This is life in Leith, dear reader, so be prepared for full frontal honesty, sweary words and raw humour. The Darting Salamander, Leith’s first anthology, is not afraid to probe some of the darker corners of Edinburgh’s ‘coolest’ part.
Much against his will, Mossman peered over the edge. Below him was nothing but a three hundred foot drop to a really bad hair day. Haikus and Heavy: Ali Rutherford (p27)
What happens next? There are bleak beginnings, unexpected middles – and even some happy endings.
Continue reading “A new tail grows in Leith”
Let it pass. I’m here for a quiet drink and the big fella scares the crap out of me.
This true story by George Lamb was written in 2012 before reports that welfare cuts were fuelling hatred of disabled people. We republish now in tribute to a remarkable man, a friend and tireless community activist. We will miss George who died peacefully at home on 22 May, 2021. Donations, if desired, to St Columba’s Hospice.
Continue reading “The drink is on me”
Nurses and doctors working flat out in intensive care units
do not have time to plan or cook healthy meals. They barely have time to eat.
It’s one of the startling facts galvanising an extraordinary social enterprise. National governments could learn from grassroots innovation. At local community levels there is a rapid response to the urgent needs not just created but also exposed by Covid19.
Continue reading “Rapid response: social enterprise shows the way”
Onions sizzle in the pan. When Rana adds her mix of whole
spices a tantalising aroma fills the hall and a small crowd gathers round the
Continue reading “Cooking, eating and sharing food – a virtual feast from a safe distance”
How can the great wealth of knowledge and talent in Leith be harnessed? What is the best way to develop a shared understanding of the local potential to meet needs and overcome obstacles? Leith Conference The place is packed. The hall is fairly humming with that unmistakeable sound of people getting properly engaged. All ages. … Continue reading “Leith is many places, whose voice is unheard?”
How can the great wealth of knowledge and talent in Leith be harnessed? What is the best way to develop a shared understanding of the local potential to meet needs and overcome obstacles? Leith Conference
The place is packed. The hall is fairly humming with that unmistakeable sound of people getting properly engaged. All ages. Busy tackling the big issues of local life. So why are we worried about who is not here?
Continue reading “Leith is many places, whose voice is unheard?”
The heat is on. Menu
written. Recipes ready. Shopping done. Cooking starts tomorrow. World Kitchen
in Leith is preparing for a tenth anniversary celebration at Saturday’s Gala
Day on Leith Links. And memories are
Continue reading “World Kitchen in Leith celebrates a Gala Day birthday with food for thought”
The play’s the thing. Or is it? Our latest Shadow Scheme raises some fascinating fundamental questions about the ‘great game of power’ between local communities and government.
Continue reading “How to play the great game of power?”
One eye in the rear view mirror, one on the road, we set out one chilly evening in search of an ancient walled garden. Behind us, modern towers of Edinburgh’s waterfront recede into grey skies. Ahead glimmers a pale setting sun. But where exactly are we going? Continue reading “World Kitchen in Leith discovers Granton’s secret garden”
So there is such a thing as a free lunch! On Sunday 6 May Changeworks sets out to feed a thousand people in Leith with food that would otherwise go to waste. Continue reading “Feeding the 1000 – a food ‘waste’ feast”
The marchers were blind men from sheltered workshops and trade union councils. They wanted pensions and workers’ rights; “Justice not charity” was their motto.
Justice not charity…the words ring with significance in our troubled time. With their characteristic pioneering energy, Disability History Scotland invite us to discover and celebrate the Scots involved in The Forgotten Peoples March, on Saturday 2 December. Over to DHS to explain the background to this timely event for Disability History Month 2017. Continue reading “The Forgotten Pioneers: Disability History Month 2017”