As the huge media coverage of internet abuse has made clear (not least the appalling targeting of women on Twitter and other social media platforms), when public conversation is debased, we all suffer - though those at the sharp end suffer most.
Abortion. The subject is chronically divisive, splitting countries, social groups, religious bodies and households alike. A new play, 'Sanctuary', takes a very human look at the issues, bound up in a two-handed performance about the fragility of relationship and the agony of decision. Anna Schwoub reports and profiles one of the key performance pieces at the 2013 Just Festival.
The term popular 'fly the flag' is all too often a cipher for "support us against them" or "toe the line". But from the beginning of August through to the beginning of September 2013, creative artist Peter Liversidge is helping us to recognise and practice another, positive meaning.
Many residents from two Edinburgh estates enjoyed their first opportunity to dance and perform in public tonight (Thursday 1 August), as over fifty dancers helped a mixture of local people and international city-centre visitors get in the mood for festival season.