The Origins of Killieween by Lilian Anderson

The town I grew up in, Kilmarnock, located in the West of Scotland has many strange and interesting traditions, from the paper roses that the bride to be wears before marriage to the ‘Paper Roses’ that are sung at Rugby Park (the home of Kilmarnock F.C), to the obsessive cleaning of EVERYTHING before the bells … Continue reading  The Origins of Killieween by Lilian Anderson

A History of Jack-o’-lanterns by Lilian Anderson

I wrote yesterday about how Trick or Treating originated in Scotland and Ireland and has been repackaged and returned to us in modern times with an American slant. Today’s Halloween tradition has also made the same journey. The carved pumpkin is a tradition which is now strongly associated with Halloween, but the tradition of the … Continue reading A History of Jack-o’-lanterns by Lilian Anderson

Guising – A Celtic Tradition By Lilian Anderson

Trick or Treating, is that not an American tradition? I see people on social media every day claiming that Trick or Treating is just another sign of the over Americanisation of our children's lives and I guess in some ways they are right. But in so many other ways they are totally wrong! Guising in … Continue reading Guising – A Celtic Tradition By Lilian Anderson

Single Review: Roberta Childs – Colours

Roberta Childs is a singer/songwriter from Glasgow and today I'll be reviewing her single ‘Colours’ which was released on October 10th 2019.  ‘Colours’ opens fast with a heavy pounding bass sequence that builds until the vocal breakdown, where the tone and feel of the track shifts somewhat. It still maintains a high energy and there … Continue reading Single Review: Roberta Childs – Colours

Single Review: Lewis Capaldi – Someone You Loved

Lewis Capaldi is a singer/songwriter from West Lothian, Scotland who won the 2020 Brit Award for Best New Artist and whose single we will be reviewing today, ‘Someone You Loved’ remained at the top of the UK singles chart for 7 weeks, and also reached number 1 on the US Billboard Hot 100. I think … Continue reading Single Review: Lewis Capaldi – Someone You Loved

Product Review: Tempo Tea Bar Monthly Subscription Box 

If you’ve never been to Tempo Tea Bar in Glasgow's Queens Street, you’ve never truly experienced incredible bubble tea. Established in 2013 by May Gem, Tempo has strived from day one to provide excellent drinks, excellent treats and put back into the local community. While they’ve offered online deliveries of all of their items (from … Continue reading Product Review: Tempo Tea Bar Monthly Subscription Box 

Single Review: Lisa Kowalski – No More Time

Lisa Kowalski is a Scottish singer-songwriter from Paisley, this isn’t the first time I’ve reviewed them and you can check that out by clicking here. If you are interested in finding out more about Lisa you can also check out this interview I did with them a while back as well by clicking here. Today … Continue reading Single Review: Lisa Kowalski – No More Time

Breathe by Victoria Sullivan

You can check out a video of the author reading this poem over on the Unchained Media Scotland Facebook Page by clicking here.  ‘I can’t breathe’, rasps the patientDown the COVID HelplineAn ambulance takes him awayAs blue light sirens whine ‘I can’t breathe’, is whisperedIt’s time to ventilateDoctors, nurses, heroesDecreasing the death rate ‘I can’t … Continue reading Breathe by Victoria Sullivan

The Lies by Victoria Sullivan

You can check out a video of the author reading this poem over on the Unchained Media Scotland Facebook Page by clicking here.  We’re supposed to believe the wiseThose guys in tiesAnd scientists that analyseBut they wear a disguiseAnd your loved one diesWithout any goodbyesAnd you know it’s all lies Those in power deceiveThey make … Continue reading The Lies by Victoria Sullivan

Dear S. by Laura Lodahl

The way you say 'Earth' sounds ancient. You are from the home of my soul, a place whose beauty breaks my heart time and time again. You call mountains ‘beinns’, valleys ‘glens’ and lakes 'lochs’. Its meandering rivers are your veins and the forests your lungs; every day you give me life. Now I am … Continue reading Dear S. by Laura Lodahl

Bewitching Midsummer by Lilian Anderson

Tonight is the night that the fae and magical creatures come to play tricks and cast pixie dust as we slumber, If the bard is to be believed that is. Shakespeare’s Midsummer's Night Dream has been a favourite of mine for a long time. But for many years before Puck, Bottom, Tatiana and Oberon Midsummer … Continue reading Bewitching Midsummer by Lilian Anderson

Dreams on Hold by Victoria Sullivan

You can check out a video of the author reading this poem over on the Unchained Media Scotland Facebook Page by clicking here. On this, a very significant day Allow your heart to be light A force that has stopped the world in its tracks Has taken your dreams out of sight In sweeping the … Continue reading Dreams on Hold by Victoria Sullivan

The Quiet by Victoria Sullivan

You can check out a video of the author reading this poem over on the Unchained Media Scotland Facebook Page by clicking here. Do we have to return from The Quiet? Do we have to return to the noise? The bustle, the rush, the loudness of life Where everyone raises their voice? Do we have … Continue reading The Quiet by Victoria Sullivan

Impermanence by David McGowran

You can check out a video of the author reading this poem over on the Unchained Media Scotland Facebook Page by clicking here. The river wends its watery way through the path of least resistance, It knows there is only one way doon the force of gravity dictates this It cuts a channel oot tae … Continue reading Impermanence by David McGowran

Minefield by David McGowran

You can check out a video of the author reading this poem over on the Unchained Media Scotland Facebook Page by clicking here.  I prayed for rain from the cold and grey, To wash the sins of the streets away To cleanse the slabs and rinse the tar, So I can get out without the … Continue reading Minefield by David McGowran