From Dundee Women’s Festival :
On Tuesday 3rd March at 6pm – Dundee Arts Cafe at McManus : Dundee’s Art Gallery and Museum –
Mary Slessor was an Aiberdeen quine, who moved to Dundee in the 1850’s when the mills were at their height and worked tirelessly with the Church to improve lives for the working class. She then moved on as a Missionary to ‘The Calabar’ in modern day Nigeria. Here she fought for the lives of children, women, and slaves; for human rights. She was brave and feisty, warm and untiring in her struggle. She also outlived all her family in Dundee despite the risks in the Calabar, also known as “The White Man’s Grave.” In the Calabar she is known still as “The Mother of all Peoples”, yet here her story is relatively unknown, despite featuring on the Clydesdale Bank £5 note!
With biographical story, song and personal insight, Ruth Kirkpatrick weaves the threads of Mary’s remarkable life, into a rich tapestry, to commemorate the centenary of her death.
Born in the North East of Scotland, Ruth Kirkpatrick has performed at Storytelling festivals all over, including India, Singapore, Iceland and Dubai. Her strength is in forming a warm rapport with her audience, respecting the tradition but giving her performance a personal, feisty sparkle
I was very pleased this morning to be one of a large number of people (see some of whom – right) who took part in a photocall outside The McManus to celebrate the submission of Dundee’s Bid Document today to become UK City of Culture 2017.
“The bid itself plays strongly to the strengths of the creative and cultural sectors in the City. It puts forward the case that we will build on our strengths and develop a sustainable City of Culture, the legacy of which will be strong community engagement.
This morning at the McManus Galleries, I attended the launch of the Public Appeal for the Tay Rail Bridge Disaster Memorial Trust and had the pleasure of introducing the speakers – Lord Provost John Letford, Depute Provost Lizz Mogg of Fife, Provost Ruth Leslie Melville of Angus and Stuart Morris of Balgonie, Chair of the Trust.
The launch was exceptionally well attended and after the speeches, there was an excellent showcase of Mike Gibb’s Five Pound and Twa Bairns – the musical is being brought back in 2011 in aid of the Memorial Appeal.
Here’s a couple of photos from the event – and there are a couple of videos in the article below :
Lord Provost John Letford welcomes guests – above
The Civic Guests, Stuart Morris and cast members – above
From today’s launch of the Tay Rail Bridge Disaster Memorial Public Appeal :
Stuart Morris of Balgonie welcomes guests – above