Just Festival

Edinburgh’s social justice and human rights festival

Contributors

Angela Rodel

Angela Rodel is an established literary translator based in Sofia with a BA from Yale University and an MA from University of California, Los Angeles in Linguistics. Her accolades include the 2016 National Translation Award for Georgi Gospodinov’s novel The Physics of Sorrow (Open Letter, 2015) from the American Literary Translators Association.

Pete Searle

Production Manager – Pete Searle

Pete SearlePete’s journey through theatre began as a young lighting specialist at the then brand new Royal Northern College of Music before moving on to being Production Manager for the Sixty Nine Theatre Company at the Manchester Royal Cotton Exchange before heading to Scotland “ for a few months .” learn more

Tamara Nadel

Tamara Nadel is a disciple of Ranee and Aparna Ramaswamy and founding member of Ragamala. She has toured extensively with the company, performing on major national and international stages. learn more

Aparna Ramaswamy

Aparna Ramaswamy is Co-Artistic Director of Ragamala Dance Company with her choreographic partner (and mother) Ranee Ramaswamy. learn more

Janis Hart

Janis Hart

Janis Hart is an Edinburgh-based artist, designer and filmmaker who graduated in Fine Art and Theatre Design from the Slade School of Art, University of London. Her freelance artistic practice includes site-specific installations and stage designs for theatre, dance and opera productions, as well as leading contemporary art and drama workshops. learn more

Nicola Wright

Nicola Wright

Nicola WrightNicola combines her passion for history with a love of dressing up to bring characters vividly to life. She delivers entertaining and engaging workshops to primary and secondary schools on subjects ranging from castle life and the cursed Stewarts to Jacobites and WW1. learn more

Debra Salem

Debra Salem

Debra SalemDebra’s career is diverse, dividing her time between singing, composing, arranging, leading choirs, teaching, facilitation, and the artistic direction and production of creative arts projects. learn more

Dr Anthony Hammond

Dr Anthony Hammond

Dr Anthony HammondDr. Anthony Hammond is a critically acclaimed English concert organist, composer and musicologist. learn more

Robert Rae

Robert Rae is one of Scotland’s leading theatre and film director and writers. He chooses to develop his work through socially engaged practice that aligns with his own political and activist commitments. His expertise has taken him all over the world sharing and developing his methodology. His career spans over 30 years during which time he was Producer for 7:84 England, Artistic Director and CEO of Theatre Workshop Scotland for 18yrs which changed the landscape in Scotland for disabled artists in  particular, International Artist in Residence for The Playhouse, Derry, Director for his own theatre company OurLand Productions and is Co-Director of Art27scotland which is part of the national Culture Collective programme focussing specifically on arts and human rights.

https://www.robertrae.co.uk/

Shona Robison

Shona Robison

Shona RobisonShona was born in Redcar in 1966. Educated at Alva Academy, she went on to graduate from Glasgow University with a Social Sciences MA and Jordanhill College with a Postgraduate Certificate in Community Education. Previously she worked for Glasgow City Council’s Social Work Department. learn more

Richard Carter

Revd Richard Carter

Richard CarterRevd Richard Carter is Associate Vicar for Mission.  He was ordained in 1992 and has been a full-time priest at St Martin’s since 2006. learn more

John Sparkes

Jon Sparkes

John SparkesJon joined Crisis as Chief Executive in 2014. He is also a Trustee at the Centre for Homelessness Impact and a Non-Executive Director at South Yorkshire Housing Association as well as Chair of the Welsh Government’s Homelessness Action Group. learn more

Heather Kiernan

Co-curator – Heather Kiernan

Heather KiernanA retired epidemiologist with degrees in medicine and public health from the University of Toronto and Cambridge, Heather began a second career as a free -lance writer and editor of intellectual and cultural history. learn more

Terry Flaxton

Terry Flaxton

Terry FlaxtonBritish artist Terry Flaxton (b. 1953) has worked with sound composition, photography and film, developing a particular interest in analogue video during the 1970s. learn more

