Stuart will share his experience of living with the disabling neurological condition myalgic encephalomyelitis (M.E.) at an intimate event in Edinburgh tonight, Wednesday 23 March.
He will be guest speaker at the Living and Learning with M.E. event at the Scottish Storytelling Centre, hosted by UK charity Action for M.E.
Sonya Chowdhury, Chief Executive, Action for M.E., says, “Most people know at least one person affected by M.E. but there is still widespread misunderstanding about the condition and its impact. In the absence of specialist support, people with M.E. and those who care for them become their own experts. Our Living and Learning with M.E. project taps into this collective wisdom and experience.”
Tonight’s event will see the launch of a new person-centred guide to living with M.E., produced by Action for M.E. in collaboration with people in Scotland affected by the condition, some of whom will join Stuart on stage to share their stories.
Stuart says, “I used to keep my M.E. a secret, I hated talking about it. But I am pleased to stand beside others affected and bring it out into the open, to take away that stigma. These days my symptoms are more manageable, but it wasn’t always like this.”
Stuart became severely ill with M.E. when he was 19, and was incapacitated for seven years, including two spent bedbound. Looking back at that time in his track Nobody’s Empire, on last year’s album Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance, he calls it a “vision of Hell.”
Along with other people affected by M.E. and healthcare professionals who specialise in M.E., Stuart will take part in a Q&A discussion chaired by Blythe Robertson from the Scottish Government’s Health and Social Care Quality Unit, followed by a drinks reception where copies of the new guide to living with M.E. will be available.
Living and Learning with M.E. takes place 7pm to 9pm at the Netherbow Theatre, Scottish Storytelling Centre, 43-45 High Street, Edinburgh. It’s free to attend and all are welcome.
We’re loving some of your entries for the Albert Hall Exhibition. Please keep em coming and remember we’re looking for around 130 words on a b&s track of your choice, along with a photo or some image that you feel relates to the song/era. Here’s one that Alexandra Del-campo sent us – thank you Alexandra!
“Lazy Line Painter Jane”
I moved to Montreal the same summer I saw Belle & Sebastian live for
the first time. What can I say about my experience leaving the U.S.
for the first time? I smoked a lot of cigarettes. I slept on dry grass
parks during the day, my french was shy. I thought about men a lot. I
was happier than I’d been in a long time, everything far away. I drank
the sweet wine and stayed up late talking about my favorite melodies
and duets with other musical friends. This one is my favorite.
The picture enclosed is from a postcard I bought there and never sent.
She looks like the girl on Tigermilk.
If you have something to say about a b&s track, will you send it to us at [email protected] with the title ‘RAH Art’.
As some of you know, we’ve got a couple of shows coming up at The Royal Albert Hall in London, in June.
The arty guys at the hall got in touch with us and asked us if we would consider hosting an art exhibit for a few weeks around that time. we considered, and we said YES.
So we’re going to dig up some archive images and merchandise and scrapbook kind of stuff, but we had another idea too, and it involves you.
We want you to pick a Belle And Sebastian track that means something to you. You could like it a lot, you could hate it, as long as it does something for you. And we’d like you to write a few words on what it does, or did for you.
You don’t have to have tickets for the show to be considered: we will look at all your efforts, all your anecdotes, your poetry, your stories.
Pick a track, tell us how it makes you feel, tell us a tale related to the song, whatever you feel like! 128 words would be a good guideline!
We’d like you to send us a picture too. A photograph. Of yourself, or of something related to the words you’ve written. If you send a picture of yourself (high res please!) , maybe it could be one of you when you first heard the song, or one of you in B&S related guise (a t-shirt would do..
Be free, be groovy: a little art project that shouldn’t take you too long.
Our goal – to blow up our favourite 50 and display in the Amphi Corridor gallery in the Albert Hall, where everyone will be able to see them for three weeks or so.
Please email your entries to [email protected] with ‘RAH Art’ in the title.
We’ll have more info soon about other happenings surrounding the two shows at the Albert Hall. In the meantime, you’ll find us at home in Glasgow under a mountain of dusty photo albums!
Just announced – we’re playing at OnBlackheath Festival on Sept 11th.
Tickets go on sale on 12th Feb http://www.OnBlackheath.com
We’re playing at Low Festival, this coming July. Date to be confirmed.
“Belle and Sebastian regret to announce the cancellation of their upcoming tour of mainland Europe. This is due to lead singer Stuart Murdoch’s current health.
It is a huge disappointment for us not to make the concerts, and the decision was not taken easily.
Stuart wants nothing else but to be able to play and sing for you, but has to get better first.
We hope you understand.
Love and respect, as always
Belle and Sebastian”
We’re also really excited to tell you that Optimo have donated their DJing services to bring you an after show party at The Clyde Built Bar. This will enable some of you to drink & party on until 1am while raising even more funds for this amazing charity!
Tickets for both The Clyde Auditorium & The Aftershow can be purchased HERE
We can now reveal some of the special guest artists joining us for the benefit gig in aid of Save the Children at the Clyde Auditorium on November 2nd 2015.
We’ll be joined by Simple Minds’ Jim Kerr and Charlie Burchill, Mogwai, Young Fathers and comedian Josie Long at the show, all profits from which will go to support Save the Children’s Child Refugee Crisis Appeal. Further special Guests will be announced in the coming weeks.
The event is on general sale now, and we will also play a warm-up gig at The Alahambra Theatre, Dunfermline on November 1st 2015. Tickets for both shows are available from www.gigsinscotland.com or 0844 999 990.