About paulfcockburn

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

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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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Who’s That Girl?

In case you haven’t noticed there’s a new Doctor in the TARDIS—but is Jodie Whitaker really rewriting the show’s approah to gender and sexuality? Paul F Cockburn investigates. Just in case you’ve not noticed, Doctor Who is now a woman. The original announcement – made after the 2017 Wimbledon Men’s Final – horrified some people, surprised […]

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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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Letting the Critics In…

                         Some of the earliest headlines around this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe concerned the “stushie” (to use that great Scottish word) between performer Paul Sinha and The Scotsman newspaper’s revered comedy critic Kate Copstick. Essentially, Copstick had requested a press ticket for Sinha’s first performance in […]

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