Dr Alice Tarbuck

Dr Alice Tarbuck

Dr Alice TarbuckAlice Tarbuck is an award-winning poet and writer. learn more

Leila Bright

Leila Bright

Leila BrightLeila Sinclair-Bright is an artist and a social anthropologist. Born in the UK and raised in Zimbabwe she has always moved between cultures and places. learn more

Jeni Reddi

Jini Reddy

Jeni ReddiJini Reddy is the author of Wanderland, shortlisted for the Stanford Dolman Travel Award and for the Wainwright Prize. learn more

Peter Kennard

Peter Kennard

Peter KennardWith a career spanning fifty years, Peter Kennard (born 1949) is without a doubt Britain’s most important political artist and its leading practitioner of photomontage. learn more

Kte Hudson

Kate Hudson

Kte HudsonKate Hudson (born 1958) by profession a historian, Kate has been the General Secretary of CND since 2010, having served as its chair since 2003. learn more

Damon Bridge

Damon Bridge

Damon BridgeDamon Bridge is a Conservation Officer at the RSPB and was project Manager of the Great Crane Project from 2009-2016. learn more

RSPB Scotland

Hywel Maggs

RSPB ScotlandHywel Maggs is based in Aberdeen and has worked for the RSPB since 2002. learn more

Susan Morrison

Susan Morrison

Susan MorrisonSusan Morrison is a comedy volcano, erupting with an endless flow of scorching hot gags, spewing forth at a blistering pace. learn more

Dr Imad Faruque

Dr. Imad Faruque

Dr Imad FaruqueImad grew up in Dhaka, Bangladesh and has been trained as an Electrical and Electronic Engineer (EEE) during his BSc (2009) from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET). learn more

Jared Robinson Brown

The Revd. Jarel Robinson-Brown

Jared Robinson BrownJarel is a British-Born Jamaican and grew up in West London where, with his elder sister he was raised by his Grandmother. Sensing an early call to ordained ministry, Jarel began preaching in the Ealing Trinity Circuit of the Methodist Church in 2006 and later trained for ordination at Wesley House, Cambridge from 2010-2013. learn more

Prof Dimitar Kambourov

Dimitar Kambourov

Prof Dimitar KambourovDimitar Kambourov is Associate Professor of literary theory at Sofia University. learn more

Georgi Gospodinov

Georgi Gospodinov

Georgi GospodinovGeorgi Gospodinov (b. 1968) made his literary debut in the 1990s with the poetry collections “Lapidarium”, which won the 1992 National Prize for Best Literary Debut “Yuzhna Prolet”, and “The Cherry Tree of a Nation” (1996), which has gone through several editions. learn more

Mahmoud Al Khurd

Three years ago, Mahmoud Al Khurd was a prizewinner in a competition sponsored by the Network of Photographers for Palestine (NPP) involving over 100 entries. Now galleries across Scotland, from Edinburgh to Inverness will be hosting an exhibition of photographs by this internationally acclaimed Palestinian photographer during the months of August and September. learn more

Craig Dalzell

Craig Dalzell

Craig DalzellJoin Common Weal’s Dr Craig Dalzell to discuss Resilient Scotland, a recovery plan for Scotland to rebuild after the pandemic based on good jobs;  economic equality; environmental sustainability; and social cohesion, fuelled by a green reindustrialisation. learn more

Eilis Ni Dhuibhne

Eilís Ní Dhuibhne

Eilis Ni DhuibhneEilís Ní Dhuibhne is an established and awarded Irish writer who writes fiction in both English and Gaelic; a former lecturer in Creative Writing at UCD. Her latest books are Little Red and Other Stories (2020) and Look! It’s a Woman Writer (editor) (2021). learn more

Dr Nina Morris

Dr Nina Morris

Dr Nina MorrisMy research interests fall into three categories: (i) human-nature relationships, (ii) sensory perception, and, (iii) pedagogy and continuing professional development. learn more

