Programme 2019

Head and shoulders of Columba on yeloow background with Black and Blue text

ColumbaFest, weeWONDERBOX’s flagship urban festival, returns to Glasgow city centre on June 7-9th, 2019.

Our theme is ‘Wandering + Wondering’ (see our recent blog post of ‘Journey Prompts’) giving you suggestions of things to wonder about as you make your way to the festival.

  • The main festival venue on Friday and throughout the weekend is @ Deaf Connections (DC), 100 Norfolk Street, Glasgow G5 9EJ [Map].
  • On Saturday, in the afternoon, we’ll additionally be located @ the Iona Community  Ground (IC), 21 Carlton Court, Glasgow G5 9JP [Map].
  • On Sunday morning, events are at Gorbals Church (GC), 1 Errol Gardens, Gorbals, Glasgow G5 0RA [Map].
  • On each day there are walks that take place outwith these venues.


Friday 7th: Sadly, Mary Ann Kennedy has suddenly become unwell and so will not be able to perform tonight.

She is – as we are – very disappointed that she won’t be able to make ColumbaFest this year.

We wish her a speedy recovery.


  • The main festival venue on Friday and throughout the weekend is @ Deaf Connections (DC), 100 Norfolk Street, Glasgow G5 9EJ [Map].
  • The walk (Mungo’s Molendinar Meander) obviously takes place externally.

11.45 (@ Stepps rail station) – 15.00

Mungo’s Molendinar Meander

What do St Mungo, Kettle ponds, rhubarb, wetlands, whisky, sawmills, the Ponte dei Sospiri, a prison, a whistling Kirk and two cathedrals have in common? Come on a meander with Pat Bennett, from Stepps down to the City Centre to find out – and to see Glasgow from a new direction! This 8 mile walk will take around 3 hours (we will keep up a fairly brisk pace) so you need to be reasonably fit and wear comfortable shoes. You might also want to bring a drink and snack. The route is mainly downhill and mostly paved. We will meet at Queen Street Station – but there will also be an option to join the walk for the last stages by taking a later train to Alexandra Parade – see below for details. If you are joining at either of these points, simply wait and we will collect you as we come past.

The walk starts at Stepps. There is a twice-hourly service from Glasgow Queen Street station (North Hanover St, Glasgow G1 2AF). To get to Stepps by rail, just before the start, there is a train at 11.26, arriving at Stepps rail station at 11.41. Pat will be on the concourse of Queen Street station from 11.15, brandishing a ColumbaFest poster, before getting on the 11.26 to Stepps. Get your tickets on the way into the station in the Scotrail office (opposite the station entrance on Dundas Street); or from a machine on the concourse.

  • 11.45 – Stepps rail station (Nicolson Court, off Cardowan Drive, Glasgow G33 6HG) – Walk sets off.
  • 13.20 – Alexandra Parade rail station (Alexandra Parade, Glasgow G31 3JN) – Staging point.
  • 13.50 – Glasgow Cathedral (at Wishart Street, under the Bridge of Sighs, Glasgow G4 0QZ) – Staging point.
  • 14.30 – Deaf Connections (100 Norfolk Street, Glasgow G5 9EJ)  – Arrive @ Festival.

Note: These timings are provisional and may be updated. Please check back here, on Thursday evening or Friday morning to get the finalised times, before setting out.

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14.00 onwards @ DC

Arrivals & Registrations

Registration will be at Deaf Connections on Friday (14.00 onwards), Saturday (9.00 onwards) and Sunday (12.00pm onwards). This will be the primary location for registration/ picking up or buying passes on these days. Please arrive early to register or buy your passes, to avoid any delay.

On Sunday morning, first thing (9.00 – 12.30) registration will be at Gorbals Parish Church; and thereafter at Deaf Connections.

The Deaf Connections Cafe (DC/ Cafe) will be open for refreshments and light snacks during day time and early evenings.

There will also be exhibitions, interactive activities and stalls.

15.00 @ DC/ Lounge

Arriving Liturgy

A short opening act of worship, led by the Wild Goose Resource Group.

