Contributors 2018

ColumbaFest, weeWONDERBOX’s flagship urban festival, returns to Glasgow city centre on June 8th-10th, 2018.

The theme: ‘Dreams & Visions’ … on what makes ‘prophecy’ today.

You can find more detailed information on the Full Programme here.

And here’s the full ColumbaFest 2018 Contributors list below. They are as follows (click their name to jump to their details):

John L. Bell  |  Jane Bentley  |  Ian Bradley  |  Christian Aid / Leanne Clelland  |  eXp Cowal Youth  |  Kathy Galloway  |  Craig Gardiner  |  Glaikit Carnyx  |  Alyson Hallett  |  The Hazels  |  David Heavenor  | Kelvin Holdsworth  Debbie Lewer  |  Donald W.G. Lindsay  |  Peter McColl  |  Alastair McIntosh  |  Lorraine McIntosh  |  Margaret McLarty  |  Carol Marples  |  Ian Milligan  |  Pádraig Ó Tuama  |  Neil Sutcliffe  |  Andy Thornton  |  Laura Wood

 


John teaching songs

John L. Bell

… is a preacher, hymnwriter, composer, lecturer and broadcaster and resource worker with the Wild Goose Resource Group of the Iona Community. He is a past convenor of the Church of Scotland’s Panel on Worship and the committee that produced the ground-breaking Church Hymnary 4. In 1999, he was honoured by the Presbyterian Church of Canada and the Royal School of Church Music which bestowed a Fellowship on him. In 2002, he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Glasgow. In 2013, he was awarded the Community of Christ International Peace Award.

John has produced many collections of liturgy, scripts, sermons and reflections, original hymns and songs, most of which are published by Wild Goose Publications and by GIA Publications in North America. He lectures in theological colleges in Britain and the US, but is primarily concerned with the renewal of congregational worship at grass roots level.

John hails from Kilmarnock and like Johnnie Walker, the ubiquitous creator of the world-wide whisky, John shares an affection for colourfully, distinctive dressing (without the top hat, red coat, white britches and black knee-length boots). www.wildgoose.scot

 


Woman with arms outstretched holding pen and lanyard pass and smilingJane Bentley

… is a musician, facilitator, consultant and trainer; specialising in music in communication, health and well-being settings. She believes that everyone can make music – piloting musical social innovation projects as diverse as an award winning drumming group for people experiencing mental health difficulties; making music with people in prison and their children to encourage family bonding, and creating a spontaneous bicycle orchestra for the upcoming European Championships in Glasgow. She has trained musicians, therapists, educators, trainers, arts practitioners, and nursing staff from Bathgate to Bangalore, and will take up a fellowship with the Global Brain Health Institute at Trinity College, Dublin, later this year. artbeatmusic.org

 


Ian Bradley

… is Emeritus Professor of Cultural and Spiritual History in the University of St Andrews and well known as a preacher, retreat leader, writer and broadcaster. He is the author of over forty books, five of them on the theme of Celtic Christianity, the latest of which is ‘Following The Celtic Way’ – A New Assessment of Celtic Christianity (Darton Longman & Todd, 2018).

 


White letering on red tag: Christian AidChristian Aid Scotland/ Leanne Clelland

… is one of the UK’s oldest and most reputable campaigning organisations. Their mission can be summarised as follows:

‘We stand together. For dignity. For equality. For justice. Everyone is equal in the sight of God. Yet we live in a world where poverty still persists. Poverty is an outrage against humanity. It robs people of their dignity and lets injustice thrive. But together we have the power to transform lives.’

For over 70 years, Christian Aid has been standing with the poorest of our neighbours. They work in 37 countries, with people of all faiths and none, to stand up for dignity, equality and justice.

Leanne Clelland is Communications Officer with Christian Aid Scotland (as well as being one of the ColumbaFest steering group). www.christianaid.org.uk/scotland

 


eXP Cowal logo - red text on circular black groundeXp Cowal Youth

Established in 2009, eXp is a Christian youth project for young people across Cowal. Supported by churches and mainly funded by the Augusta Lamont Bequest it is open to every young person in Cowal. The core of their work is inspired by Jesus’ words, ‘I have come to bring life, life in all its fullness’.

eXP engages in youth work that emphasises quality relationships, excellent programmes and a high commitment to helping every young person be the best they can be.

eXp meets young people where they are, out on the streets, in school, in the parks, at clubs and activities and presents the gospel in a way which is both engaging and meaningful to young people.

