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Life Stories at Lunch with Colin Chambers @ Edinburgh Dine Saltire Court (1st Floor)
Jan 16 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Life Stories at Lunch with Colin Chambers @ Edinburgh  Dine  Saltire Court (1st Floor)  | Scotland | United Kingdom

Colin Chambers is a former Lt Cdr in the South African navy, who went on to become a special advisor to Nelson Mandela for 8 years.  Mandela was a key transformational figure in the life of South Africa, bringing forgiveness, reconciliation and reconstruction to a nation that had been deeply divided.  Colin shares his unique perspective on Mandela the man, how the transformation of South Africa was achieved and what we can learn from this process to benefit our own professional and personal lives.

Edinburgh Brexit Roundtable @ Chiene + Tait LLP
Jan 24 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Edinburgh Brexit Roundtable @ Chiene + Tait LLP   | Scotland | United Kingdom

Ukie’s nationwide Brexit roundtables

Over the next three months Ukie is touring the country with its Brexit Roundtables. We want to hear from game businesses about their post-referendum concerns and examine opportunities for providing more support for the sector.

Come along to one of our Brexit Roundtables to:

  • Shape the games industry’s position to government on key areas such as access to talent, international trade, video games tax relief, the free flow of data and funding.
  • Hear the latest expert thinking around the key areas affecting games businesses in the UK
  • Develop new ideas that could re-think policy to better support the games sector and increase growth
  • Help provide evidence and case studies to present to government on key issues

This roundtable is designed for games developers and publishers.

Film on Fire: What does film-making have to do with social justice ? @ Mansfield Traquair Centre
Jan 30 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Film on Fire: What does film-making have to do with social justice ? @ Mansfield Traquair Centre   | Scotland | United Kingdom

What does film-making have to do with social justice ?

More than you might think.

‘Film on Fire’ explores participatory film-making as an effective way to get people’s voices heard.

We’ll share our recipe with you. There are three magic ingredients:

  1. Human beings with stories to tell about their own experience
  2. Professional film-makers with story-telling skills to facilitate the creative process
  3. The power of social media to get short videos out to a massive public

At ‘Film on Fire’ you’ll see a range of short films made by people at the sharp end of social inequality, whose voices are often silenced: asylum-seekers, children, women living in poverty, recovering drug addicts, people with learning disabilities.

At media co-op, we believe that with the right support, anyone can learn the tools to create films that are beautiful and pack a punch.

You’ll meet some of the participants and hear how it feels to take the camera into your own hands, to speak out, and spark change.

* Women from Pilton in the Making it Home poetry and film project

* Particpants who shared their stories anonymously in Scottish Independent Advocacy Alliance‘s animated film Opening Doors, online in seven community languages, exposing how people with learning disabilities, addiction or mental health issues are at higher risk of losing their children, and what can be done about it.

‘Film on Fire’: a FREE friendly and enjoyable 90-minute session of viewing, sharing, reflecting, learning, inspiration and surprises. Real-life examples of co-design and co-production in action.

Please join us. Burn away some outdated concepts about who gets to make the media. Ignite some on-screen emotion and off-screen change.

See you at Mansfield Traquair in Edinburgh on Monday 30 January 2017 at 2pm to 3.30pm

Your hosts: media co-op not-for-profit social enterprise and workers co-operative, founded in 2004 to harness the power of communication for social change.

Our co-hosting partner is Scottish Independent Advocacy Alliance, a membership organisation dedicated to ensure that Independent Advocacy is available to any vulnerable person in Scotland. SIAA commissioned Opening Doors from media co-op as part of their Familes at Risk project

This event is part of the Scottish Government’s Fire Starter Festival, aimed at “exploring genuine, participatory methods of engagement, creating innovative and transformative changes“. Let’s go start a fire!

PS There’s another ‘Film on Fire’ event in Glasgow on Thursday 26 January 2017, 4pm to 5.30pm

Brian Catling: The Erstwhile @ Blackwell's Bookshop Edinburgh
Mar 17 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Brian Catling: The Erstwhile @ Blackwell's Bookshop Edinburgh | Scotland | United Kingdom

Blackwell’s Bookshop is extremely excited to welcome Brian Catling, who will be in store to chat about his forthcoming book The Erstwhile, the second in The Vorrh series.

Brian will be in conversation with literary critic and fellow writer Stuart Kelly.

About the Book

In London and Germany, strange beings are reanimating themselves. They are the Erstwhile, the angels that failed to protect the Tree of Knowledge, and their reawakening will have major consequences.

