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I A Working Mother Agnes Owens (Bloomsbury) This ﬁrst novel marks a welcome return for the Scots short- story writer. friend and cohort of James Kelman and Alasdair Gray. who has been absent from the scene for some
I Scottish Cup Final Back at the refurbished Hampden. the traditional climax to the season is overdue a decent game after tedious tussles the last couple of years. Rangers will be going for a hat-trick of victories. but outside tips include Hibs. or even the
in-form Motherwell to repeat their triumph of l99l. Sat 2|.
I Edinburgh Festival Theatre The old Empire and sometime bingo hall in Nicolson Street comes back to life with the promise of around 100 events in the ﬁrst year. Scottish Opera is the ﬁrst to try out the massive stage with a production of Tristan und Isolde, followed by everyone from the Kronos Quartet to the Tron Theatre and big delights in the Edinburgh Festival. Opening Sat 25.
I Dundee International Jazz Festival The festival tends to persist in the face of rumours of ﬁnancial gloom from
with an interesting programme into the bargain. Its principal focus, the Rep Theatre, is a splendid (and underused) jazz concert setting. Sat 4—Sat IO.
I Scottish Ensemble The ensemble that reaches parts the length and breadth of the country goes off on a summer tour of National Trust for
Scotland properties, many of which are just perfect for a day's outing from
year to year, and succeeds in coming up
Edinburgh or Glasgow.
I llebatahle Land Candia McWilliam (Bloomsbury) McWilliam's third novel focuses on the three Scots in a six- strong crew sailing a yacht from Tahiti to New Zealand, examining how the inﬂuence of their birthplace has shaped their lives.
I Tunnel Vision‘s Sara Paretsiry (Hamish Hamilton) Paretslry’s last book, Guardian Angel was supposed to be the last V.I. Warshawski novel, so fans will be delighted to know that the feisty PI is back on the case again.
I A Second life Dermot Bolger (Viking) The latest from the leading Irish writer examines the effects on a photographer’s life of a near-death experience following a car-crash.
I Glasgow International Jan Festival Not much in the way of programme details as yet, but saxophonist Bobby Watson may well be this year's composer-in-residence. Look for a couple of big names from outside the jazz fold at the Concert Hall. and the usual spread of more kosher jazzers in the various Merchant City venues. Fri l—Sun IO.
I The Flintstones Hollywood continues its trawl through TV series of yesteryear (The Addams Family. The
F ugitive. the forthcoming Beverly Hillbillies) with Fred, Wilma and the gang in their prehistoric sitcom scenario. John Goodman as Fred is inspired casting. Yabba-dabba-doo and all that stuff.
I llew Perspectives: The Italian Renaissance From Giotto onwards, Italy was the place to be in the l4th century. With a collection of famous works of art, ceramics, books, textiles and musical instruments. this show at the Burrell aims to capture the freshness ofthe era. Fri l July-Sun 25 September.
I Edinburgh International Festival Big names already bandied about for the International Festival include Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Mark Morris Dance Group (no ﬁre this time, please), Robert Lepage, Peter Stein and Peter Zadek with visits by Australian Opera and Opera North. Sun I4 Aug—Sat 3 Sept.
10 The List 14—27 January I994