Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival
While the majority of attention this year is on the festival’s Scottish indie allstars album The Fruit Tree Project, it’s worth remembering that there are almost 200 other events happening up and down the country this month, all aimed at tackling the stigma surrounding mental health issues. This year’s theme is ‘mental health and childhood’, so it’s fitting that Janice Galloway will be discussing her childhood memoir This Is Not About Me as part of the programme (CCA, Glasgow, Sat 2 Oct) – other writers in the programme include Bernard MacLaverty and Karen Campbell. In Edinburgh, the Filmhouse are screening Bill Douglas’ magnificent trilogy about growing up in poverty in Scotland (Sat 9 Oct); there are also workshops in everything from comedy to creative writing, and look out for the ‘Oor Mad History’ project and exhibition, all across Lothian.
Fri 1–Sun 24 Oct. Most events free. For full listings, see www.mhfestival.com