At the heart of eXp is an invitation: for young people and children to make new friends, have great adventures, develop their potential and eXplore the way of Jesus; for parents and carers to share in the growth of their children; for churches to help support and plan the work and share the life of eXp; for schools, youth clubs or other agencies to join with young people and children in common cause. expyouthwork.org.uk

 


head & shoulders of woman against white backgroundKathy Galloway

… is a practical theologian, writer and activist. She has worked for Christian Aid and Church Action on Poverty and is once again working for the Iona Community.

She is the author of a dozen books on justice issues, spirituality and poetry and her writings have been widely anthologised.

 

 


Craig Gardiner

… grew up in the North of Ireland, is now married to a Scot and together they have two Welsh children -(which makes international rugby an exercise in peace and reconciliation). He worked as a local Baptist minister for 8 years in Cardiff and now teaches theology and worship in Cardiff University and South Wales Baptist College. He has a particular interest the theology of Dietrich Bonhoeffer and in the role that congregational worship plays in forming Christian character. He is a member of the Iona Community and his research studies under Dr Rowan Williams has recently been published in a new book, Melodies of a New Monasticism: Bonhoeffer’s Vision, Iona’s Witness

 


Woman head and shoulders on seashore & man head and shoulders in church ruinsGlaikit Carnyx

deliver workshops, tours and events relating to the history, culture and languages of Scotland. They draw on historical evidence, literature, song and story to provide an engaging, lively and memorable session. Originally from Wisconsin, Bria Mason has spent the past twelve years living in locations across Scotland. A prize-winning singer and songwriter and fluent in Gaelic, she has a strong academic background (MA Celtic; MLitt Language Policy & Planning) as well as years of practical experience of outreach and event organisation as a Gaelic language officer and in a voluntary capacity.  Duncan Sneddon, an Edinburgh native, is a specialist in early medieval Scottish history who also works on Gaelic literature. Duncan is currently completing his PhD in Scottish History to add to his MA in Celtic Studies and Scottish History and MSt Celtic Studies. He is fluent in Gaelic and Scots, and he has published extensively in the latter.

 


Alyson Hallett

Alyson’s latest collection, Toots, was published by Mariscat Press and shortlisted for the Michael Marks Award. She has published 7 other books, including poetry, short stories and co-written narratives with a walking artist and a physical geographer.  Alyson has written drama and an audio diary for Radio 4, drama for Sky Television and an essay for Radio 3.  Alyson loves to collaborate with other artists – she has worked with dancers and composers and sculptors have carved her poems into boulders and a pavement in the city of Bath. For the last 17 years she has been running a public art project that looks at the migration habits of stones, which involves taking stones with words carved into them around the world. Life as a writer began for Alyson in Pollokshields Library, Glasgow, where she used to attend weekly writing workshops run by the poet Janet Paisley. www.thestonelibrary.com

 


The Hazels - red letters on yellowThe Hazels

nfo soon.

John L. Bell

… is a preacher, hymnwriter, composer, lecturer and broadcaster and resource worker with the Wild Goose Resource Group of the Iona Community. He is a past convenor of the Church of Scotland’s Panel on Worship and the committee that produced the ground-breaking Church Hymnary 4. In 1999, he was honoured by the Presbyterian Church of Canada and the Royal School of Church Music which bestowed a Fellowship on him. In 2002, he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Glasgow. In 2013, he was awarded the Community of Christ International Peace Award.

John has produced many collections of liturgy, scripts, sermons and reflections, original hymns and songs, most of which are published by Wild Goose Publications and by GIA Publications in North America. He lectures in theological colleges in Britain and US, but is primarily concerned with the renewal of congregational worship at grass roots level.

John hails from Kilmarnock and like Johnnie Walker, the ubiquitous creator of the world-wide whisky, John shares an affection for colourfully, distinctive dressing (without the top hat, red coat, white britches and black knee-length boots). www.wildgoose.scot

 


Woman with arms outstretched holding pen and lanyard pass and smilingJane Bentley

… is a musician, facilitator, consultant and trainer; specialising in music in communication, health and well-being settings. She believes that everyone can make music – piloting musical social innovation projects as diverse as an award winning drumming group for people experiencing mental health difficulties; making music with people in prison and their children to encourage family bonding, and creating a spontaneous bicycle orchestra for the upcoming European Championships in Glasgow. She has trained musicians, therapists, educators, trainers, arts practitioners, and nursing staff from Bathgate to Bangalore, and will take up a fellowship with the Global Brain Health Institute at Trinity College, Dublin, later this year. artbeatmusic.org

 


Ian Bradley

… is Emeritus Professor of Cultural and Spiritual History in the University of St Andrews and well known as a preacher, retreat leader, writer and broadcaster. He is the author of over forty books, five of them on the theme of Celtic Christianity, the latest of which is ‘Following The Celtic Way’ – A New Assessment of Celtic Christianity (Darton Longman & Todd, 2018).

