Literary Editor for the Leaders Council
Articles published by Florence McCrae
Pay the Bryce: Dallas Howard on filming post-Covid
It is odd for Bryce Dallas Howard to compare herself to a guinea pig at the best of times. Yet Covid-19 ought to have taught us that nothing is unexpected, as the Hollywood star notes: “We are the guinea pigs who are going to take the leap.”
Trump card: documentary defies the president
Following the 2016 US election, an Aberdeen newspaper ran the headline: “Aberdeenshire business owner wins presidential election”. Now, some four years later, the North East of Scotland has provided another take on Donald Trump’s appointment to the world’s highest office.
Tate one for the team: 200 jobs cut from Modern gallery
Maria Balshaw’s appearance on BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs was controversial for more than her choice of music. The head of the Tate art galleries used the innocuous platform to defend the gallery’s decision to cut some 200 jobs as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
A change of art: Waller-Bridge supports Amazon theatre fund
For once, Fleabag and her godmother are on the same page. Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Olivia Colman, the actresses responsible for the multi-award-winning show have come together in support of Amazon’s $6 million arts fund, to support those who have suffered as a result of the Covid-crisis.
Tell the Ruth: Davidson comes back to Holyrood
Former leader of the Scottish Conservatives, Ruth Davidson, will take on the position of the party’s leader in Holyrood, according to an announcement made late on Tuesday.
Kamala Harris announced as Biden’s number two
Once a rival for the top job, Kamala Harris has been elected as Joe Biden’s running mate for the 2020 presidential election.
Use your head: teachers warn of unfair exam grades
Headteachers across England have warned of "unfair and unfathomable" A-level grades, with an estimated 40 per cent of entries given a lower grade than predicted.
UK faces first recession in ten years
The UK has officially entered into the first economic recession in over a decade, the worst since records began.
No ifs, ands or bots: the Fringe goes digital
If you can dream it, it’s probably been performed at the Fringe at least once before. There is nothing too bizarre, too loud, too poorly reviewed to feature in the Fringe’s annual programme, scrutinised by those in the know with awe commonly reserved for a religious text. Yet this year, in the latest spate of cancelled culture, there is no such luck.
Prime Time: Amazon tries video games again
In 2020, it is estimated that one in four people will play a video game at least once. From Candy Crush to Grand Theft Auto, there is something for everyone. It seems only natural, therefore, that Amazon wants a piece of the action.
What would Jane do?: Austen gets a covid-makeover
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single museum in possession of a good collection, must be in want of funds. Jane Austen’s house is no exception, impacted by the pandemic in much the same way as its larger brothers and sisters.
Largest decline in employment in over a decade
Official figures indicate the largest decline in employment in over a decade, between the April and June this year.
Making the grade: First minister apologies for not hitting the mark
First minister, Nicola Sturgeon has issued an apology following disputes over examination results in Scotland.
Class act: Williamson says “there is little evidence that the virus is transmitted at school"
Education secretary, Gavin Williamson, has claimed that there is little evidence of coronavirus transmission in schools, as educational establishments prepare to reopen as early as tomorrow.
No room for interpretation: laureates protest Ofqual poetry decision
In a move that leaves no room for interpretation, Ofqual have made poetry optional in the GCSE syllabus in a hope of alleviating some of the pressure felt by teachers and pupils as a result of the pandemic.