The Scottish-Finnish Society was founded in Edinburgh in 1976 to promote cultural relations between Scotland and Finland, and to encourage friendship and understanding between Finnish People in Scotland and Scottish people with Finnish associations and interests.
The Scottish-Finnish Society was founded in Edinburgh in 1976 to promote cultural relations between Scotland and Finland and to encourage friendship and understanding between Finnish People in Scotland and Scottish people with Finnish associations and interests.
The Society welcomes everyone interested in Finland to its meetings. Meetings are held approximately 8 times per annum in or around Edinburgh, Fife and further afield and take the form of social gatherings such as Vappu (1st of May), Juhannus (Midsummer Day) and Itsenäisyyspäivä (Independence Day) celebrations. More information on current events.
|30 November 2013
Poetry reading with a Finnish flavourScottish-Finnish Society members may be interested in a reading called BEYOND BOUNDARIES in the Scottish Poetry Library, Edinburgh, on Saturday 30 November at 1 pm.
Donald Adamson, who lives in Galloway and in Tampere, will be launching his collection 'From Coiled Roots'. It contains poems inspired by Finland, and translations from Eeva Kilpi and Lassi Nummi.
Helen Dunmore has said of the collection: '... that sense of time past; honouring the dead without possessing them; the sharp eloquent stories of the past. The poems are alive with feeling.' Of the translations from Eeva Kilpi she has said '‘Donald Adamson's succinct, immensely enjoyable translations of Eeva Kilpi's poems capture a voice which is direct, ironic, lyrical and robust. These poems light up the darkest corners of experience with apparently casual assurance, and express the curious, addictive pains and wonders of the everyday with wit and an undertow of sorrow.'
Eeva Kilpi herself has read the collection and has said 'It's so good that I've been thinking of it since Monday ... when I read it till midnight, without being able to leave it from my hands. It is strong, striking, beautiful...The interpretations of Lassi Nummi’s poems, too, are magnificent - they are like humming of the trees around our human suffering and joys. I liked the poems of children, of love, of the tragedies among which we have to live. Thank you.'
Donald won the Herald Millennium Poetry Prize, and is widely published as a poet and translator from Finnish.
Also reading at the event will be the award-winning poet Chrys Salt. A poem in her fourth collection GRASS was selected as one of The 20 Best Scottish Poems 2012. Chrys and Donald have recently returned from a tour of Finland. The third poet at the reading will be Pauline Prior-Pitt, who will be launching her collection 'Elsewhere'. Pauline’s poetry readings attract large audiences. Her collection 'North Uist Sea Poems' won the Callum Macdonald Memorial Award for pamphlet poetry in 2006. She writes about the relationships between men and women, family life, political issues, dresses, and love and death.
Entry free - welcome! Tickets at the door, or in advance from the Scottish Poetry Library 5 Crichton's Close, Edinburgh, phone 0131 557 2876
|Saturday 7th December|
Independence Day Celebration
The Scottish Finnish Society invites you to mark the anniversary of the Finnish Independence Day on Sat 7th December 2013 in Edinburgh. We will gather for a reception and dinner at Teviot Hall at 6 pm and we are delighted to welcome Honorary Consul Harry Nimmo as the after dinner speaker. Tickets are on sale now at £20 per adult and £5 per child which includes a 2 course meal, coffee and welcome toast.
Tickets are available from the secretary, please email your orders to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Membership supports the activities of the society, the organisation of events in Scotland and allows us to support Finnish Schools activities. Membership costs per year are £7 for individual membership, £5 for full-time students and £11 for family membership. Membership normally runs from January each year. Discounted 3-year memberships are available at £30 for a family or £20 for an individual.
Members receive the Scottish Finnish Society newsletter and a discounted admission to fee charging SFS events.
If you would like to join the Scottish-Finnish Society or update your contact details, please complete the membership form and email it to the treasurer or print and post a copy along with your cheque (made payable to the Scottish-Finnish Society) to:SFS, c/o Rose-Marie Wahlroos
Edinburghin Suomi-koulun kevät 2013
Edinburgh German Church
1 Chalmers Crescent
Edinburgh EH9 1TW
Children of all ages welcome. Songs and poems for the younger ones, more serious activities for the older according the child's ability.
Suomikoulun iltapaiva rakenne: (Pienemmat voivat saapua hieman myohemmin)
OSIO I 15.00-15.30 Arvauslaatikko/Kieliosio Isommille
Opetellaan uusi loru tai laulu, ja liimataan vihkoon!
OSIO II 15.40-16.10 Askartelu kaikille
OSIO III 16.40-17.00 Laulut/Satukirja/Leikki/Peli
|25.8||Tutustuminen ja oma kuva. Retki Meadowsille - heitto- ja pallolajeja|
|8.9||Suomalaiset satuhahmot ja pop-idolit sekä kasviksilla paperinpainantaa|
|22.9||Syysretki eläinpuistoon (Almond Valley, Livingstone)|
|6.10||Ruoka-aihe - leivotaan pullaa ja sämpylöitä|
|27.10||Halloween-juhlat ja tiedekokeilua lapsille ;) (Helillä)|
|10.11||Tunteet ja aistit|
|1.12||Joululauluja ja myyjäiset (Finn-Quild saapuu Lontoosta) Huom. klo.14-16|
Tervetuloa mukaan puhumaan Suomea ja nauttimaan suomalaisesta kulttuurista!
Joukossa viime lukukaudella jo 39 lasta... Opettajia tarvitaan!!
The main purpose of Finnish Schools is to support bilingualism within Finnish-British families and the first Finnish School was founded in London over 30 years ago. Currently there are at least 18 Finnish Schools all over the UK.
Glasgow Finnish School activity groups include PLAYGROUP (for children up to 2 years old), KINDERS (3 to 5 years old children) and JUNIORS (children over 5 years old), but also Finnish people without children are welcome to use the school facilities (including "Finnish shop") and to meet other Finns.
The meeting time is from 13.00 to 15.00pm during the selected Saturdays in the Pollockshaws Methodist Church, 74 Shawholm Crescent, Glasgow G43 1NY.