 


White letering on red tag: Christian AidChristian Aid Scotland/ Leanne Clelland

… is one of the UK’s oldest and most reputable campaigning organisations. Their mission can be summarised as follows:

‘We stand together. For dignity. For equality. For justice. Everyone is equal in the sight of God. Yet we live in a world where poverty still persists. Poverty is an outrage against humanity. It robs people of their dignity and lets injustice thrive. But together we have the power to transform lives.’

For over 70 years, Christian Aid has been standing with the poorest of our neighbours. They work in 37 countries, with people of all faiths and none, to stand up for dignity, equality and justice.

Leanne Clelland is Communications Officer with Christian Aid Scotland (as well as being one of the ColumbaFest steering group). www.christianaid.org.uk/scotland

 


eXP Cowal logo - red text on circular black groundeXp Cowal Youth

Established in 2009, eXp is a Christian youth project for young people across Cowal. Supported by churches and mainly funded by the Augusta Lamont Bequest it is open to every young person in Cowal. The core of their work is inspired by Jesus words, ‘I have come to bring life, life in all its fullness’.

eXP engages in youth work that emphasises quality relationships, excellent programmes and a high commitment to helping every young person be the best they can be.

eXp meets young people where they are, out on the streets, in school, in the parks, at clubs and activities and presents the gospel in a way which is both engaging and meaningful to young people.

At the heart of eXp is an invitation: for young people and children to make new friends, have great adventures, develop their potential and eXplore the way of Jesus; for parents and carers to share in the growth of their children; for churches to help support and plan the work and share the life of eXp; for schools, youth clubs or other agencies to join with young people and children in common cause. expyouthwork.org.uk

 


head & shoulders of woman against white backgroundKathy Galloway

… is a practical theologian, writer and activist. She has worked for Christian Aid and Church Action on Poverty and is once again working for the Iona Community.

She is the author of a dozen books on justice issues, spirituality and poetry and her writings have been widely anthologised.

 

 


Craig Gardiner

… grew up in the North of Ireland, is now married to a Scot and together they have two Welsh children -(which makes international rugby an exercise in peace and reconciliation). He worked as a local Baptist minister for 8 years in Cardiff and now teaches theology and worship in Cardiff University and South Wales Baptist College. He has a particular interest the theology of Dietrich Bonhoeffer and in the role that congregational worship plays in forming Christian character. He is a member of the Iona Community and his research studies under Dr Rowan Williams has recently been published in a new book, Melodies of a New Monasticism: Bonhoeffer’s Vision, Iona’s Witness

 


Woman head and shoulders on seashore & man head and shoulders in church ruinsGlaikit Carnyx

deliver workshops, tours and events relating to the history, culture and languages of Scotland. They draw on historical evidence, literature, song and story to provide an engaging, lively and memorable session. Originally from Wisconsin, Bria Mason has spent the past twelve years living in locations across Scotland. A prize-winning singer and songwriter and fluent in Gaelic, she has a strong academic background (MA Celtic; MLitt Language Policy & Planning) as well as years of practical experience of outreach and event organisation as a Gaelic language officer and in a voluntary capacity.  Duncan Sneddon, an Edinburgh native, is a specialist in early medieval Scottish history who also works on Gaelic literature. Duncan is currently completing his PhD in Scottish History to add to his MA in Celtic Studies and Scottish History and MSt Celtic Studies. He is fluent in Gaelic and Scots, and he has published extensively in the latter.

 


Alyson Hallett

Alyson’s latest collection, Toots, was published by Mariscat Press and shortlisted for the Michael Marks Award. She has published 7 other books, including poetry, short stories and co-written narratives with a walking artist and a physical geographer.  Alyson has written drama and an audio diary for Radio 4, drama for Sky Television and an essay for Radio 3.  Alyson loves to collaborate with other artists – she has worked with dancers and composers and sculptors have carved her poems into boulders and a pavement in the city of Bath. For the last 17 years she has been running a public art project that looks at the migration habits of stones, which involves taking stones with words carved into them around the world. Life as a writer began for Alyson in Pollokshields Library, Glasgow, where she used to attend weekly writing workshops run by the poet Janet Paisley. www.thestonelibrary.com

 


The Hazels - red letters on yellowThe Hazels

The Hazels are a wonderful and unique musical phenomenon from Glasgow, that no-one should miss!

