Black and blue petry reading, on Sunday 15 February, 2-4 pm, at the Café.
Black & BLUE IS A CREATIVE WRITING ORGANISATION BASED IN MANCHESTER & LONDON.
IT WAS FOUNDED TO BE A FRESH COUNTERPOINT TO THE CONVENTIONAL LITERARY SCENE, & TO CHAMPION TRULY NEW WRITING: WRITING WHICH IS GOING SOMEWHERE REALLY DIFFERENT.
IT PUTS OUT INTERESTING PAPER PUBLICATIONS FULL OF DRAMA & POETRY, PROSE & OTHER.
BUT IT IS MORE INTERESTED IN BLURRING THESE CATEGORIES, ALLOWING THEM TO BLEED INTO EACH OTHER, PERMEATE EACH OTHER & EXCHANGE IDENTITIES:
THE DRAMA OF WHAT’S PROSAIC, THE OTHER INSIDE POETRY. THE WAY PROSE CAN BECOME LIKE POETRY. THE WAY REALLY RADICAL WRITING HAS ALL THESE THINGS IN FLUX.
A week-long celebration of all things made from cardboard, taking place at ForestCentrePlus (38 Castle Terrace) and The Forest Cafe (141 Lauriston Place).
2.00pm-4:00pm @ The Forest Cafe
8.00pm-The Death Of CardBoard @ The Forest Cafe
BOX WARS. Fight until the death.
4by8 G A L L E R Y presents TABLETOP ART // ROBYN HAMBROOK
JAN 6 - 12th
Would you like to get entangled in my quest to understand the quantum world? Let me introduce myself, I’m an artist and theatre maker working in street arts, circus, physical theatre, large scale outdoor events, film, installations and visual art.
I am currently participating in a project called Fieldwork, in which artists and scientists come together in an enquiry about process and practice. I have been partnered with a particle physicist!
On the table tops of the Forest I am sharing some creative responses, part of processing my explorations into the world of quantum mechanics, and while understanding the tiniest, most elementary building blocks of matter I am learning about my practice.
May they provoke thoughts, pictures, ideas that you can in turn share with me. I look forward to hearing from you,
4BY8 G A L L E R Y presents
Specialising in psychedelic portraiture, I also create townscapes in the same style. My work has a heightened colour scheme and finds the hidden shapes in things.
4BY8 G A L L E R Y presents
The focus of the work that I will be showing at the Forrest concerns our relationship with the built environment, and how that brings aspects of the human condition into focus.
Specifically I’ve been drawn to places that are hubs of activity such as train stations, bus stations, airports - even service stations, locations that are inherently transitory. They have a sense of ‘non-locationness’ about them in my mind, they’re places that we go to to go somewhere else, built for anonymous crowds- but encountered by individuals. I offer up a brief foray into the cogs and wheels this sets spinning in my mind by this juxtaposition, the result of which I’m excited to see myself.
My work is primarily drawn, with a lot of large scale continuous line work, however I’ve also been known to dabble in spray paint/charcoal experiments, comics, illustration and a whole variety of other things and whatnots.
If you’d like to see more of what I do please do plod along to idledoodle.com where I can be found sporadically posting what I’m up to, or drop me an email – email@example.com
Post magazine launch on Saturday 18 January, at 7pm, at the Forest Café
Come celebrate at Post magazine’s Edinburgh launch party at the Forest Cafe.
The Post Collective would like to invite you to the celebrate the launch of our second issue. We’ll have great music, conversation, and of course the chance to pick up a copy of the magazine.
Issue 2 focuses on ‘culture’, alongside our normal selection of articles and reviews. Contributions include a look at the role of culture in regeneration, pieces on community cultural projects and an interview with Glaswegian poet and cultural critic Tom Leonard.
We also take a look at the IPCC report on climate change, the lack of female hackers and the pressing issue of land reform in Scotland.
The event is BYOB (beer, wine, cider, but no spirits).
Folk / acoustic night
On Wednesday 15 January, 7:30 - 9:30pm, at the café
With Miles Carter.
"4-5’s festival special"
on Friday 27 December, 7-close, at the café
The Gramophone hour
At the café, 7-8pm, on Tuesday 24 December
A TOY FOR EVERYONE
A Play Fair Exhibition
Ever walked into a toy store and noticed how the shelves are stacked? Often there will be one very pink aisle and one very blue aisle, telling us which toys are for boys and which are for girls.
These colours, toys, and their associated attitudes can become quickly engrained on our minds and have a lasting effect. Girls are put off buying things that are categorised as “boyish” and boys are made fun of for liking things perceived as “girly”.
At Play Fair we think that toys should be fun, educational and gender neutral, rather than a tug of war between blues & pinks, action toys & baking sets. Children have an active imagination, and we reckon therefore that the best people to design new and innovative toys are kids themselves.
That’s why we ran a competition where we asked primary school children in the Edinburgh area to draw a picture of a toy they thought would be fun for everyone. We were impressed with the ideas they came up with and think you will be too, so come along to The Forest Café to see our exhibition featuring all the entries alongside information about our campaign.
Old hat books discussion
Wednesday 18 December, at the Forest Café, 7-8pm
Sontag shares her ideas on the social phenomenon of photography, visual culture and tourism;) bring your ideas and photographs, prints or digital images and join us by the bookshelves in the Forest Cafe at 7pm.
All the best!
Inker fingers’ spoken word
At the Forest Café, on Tuesday 7 January, at 7pm
Christmas craft sale music night
at The Forest Café, on Saturday 7 December, 7-11 pm
With Imogen Mason.