THE National’s brand new subscription offer comes at the perfect time for culture lovers – with the Edinburgh festivals starting in a matter of days.

We’ll be bringing you extensive reviews and previews of the hottest shows with dedicated coverage from Mark Brown every week. And because there’s just so much to choose from these days, he’ll be giving you his top tips for 2023.

We’ve got interviews with stars of theatre, comedy and all kinds of performance lined up.

Meanwhile, our team of journalists will be at all the major political events – covering interviews with everyone from former first minister Nicola Sturgeon to Scots language expert and broadcaster Billy Kay (below).

The National: Billy Kay presented the Time for Reflection segment at Holyrood

For £60 for a whole year, or £3 for three months, you can get access to all of that leading arts and culture coverage, plus everything else The National has to offer – and a free Arran gift box full of delicious treats like gin, cheese and more.

Editor Laura Webster said: "Last year we really made our mark with a brilliant month of coverage from the festivals. 

"We're so proud to showcase the best of Scotland - plus, dig into the big challenges facing both performers and residents at this time of year.

"We hope readers enjoy Mark Brown's suggested shows, and let us know what their favourite events of the festival were via our social feeds.

"Get access to all of this and much more with a subscription - we couldn't do what we do without your support."

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