Enjoy the sounds of summers past, present and future in their compelling company. With them, let yer soul sing!

 


David Heavenor

Edinburgh-based singer songwriter David has been called the mystery man of Scottish music by David Scott, Radio presenter and musician in Scottish Band The Pearlfishers.  Journalist and broadcaster Tom Morton writing in The Scotsman called his song Linger and Go ‘a masterpiece of songwriting.’  Other plaudits for songs also appearing on his first album Private (The Night Visitors) come from Ricky Ross who called Jenny and the Cold Caller ‘One of the best songs ever written’. David’s  album Winter’s Children was called ’A beautiful album in every respect…’ by BBC producer Stewart Cruickshank.  David has subsequently recorded  The Automatic Eye with David Scott, The Innocent’s Eye with Steve Butler, In Northern Towns Like These, Another Eden, Fall and I Wanted To See Him appeared last year as a compilation record. All tracks are available on Bandcamp, CD Baby and iTunes.

 



Priest with rainbow umbrella talking to young womanKelvin Holdsworth

… has stood for parliament, campaigned for gay rights (and rites) and marched for justice.

He is a priest of the Scottish Episcopal Church and is the Provost of St Mary’s Cathedral in Glasgow. St Mary’s aspires to be an open, inclusive and welcoming congregation and last year famously invited a member of one of Glasgow’s Muslim communities to share the story of Jesus that is found in the Qur’an.

Kelvin keeps a blog at www.thurible.net and is addicted to Twitter: @thurible


Debbie LewerWoman head and shoulders against statue

… is Senior Lecturer in History of Art at the University of Glasgow. She writes and teaches on art in Europe and is a specialist in 20th-century German art.

She is fascinated by the rich, complex and sometimes fraught relationship between art and Christianity in the past and today. Outside the University Debbie is a regular speaker and workshop leader on art and faith in churches, on retreats, at festivals and in theological colleges across the UK. www.gla.ac.uk/schools/cca/staff/deborahlewer

 


Donald head & shoulders with his pipesDonald W.G. Lindsay

… is a Scottish musician and singer, and musical instrument designer/inventor. 

His first instrument is now one of his own design, the Lindsay System Scottish Smallpipes, an instrument which offers a range more than double that of the traditional Scottish Smallpipes while still maintaining the traditional fingering techniques and preserving (and extending) the characteristic voice of the Scottish Smallpipes. Donald also plays the whistle & low whistle, both now of his own “Qwistle” design.

As a singer of Scots songs, Donald’s voice and delivery is respected amongst those who’ve experienced it.

Having spent the period 2010-2016 developing his instruments, Donald returned to live performance during 2016, appearing on STV’s The Riverside Show with Alasdair Roberts, and taking part in Shane Connolly’s show From Taiko to Txalaparta as part of Celtic Connections 2017

A band is currently forming around the Lindsay System pipes, bringing together award winning Scottish saxophonist and composer Konrad Wiszniewski, with noted Glasgow drummer Doug Hough, and brilliant young fiddler Roo Geddes. A limited number of live performances (primarily within Scotland), and an album length recording, with videos, are expected to follow during 2018.

Donald is Scottish Smallpipes tutor at The National Piping Centre in Otago Street, Glasgow (formerly The College of Piping), along with Alana MacInnes. He is currently convener of the Lowland & Border Pipers Society, and founder & memberof The Glasgow Smallpipers. www.donaldwglindsay.com

 


Peter McColl

… is a writer and activist. He has worked on big challenges at both a local and global level.

He was Rector of the University of Edinburgh from 2012 to 2015, and is currently working on issues around the new economy – automation, data and popular participation in decision making.

He grew up in Belfast, and has lived in Scotland for 20 years.

