The annual PPA Scottish Magazine Awards will take place on the evening of Thursday November 28 2019, in The Hub, Edinburgh. (Castlehill Edinburgh EH1 2NE). The Hub is a short walk from Waverley Railway Station. For more information about the venue, please visit their website.

Des Clarke

Des Clarke is one of the UK’s most exciting performers. He has made a name for himself as both a highly successful comedian and one of television and radio’s star presenters.

It all began for Des when he won a nationwide search to host the iconic Saturday morning show SM:TV Live. This weekly two hour broadcast showcased his abilities both as a comedian and presenter, including character sketches, celebrity interviews and comic monologues. That forms part of an impressive TV career with presenting credits including Breaking The News, Des Doesn’t Do, Hogmanay Live, Sport Relief Tryathlon, STV Appeal, Andy Murray Live, Club Cupid, Sportsround and Children in Need. Not forgetting the honour of being asked to host the live Commonwealth Games Closing Ceremony to a global TV audience of 1 billion viewers.

Des is a much loved voice on the airwaves too and can be heard getting central Scotland home every day as host of the Heart Drivetime Show. He also fronts hit comedy series Breaking The News on BBC Radio Scotland. Clarke’s radio work has earned him widespread recognition, winning a British Radio Award and multiple Scottish Comedy Awards. In addition to prizes at the ARIA, Arqiva, Celtic Media, Comedy.co.uk and Sony Awards.

Over the years he has interviewed some of the showbiz world’s biggest names including Ed Sheeran, Robbie Williams, Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake and Katy Perry.

Stand-up comedy remains Des’s first love and he performs his own solo shows annually at the Edinburgh Fringe and Glasgow Comedy Festival. He has toured the world with his unique brand of observational humour, appearing on stage in New York, Dubai, Australia and Los Angeles. Des has also received critical acclaim for his comedy, winning Chortle Best Newcomer and the ITV Golden Mic Award. He has also become one of Scotland’s best loved panto stars. Completing a record breaking 5 year headline run at the world famous King’s Theatre in Glasgow.

A high profile newspaper columnist and after dinner speaker too, Des Clarke has rapidly established himself as an exceptional all round performer.


Dress to impress! This is the biggest celebration in the Scottish magazine calendar, so why not go the extra mile and come dressed to the nines in your favourite frock, best kilt, or most dapper suit?


19:00 | Drinks Reception

19:30 | Individual Awards

20:15 | Dinner

21:45 | Group Awards

22:45 | DJ/Dancing

01:00 | “Carriages"


Sweet plum tomato and roast pepper soup with basil oil (vegan)

Lemon, honey, mustard and thyme basted chicken, with fondant potato, caramelised onions and grilled courgette, service with a white wine and thyme reduction 

Caramelised Red onion risotto with roast butter squash and artichoke (vegan)

Caramelized Red onion risotto with roast butter squash and artichoke
Strawberry panna cotta, with champagne syrup and vanilla strawberries

Glazed Blackcurrant mousse on biscuit base, served with fruit berry (vegan)

We are delighted to be able to raise funds at the PPA Scottish Magazine Awards for a wonderful charity.

Tiny Changes was launched earlier in 2019, one year on from the tragic death of Frightened Rabbit singer Scott Hutchison. His parents, Ron and Marion, and brothers, Neil and Grant, launched the charity in his memory, to support efforts to improve mental health in children and young people.

The charity takes its name from a lyric from the Frightened Rabbit song Head Rolls Off (“While I’m alive, I’ll make tiny changes to Earth”). The project is inspired by Scott’s legacy, and the positive impact that his art and music had on so many people.

Together, let’s make tiny changes to Earth.