Michael Rosen

Michael Rosen

Michael RosenMichael Rosen was born in 1946 in North London. One of the best-known figures in the children’s book world, he is renowned for his work as a poet, performer, broadcaster and scriptwriter. As an author and by selecting other writers’ works for anthologies he has been involved with over 140 books. He lectures and teaches in universities on children’s literature, reading and writing. learn more

Tommy Sands

Tommy Sands

Tommy SandsTommy Sands is an Irish songwriter and activist who has made peace building through music his purpose and career. learn more

Ilyana

Curator – Iliyana Nedkova

Ilyana

As an independent curator, producer and writer, Iliyana explores the relationship between public art, activism and creative practices. Her current research interests focus on peacebuilding and the arts, environmental humanities, artists’ moving image culture, women artists, literature in translation and artists’ residencies.

 

Iliyana’s current curatorial projects include We Refuse to be Scapegoats – a solo exhibition by Pam Skelton at P21 Gallery, London; Groundwork for Embedded Arts Practice – curatorial residency at Cittadellarte – Fondazione Pistoletto, Biella; Screen.dance – Scotland’s Festival of Dance on Screen at Citymoves Dance Agency, Aberdeen; Hidden Letters – poetry activism, typography and urban gardens interventions at St John’s Church, Edinburgh; Thistles, Sunflowers and Dreamscapes  – a solo exhibition by Diana Savova at Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh, and Windows, Screens and Gardens – a hybrid exhibition by artists-in-residence at Abbeyhill Primary School, Edinburgh.

 

Recently, Iliyana undertook associate curatorships at Horsecross Arts, Perth; Moray House School of Education and Sport, the University of Edinburgh; New Media Scotland; Stills Centre for Photography, Edinburgh; ARC Projects, Edinburgh and Sofia; Foundation for Art and Creative Technology, Liverpool; Soros Centre for the Arts, Sofia; and Video Data Bank, Chicago and New York.

 

Iliyana holds a MPhil in Curating Contemporary Art from Liverpool John Moores University and a MLitt in English and American Studies, as well as in History and Theory of Culture from the University of Sofia. Iliyana is a board member of Colony of Artists, Friends of Pskov and Traditional Dance Forum Scotland. She has also served as the Honorary Cultural Attaché at the Consulate of the Republic of Bulgaria in Scotland.

 

https://iliyananedkova.wordpress.com

Nadezhda Radulova

Nadezhda Radulova

Nadezhda RadulovaNadezhda Radulova (b. 1975) is a poet, writer, editor and literary translator. She is the author of six poetry books learn more

Alec Finlay

Alec Finlay

Alec FinlayAlec Finlay (b. 1966) is a poet, publisher and artist based in Edinburgh. In recent years Finlay’s work has been primarily concerned with contemporary visions of nature and landscape. learn more

Albena Azmanova

Albena Azmanova

Albena AzmanovaAlbena Azmanova (b. 1968) is a writer, scholar and political commentator based in Brussels, who is interested in judgment and justice, ideologies, democracy’s troubles with capitalism and capitalism’s devious talent for survival. learn more

Joyce McMillan at Just Festival

Joyce McMillan

Joyce MacMillanJoyce McMillan is theatre critic, and political social commentator for The Scotsman. She has been involved in many campaigns for democracy and human rights, both in Scotland and internationally, and has been a freelance journalist, based in  Edinburgh, Scotland, for more than 30 years.

Rev Dr John Armes at Just Festival

The Rt. Revd. Dr John A. Armes

The Rt Revd Dr John A ArmesThe Rt Rev John Armes was consecrated as 26th Bishop of Edinburgh on 12 May 2012. Prior to this, he was rector of St John the Evangelist Church, Princes Street, Edinburgh and Dean of the Diocese of Edinburgh. learn more

Reverend Doctor Karen Georgia Thompson at Just Festival

The Reverend Doctor Karen Georgia Thompson

Reverend Doctor Karen Georgia Thompson at Just FestivalThe Reverend Doctor Karen Georgia Thompson, Associate General Minister, Wider Church Ministries and Operations Co-Executive for Global Ministries. learn more