 


Man head and shoulders with harbour in the backgroundAlastair McIntosh

… has been described by BBC TV as “one of the world’s leading environmental campaigners.” A pioneer of modern land reform in Scotland, he helped bring the Isle of Eigg into community ownership. On the Isle of Harris he negotiated withdrawal of the world’s biggest cement company (Lafarge) from a devastating “superquarry” plan, then agreed to serve (unpaid) on that company’s Sustainability Stakeholders Panel for 10 years.  Alastair guest lectures at military staff colleges, most notably the UK Defence Academy, on nonviolence. His books include Soil and Soul: People versus Corporate Power (Aurum), Hell and High Water: Climate Change, Hope and the Human Condition (Birlinn), Rekindling Community (Green Books) and Spiritual Activism: Leadership as Service (Green Books). His most recent major work is Poacher’s Pilgrimage: an Island Journey (Birlinn 2016). He is a fellow of the School of Divinity at the University of Edinburgh and a visiting professor at the College of Social Sciences, University of Glasgow. www.AlastairMcIntosh.com   |  Twitter: @alastairmci

Photo: Nick Underdown

 


Woman in red tartan shirt

Lorraine McIntosh

… is a renowned Scottish actor and musician. Her first foray into professional acting was in 1998, in Ken Loach’s award-winning film My Name is Joe. Prior to this, she concentrated on a successful musical career as vocalist with Deacon Blue, whose credits include two number one albums and seventeen top twenty singles. She continues to record and tour with the band, having released their most recent album ‘Believers’ in September 2016, which entered the UK charts at number 12.

Theatre work includes: Still Game at The Hydro, (Phil McIntyre Entertainment), Beowulf, God of Carnage, (Tron Theatre,) Mum’s The Word, Robert C Kelly Productions, Let the Right One In, Men Should Weep and Beautiful Burnout (National Theatre of Scotland) and Sixteen (The Arches).

Television work includes: Long Night at Blackstone, (Hopscotch Productions for BBC), Scot Squad ,(BBC) Happy Holidays (Effingee Productions), West End Girls (Solus Productions), Hope Springs (Shed Productions), West Skerra Light, ( Hopscotch Productions for BBC),) River City and Life Support (BBC) and Psychos (Channel 4).

Film work includes Spores,( Hopscotch Productions) Wilbur (Dogma/Sigma Films) and Aberdeen (Freeway Films). Radio work includes) In Search of Highland Mary and Dan 50 (BBC Radio Scotland).

 


Margaret McLarty

… is a multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter.

Her debut album, Brigid’s Birds, is inspired by life and landscape in the Hebridean island of Iona and her home city of Glasgow. Released with the support of a Kickstarter crowdfunding project in 2017 it has been called “a tiny feathery masterpiece”, “full of warmth and feeling”, the songs “wistful and poignant”.

Margaret’s musical life started when her mum taught her recorder and piano. Or it could have been when she made up songs under the noise of the hairdryer. Whatever it was, it led her to study a BA in Applied Music at Strathclyde University, with an honours in flute performance. She then worked as a volunteer and Resident Musician on Iona for two years. After leaving Iona she followed her nose into various musical, community and liturgical settings.

Margaret is currently based in Midlothian and is an event leader for the children’s charity Fischy Music. Her latest project is a gig with her dad for the Edinburgh Fringe titled, ‘The Land, The Sea, The City: Stories and Songs of Scotland’.

www.margaretmclarty.com  | Facebook: margaretmclartymusic  |  Twitter: @magsmclarty

Photo: Sandy Butler

 



Carol Marples

… is the artist and development worker for the Soul Marks Trust [est.2003] This work has included creating large scale tapestries in Scotland, France and Canada with the International communities of L’Arche and Faith and Light; creating quiet spaces in conference centres, cathedrals and tents; leading workshops both locally and globally in Art, Space and Worship and working collaboratively with others to create visuals for worship, including on several occasions, the Wild Goose Resource Group.

Carol is also the tutor for the Art and Spirituality course at Leith School of Art, Edinburgh and is presently in the final stages of completing her PhD studies researching ‘Installation Art in Contemporary Worship’ at the University of St. Andrews. www.soulmarks.co.uk

 



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

… is a 63-year old survivor member of a small group of believers called BERT (don’t ask … but it’s Scotland’s oldest and most admirable Base Christian Community – ED ) who meet in each other’s homes of a Monday night for worship, bits of business, meals and what not. We have been doing this for nearly 40 years in East Pollokshields. Ian has been protesting/ witnessing outside Faslane nuclear base for even longer. He has lots of friends in, and shared interests with, Iona community-types/ reprobates (a well-known Scottish church / psychologically deviant classification – ED). Ian started off a socially-engaged, radical evangelical, a small niche even then, but has been shedding labels along the way. Currently much influenced and encouraged by Richard Rohr. He thinks he ought to be doing contemplation … but it is difficult.

