Edinburgh news in brief: Artist's Peru dream comes true with win

Edinburgh artist Jo Fraser has picked up the prestigious BP Travel Award.

The annual award of 5000 was set up to allow artists to experience working in a different environment on a project related to portraiture. Miss Fraser won for her proposal to travel to the Cuzco region of Peru where she will observe the labour-intensive production of textiles in small indigenous communities. Her final piece in oils will be developed from sketches and photographs taken during her visit.

Council's cash plans praised

Edinburgh City Council has become one of the first in the UK to be formally recognised for the measures it has taken to plan for the future of its finances.

The council was awarded the best-practice standard for its business continuity plan, following only two other UK councils.

Make waves at fun day

FAMILIES are being invited along to enjoy the RNLI Queensferry Lifeboat Station's Open Day and Fete on Sunday.

Running from noon to 4pm, the fundraising event will include a children's fun fair, Army Cadets climbing wall, face painting, refreshments and a chance to win a gallon of whisky.

Singer tunes up for latest album launch

A BUDDING singer-songwriter is hosting an album launch party at Hawke and Hunter this Saturday.

Caroline Gilmour will be promoting her new 11-track album Take A Look.

Speaking about the event, she said: "I'm very excited about this one as I've been working with some very talented people in the industry to make this happen."

The launch party is being held in the Green Room from 7pm.

School plays along with summer camp hosting

More than 400 children will be attending King's Camps' holiday activity camps in Edinburgh this summer, taking place at James Gillespie's High School from July 4 to August 5.

King's Camps offer more than 30 different sports, activities, games and crafts for children to try.

Also running at the school over the summer holidays are International Soccer Schools and Michael Vaughan Cricket; specialist sports camps for children who love football or cricket.