About paulfcockburn

Edinburgh-based freelance magazine journalist, specialising in arts & culture, equality issues (especially disabilities & LGBT), and popular science.

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15 Accessible Adventures

Trust properties across Scotland are more accessible than you might think. WORDS: PAUL F COCKBURN Barry Mill Dundee & Angusbarrywatermill@nts.org.uk; 01241 856761This working water-powered mill is a rare example of Scotland’s industrial heritage: according to reviewer EdinBlue, access is by a short pathway from the car park, although “if you can’t manage the incline you […]

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What has Kepler done for us?

After nine years in deep space, NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope has run out of fuel. Paul F Cockburn asks what it’s shown us. The American Space Agency NASA’s decision to retire its Kepler Space Telescope, after nine years, may be the end of an era in exoplanet discovery, but no one will likely doubt the […]

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Bruce: From Murderer to Mythic Monarch

When researchers unveiled, back in 2016, a digitally-reconstructed image of Robert the Bruce it was arguably the first opportunity any of us had to look into the face of one of the most important figure in Scotland’s history. Layout of article in The Scots Magazine. With no contemporary portraits surviving, the two-year research project – […]

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Man of the Hour

                              If he’s remembered at all, Charles Piazzi Smyth, born in Naples on 3 January 1819, is either the astronomer who first showed the increased clarity from mountain-top stargazing, or the mystical pyramidologist with bizarre theories about the Great Pyramid of […]

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Scotland’s Literary Resurrectionists

                         Back in 2012, the Scottish author and screenwriter Ewan Morrison introduced at least a few Guardian readers to a literary phenomenon with an pedigree older than most probably had thought: “fan fiction”, or “fanfic”. In its simplest form, fanfic is when people write their own […]

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When to pitch…?

                         Editors are busy people. They spend a lot of their lives in meetings and, if they haven’t managed to shift some responsibilities on to other staff members, need to focus on not just content but also finance, marketing and where the magazine (or, increasingly these […]

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#edbookfest2018

                         During August 2018, I was the in-house journalist at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, responsible for providing a succession of press releases based on festival events I attended. Here are links to the 50+ PRs I wrote during those 17 days in Charlotte Square Gardens… […]

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