 


Pádraig Ó Tuama

… is a poet and theologian based in Belfast. Since 2014 he has been the leader of the Corrymeela Community, Ireland’s oldest peace and reconciliation witness dedicated to transforming conflict through human encounter. Pádraig’s interests encompass poetry, religion, conflict and storytelling. His work has been published by Canterbury Press (2012, 2013, 2017) and Hodder (2015) and has received critical acclaim from circles of poetry, psychology and religion. In 2011, he, with his partner Paul Doran, founded the Tenx9 storytelling project (tenx9.com), a project that has spread to fourteen cities across Europe, Australia and North America.

     OR more concisely …

Pádraig  is a Corkman who likes poetry, theology, stories and whiskey. He’s the leader of the Corrymeela Community and likes to ask questions. www.padraigotuama.com

Photo: Joran Martin Johansen /Vikna-foto

 


Neil Sutcliffe

… is an accordionist, singer and pianist from Stirling. He is currently studying on a Classical degree at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow. Although he has wide experience in different genres, Neil comes from a family background primarily in traditional music.

Over the last few years he has been expanding his song repertoire and exploring the world of Scots and Gaelic song, learning in particular from his mother, Jo Miller, and family friends, Alison McMorland and Geordie McIntyre. soundcloud.com/neil-sutcliffe

 


Andy Thornton

… once spent 12 years in Glasgow, first as the Church of Scotland’s Youth Adviser and later leading the Youth Health Promotion team of the city. He also had stints as a full-time rock musician and recording artist in the heyday of Glasgow’s 80s rock boom. Sadly, he didn’t boom himself, but has kept writing and playing since… these days inspired by a restless dream of justice and peace in a fractured world.

Andy left Glasgow to run Greenbelt Festival and then stayed in London, going on to become the Chief Executive of the Citizenship Foundation. He spent time working in the Cabinet Office and has seen Westminster politics pretty close up which he insists can be done without losing your integrity. He worked quite closely with government until the 2010 coalition in Westminster changed the direction for many of those involved in democracy education. From then on it was time to do battle for what he believed was an important cause.

He now runs a small music charity and is a lead consultant for the British Council, working in democracy education in Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Lebanon.

 


Woman speaking in front of bannerLaura Wood

… is a volunteer and inveterate campaigner for Glasgow Anti Slavery Group. Laura has been the chairperson since 2014. She has always been fascinated by autobiographies of victims of slavery. Since finding out about Modern Slavery through studying Anthropology, she has been passionately committed to raising awareness on the issue. www.antislavery.org

 


David Heavenor

Edinburgh-based singer songwriter David has been called the mystery man of Scottish music by David Scott, Radio presenter and musician in Scottish Band The Pearlfishers.  Journalist and broadcaster Tom Morton writing in The Scotsman called his song Linger and Go ‘a masterpiece of songwriting.’  Other plaudits for songs also appearing on his first album Private (The Night Visitors) come from Ricky Ross who called Jenny and the Cold Caller ‘One of the best songs ever written’. David’s  album Winter’s Children was called ’A beautiful album in every respect…’ by BBC producer Stewart Cruickshank.  David has subsequently recorded  The Automatic Eye with David Scott, The Innocent’s Eye with Steve Butler, In Northern Towns Like These, Another Eden, Fall and a I Wanted To See Him appeared last year as a compilation record. All tracks are available on Bandcamp, CD Baby and iTunes.

 



Priest with rainbow umbrella talking to young womanKelvin Holdsworth

… has stood for parliament, campaigned for gay rights (and rites) and marched for justice.

He is a priest of the Scottish Episcopal Church and is the Provost of St Mary’s Cathedral in Glasgow. St Mary’s aspires to be an open, inclusive and welcoming congregation and last year famously invited a member of one of Glasgow’s Muslim communities to share the story of Jesus that is found in the Qur’an.

Kelvin keeps a blog at www.thurible.net and is addicted to Twitter: @thurible


Debbie LewerWoman head and shoulders against statue

… is Senior Lecturer in History of Art at the University of Glasgow. She writes and teaches on art in Europe and is a specialist in 20th-century German art.

She is fascinated by the rich, complex and sometimes fraught relationship between art and Christianity in the past and today. Outside the University Debbie is a regular speaker and workshop leader on art and faith in churches, on retreats, at festivals and in theological colleges across the UK. www.gla.ac.uk/schools/cca/staff/deborahlewer

 


Donald head & shoulders with his pipesDonald W.G. Lindsay

… is a Scottish musician and singer, and musical instrument designer/inventor. 

