Friday Swipe: Borussia Dortmund, Landscapers and the Scottish Isles

These six things have caught my eyes and ears this week or thereabouts.


Even as a long-time fan of Kevin Smith, the truth is I’m more interested in the lore than the work, these days. I’ve been waiting to see Clerk, a documentary about Smith’s life by his close friend Malcolm Ingram, for some time. Ingram tells a familiar story with plenty of new colour and Scan BC doesn’t even get a mention.

Borussia Dortmund: A History in Black and Yellow

This English-language history of an iconic German football institution was written by my friend Terry Duffelen and published by Ockley Books, whose owner is another pal of mine. But that’s not why I like the book. Even without any affiliation to Borussia Dortmund, it’s a terrific exploration of a rich history. And I should know; I edited it.


This four-part mini-series tells the story of the conviction of Christopher and Susan Edwards for the murders of Susan’s parents. David Thewlis and Olivia Colman are captivating, of course, and director Will Sharpe gives the tale a tang of Flowers mixed with Fargo and Twin Peaks.

Samuel Bradley x Norse Projects

I’m a sucker for the landscapes of Scotland’s outposts and photographer Samuel Bradley’s recent collaboration with fashion brand Norse Projects scratched not only that itch, but the one I have for beautiful black and white photography. Bradley’s shots have captured such character in both his immediate subjects and the backdrops that frame them.

Mira M White’s mixed media abstract art

Artist Mira M White featured on Artsy Shark before Christmas, showcasing a suite of abstract pieces created using a variety of techniques. ‘A Little Bit Of Joy’ (oil pastel, soft pastel and paper) is what caught my eye, but ‘Pulling Rainbows’ (oil, pigment sticks, cold wax, collage and canvas) and ‘Marking Herstory’ (mixed oil media on panel) are stunning.

Mira M. White via Artsy Shark

Best book covers of 2021

Writer and editor Mark Sinclair shared his favourite cover designs with Creative Review, and very good they are too. Dominated by clever cut-outs, deft illustration and gorgeous typography, Sinclair’s selection would certainly grab the attention in any Waterstones window or ebook store.