Friday 1st December

6.00pm Festival Exhibition Opening
(and Blind Auction)

We like to begin the Adventfest weekend with a launch of our community artwork exhibition. This year’s open exhibition is of A4-sized works on the theme – The Light Comes Back. The works will be auctioned during Advent in support of our 2017 charity, The Rock Trust. During the exhibition visitors can offer for any of the artworks by putting a bid into a sealed box. The box will be opened at the close of the exhibition (1pm on Sunday 17th December) and successful bidders will be notified (in plenty of time for Christmas). Come and have a glass of wine and get in an early bid for your favourite artwork.

If you would like to enter an A4 artwork please be sure to deliver it by Wednesday 29th November.
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Friday 1st December
7.30pm Liz Lochhead and Steve Kettley

Liz Lochhead, Scotland’s former national poet and recent recipient of the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry weaves a spellbinding and beguiling mix of poems and monologues, accompanied by the witty, soulful saxophone of Steve Kettley.

Liz Lochhead studied Drawing and Painting at the Glasgow School of Art where she began to write seriously. Her first book of poetry, Memo for Spring, was published in 1972 and sold 5,000 copies. She published her first theatre work in 1978, and famously caused a sensation at the Edinburgh Festival in 1987 with her play Mary Queen of Scots Got Her Head Chopped Off. Almost 30 years later, Liz has gone from success to success, appointed Scots Makar in 2010.

Tonight’s performance is based on the duo’s hit Edinburgh Festival Fringe show, showcasing some of Liz’s best work over the past 45 years, including from her most recent collections A Choosing and 2016’s Fugitive Colours.  

‘An inspirational force in British poetry. Funny, feisty, full of feeling, a fantastic performer’ (Carol Ann Duffy, Poet Laureate).

‘Brilliant, raucous and scabrously funny’ (Sunday Times).

‘Funny, frank and frisky’ (Scotsman).

[Due to the nature of some of the material, we recommend that the show is suitable for children over the age of 12 years]

Tickets £12.50 full price / £9.00 concessions /12-18s FREE*
Plus booking fee.
(Booking essential)
Soft drinks available to purchase. Please feel free to BYOB

*With thanks to The Inches Carr Trust



Friday 1st December

10.30pm  Late Late Festival Club

One of the highlights of many people’s weekend last year, an after-hours celebration of song by guest singers and songwriters, hosted by redoubtable gospel-singing maestro Brian McGlynn. BYOB.


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St James Scottish Episcopal Church, 11a John's Place, Leith, Edinburgh EH6 7EL   St James Church is a Charity registered in Scotland Charity No: SC002833

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