15.30 – 16.30 @ DC/ Lounge

Mind Your Language: what we talk about when we talk about faith

How did the vocabulary of religion became so impenetrable that songwriters, poets and novelists are often better at speaking faith than those who claim to keep faith? Is there an alternative grammar of grace, buoyed by a sense of wonder, disentangled from implausible dogma? Martin Wroe helps us do the wondering about such questions.

16.30 – 16.45

16.45 – 17.45 @ DC/ Lounge


Integration of people seeking sanctuary is the easy answer of the policy makers and often a knee jerk response from people offering their quick thoughts on migration. What if integration wasn’t yet another burden placed on the shoulders of those already carrying more than is conscionable, but a mutual process of hospitality? And for this to be thinkable, then perhaps we need to change the metaphors, and let our thoughts drift. Alison Phipps guides our thinking.

17.45 – 19.15

… for evening meal / food.

The Deaf Connections Cafe (DC-Cafe) will be open for light snacks. A Buffet is available in the DC-Lounge for those who have pre-purchased a Friday Buffet Ticket (see top of page for details). A limited number of Buffet Tickets may be available on the day: if interested, please enquire at Registration.

Otherwise, there are local diner/ restaurants in Bridge Street or north of the river in the city centre.

During this time, there will be a session/music provided by Glasgow Fiddle Workshop.

19.15 – 19.30 @ DC/ Lounge

Martin Wroe

…  spoken word, poetic gems and genius.

Padraig reading from a book

19.30 – 19.45 @ DC/ Lounge

Pádraig Ó Tuama

…  more spoken word, poetic gems and genius.

19.45 – 21.45 @ DC/ Lounge

Mary Ann Kennedy & Finlay Wells

… perform songs from Mary Ann’s new album, Glaschu.

‘These songs are the story of the Gaels in Glasgow before me, but it’s also the story of every new arrival in any community in any city the world over – the themes are universal.’

A vibrant collection of vignettes, from the city’s main artery, the River Clyde, to street-life and markets, social deprivation and religious tension, and traditional Scottish sport and play.

Delivered with spirit, feeling and laughter, Glaschu tells the story of growing up as an urban Gael and revels in the wit and vivid songwriting of some of the great Glaswegian Gaels.

May including a break (timing will be announced).

21.45 – 22.00

22.00 – 23.00 @ DC/ Lounge & Cafe

The ColumbaFest Sessions

a laid-back session, combining ceilidh, sing-around and story-telling with our house band, the ColumbaFest Collective.


  • The main festival venue on Saturday is @ Deaf Connections (DC), 100 Norfolk Street, Glasgow G5 9EJ [Map].
  • In the afternoon, there will be some events that will take place @ Iona Community The Ground (IC), 21 Carlton Court, Glasgow G5 9JP [Map].

Horizontal palm of hand cropped on an orange background9.30 – 9.50 @ DC/ Lounge

A Wee Morning Liturgy

A short morning liturgy in Wild Goose Resource Group and weeWONDERBOX mode.

Green square10.00 – 11.00 @ DC/ Theatre

Signposts In The Desert: Tales From The West Bank

For more than 70 years Israel and Palestinians have been in a wilderness. Mike Mineter speaks of his experiences in the West Bank and Jerusalem, with particular emphasis on theological and other non-violent initiatives, that point a way to a beautiful future for all in the land, if only people have eyes to see and ears to hear.

10.00 – 11.00 @ External walk (assemble in DC entrance foyer)

Over The Ground, Under The Sun

A riverside wander in the company of each other … and Ecclesiastes. How do the ancient philosopher’s musings resonate with aspects of our living now? Led by Jo Love.

10.00 – 11.00 @ DC/ Lounge

Wandering Into + Out Of Prayer with R.S. Thomas

Join Pádraig Ó Tuama as he brings some of RS Thomas’ poems about prayer into conversation with our own wanderings into, in and out of, belief and dogma.

11.00 – 11.15

Time for refreshment, time to browse stalls, time to engage in reflective interactive activities … or simply have a wee breather.

11.15 – 12.15 @ DC/ Lounge

Imagination: Dead Or Alive?

