Festival Events 2019

Remembering the Invisible

Last year, 47 homeless people died on the streets of Glasgow.

To remember them, Glasgow Museums in partnership with Invisible Cities will on Friday 1 November at 11am, place 47 pairs of shoes on The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall steps. They will be there until 1pm, then the shoes will disperse to different locations across the city, taking clues to their story with them...

Each of them will also have a link to a landing page where people when interested can find information on the project.

Friday 1 November 2019
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, then across Glasgow

Mayfield & Easthouses Tree Planting

Mayfield & Easthouses Development Trust are planting a Treasure Tree. Those who have been bereaved will be encouraged to place a treasure at the root of the tree as it is planted. These could be mementos or poems, or anything they wish. There will be a small ceremony to mark the planting of the tree. There will be refreshments and a number of experienced staff will be available to lead conversations around death, grief, loneliness and loss.


Friday 1 November 2019
Community Hub, Mayfield, EH22 5DG

St Mary's Primary School Storytelling Chair

St Mary's Primary School, Bathgate, are taking part in To Absent Friends by installing a storytelling chair.

A number of children at the school are bereaved; some have lost parents and/or siblings.

The school would like to create a special place for them to sit and remember their loved ones and talk about them with their friends. The school is also buying a number of story books to help with the grief process.

The children will hold a competition to design the wording/pattern to be painted on the chair and it will be unveiled at a special To Absent Friends assembly on Friday 1 November. The children will be informed that the chair will be situated in the playground for them to use.


Wigtown To Absent Friends Events

Light a candle in the Kirk, raise a cup of communiTEA, tell us about someone who left you a treasure, make a memory book, write a six-word obit or come for a woof in the woods... because people (and pets) live on in the stories we tell. Storyteller Renita Boyle is co-ordinating a series of To Absent Friends activities in Wigtown.

Events are free, though reservation is required for some. See Facebook for more or contact Renita on renita@renitaboyle.com

Watches, Rings and Vintage Things
Friday 1 - Thursday 7 November, 10am - 4pm
Wigtown Emporium, 1 High St, Wigtown, DG8 9HH

Make and Take A Memory Book
Saturday 2 November, 10am - 3pm
Craigard Gallery, 13 N Main St, Wigtown, DG8 9HL

Woof in the Woods
Sunday 3 November, 2pm
Kilsture Forest, near Wigtown

Flicker & Flame: Quiet Conversations by Candlelight
Sunday 3 November, 7.30pm
Wigtown Parish Church, Wigtown, DG8 9HS

Six Word Obituaries: A Writing Workshop with Kathryn Koromilas
Tuesday 5 November, 2pm - 4pm
Seaview Manse, Church Lane, Wigtown, DG8 9HS

Thursday 7 November 2019, 2pm - 4pm
Craft Hotel, 30 S Main St, Wigtown, DG8 9HG

Kitchen Conversations
Sunday 24 November 2019, 7pm
Wigtown Parish Church Manse, Wigtown, DG8 9HS

You Have Taught Me

This year the Spiritual Care & Wellbeing Department in University Hospital Wishaw are holding some different events to encourage staff to share memories of their loved ones and to talk about death and dying. These include creative writing workshops, an exhibition and a book reading with discussion.

The creative writing workshops take place on 8 October and Wednesday 6 November on the theme ‘You have taught me…’; the book reading (of 'Love Never Dies' by Angela Trainer) and discussion takes place on Wednesday 6 November at 3pm; and the exhibition of work created will be from 1 - 14 November.

For more information, please contact by Ali Pandian on ali.pandian@lanarkshire.scot.nhs.uk or Harry McKenna on henry.mckenna@lanarkshire.scot.nhs.uk or by phone 01698 366779.

Friday 1 - Thursday 14 November 2019
Sanctuary, University Hospital Wishaw

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