14 February 2014

Poem Published

My poem "Eyelash" will be published in a new book called "Naked Among Thistles". The book will be released this month and it celebrates LGBT culture in Scotland. I am so excited about this new book and hope to read my poem at the launch event this month. MORE INFO HERE

1 February 2014

New Venture

Arts In Fife creator, Stuart Russell BEM, is working with Fife College Students Association to deliver an arts page in their monthly newsletter. This is an exciting opportunity and hopes to introduce students to local creativity. 

"This will be a fun project and shall further promote the work I do. I am really excited about this opportunity. Sharing local arts with local students will be brilliant!" - Stuart Russell BEM

1 January 2014

Stuart Russell - British Empire Medallist

I have been awarded a British Empire Medal (BEM) for services to the arts in Fife. It is really great to be rewarded for six hard years of voluntary work. My community projects, Arts In Fife & Arts In Britain are very important to me and I just want to say thankyou for all the support. I hope to continue my work talking about, writing about, reading about, creating, displaying and researching art. I am passionate about it and I hope it shows through my six years of service to volunteering and the arts. - Stuart Russell (22)

18 May 2013


Why do we accept things we don't agree with? I sometimes feel I am the only person in this world who has an opinion which is not politically dictated. All I care about is positivity, morality and helping people. If I can engage in all three during my minuscule life on this space rock, then I have meaning! - Stuart Russell

13 May 2013

Arts In Britain Project

Arts In Britain will be a short series of columns and newsletters inspired by Arts In Fife. I will interview creative people, talk to well known artists and show the best work Britain is producing at the moment. This aims to promote art on a much wider scale and hopes to inspire people to take an interest and pursue creativity. I hope that Arts In Britain will become part of the Urban Times Magazine.

12 May 2013

I Cant Sleep

So, I cant sleep and suddenly I get a strange image in my head and frantically feel inspired to write. I have no idea what realm this poem came from, its nothing I've ever seen before. It was like a sinister vision. Here is my poem. Thoughts on it are welcome.

The Musk Bandit

Among weeds,
A veiled stranger lies
Masking hazelnut eyes.
He is cloaked by tree shadows
And demon desires.
So rancid is his breath,
It denotes the scent of death
And worms feed at his feet.
Souls are prisoner
To his flesh coloured teeth.

2013 © Stuart Russell

11 May 2013


An acrostic poem is very easy to write. This kind of poem can be written  in  different ways, but the simplest form is to put the letters that spell your subject down the side of your page. When you have done this then you go back to each letter and think of a word, phrase or sentence that  starts with that letter and describes your subject.

I write acrostic poems quite alot, usually the subject ends up being nothing to do with the word used though. I like to start with a word and just see where the poem takes me. I rarely apply rules to poetry writing as it just created limitations. Here are a few of my acrostics. 

9 May 2013

Arts In Fife Project

I started Arts In Fife magazine to get creative people connecting with one another and shouting out about the positive work they do. Its all about community, local arts and celebrating Fife. We hope to open an arts centre, connected to the magazine, which will provide an open, inclusive venue for people to work and exhibit in. Visit the website for more information.