To some the imagination is a black hole, to others an escapist’s paradise, while yet others find it a decent, godly delight. Here John L. Bell helps us to look at the role of the imagination in faith and out of it.

11.15 – 12.15 @ DC-Theatre 

Walking the Camino de Santiago

In the spring of 2017 Rachel and Craig Smillie walked the 500 mile Camino de Santiago from St Jean Pied de Port in the French Pyrenees to Santiago de Compostela in western Spain. This route has been walked by pilgrims for over a thousand years. The Smillies were overwhelmed by the experience and have become official Camino Bores. They will demand that you pack your rucksack and pull on your walking shoes. If enjoying beautiful scenery, visiting historic towns and villages, meeting lovely people from around the world, guzzling beer and exploring who you are might be of interest to you, come along and find out how it can be done.

11.15 – 12.15 @ DC/ Meeting Room

Stepping Into The Seventh Story

A new and ancient way of thinking about life, the universe and everything – join Gareth Higgins for a story session with a difference – he’ll tell a story, and we’ll reflect together on how to transform our own stories from ones of separation to connection, among humans and each other, the earth, and God. There’ll be laughter, there’ll be tears, and a bearded Irish guy who now lives in North Carolina to share our joy and woes together.

12.15 – 12.30

Time for refreshment, time to browse stalls, time to engage in reflective interactive activities … or simply have a wee breather.

head & shoulders of woman against white background12.30 – 13.30 @ DC/ Lounge

Atrocity Tourism

Much of Kathy Galloway‘s working life has involved travel to many parts of the world, often the less-visited ones. In most of these places, people have taken her to visit places which were sites of atrocities, or memorials to them. These places are important, even sacred, to the people. Some of Kathy’s writing, particularly her poetry, has been an attempt to understand the significance of the sites- for the people, for herself, for other visitors. The workshop will share some of these experiences and writings, and hopefully also open a conversation sharing the stories of those who take part.

Woman head and shoulders against statue12.30 – 13.30 @ DC/ Theatre

The Wandering Artist & The Radical Imagination

Or Beyond ‘Taking a Line for a Walk’ … Artists have often been great wanderers – as well as wonderers. Whether roving the city or the country for inspiration, or working from exile or isolation to critique power and question our habitual ways of seeing, artists know the value of leaving fixed positions from which to see, imagine, believe, create and show. Join Debbie Lewer for an exploration of the visual artist as wanderer, with works of art old and new.

Ian head and shoulders - Dr Ian Milligan, Centre for Excellence for Looked After Children (CELCIS)12.30 – 13.30 @ DC/ Meeting Room

Wondering About The Future? Panel #1

Ian Milligan convenes this respectful conversation and popular panel, in which we can share our own, individual responses to the current state of the world. What are the questions, thoughts, insights and emotions that today’s situation prompts in us … and what do we believe the consequences will be?

13.30 – 14.15

Time for lunch/ dinner, refreshment, time to browse stalls, time to engage in reflective interactive activities … or simply have a wee breather.

The Deaf Connections Cafe (DC-Cafe) will be open for light snacks. A Buffet is available in the DC/ Lounge for those who have pre-purchased a Saturday Buffet Ticket (see below for details). A limited number of Buffet Tickets may be available on the day: if interested, please enquire at Registration.

Otherwise, there are local diner/ restaurants in Bridge Street or north of the river in the city centre.

14.15 – 15.15 @ DC/ Lounge

Here Be Wandering Dragons:  Explorations Of The Abominable Imagination Of Colonisation

If you were going to take over a country, what would the best way be? Join a discussion about how (not) to wreck a country. Using history, story and poetry, Pádraig Ó Tuama will sketch some horrible pathways of power.

Ian head and shoulders - Dr Ian Milligan, Centre for Excellence for Looked After Children (CELCIS)

14.15 – 15.15 @ DC/ Theatre

Wondering About The Future? – Panel #2

Following on from the morning session on our hopes, fears and wonders about the future, Ian Milligan convenes this second panel with other contributors, to glean some responses to the current state of the world.

