Last month, I was an official blogger for the Glasgow Film Festival 2011, a great excuse to take in films, events and gigs and write about them with a free hand, albeit unpaid. Prior to the start of the festival, I also contributed some freelance previews to The List magazine for the musical events tied into the concurrent Glasgow Music and Film Festival 2011. Although the blogging role was a volunteer position, it was still an application process and I came on board just a couple of days before the festival began. I was invited to pick what I wanted to cover from the programme, and the role was not too prescriptive – something along the lines of adding “another voice” to the website, with a leaning towards screenings that would be repeated later. Because I got involved relatively late and I could only get tickets to screenings and events not already sold out (and, as far as I know, there were no press screenings), I couldn’t cover everything I might have wanted to, but I still managed to pack plenty in. If I had my time over, I wouldn’t have held off buying tickets myself for all the stuff I wanted to see, but that’s what you get for trying to be a freeloading freelancer. Thanks to Jen Davies for allowing me to get involved and to the festival staff for being accommodating (one thing I didn’t cover was Erin McGrath’s amazing design work, which was on show in the upstairs bar at the GFT and is awesome). Follow the links below for the coverage.