Florence McCrae

Literary Editor for the Leaders Council

Florence McRae is responsible for all of the Leaders Council’s cultural content. She writes a weekly Long Read article which is published every Sunday. Topics have included The Turner Prize and The Pulitzer Prize.

Articles published by Florence McCrae

NEWS | Published August 15th 2020, 10:10 am

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.”

NEWS | Published August 15th 2020, 10:10 am

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.

NEWS | Published August 14th 2020, 3:03 pm

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.

NEWS | Published August 14th 2020, 9:09 am

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.

NEWS | Published August 13th 2020, 3:03 pm

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.

NEWS | Published August 13th 2020, 3:03 pm

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.

NEWS | Published August 13th 2020, 9:09 am

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.

NEWS | Published August 12th 2020, 2:02 pm

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.

NEWS | Published August 12th 2020, 9:09 am

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.

NEWS | Published August 12th 2020, 9:09 am

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.

NEWS | Published August 11th 2020, 10:10 am

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.

NEWS | Published August 11th 2020, 8:08 am

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.

NEWS | Published August 11th 2020, 8:08 am

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.

NEWS | Published August 10th 2020, 9:09 am

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.

NEWS | Published August 10th 2020, 9:09 am

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.

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