Here you can see what happened in SCAP Festival 2023.
SCAP Festival 2024 is now in planning stage.
Dates for your diary: Sat, August 31st and Sunday Sept 1st.
Saturday August 26th
National Piping Centre
30 -34, McPhater Street
Dance at the Festival (26th August)
Lorna Cochrane has been teaching flamenco in Glasgow for 20 years. She studied under Carmen Rosales Ramirez, Andalucia; Felipe De Algeciras, Andalucia & UK and Jason Martinez, Tuscon Arizona, USA. She teaches palmas (clapping), rhythmic footwork (zapateado) and lyrical movements of arms (braceo) and hands(floreo) and all flamenco palos (dance styles) from the more social fiesta style Sevillanas to the more profound styles of Siguiriyas & Solea. Our performance group ‘El Fuego de la Noche’ is made up of students from the classes. FLAMENCO SHOW TITLE – ‘Flamenco Fusion’
Music at the Festival (26th August)
Chis Clark and Colin Henderson
Chris is a singer and jazz guitarist based in Glasgow. He is a festival favourite at the Edinburgh Fringe and many jazz festivals and jazz clubs throughout the UK & Ireland. His mellow jazz voice and guitar have been featured on the BBC’s Jazzhouse and the Iain Anderson show, with live gigs as a duo, accompanied by Robert Henderson on trumpet. Robert is well known and highly respected in the Scottish jazz world in addition to appearances with various classical and pop lineups.
BLUES GUITARIST/SINGER/SONGWRITER (For Glasgow based blues band - BLUE MILK)
Based in Glasgow but originally from Manchester, Jonny McGiffen had played guitar from a very young age, his early musical career was in someways shaped by the city, playing in various bands across the UK - based in London, Manchester and Glasgow.
Since 2017, Jonny has been lead singer/songwriter for electric delta blues band - Blue Milk. Playing shows solo and with the full band as a four piece across venues in Scotland. Jonny McGiffen and Blue Milk signed to Holy Smokes Records in Feb 2018.
In December 2018, Jonny and his band released their first single - Moonshine followed by a string of shows and festival dates including Edinburgh jazz and blues Festival & the main stage at Eden festival .
The first EP - Coal In The Fire, was released in Feb 2020 and is available on all streaming platforms. In the summer of 2023, Blue Milk plan to release their first full album and then start to work again immediately on another 5 track EP for release at the end of 2023.
A blues musician at heart, Jonny McGiffen takes influence in writing from the early delta blues sound of the 1920s to 1960s and the electric blues rock sounds of the 70s.
The Real World
The Real World. Gregor Gilmour Guitar & lead vocals. Ian Fisher Guitar & lead vocals. Andy Metchant Drums. Jim Carr Bass Guitar. The band play a mix of funky blues rock with a blend of original songs & carefully selected classic covers. All four members have years of experience in studio and live performances. The band are a feature on the blues festival circuit and have been the opening act for such bands as Wishbone Ash.
Writers at the Festival (26th August)
Belfast man, Bernard MacLaverty lives in Glasgow. He has published six collections of short stories and five novels, the latest of which ‘Midwinter Break’ won Novel of the Year in the Irish Book Awards 2017 and the Eason Book Club Novel of the Year. Glasgow’s Sunday Herald awarded him Writer of the Year in 2018.
He has written versions of his fiction for other media - radio plays, television plays, screenplays, libretti for Scottish Opera. He is a member of Aosdana.
Bob Beagrie (PhD) lives in Middlesbrough. He has published numerous collections of poetry and several pamphlets, most recently: The Last Almanac (Yaffle 2023), When We Wake We Think We’re Whalers from Eden (Stairwell Books 2021) And Then We Saw The Daughter of the Minotaur (The Black Light Engine Press 2020), Civil Insolencies (Smokestack 2019).
