Ferguson gets Scotsman art beat

Sep 28 2012 | By More

Scotsman and Scotland on Sunday appoint new Arts Correspondent

Brian Ferguson (left) in hitchhopping mode with Jim Campbell

Brian Ferguson (left) in hitchhopping mode with Jim Campbell

By Thom Dibdin

Brian Ferguson is to move up to the post of Arts Correspondent for the Scotsman and Scotland on Sunday from the beginning of October.

Ferguson is currently Edinburgh Reporter on the news desk of the papers, from where he has become a familiar name to those who follow news of the arts in Scotland. He has penchant for breaking stories well ahead of the game – particularly around the Edinburgh Festivals. He takes over from Tim Cornwell, who left the publications in August.

The 40 year-old reporter joined the Scotsman news desk in 2007 from the Edinburgh Evening News. There, he had built up a healthy contact book as the City Council reporter after an 18 month stint as a general reporter. He was previously senior reporter at the Falkirk Herald and is a journalism graduate of Napier College.

Born in Uddingston – home of the caramel wafer as he reminded the Annals – Ferguson has a love for the festivals in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland.

In 2011, he and his pal and fellow Leither, Jim Campbell, set out on a two-week “HitchHop” around the Scottish islands. Attempting to set foot on as many islands up the West Coast as they could in a fortnight, they relied solely on hitching – although “for logistical reasons” they were permitted to use ferries.

Ferguson can be followed on twitter as @brianjaffa – twitter.com


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