His first instrument is now one of his own design, the Lindsay System Scottish Smallpipes, an instrument which offers a range more than double that of the traditional Scottish Smallpipes while still maintaining the traditional fingering techniques and preserving (and extending) the characteristic voice of the Scottish Smallpipes. Donald also plays the whistle & low whistle, both now of his own “Qwistle” design.

As a singer of Scots songs, Donald’s voice and delivery is respected amongst those who’ve experienced it.

Having spent the period 2010-2016 developing his instruments, Donald returned to live performance during 2016, appearing on STV’s The Riverside Show with Alasdair Roberts, and taking part in Shane Connolly’s show From Taiko to Txalaparta as part of Celtic Connections 2017

A band is currently forming around the Lindsay System pipes, bringing together award winning Scottish saxophonist and composer Konrad Wiszniewski, with noted Glasgow drummer Doug Hough, and brilliant young fiddler Roo Geddes. A limited number of live performances (primarily within Scotland), and an album length recording, with videos, are expected to follow during 2018.

Donald is Scottish Smallpipes tutor at The National Piping Centre in Otago Street, Glasgow (formerly The College of Piping), along with Alana MacInnes. He is currently convener of the Lowland & Border Pipers Society, and founder & memberof The Glasgow Smallpipers. www.donaldwglindsay.com

 


Peter McColl

… is a writer and activist. He has worked on big challenges at both a local and global level.

He was Rector of the University of Edinburgh from 2012 to 2015, and is currently working on issues around the new economy – automation, data and popular participation in decision making.

He grew up in Belfast, and has lived in Scotland for 20 years.

 


Man head and shoulders with harbour in the backgroundAlastair McIntosh

… has been described by BBC TV as “one of the world’s leading environmental campaigners.” A pioneer of modern land reform in Scotland, he helped bring the Isle of Eigg into community ownership. On the Isle of Harris he negotiated withdrawal of the world’s biggest cement company (Lafarge) from a devastating “superquarry” plan, then agreed to serve (unpaid) on that company’s Sustainability Stakeholders Panel for 10 years.  Alastair guest lectures at military staff colleges, most notably the UK Defence Academy, on nonviolence. His books include Soil and Soul: People versus Corporate Power (Aurum), Hell and High Water: Climate Change, Hope and the Human Condition (Birlinn), Rekindling Community (Green Books) and Spiritual Activism: Leadership as Service (Green Books). His most recent major work is Poacher’s Pilgrimage: an Island Journey (Birlinn 2016). He is a fellow of the School of Divinity at the University of Edinburgh and a visiting professor at the College of Social Sciences, University of Glasgow. www.AlastairMcIntosh.com   |  Twitter: @alastairmci

Photo: Nick Underdown

 


Woman in red tartan shirt

Lorraine McIntosh

… is a renowned Scottish actor and musician. Her first foray into professional acting was in 1998, in Ken Loach’s award-winning film My Name is Joe. Prior to this, she concentrated on a successful musical career as vocalist with Deacon Blue, whose credits include two number one albums and seventeen top twenty singles. She continues to record and tour with the band, having released their most recent album ‘Believers’ in September 2016, which entered the UK charts at number 12.

Theatre work includes: Still Game at The Hydro, (Phil McIntyre Entertainment), Beowulf, God of Carnage, (Tron Theatre,) Mum’s The Word, Robert C Kelly Productions, Let the Right One In, Men Should Weep and Beautiful Burnout (National Theatre of Scotland) and Sixteen (The Arches).

Television work includes: Long Night at Blackstone, (Hopscotch Productions for BBC), Scot Squad ,(BBC) Happy Holidays (Effingee Productions), West End Girls (Solus Productions), Hope Springs (Shed Productions), West Skerra Light, ( Hopscotch Productions for BBC),) River City and Life Support (BBC) and Psychos (Channel 4).

Film work includes Spores,( Hopscotch Productions) Wilbur (Dogma/Sigma Films) and Aberdeen (Freeway Films). Radio work includes) In Search of Highland Mary and Dan 50 (BBC Radio Scotland).

 


Margaret McLarty

… is a multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter.

Her debut album, Brigid’s Birds, is inspired by life and landscape in the Hebridean island of Iona and her home city of Glasgow. Released with the support of a Kickstarter crowdfunding project in 2017 it has been called “a tiny feathery masterpiece”, “full of warmth and feeling”, the songs “wistful and poignant”.