14.15 – 15.15 @ DC/ Small Meeting Room


What do Jesus, medieval pilgrims, Situationists and CrabMan have in common? Join Graham Maule in an interactive workshop on drifting and wandering and wondering. We’ll explore the Lauriston locale (for this is the name of this part of the city), using artistic tactics that tease out unexpected events, stories and layers of meaning, in order to put ourselves – and the overlooked – into a bigger picture.

15.15 – 15.30

Time for refreshment, time to browse stalls, time to engage in reflective interactive activities … or simply have a wee breather.

15.30 – 16.30 @ DC/ Lounge

A Musical Pilgrimage: Songs of Faith from Around the World

Lina Toth immerses us in an informal session of songs and stories from different parts of the world, but with a particular focus on Europe. Come and listen, travel with your mind’s eye as we follow the map of the world, or join and sing along! Lyrics will be available on the screen.

15.30 – 17.30 @ DC/ Theatre

Nae Pasaran (Film) + Stuart Barrie in conversation

A screening of the magnificent feature documentary by Felipe Bustos Sierra, that charts the incredible true story of the Scots who managed to ground half of Chile’s Air Force, from the other side of the world, in the longest single act of solidarity against Pinochet’s brutal dictatorship.

In 1974 a group of workers at the Rolls Royce factory in East Kilbride showed their support for the people of Chile by refusing to carry out the vital repairs of engines for Hawker Hunter planes, which had been used during the brutal military coup in September 1973. The boycott endured for four years but the Scottish workers never knew what impact they had; it was a matter of conscience and an act of solidarity. Bustos Sierra – himself the Scotland-based son of a Chilean exile – reunites inspirational figures Bob Fulton, Robert Somerville, Stuart Barrie and John Keenan to hear their story. With unprecedented access, Nae Pasaran also ventures much further to detail the horrors of the Pinochet years, meets survivors of the period and hears the Chilean side of the story.

Stuart Barrie, one of the 4 trade unionist protagonists featured will also be in conversation with Kathy Galloway.

15.30 – 16.30 @ DC/ Small Meeting Room

Along Different Lines: How Do We Get Anywhere?

Graham Whitehead takes us on an exploration of journeys with God (by train), and the changes in ways to live out our faith to which God leads us. Does the railway give us any help or direction in following God? How does ‘ministry’ become ‘chaplaincy’, and what is chaplaincy? What’s so important about Birmingham New Street station?

16.30 – 16.45

At this point we vacate Deaf Connections Lounge + Cafe … and the Festival moves over to Iona Community’s Ground space at 21 Carlton Court, for a little while.

16.30 – 19.00 @ IC/ The Ground

Piazza, Pizza, Music & Magic

During this 2 and a half hour slot, several activities are programmed, at present in neither particular order nor timing …

The Official ColumbaFest Music Quiz

… which is, as the title might lead you to expect, a quiz of an officially authorised nature, on things musical, set by Phil White.

Bill’s Ministry Of Magic

Bill Wishart will be wandering about and fascinating us with his magic box, performing some tricks … and perhaps involving something with water pistols …!

Short films

… Titles to be confirmed.


… for those wishing to have some pizza together, while enjoying the various activities, we’ll be getting some delivered. If this tickles your taste buds, you can purchase a Pizza Ticket (see top of page for details). We’ll also have tea, coffee, with some soft drinks and snacks available.

19.00 – 19.15 @ DC/ Theatre

K. Stellar Dutcher

… with a solo set of acoustic songs.

19.15 – 19.30 @ DC/ Theatre

Doug Gay

… with an acoustic set of songs.

19.30 – 21.30 @ DC/ Theatre

Ashton Lane

… who will characteristically, to paraphrase The List, be flitting effortlessly between songs of husky poppiness, stripped down soulfulness and veritable spine-tingling, through songs of their own, fine making.

21.30-22.00 @ DC/ Theatre

22.00 – 23.00 @ DC/ Theatre

The ColumbaFest Sessions

More laid-back session delights, combining ceilidh, sing-around, tonight with a travelling theme … featuring our house band the ColumbaFest Collective.


