Our next Sunday Assembly Edinburgh will be at 11:30am on Sunday March 5th at Summerhall. We’re very pleased to welcome Jan Cameron as our guest speaker. You may recall that Jan was scheduled to appear in December, but had to pull out due to ill health, so we’re very pleased to have her this month! Jan has spent over forty years working in gardens with both children and adults who were experiencing distress and would like to pass on the learning on how working in a garden can really help. She is the former manager of the mental health project Redhall Walled Garden, run the Scottish Association for Mental Health. A friend blogged about her: “This is a voice that speaks simply, honestly, and is not afraid of emotion. It’s a voice that inspires through its very lack of artifice.” During her time working in Redhall Walled Garden, she wrote about it: “The world feels safer to me knowing that there are places where people feel safe enough to open up and share and support each other and believe in a future for themselves.” This is so much fitting our Sunday Assembly motto: “Live better. Help often. Wonder more.” and we are looking forward to hear her speak.

We also have a pair of poets to perform for your pleasure – Diana Hendry and Hamish Whyte. Diana is a honorary member of Shore Poets, Edinburgh, and from 2008–2010 she was a Royal Literary Fund Fellow based at Edinburgh University. Currently she is co-editor (with Gerry Camridge) of New Writing Scotland. She writes the occasional book review for The Spectator. Hamish moved to Edinburgh in 2004,  runs Mariscat Press, has worked as a librarian, reviewed crime fiction for Scotland on Sunday and is currently an Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Scottish Literature at the University of Glasgow. We’re very pleased to welcome Diana and Hamish to share their poetry with us.

There will also be a selection upbeat songs from the Sunday Assembly band (now with added saxaphone!) to wake you up on Sunday morning, plus the usual chance to meet and chat to new people over cake. We’ll be visiting the Royal Dick bar afterwards so conversations can continue over a bite to eat, a cup of coffee, or something a little stronger. All are welcome, we hope to see you then!