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Mad Woman in St John’s Church, Edinburgh

MadWoman_atStJohnsSuch a powerful voice, Monica Salvi is perhaps mad, but definitely talented.

One of the bonuses of setting up my ‘Sketching The Shadows’ exhibition in St Johns Church chapel, was listening to Monica Salvi rehearse, set up and sound check her one woman cabaret show ‘Mad Woman In My Attic’.


Accompanied by a piano player Monica uses her polished and powerful voice to fill the vast church, telling the tale of the many personalities habiting her head! Moving, funny, its a hidden gem of a show.


BONUS: The show tonight starts at 18.30 and is FREE as they are making a video and want the church to be full, so head along early. 


Mad Woman In My Attic! tickets and more information via the EdFringe website

Just Festival website


Tweeting for Just Festival in Edinburgh

JustFestival_SimplySowetoEncha2Yesterday while tweeting for Just Festival I sketched from a couple of shows.

To help publicise my own exhibition, ‘Sketching The Shadows’, which can be seen within St John’s Church Chapel until the end of August, I was asked to take over the official Just Festival twitter feed for a day.


The Just Festival strives to highlight the inequality and injustice around the world in the hope that we will then take into account how our actions affect each other and the planet as a whole, and the content can often be serious and thought provoking so I decided to keep my input light.


Talking about what I was up to (delivering merchandise around Leith on my bicycle) and adding in a few sketches from some of the Just Festival exhibitions I managed to visit, both at St Johns Church on the corner of Princes Street and Lothian Road, and Central Hall just up the Lothian Road at Toll Cross.




Above is a sketch from ‘Lives Interrupted’, a Mercy Corps commissioned installation of wire frame sculptures by Amy Pickles, in the grounds of St Johns Church yard. Representing the Syrian refugees the sculptures humanise the reports we hear daily and bring their plight much closer to us.


Below is the front of Central Hall, where I visited later in the afternoon. Home to many of this years Just Festival performances the venue is very grand and worth a look around for the architecture alone.




Inside Central Hall I was lucky enough to see Simply Soweto Encha, an a cappella group from South Africa whose infectious rhythm, energy and personality filled the hall and wowed the audience. I loved it and would recommend the show to anyone. The main image at the top of this post and the one below were scribbled down as I watched, clapped and laughed my way through the show.




Just Festival website

Mercy Corps UK website

Amy Pickles

Simply Soweto Encha





Just Festival launch – 15 years of light

JustFestival_Launch2015Last night I attended the Just Festival launch at St John’s Church, Edinburgh.

Once known as the Festival of Spirituality and Peace, the Just Festival marks its fifteenth edition under the theme of ’15 years of Light’. As Festival Director puts it, ‘We are lighting up our programme with candles of celebration and reflection’


International, multi-cultural and multi-faith the festival hosts events in many Edinburgh locations, including the Central Mosque, various Church of Scotland kirks and and cathedrals and at The Filmhouse. Also this year the Central Hall in Toll cross will be hosting many events.


The programme which runs from August 7th to 31st features a huge range of art and performance art created to provoke and create conversation. Including talks, conversations, performance art, films, workshops and art installations, which is where I am extremely honoured to say I come in.


I will have an exhibition of sketches located in the Chapel at St John’s Church, which is stuated on the corner of Princes Street and Lothian Road.


‘Sketching the Shadows’ will take a look at the hidden side of Edinburgh, the shaded spots in the heart of the city which go unseen to many of the capitals population. Through my free scribbled style I hope to shine a light on these forgotten or ignored areas.

Just Festival website

St John’s Church website