Gerda Stevenson: writer/actor/director/singer-songwriter, works in theatre, tv, opera, radio, and film, founder of Stellar Quines Theatre Company. Poetry collections include: QUINES – Poems in Tribute to Women of Scotland; IF THIS WERE REAL; TOMORROW’S FEAST; INSIDE & OUT – the art of Christian Small – biographical introduction and poems by Gerda; EDINBURGH, with photographer Allan Wright; Prose: LETTING GO – a Timeline of Tales. She is the founder of Stellar Quines theatre company, and was Associate Director of Communicado theatre company. She has written many original dramas for BBC Radio 4, as well as adaptations of classic Scottish novels. Directing: many plays for stage, and short films, including George Mackay Brown’s The Storm Watchers for the St Magnus International Festival. Nominations include: three times for the Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland; MG Alba Scots singer of the Year, for an album of her own songs – NIGHT TOUCHES DAY; London Festival Fringe Theatre Writing Award for her play FEDERER VERSUS MURRAY, which toured to New York, published in the USA. Awards: BAFTA Scotland Best Film Actress for Margaret Tait’s BLUE BLACK PERMANENT; Robert Tannahill Poetry Prize.
Out of the Blue
A new publication from SCAP of photography, and writing about that photography created during the lockdown days of Covid 19.
All photographs are in blue, delivering some of the connotations of that colour.
Writers were asked to sit with the photo and see what they would/could produce. The results are an amazing array of narratives, moments and hopes.
The book will also be launched on Saturday August 26th.
Sunday August 27th
Scottish Youth Theatre
105 Brunswick St
Our festival on Sunday 27th August will have two strands of workshops.
See below a list of our workshops and use the sign up button to register for a workshop.
The Scottish Youth Theatre, 105, Brunswick Street
Workshop with Lorna Cochrane
The Scottish Youth Theatre, The Gold Room
For beginners or those who have some past experience.
Lorna Cochrane has been teaching flamenco in Glasgow for 20 years and has studied under Carmen Rosales Ramirez, Andalucia; Felipe De Algeciras, Andalucia & UK and Jason Martinez, Tuscon Arizona, USA. She teaches palmas (clapping), rhythmic footwork (zapateado) and lyrical movements of arms (braceo) and hands(floreo) and all flamenco palos (dance styles) from the more social fiesta style Sevillanas to the more profound styles of Siguiriyas & Solea . The performance group "El Fuego de la Noche" is made up of students from the classes.
Poetry Workshop Hugh McMillan
Sunday August 27th in the Scottish Youth Theatre, Gold Room.
‘Using memories of doors of public places (pubs, schools, dance halls, cinemas) the group will explore the layout of and/or memories inside and create poems or word sketches. From public doors they will then move to private doors: their own house or another memorable place.’
Hugh McMillan is a poet from Penpont in South-West Scotland. His work has been published widely in Scotland and beyond, and he has won various prizes, most recently the Callum Macdonald Memorial Award in 2017 for Sheep Penned, published by Roncadora; he won the same award in 2009 for Postcards from the Hedge.
Not Actually Being in Dumfries: New and Selected poems was published by Luath Press in 2015 as were in 2018 the poetry collections Heliopolis, and The Conversation of Sheep, the latter in collaboration with a local shepherd. He has featured in many anthologies, and three times in the Scottish Poetry Library’s online selection Best Scottish Poems of the year. His poems have also been chosen three times to feature on National Poetry Day postcards, the latest in 2016. In 2017 he was writer in residence at the Harvard Summer School. In 2020 he was chosen as one of 4 ‘Poetry Champions’ for Scotland, to seek out and commission new work.
His website is at https://www.hughmcmillanwriter.co.uk/
‘Coming Home to Yourself’
Capacitar Workshop with Sonia Hurel
Sunday 27th August, Scottish Youth Theatre, Gold Room.
Incorporating gentle movement, breathwork, and relaxation, this workshop is aimed at helping you to gently (re) connect with your body, to unwind and become fully present. No prior experience is required, and all movements can be adapted to your needs.
‘Tell It Like It Is’
Creative Writing Workshop with Donna Campbell
Sunday 27th August, Scottish Youth Theatre, Gold Room.
6 to 7pm
The blank page can be a scary place to begin a piece of writing. Using prompts, such as visuals, word play, or favourite films, this workshop is a fun way to get you started writing and creating. Suitable for beginners to the more experienced.