  • On Sunday morning, from 9.30am-12.30pm, the venue for the first two festival events will be Gorbals Parish Church, 1 Errol Gardens, Gorbals, G5 0RA [Map].
  • Thereafter, from 13.00 onwards, the remaining events will be @ Deaf Connections (DC), 100 Norfolk Street, Glasgow G5 9EJ [Map].

View of tabletop with papers & coffee cups9.30 – 10.30 @ Gorbals Parish Church (Cafe)

Breakfast Papers

– Ian Milligan, James Cathcart & us … Over morning papers, tea, coffee and rolls, Ian and James will host a relaxed time of browsing, reading and reflecting together on what’s happening in the news, the nation, the world. We will be especially asking: ‘Who are the wanderers and wonderers we want to travel with at this time?’ All are welcome.

bread, wine and inkwell11.00 – 12.15 @ Gorbals Parish Church (Sanctuary)

Spirit Stories

… A Pentecost service with the folk of Gorbals Parish. Song, word, silence and symbolic action. All welcome.

12.15 – 13.00

At this point, the main festival venue, Deaf Connections (and Registration) will re-open.

13.00 – 14.00 @ DC/ Lounge

The Apocalypse Already Happened and Nobody Noticed: Rebellion, Revolution and Restoration in the Hour of Chaos

The climate crisis, political uncertainty and economic meltdown: it can seem sometimes as if we’re living in uncharted territory. Luke Devlin reminds us that, in fact, our forebears and prophets knew a thing or two about collapse, renewal and instability. ‘Apocalypse’ is a Greek word meaning a revelation, an uncovering of the deeper patterns of reality. By exploring ways of being together that take seriously our divine nature- and challenge the scourge of materialism and perpetual growth- we uncover surprising sources of hope and inspiration, that might just get us through the hour of chaos.

14.00 – 14.15

Iain Campbell standing in front of his Last Supper painting

14.15 – 15.15 @ DC/ Lounge

Portrait Drawing with I.D. Campbell

Join UNESCO RILA affiliate artist I.D. Campbell for a portrait drawing workshop. Together, we’ll reflect on the lives of the featured models, from refugee backgrounds, whom we are drawing. Beginners and experienced artists all welcome.

14.15 – 15.15 @ DC/ Theatre

Looking For The Church

ʻI think I lost it – won’t you tell me if you come across itʼ – Doug Gay reflects on why so many folk who believe and/or want to belong, find it hard to feel at home in a church. Are they being self- indulgent and consumerist or is refusing to ʻsettleʼ a healthy form of protest against a compromised institution? And what can we do about it?

14.15 – 15.15 @ External walk (assemble in DC entrance foyer)

A Wee Urban WonderWander

A short and gentle walk around some of the art and architecture in the vicinity of Carlton Court, with pauses for reflection and prayer. With Pat Bennett.

15.15 – 15.30

15.30 – 16.30 @ DC/ Theatre

Erring On the Side of Incaution

Scott Robertson leads us in exploring the notion of the wandering God, and what that means for us. How do we follow a God who wanders? What security is there for us? We will look to see where we, like butterfly hunters, are tempted to pin God down. Looking at some examples from Scripture, we will discover the pitfalls of living the safe life and seek rather to discover what, in our fragile world, constitutes a good life.

15.30 – 16.30 @ DC/ Lounge

From Wondering To Wandering

Our third ColumbaFest panel conversation, chaired by Pat Bennett – and with input from other contributors – looks at the joys, delights, challenges, fluid moments and even flashes of inspiration found in walking, wandering, drifting, meandering and getting lost.

16.30 – 16.45

16.45 – 17.45 @ DC/ Theatre

A Big Sing With The Wild Goose

Big, wee and middle-sized songs from Scotland and the whole wide world, for those of similar sizes. A contagious communal sing with the Wild Goose Resource Group, in 1, 2, 3 and maybe even 4 parts (for non-experts and the musically-infected alike).

Horizontal palm of hand cropped on an orange background17.45 – 18.00 @ DC/ Theatre

A Sending Out

A short concluding act of worship, led by the Wild Goose Resource Group, in preparation for our departure from ColumbaFest as we head back homewards.



