The 2012 Festival of Spirituality and Peace has been described as a “resounding success” by audiences, participants, sponsors - and by the Scottish Government's cabinet secretary for justice, Kenny MacAskill MSP, speaking at the official closing event, held at St John’s Episcopal Church in Edinburgh at the beginning of the week.
This Saturday, 25 August, will be the last full day of the 2012 Festival of Spirituality and Peace events (though the final day is Monday 27th), and as ever there is a full and varied programme planned.
Highly regarded novelist, poet, playwright and writer for screen and stage, Jackie Kay, will be reading from her poetry at the Festival of Spirituality and Peace tomorrow (23 August), as part of the popular 'Poetry in the Persian Tent' series.
Scotland's Makar (national poet), Liz Lochhead, along with Jackie Kay, Vicki Feaver, John Glenday, Aonghas MacNeacail and Stewart Conn will be performing at the prestigious Poetry in the Persian Tent reading series at The Festival of Spirituality and Peace this week.
Money for agricultural development in Africa will be raised this week by performances from Scotland's finest poets, as well as some of the country's most significant new poetic talent. Katie MacFadyen looks at the line-up.
The recent performance at the Festival of Spirituality and Peace of 'An Evening with Dementia', a one-man play written and performed by Trevor T. Smith, was followed by a fascinating discussion led by Professor June Andrews from the University of Stirling, says Katie MacFadyen.