Special Edition: Four years of CreativeMornings/Edi!
– Hosted at Thomas Morton Hall
part of a series on Surreal
About the speaker
4 years we’ve been together - isn’t that surreal?!
To celebrate this milestone we are putting on an evening to remember with talks, performances, and celebrations a plenty!
We will look back on a year of talks, inspiration and surreal sparks of collaborations as a result of our monthly get-togethers.
This special evening edition that will also include delicious snacks provided by our wonderful Bross Bagels and cake by Homespun Kitchen is made possible by our incredible partners detailed below.
Speaker and Performance line up
How a talk led to a tweet that led to a meet… In September 2017, the director of Dignity in Dying, Alyson Thomson took to the CreativeMornings/Edinburgh stage to share her belief that dying people deserve greater choice, control and access to services at the end of life. That morning would plant the seed for a collaboration that would send ripples far beyond Edinburgh.
On our anniversary night, we will catch up with Alyson, Alan and Paul and how this particular spark of collaboration has brought people together, gained momentum and flourished.
Alyson Thomson, Director for Scotland Dignity in Dying Ally is a communications and influencing specialist with experience of leading on equality and human rights campaigns. Ally is responsible for taking forward the campaign for assisted dying and greater choice at end of life in Scotland. Previously she led Scotland Campaigns for the Red Cross and the Equality and Human Rights Commission.
Ally is the Director Scotland for Dignity in Dying and passionately believes that dying people deserve greater choice, control and access to services at the end of life. She is responsible for leading the campaign to introduce compassionate assisted dying legislation in Scotland.
Alan Ainsley, Brand Strategist / Creative Director Alan is a former Creative Director and Managing Partner of several leading creative businesses including, Elmwood, The Leith Agency and Snook. Over the past 25 years he has experience of developing brands and integrated campaigns across multiple sectors and geographies, for a range of clients from the public, private and third-sectors. Thanks to working with better people the work has been recognised with multiple national and international awards, from D&AD, and New York Festivals through to DBA, and Marketing Society Effectiveness Awards.
Alan sits on the Improving the Cancer Journey Board for Macmillan Cancer Support and co-created The Changing Room with SAMH, a unique mental health programme funded by the Movember Foundation. He is a regular speaker on design thinking and person-centred design approaches.
Paul Mason, Creative Director of PUNK A former electrician and the co-founder and Creative Director of PUNK, Paul has over 18 years experience gained working in some of the UK’s top agencies.
He spent his early career in Scotland before heading south for a successful 10 year spell in London where he worked at The Red Brick Road, Ogilvy and Mather and most latterly as Creative Director at Publicis London.
In 2016, a combination of coincidence, patriotism and entrepreneurial spirt brought him back home to Scotland where he belongs.
Bringing movement to the night: Ashley Jack Ashley is an Edinburgh-based hip hop dancer and choreographer. Trained at Edinburgh’s Telford college (now PASS), where she completed an HND in Professional Stage Dance, as well as with hip hop and house dance pioneers in New York, Paris and Holland, she has around a decade of experience in both teaching and performing. In 2017, Ashley founded House of Jack, which provides street dance classes for adults and kids at a dedicated studio in Leith, as well as workshops, youth company training, performances and events. Ashley’s two youth companies, Mini Jackers and Jackin’ the Box, frequently perform at prominent events and theatre nights around Edinburgh.
Bringing the evening to an alt-folk close: Faith Eliott Faith (who uses the pronouns they & them) is a songwriter and visual artist currently based in Glasgow. They grew up in Minneapolis, MN and relocated with their family to Scotland at aged 13. Faith’s first EP ‘Insects’ was released on Song By Toad Records in 2016. It was received to critical acclaim, played on BBC 6 Music, and the single ‘Pyrite Ammonite’ was included on Steve Lamacq’s ‘BBC Recommends’ playlist.
Recently returning from a year of scooting around the States (where they spent their time touring, recording and printmaking), Faith Eliott is back in the UK and preparing to release a new album, ‘Impossible Bodies’ which will be released on OK Pal Records on April 19th, 2019.
Latest addition: Spoken Word poet Leyla Josephine! Leyla is a poet and theatre maker from Glasgow. She has been featured on Huffington Post, Upworthy, Buzzfeed, The Guardian, The National, BBC The Social, BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio Scotland and STV.
