper, take a brolly, lifeboat, wellies…

Doune The Rabbit Hole With Ed Stack


Killer Bunnies and Kaftans?

Ed Stack gives us a quick run down of where to find the holy grail of retro at the end of July – in Stirlingshire, of all places. Doune Castle hosts a plethora of acts including: Mersault, Withered Hand, Hidden Masters, Lipsync For A Lullaby amongst many others. Apart from the musical contributors there were will be performance poetry, open mic, philosophical musings and no doubt quite a few punters re-enacting some Monty Python gags…

Said “happening” is at the tail-end of July so you still have time to invest in a ticket n’ tent. You can find more details on their lovely swirly psychadelic site: http://dounetherabbithole.co.uk

There promises to be some fine tunes, virtuous nibbles AND it’s all in a good cause – check out the website for some nifty animation too.

Mr Ed

He’s no slow pony is Mr Stack, but a non-stop messenger of music and general niceness and we hope to find out what Ten Tracks has in store for us in Embra throughout August. Much of it will no doubt take place at the Roxy – but we shall stay tuned…

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