Interviews with inspiring people from Scotland.

For these artists, entrepreneurs, musicians and more, Scotland is both home and muse.

I’ve brought together some of my favourite interviews that I’ve worked on, which you can read in print or online. You can also contact me if you’d like to work together on a feature.

Katy Fennema

The whisky queen of the Cairngorms

The call of the wild, and of whisky, can bring you home. To guests at the Fife Arms, the acclaimed art hotel in Braemar, Katy Fennema is known as their Whisky Ambassador. But like the spirits she shares during tastings, there are stories to uncover. As autumn comes to the Cairngorms, Katy tells us about her varied career, working at the magical Fife Arms, and what it’s like sharing her love of Scotland’s national park — and national drink — with visitors.

Johanna Basford

Inside the illustrator’s magical world

Inspired by the natural beauty on her doorstep in Aberdeenshire, Johanna Basford’s unique illustrations started a colouring craze that’s gone global. She’s sold 21 million books and counting in over 40 countries, been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours, and broken a Guinness World Record. But, Johanna says, what means the most is the connection she has with the creative community.

Róis Clark

The spirit of Scotland’s seas

For Róis Clark, making jewellery from recycled Scottish sea glass isn’t just a passion. It’s also about hope and sustainability, issues that touch people around the world — like the ocean currents that shape the glass itself.

Jane Hunter

Paint, process, and place

Jane Hunter is a visual artist based in Paisley whose work is inspired by the land and seascapes of Scotland. Ahead of her latest exhibition, Jane shares more about her process, paintings, and capturing the essence of place with Hidden Scotland.

Simon Thacker

Guitarist breaking musical boundaries

Meet Simon Thacker. Inspired by his home country and a myriad of international musical influences, acclaimed Scottish guitarist Simon is bringing his unique sound to Celtic Connections for the first time.

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