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JACK SAVORETTI

I’ve waited a long time to interview Jack Savoretti so I’m determined that nothing is going to spoil or interrupt our Zoom meeting. My laptop is fully charged, my miniature dachshund is dispatched on a very long walk with my husband, and my inner fan-girl is muted before she has the chance to show me up.

DANNY CAMPBELL

Scotland’s Home of the Year has returned to our screens for a sixth season, this time featuring new regular judge, Danny Campbell, who appraises each property from an architectural point of view.

James Ruppert

James Ruppert embarked on a career as a motoring journalist in the late 1980s and has since gone on to write for just about every car magazine you’ll have heard of as well as some that you haven’t. He’s also written a number of books, appeared on TV and radio and taken home an impressive number of awards.

DOUG ALLAN

One of the highlights of Maidens World Ocean Day is, undoubtedly, the return of Scottish wildlife and documentary cameraman, Doug Allan. Doug has been involved with the event since its inception in 2022 and is back again this year to educate and entertain.

GAIL PORTER

Gail Porter has had more than her fair share of ups and downs, most of which she talks about in Hung, Drawn and Portered, her new ‘meet & greet’ tour that includes a date in Stewarton on Sunday 9th June.

CLUEDO 2

Was it Professor Plum, with the candlestick in the library? Or was it Mrs Peacock, with the revolver in the dining room?

Scott brown

Last season ended bitterly for Ayr United fans at the hands of Partick Thistle in the play-offs. This season, fans were optimistic of another push for promotion. With the big name signing of Aiden McGeady as player/technical manager and the new North Stand underway, maybe this could be the year that long awaited promotion could be on the cards.

ANISA KAROLIA

The holy month of Ramadan is a special time for Muslims all over the world. It’s a time when families come together to pray, to practice self-discipline and to show kindness and consideration to others. Fasting is observed from sunrise to sunset and, as a result, the pre-dawn meal (suhoor) and post-sunset meal (iftar) are of particular importance.

BILLY KAY

It’s always special to hear authors talk at the Boswell Book Festival. It is, after all, the world’s only festival of biography and memoir. What makes it even more special, though, is when the author is from Ayrshire.

This year’s programme includes an appearance by the writer and broadcaster, Billy Kay, whose memoir, Born in Kyle: A Love Letter tae an Ayrshire Childhood, was published in November.

CAROL SMILLIE

Glasgow-born Carol Smillie first graced our TV screens in 1989 as the hostess on the game show, Wheel of Fortune. Surprisingly, though, she hadn’t planned for a career in television.

“It wasn’t a big break I was aware I was going for,” she explains. “It wasn’t my game plan to get into television but an opportunity presented itself so I went for it. That’s really how it all started.”