Exhibitions, Interactive Activities and Stalls

(Wondering) Where The Light Gets In

Although this is a bespoke installation created specifically for Columbafest 2019, Carol Marples has made similar installations in Dundee (2005), Louisville Seminary Chapel, Kentucky (2010) and St. James Leith (2010). The newspaper is a wonderfully incarnational thing, encompassing many local, critical and trivial concerns of our world. The cut out patterns symbolise the need to let light into all areas of our lives and world. White tissue paper sheets are hung intermittently, adding a more ethereal and mysterious quality.

Throughout the weekend @ DC-Lounge

Camino Companions & Comrades

In the spring of 2017, Craig Smillie walked the 500 mile Camino de Santiago from St Jean Pied de Port in the French Pyrenees to Santiago de Compostela in western Spain. During this time, he began work on the series of finished drawings on show here.

Slideshow 1

Slideshow 2

Throughout the weekend @ DC-Lounge

Threshold: Three Refugee Portraits

These are all of people I.D. Campbell met at Bridging the Gap’s Thursday drop-in in Glasgow. Mariam, Hamid and Huda are Glaswegians from other countries. They all had to navigate their way through the narrow gate of the UK asylum system.

Throughout the weekend @ DC/ Lounge

ColumbaFest Interactive

  • Base Camp … some wee questions to get a wee conversation going with your fellow ColumbaFesters. Get to know your pals better and break the ice with new folk.
  • Compass Prayer … an embodied prayer exercise that orients us in both a local and a global context.
  • Finger Knitting … a timeless, compelling and remarkably addictive activity, even for those who have never been near a woolly jumper.
  • Map It Out … a multi-level mapping task for the memory and the imagination … and even treasure. Doodling encouraged!
  • Wandering Feet … a personal reflective exercise on where you have been and where you are going.
  • Wandering The Labyrinth … a labyrinth to travel … letting your fingers do the walking, as you trace an ancient practice.

Throughout the weekend @ DC/ Lounge


… is an Edinburgh based shop which sells unique fair trade Palestinian craft and gifts. Buying fairly traded Palestinian products from them is a vital means to sustain local infrastructures, as many of the producer groups also provide health, education and emergency services in their communities, invariably lacking any form of local government which might do this.

wee wonderbox logo (square red box with white text)

Throughout the weekend @ DC/ Lounge

The Wee Ethical Shop

Our weeWONDERBOX pop-up shop sells a small selection of ethical and fair trade food and household products that you might not easily find at home. There will also be a selection of books and CDs by Wild Goose Resource Group, ColumbaFest contributors, AND there will be a couple of items of ColumbaFest merchandise … mugs and (blank) greeting cards!


Food & Refreshments

Throughout much of the weekend, the Deaf Connections Cafe will be open for snacks & drinks. There are also local shops, restaurants and diners in Norfolk Street and Bridge Street. And, over the suspension bridge at the end of South Portland Street is the city centre, where there are more options.

At Deaf Connections Lounge on Friday evening and Saturday lunchtime, there’s the possibility of a Buffet for those interested – with a selection of soup, sandwiches, wraps, sausage rolls, etc., in vegetarian, non-vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options. Buffet Tickets can be pre-ordered online or purchased at Registration, at a cost of £6 per head, per buffet; or £12 for both. Availability will be limited, so if interested, please book/ let us know quickly.

On Saturday evening, at the IC/ Ground, we’ll be ordering and offering the chance to share pizzas together. We’ll have a selection of topping types. This will be by donation at a suggested £5 per head (though note, this won’t be for a full pizza portion). Pizza Tickets can be pre-ordered online or purchased @ Registration.

Alcohol will be available on Friday and Saturday evenings during the Concert and ColumbaFest Session times, on a suggested donation basis. Non-alcoholic drinks will be on sale at these times too.


Accessibility and Health & Safety

Disabled access to Deaf Connections is to the east of the main building, in Oxford lane. Once inside, there is a lift to the ground floor to access the Cafe, Lounge, Registration and Meeting Rooms. On the 2nd floor is the Theatre.

