Picture this:

Artist Calum Colvin on creative invention, what to say to painters when they pick on you, and how to glue a tortoise to an ironing board

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Guns and roses:

Andrea Needham’s lucid book celebrates an audacious direct action against the arms trade, writes Paul Rogers

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Coastal Aerial View by Alison McGill, Oil and wax on board
The pipeline:

A short story by Frank Rennie, inspired by Alison McGill’s painting ‘Coastal Aerial View’.

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Sing Street:

John Carney’s feelgood tale of an ’80s Dublin school band is note perfect, writes Nathanael Smith

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Democracy in the Dark:

Have pro-independence arguments been marginalised in the run-up to the referendum?
Iain MacWhirter examines charges of media bias – and why more editorial and
political diversity is needed.

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Let all the children boogie:

Neil Cooper tries to work out what Bowie meant to him

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New Fiction
Green E142:

This short story by April L Ford was inspired by Hazel Gore’s painting ‘Living Alone in Paradise’. It comes with a trigger warning for rape and sexual assault.

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The Sheets:

A poem by Cara L McKee

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