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St George's Tron Church

163 Buchanan Street

Glasgow Metropolitan Area

G1 2JX

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Hosted by Ian Rankin with music by Emma Pollock

The Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival’s Writing Awards, in partnership with Bipolar Scotland, is one of SMHAF’s most enduring successes. An opportunity for first time writers to be published alongside established names, the ceremony is often where we discover what our festival is really about, as writers from across Scotland and further afield take inspiration from this year’s theme in poignant, powerful, personal and often ingenious and surprising ways.

This year the evening is hosted by best-selling author Ian Rankin and will open with a short set by one of Scotland’s top singer-songwriters, Emma Pollock. Our ten shortlisted writers will read from their work, before the awards presentation and a drinks reception.

The SMHAF Writing Awards will also see the launch of 70 Stories, a year-long project to mark the 70th anniversary of the Mental Health Foundation. 70 Stories will connect pieces from our writing competition, stories from the first 13 years of SMHAF, and more to create a compelling portrait of mental health in 2019.

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St George's Tron Church

163 Buchanan Street

Glasgow Metropolitan Area

G1 2JX

United Kingdom

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The Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival (SMHAF) returns for its 15th year from 3rd to 23rd May 2021, exploring the theme of ‘Normality?’ with a wide ranging programme of online and outdoor events.

SMHAF is one of Scotland’s biggest, most diverse festivals. Its unique approach – programmed from the grassroots up by a team of regional co-ordinators all across the country, in combination with a film and performance programme curated by the Mental Health Foundation – ensures it connects with audiences that other arts festivals often struggle to reach. It aims to explore how the arts and film can help prevent mental ill health, challenge mental health stigma, and encourage participation from people with lived experience.

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