Margaret’s musical life started when her mum taught her recorder and piano. Or it could have been when she made up songs under the noise of the hairdryer. Whatever it was, it led her to study a BA in Applied Music at Strathclyde University, with an honours in flute performance. She then worked as a volunteer and Resident Musician on Iona for two years. After leaving Iona she followed her nose into various musical, community and liturgical settings.

Margaret is currently based in Midlothian and is an event leader for the children’s charity Fischy Music. Her latest project is a gig with her dad for the Edinburgh Fringe titled, ‘The Land, The Sea, The City: Stories and Songs of Scotland’.

www.margaretmclarty.com  | Facebook: margaretmclartymusic  |  Twitter: @magsmclarty

Photo: Sandy Butler

 



Carol Marples

… is the artist and development worker for the Soul Marks Trust [est.2003] This work has included creating large scale tapestries in Scotland, France and Canada with the International communities of L’Arche and Faith and Light; creating quiet spaces in conference centres, cathedrals and tents; leading workshops both locally and globally in Art, Space and Worship and working collaboratively with others to create visuals for worship, including on several occasions, the Wild Goose Resource Group.

Carol is also the tutor for the Art and Spirituality course at Leith School of Art, Edinburgh and is presently in the final stages of completing her PhD studies researching ‘Installation Art in Contemporary Worship’ at the University of St. Andrews. www.soulmarks.co.uk

 



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

… is a 63-year old survivor member of a small group of believers called BERT (don’t ask … but it’s Scotland’s oldest and most admirable Base Christian Community – ED ) who meet in each other’s homes of a Monday night for worship, bits of business, meals and what not. We have been doing this for nearly 40 years in East Pollokshields. Ian has been protesting/ witnessing outside Faslane nuclear base for even longer. He has lots of friends in, and shared interests with, Iona community-types/ reprobates (a well-known Scottish church / psychologically deviant classification – ED). Ian started off a socially-engaged, radical evangelical, a small niche even then, but has been shedding labels along the way. Currently much influenced and encouraged by Richard Rohr. He thinks he ought to be doing contemplation … but it is difficult.

 


Pádraig Ó Tuama

… is a poet and theologian based in Belfast. Since 2014 he has been the leader of the Corrymeela Community, Ireland’s oldest peace and reconciliation witness dedicated to transforming conflict through human encounter. Pádraig’s interests encompass poetry, religion, conflict and storytelling. His work has been published by Canterbury Press (2012, 2013, 2017) and Hodder (2015) and has received critical acclaim from circles of poetry, psychology and religion. In 2011, he, with his partner Paul Doran, founded the Tenx9 storytelling project (tenx9.com), a project that has spread to fourteen cities across Europe, Australia and North America.

     OR more concisely …

Pádraig  is a Corkman who likes poetry, theology, stories and whiskey. He’s the leader of the Corrymeela Community and likes to ask questions. www.padraigotuama.com

Photo: Joran Martin Johansen /Vikna-foto

 


Neil Sutcliffe

… is an accordionist, singer and pianist from Stirling. He is currently studying on a Classical degree at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow. Although he has wide experience in different genres, Neil comes from a family background primarily in traditional music.

Over the last few years he has been expanding his song repertoire and exploring the world of Scots and Gaelic song, learning in particular from his mother, Jo Miller, and family friends, Alison McMorland and Geordie McIntyre. soundcloud.com/neil-sutcliffe

 


Andy Thornton

… once spent 12 years in Glasgow, first as the Church of Scotland’s Youth Adviser and later leading the Youth Health Promotion team of the city. He also had stints as a full-time rock musician and recording artist in the heyday of Glasgow’s 80s rock boom. Sadly, he didn’t boom himself, but has kept writing and playing since… these days inspired by a restless dream of justice and peace in a fractured world.

Andy left Glasgow to run Greenbelt Festival and then stayed in London, going on to become the Chief Executive of the Citizenship Foundation. He spent time working in the Cabinet Office and has seen Westminster politics pretty close up which he insists can be done without losing your integrity. He worked quite closely with government until the 2010 coalition in Westminster changed the direction for many of those involved in democracy education. From then on it was time to do battle for what he believed was an important cause.

He now runs a small music charity and is a lead consultant for the British Council, working in democracy education in Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Lebanon.

 


Woman speaking in front of bannerLaura Wood

… is a volunteer and inveterate campaigner for Glasgow Anti Slavery Group. Laura has been the chairperson since 2014. She has always been fascinated by autobiographies of victims of slavery. Since finding out about Modern Slavery through studying Anthropology, she has been passionately committed to raising awareness on the issue. www.antislavery.org