Mud Oven Afternoons

Mud Oven Afternoons, 2017. Photo: Johnny Barrington. 

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Come along to Johnston Terrace Wildlife Garden each Friday afternoon to see the mud oven in action, make your own pizza, experience the wildflower meadow and enjoy a range of storytelling events led by artists, writers, poets and communities from across the city.

Participating storytellers, artists and community groups will include: Alaya Ang, Mara Menzies, Nadine Aisha Jassat, Robert Thomas James Mills and Grassmarket Community Project. 

Friday 2 August

Robert Thomas James Mills is an artist and writer from Glasgow. His work focuses on earnest and humourous performances, exploring his own realities and identity and making use of language to discover and imagine new worlds.

Friday 9 August

Nadine Aisha Jassat is a writer and creative practitioner whose work explores storytelling and social justice. As a poet, she has appeared at festivals across the UK, and her debut collection Let Me Tell You This was released in March 2019 with 404 Ink.

Friday 16 August

Alaya Ang’s practice mimics moonlighting, an expression of a process to recognise existing on possibilities and practicalities; finding ways of relating to people and things that are unnoticed, ignored and out of view.

The Enchanter’s Nightshade invites the audience to take company with ‘weeds’ in the garden - often considered as unwanted and out of place, and to think about disturbance as a transformative way of arriving and attending to life.

Friday 23 August

Mara Menzies is a Scottish/Kenyan performance storyteller who tours internationally. Part of the Made in Scotland showcase, she brings a touch of 21st century magic to this ancient artform with dynamism and passion.


Sunday 25 August

Join us on the final day of the Art Festival for a special Garden Finale Mud Oven Afternoon hosted by artist Bobby Niven and performance by Alasdair Roberts. 


Friday 2, 9, 16 & 23 August 



Johnston Terrace Wildlife Garden
Patrick Geddes Steps/Castle Wynd South,
Edinburgh, EH1 2PW