PAINTINGS from the Burrell Collection in Glasgow are to tour six international museums in France and Japan for the first time.

Fifty eight works from the Burrell Collection will form the inaugural exhibition at the reopened Musée Cantini, Marseilles from 18 May to 23 September 2018.

An exhibition of 80 French paintings from the Burrell, along with 7 works from Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery will then tour Japan from October 2018 to January 2020.

The exhibitions will document the development from French Realist painting to Impressionsim.

Burrell’s works by Bonvin, Boudin, Corot, Courbet, Daubigny, Daumier, Degas, Fantin-Latour, Manet and Millet will feature.

Each will take place whilst the Burrell Collection undergoes its £66 million refurbishment of its building and redisplay of its extensive Collection.

Sir William Burrell had a particular appreciation for Degas, amassing more than 20 works by the artist.

He made the majority of his purchases in the 1920s but his first acquisition was as early as 1901.

Many of the artworks making their international debut after the Burrell Collection (Lending and Borrowing) (Scotland) Bill received Royal Assent in February 2014.

SCOTTISH broadcaster and writer Stuart Cosgrove has been nominated for the Penderyn Prize, an award for books about music.

It is organised by Richard Thomas, founder of the Laugharne Weekend Festival, and is the only UK-based book prize specifically for international music titles including history, theory, biography, autobiography.

The winner will be announced at the Laugharne Weekend Festival on 8 April 2018 where they will be presented with a cheque for £1000, and a bottle of Penderyn whisky.

Mr Cosgrove has been nominated for his book Memphis 68: The Tragedy of Southern Soul.

Other books on the short list areRoots, Radicals and Rockers: How Skiffle Changed the World by Billy Bragg, Some Fantastic Place: My Life In and Out of Squeeze by Chris Difford, First Time Ever: A Memoir by Peggy Seeger, Sticky Fingers: The Life and Times of Jann Wenner and Rolling Stone Magazine by Joe Hagan, Art Sex Music by Cosey Fanni Tutti and Uncommon People: The Rise and Fall of the Rock Stars 1955 - 1994 by David Hepworth.