Review: Before the Hudson and the Liffey

Branch member Richard Purden praises a compelling and vibrant tribute to James Connolly and his journey from the Cowgate to becoming one of the key figures in the Easter Rising.

Before the Hudson and the Liffey cast in the Dunard Library credit Mihaela Bodlovic

Cast and production team of Before the Hudson and the Liffey. Picture: Mihaela Bodlovic

James Connolly remains a contentious figure for many. In the broad sweep there are an abundance of assumptions and myths around the Irish Republican leader that give his legacy a cultish, underground flavour. In a recent essay his great-nephew, the late Ian Bell, suggested that when it came to what you knew of James Connolly, even among his family, he was “famous, chiefly for getting himself killed”. This is a common experience in Scotland. Continue reading

Life member Gordon Smith

Journalist Gordon Smith receiving his life membership from the National Union of Journalists at a meeting of Edinburgh Freelance Branch on Monday 25 April.  Gordon was the branch’s very first treasurer in 1964 and is still writing today.

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25Apr16: FREE FOR PR USE: Journalist Gordon Smith receiving his life membership from the National Union of Journalists at a meeting of Edinburgh Freelance Branch Pic by Nick McGowan-Lowe (07774 438935) ----------------------- Licence: This image is licensed for internal and PR use by the original client, and for PR use by editorial third parties, when used in conjunction with the original press release for a period of five years starting on 25Apr16. Contact photographer in advance to agree a fee for other uses. ---------------------- (C) Nick McGowan-Lowe 2016. Unit 114 Stirling Enterprise Park, John Player Building, Stirling, Scotland, FK7 7RP. T: 01786 474448; F: 01786 474285; M: 07774 438935; VAT: 724 1334 66. E: nick@nml.uk.com W: www.nml.uk.com ---------------------- Picture ref: 20160425
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Talks begin on Newsquest Redundancies

Talks are under way between the union and senior Newsquest management over proposed 20% savings including redundancies and restructuring of editorial areas.
Progress was made in providing some clarity for members considering VR, particularly regarding photographic gear and using average earnings for calculating terms for part time staff. An audit is taking place on what equipment can be released for photographers considering taking a deal and going freelance, while part time staff have been informed of the calculations situation.

More on the NUJ Scotland website here.