Donna Campbell is a performance poet who has showcased her work widely across the UK. She has worked with the Citizens Theatre, Glasgow, as co-producer of the show 2nd Stories, produced multi-media poetry events for the CCA, and was Project manager on the Full of Life exhibition and publication between Survivors Scotland and Project Ability. Her work has been published in various magazines/anthologies. She is part of the collective, Wanderlust Women, who toured U.K festivals and abroad with the publication Wanderlust Women. Her first poetry collection, Mongrel, was published in 2021 by Seahorse Publications. Donna’s second collection, Looking for Mae West by Seahorse Publications was launched in March 2023.
‘Whit or Fit is Scots?’
Workshop with Jo Gilbert
August 27th Scottish Youth Theatre, Edwin Morgan Studio
Suitable for anyone
Join Aberdeen-based spoken word artist and writer Jo Gilbert for a workshop celebrating Scots in all its forms. Learn its history along with some new words or reconnect with the familiar – there will be scrievin!
Jo Gilbert is a poet and writer from Aberdeen, who writes in Doric and English. Their work features across radio, art, film, and festivals. Jo published their debut poetry collection WTF is normal anyway? in August 2022 with Seahorse Publications.
Workshop with Ceitidh Campbell
Sunday 27th August, Scottish Youth Theatre, Edwin Morgan Studio
For ages 6-96
Learn simple Gaelic vocabulary through singing, games and movement.
Ceitidh Campbell is a bilingual Gaelic and English poet, singer and teacher. She started writing whilst at the School of Scottish Studies. She won the Gold Medal for solo singing at the Royal National Mòd in 2018 and is a two-time National Gaelic Award winner for teaching learners of the language. She was the Scottish Poetry Library’s first Gaelic ambassador.
Coaching Session with Chris Clark
Sunday 27th August
For those with some guitar skills.
An approach to managing the transition from playing finger style
folk/acoustic guitar to other styles, such as jazz and blues.
The Scottish Youth Theatre, Edwin Morgan Studio.
3 to 4pm
Chris is a singer and jazz guitarist based in Glasgow. He is a festival favourite at the Edinburgh Fringe and many jazz festivals and jazz clubs throughout the UK & Ireland. His mellow jazz voice and guitar have been featured on the BBC’s Jazzhouse and the Iain Anderson show, with live gigs as a duo, accompanied by Robert Henderson on trumpet.
‘Sing, Sing, Sing’
Workshop with Tracey Braithwaite
Sunday 27th August.
The Scottish Youth Theatre, Edwin Morgan Studio
The benefits of singing are well documented so come in and have some fun, learn some techniques with the phenomenal singer and voice coach that is Tracey Braithwaite.
Tracey Braithwaite has worked as a Singer, Vocal Coach and Choir Director for over 25 years. Though her work is predominantly Scotland based, and in soul/pop genres. Her travels have taken her from London - United Kingdom, Moscow - Russia, Nashville - USA to Kenya - Africa before her son was born in 2018. She is comfortable collaborating with African drummers, teaching musical theatre repertoire in stage schools to teaching singing to Advanced Higher level in secondary schools and privately. She currently works in schools and in the community in West Lothian. She is establishing a new project working a cappella, acoustically and exploring different learning styles and being inclusive of physical abilities.
Photography Workshop with Derek Mitchell
August 27th Scottish Youth Theatre, Edwin Morgan Studio.
6 to 7pm
Suitable for anyone
Join Greenock-based graphic designer, and photographer Derek Mitchell for a workshop looking at ways to do portraits or try to capture parts of a face/head…essence. Come along and bring whatever camera you have, including phone.
Derek Mitchell is an artist/photographer from Greenock who has had his work displayed in exhibitions, has books of his own photography and is an original in the field of graphics design for books and posters. He has been an inspirational tutor of photography and started many off on that pathway.
Writing the World book launch
Sunday 27th August
The Scottish Youth Theatre
The Gold Room.
Our writing community can celebrate that we now have SCAP Publishing underway. Our first book and continuing classes will be with members of the asylum seeking community. The book Writing the World: A Collective edited by Linda Jackson will be launched on August 27th in the National Youth Theatre's Edwin Morgan Studio as part of our SCAP Summer Festival.
This project has been supported by
The Robertson Trust.