In Africa, the colonial town of Essenwald has fallen into disarray because the timber workforce has disappeared into the Vorrh. Now a team of specialists are dispatched to find them. Led by Ishmael, the former cyclops, they enter the forest, but the Vorrh will not give them back so easily.

To make matters worse, an ancient guardian of the forest has plans for Ishmael and his crew. Meanwhile a child of mixed race has been found abandoned in a remote cottage. Her origins are unknown, but she has powers beyond her own understanding. Conflict is coming, as the old and new, human and inhuman are set on a collision course.

Once again blending the real and the imagined, The Erstwhile brings historical figures such as William Blake and places such as the Bedlam Asylum, as well as ingenious creations such as The Kin (a family of robots) together to create unforgettable novel of births and burials, excavations and disappearances.

About the Author

Brian Catling RA is an English sculptor, poet, novelist, film maker and performance artist. He was educated at North East London Polytechnic and the Royal College of Art. He now holds the post of Professor of Fine Art at The Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, Oxford and is a fellow of Linacre College.He has been exhibiting his work internationally since the 1970s. In 2001 he co founded the international performance collective WitW. He has published poetic works, including one compendium, A Court of Miracles, in 2009. His first prose book Bobby Awl was published in 2007. Currently he is writing novels and has just completed The Vorrh trilogy.

For more information or if you would like a signed copy because you can’t make it to the event, please contact Ellie Wixon on 0131 622 8229 or [email protected]

Solidarity with Homeless Lone Parent Being Taken to Court by Council for “Rent Arrears” @ Leith Library
Mar 21 @ 5:45 pm
Solidarity with Homeless Lone Parent Being Taken to Court by Council for "Rent Arrears" @ Leith Library

Meet 5.45pm this Wed 21 March at Leith Library, 28-30 Ferry Rd, Edinburgh EH6 4AE
To go to Council Leader Adam McVey’s surgery which starts at 6pm

Edinburgh Coalition Against Poverty can now give more details of this Wednesdays very important solidarity call-out.

Meet 5.45pm this coming Wednesday at Leith Library to support homeless lone parent D at Council Leader Adam McVey’s surgery.  We will be insisting that the Council drop the court action against her.  Incredibly CEC are taking her to court to force her to pay 4,100 pounds in supposed rent arrears, all of which should be covered by Housing Benefit.

Because of these false “rent arrears” D and her young son were recently evicted from a Private Sector Leasing flat run by Link group under contract to the Council.  The CEC refused to pay Housing Benefit to D despite the fact that she had no income apart from paltry benefits and no significant savings.   Not content with making D and her child homeless the Council are now persecuting her via lawyers and the courts.  This is an all too common example of the Council’s contempt for working class people, denying rights and acting oppressively.  Are we going to let them away with this?

Edinburgh Claimants/ Edinburgh Coalition Against Poverty told D’s local councillors about this injustice on 13 February, and have been pursuing the issue since then.  We contacted the council leader’s office late last week.  Still they refuse to drop the court action.  When those in power will not listen to reason, we believe the most effective action is for people to join together and take action, as the North Edinburgh mums have shown in their inspiring actions over the last year.

We demand:

Cancel the court action against D, to recover supposed rent arrears
Pay full Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit to D for the whole period of her Link tenancy
Ensure D and her son are allocated safe secure good housing on a permanent basis

This action will definitely go ahead unless we get a written assurance from the Council that the court action against D is cancelled – watch out for email updates, which we aim to send by tuesday late afternoon/ early evening at latest.

ECAP sees actions like this as vital in giving solidarity to people at the sharp end of Edinburgh’s housing crisis, and also essential as part of the process of building a movement to assert that a good home is a right for all

No to Austerity – People not Profit

Community Meal: Unsung Women of our Present Day @ City of Edinburgh Methodist Church
Apr 23 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Community Meal: Unsung Women of our Present Day @ City of Edinburgh Methodist Church


Free Community meal and Talk

Community Meals are a casual, free event open to all and serve as an opportunity to bring the Edinburgh community together and celebrate our diversity.

EIFA is pleased to host the third Community Meal on Monday April 23rd at 6:30-8pm, we will be joined by a wonderful group of speakers to continue in the ‘Women of Faith’ series.

This week the ‘Women of Faith’ series will focus on the ‘Unsung Women of our Present Day’ in the diverse religious traditions who have inspired us and overcome boundaries, shining light on Women who are greatly admired but often forgotten.

This a free event, but with limited places please reserve your seat. If you have any questions please email [email protected]

We look forward to welcoming you for an evening of good company and good vegetarian food!