To Absent Friends community supper

Come along to the first ever community To Absent Friends Supper in Edinburgh.

An opportunity to talk together over food, sharing stories and memories of people who have died, the evening will be interspersed with entertainment from local artists, reflecting on loss through music, poetry and storytelling.

Supper and stories

The To Absent Friends Supper is a modern take on a timeless concept - getting together over food to remember people who have died.

Invite some people you'd like to spend the evening with, book a table, and raise a toast to Absent Friends. Your table will be your own space to remember people who have died who are important to you - with friends, family or work colleagues.

Chat away informally, or structure your evening around your own pre-prepared contributions of poetry, stories, songs, or photographs. Dedicate your meal to one person, or to the memory of many. Be as light-hearted or as sombre as you want

A simple three course meal will be provided by the Cyrenians Community Cook Club.


Cat Loud

Cat Loud is a singer, writer and cabaret performer from the Isle of Mull, now based in Glasgow. A regular at the Edinburgh Fringe, she also performs around UK, covering classic jazz and blues as well as the likes of Queen, Martha Wainwright and Feist.

Photo credit: Snookie Mono

Donald Smith

Donald Smith is a storyteller, author, theatremaker and educationalist.

As founding Director of the Scottish Storytelling Centre in 2003, and now Director of Traditional Arts and Culture Scotland, Donald has been in the thick of cultural and social developments in Scotland, and beyond, over three decades.

He believes in the power of culture to enhance confidence and well-being, and in the vital importance of individuals and communities being the inheritors and makers of their own stories. He leads workshops and storytelling sessions nationally and internationally.

Max Scratchmann

Max Scratchmann is a well-known writer and illustrator. His poems and short stories have appeared in many anthologies and magazines, and he runs the Edinburgh performance poetry company, Poetry Circus.

Max lives in Edinburgh and is a regular performer at the Festival Fringe as well as having been seen at the Glasgow Comedy Festival, the Imaginate Festival, the Celtic Mystery Festival, the Merchant City Festival, Kelburn Garden Party, the Hidden Door Festival and many more…

7pm for 7.30pm start, Tuesday 7 November, Broughton St Mary's Parish Church Hall, Edinburgh. £6.00, BYOB. Book tickets here

Organised by the Scottish Partnership for Palliative Care.

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