In 2014, she won The UK National Poetry Slam held at The Royal Albert Hall. In that same year, she won Rally & Broad’s Cultural Commonwealth Slam. In 2017 she won Loud Poets’ Grand Slam and was a finalist for The Roundhouse Slam. In 2018 she came second in The Scottish Poetry Slam.
She has just finished touring her 5* show ‘Hopeless’ which was runner up for The Saboteur Best Spoken Word Show 2018. It was also nominated for The Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award, The Brighton Fringe New Voice Award, it was shortlisted for The Prague Fringe Performance Award
SCOTLAND’S NO.1 INDEPENDENT DISPLAY COMPANY At Eastern Exhibition & Display we offer creative and practical solutions for any and all types of display. We supply both graphic and exhibition build solutions for both interior and exterior projects and support branding for any type of event. We aim to make our customers’ vision a reality and are renowned for delivering the best quality products on time, on budget, every time.
Care Sourcer is the UK’s first comparison and matching site for care. Anyone can enter their care needs at caresourcer.com and find care providers who have immediate availability. This is in stark contrast to the current landscape of care, where despite their urgent need, people can often wait weeks or even months to find a care provider who can help. We believe that people deserve better and that we can help.Care Sourcer’s mission has the potential to be generation-defining and we’re growing rapidly; the plan is to grow to 100 by the year 2020 and we’ve been named as one of Insider’s top five startups to watch in Scotland. Come join us! We’re hiring for a number of roles - check out our current vacancies at https://www.caresourcer.com/jobs/.
We’re Designit. We work with ambitious brands to create high-impact products, services, systems and spaces – that people love.
FreeAgent is award-winning online accounting software that’s designed specifically for small businesses and freelancers. Over 100,000 small business owners and freelancers use FreeAgent to create invoices, track time against projects, file tax returns and get on with the work they love instead of the paperwork.
At Signal we help brands navigate the noise. We’re a community of talented individuals joining the dots between data, code and creativity across the UK.
BRINGING BROSS BAGELS TO EDINBURGH. Instead of complaining about the lack of bagels this country has to offer – founder Larah Bross decided to do something about it. Working closely with local initiative Breadshare, Bross Bagels aims to bring authentic bagels to Edinburgh and beyond. Our rustic bagels are available to buy by the dozen or filled with some NY deli inspired fillings from our shop in Portobello and Leith.
Frizzante is a family run Mediterranean & Neapolitan restaurant with over 30 years experience.
Situated in the centre of Edinburgh on Lothian Road in the Heart of the theatre district, a stone’s throw from the main shopping district, Frizzante prides itself on serving the finest in Mediterranean and Neapolitan cuisine. With daily and monthly specials as well as our a la carte menu, you’re sure to find something to satisfy even the fussiest eater.
Tribe Women is a membership community for enterprising and entrepreneurial women who want to reimagine and redesign their working lives. At the core of Tribe Women is an 8 month programme of workshops, masterclasses, coaching circles, mentoring and online learning. We cover essential practicalities of starting a business as well as making time for self-reflection and personal development. During and after the programme, you’ll be part of a growing, vibrant network. You can connect with other members, share stories, ask questions, offer advice, collaborate and celebrate success.For more information and details of how to apply visit www.tribewomen.org
Amiqus is an award-winning, purpose-driven tech startup. Our mission is to make civil justice accessible to everyone, because we believe business should be a force for good. Our values — access, privacy and trust — are reflected in every business decision and client interaction. Our first product, AmiqusID, is an encrypted online tool for client and staff onboarding and transaction checks that turns hours of paper-based admin into minutes of online compliance, keeping data secure while reducing manual admin and costs.
Doodles is Edinburgh’s original “ paint your own” pottery workshop established in 1999! We offer a creative and fun environment for all ages and abilities and unique gifts for all occasions. We specialise in children’s hand/foot print and imprints. We also run children’s holiday workshops, adult evening classes, birthday parties, team building/ work parties, Hen and stag parties and many community events for schools, Guides, Brownies, Rainbows etc. There is always a friendly and helpful member of staff available to assist. We are open 7 days and late every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday till 9pm.
This is an evening event, it will therefore not happen in the morning. Gorgeous food and even cake will still be provided :) There is also a bar, so bring ID if needed 🥂