The Iona Community Ground has a single steps with internal ramped steps. Assistance can be given by the ColumbaFest team.

Smoking is not permitted in any part of the venues.


Documentation & Photography

We will be recording and documenting the festival throughout the weekend, in sound, photography and video. As you’ll appreciate this is important for us in publicising and sharing the good news of what’s been going on.

However, if you have any concerns or don’t wish to be photographed, please either let the ColumbaFest team / documenters know or it may also be possible to be aware of this and look away/ obscure your face in some appropriate way.



ColumbaFest would like to thank Deaf Connections, Gorbals Parish Church and our landlord, DMK UK, for their generous help and collaboration.
And of course, to all our wonderful Contributors.
And to all our wonderful friends who have offered help in so many ways.
And of course, most gratefully, to you Festers’ for wanting to be – and being – here.
Merci … and see you next year!


ColumbaFest Steering Group 2019

… were, are and ever shall be: John L. Bell, Pat Bennett, James Cathcart, Leanne Clelland, Andy Evans, Fiona Evans, Sharon Hayward, Jo Love, Carol McArthur, Graham Maule, Lina Toth, Fred Vincent, Phil White.



Deaf Connections(DC)

(Friday – Sunday)

100 Norfolk St, Glasgow G5 9EJ     Map

The main entrance is up a staircase on the corner of Norfolk Street and South Portland Streets to the east of the main building, in Oxford lane. Once inside, there is a lift to the ground floor to access the Cafe, Lounge, Registration and Meeting Rooms. On the 2nd floor, you’ll find the Theatre.


Stables frontage from south west

Iona Community, The Ground (IC)


21 Carlton Court, Glasgow G5 9JP     Map

There is a door entry system on the Carlton Court gate. Someone should be there to let you in. Push the gate open and check it’s closed behind you. The door to The Ground is on the left. Access is via one step. If assistance is required with this, a steward can help. Inside there is a stepped ramp. Again assistance can be provided.


  • From Glasgow Central Station – About 6-10 minutes walk to The Ground.
  • From Glasgow Queen St Station – About 10-15 minutes walk to Deaf Connections and The Ground.
  • From Bridge Street Underground – About 2-3 minutes walk.

Buses (from the City Centre)

  • 3 (First Glasgow: Drumchapel – Govan); 4 (First Glasgow: Broomhill – Muirend or Newton Mearns);
  • 38 (First Glasgow: Easterhouse or Garthamlock – Spiersbridge or Crookfur);
  • 38A (First Glasgow: Easterhouse – Spiersbridge or Crookfur);
  • 57 (First Glasgow: Westerhill or Auchinairn – Pollokshaws West);
  • 57A (First Glasgow: Balornock East – Kennishead).

On leaving the bus, walk 3 blocks back to Carlton Court and turn right (Princes Trust is on the corner).


On-street parking on streets immediately adjacent (a street away to the east) to Carlton Court, South Portland Street and Carlton Place. Please note carefully the time restrictions and charges. Bridge Street Underground has Park + Ride parking (with costs).

Gorbals Church south sideGorbals Parish Church (GC)

(Sunday morning only)

1 Errol Gardens, Gorbals, Glasgow G5 0RA     Map


  • From Glasgow Queen St Station – About 10-15 minutes walk to The Ground. The Gorbals Church is another 10 mins further.
  • From Bridge Street Underground – About 2-3 minutes walk. The Gorbals Church is another 10 mins further.

Buses (from the City Centre)

  • 6 (First Glasgow: Clydebank to East Kilbride Calderwood)
  • 75 (First Glasgow: Milton – Castlemilk)
  • 267 (First Glasgow: Glasgow-Hamilton or West Crindledyke)

All to The Citizens Theatre in Gorbals Street, after Bedford Street. On leaving the bus, Citizens’ Theatre on your left, walk on to Cleland Street, take the left through the tunnel and on exiting it, you will see Gorbals Parish Church ahead of you to the left hand side.


Car park immediately to east of the Church (after 5pm/ all Sunday). On-street parking elsewhere on Errol Gardens & Crown Street, beside the Co-op. Note that the the Co-op car park is free for 2 hours only.