Leopard October 2014 front coverAs I write this, we’re experiencing a very welcome Indian summer, but the quality of light and the cooler evening air are unmistakeably autumnal. So there’s nothing for it but to look ahead to those seasonal events that help us accept the inevitability of winter.

One such is Halloween, and to get us in the mood, John A Meldrum - who well remembers the delicious reek of a neepy lantern - has a fascinating feature about grisly goings-on in the time of the North-east body-snatchers.

Festival season continues, with sound - Scotland’s Festival of New Music, at Woodend Barn, Banchory, and DanceLive, in and around Aberdeen. ‘Diary’ will put you in the picture, while ‘Folk’ features the launch of a new festivals collective that will help to collectively promote a number of world-class North-east events to local people and visitors.

Now, the North-east is not exactly renowned for Mediterranean-style weather, but we’ve had our fair share of heat and sunshine this summer, and I hope you’ve had the chance to get out and about to enjoy it. July and August saw an explosion of social, cultural and sheer fun activities all around the City and Shire, and many organisations have written to us to share some of the excitement of their various events. You’ll find a selection of these highlighted in the ‘Folk’ pages of the magazine - and many thanks to everyone who contacted us.

With lots of autumn events to look forward to - see ‘What’s On’ for details - there’s no excuse for any of us to hibernate just yet!

Judy Mackie, Editor