Biggar Little Festival: Scotland's Women - A Tribute
Oct
22
7:30 pm19:30

Biggar Little Festival: Scotland's Women - A Tribute

Author Rosemary Goring and poet Gerda Stevenson in conversation, by invitation of Atkinson-Pryce Books.

Rosemary Goring’s book Scotland: Her Story and Gerda Stevenson’s poetry anthology Quines both look afresh at some of the remarkable women who helped shape Scotland. Come and hear what will be a fascinating discussion between these two remarkable women.

Tickets available from BLF Box Office here or Atkinson-Pryce Books on 01899 221225 email: tomes@atkinson-pryce.co.uk

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Oct
23
11:00 am11:00

Scottish Storytelling Festival: The Wild Nature and Garden Cosmos

How do traditional and contemporary stories take us into a shared experience of “the wild”? Are gardens a place where humanity and the natural world converse and commune? How can storytellers channel these experiences and open doors in tactful and inviting ways?

Contributions from Donald Smith, Margot Henderson, Joanna Geyer-Kordesch and Giovanna Conforto.

Lunch is not included.

Tickets for events can be booked by phone at 0131 556 9579, online at sisf.org.uk, or in person through the Scottish Storytelling Centre Box Office.

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Oct
23
8:00 pm20:00

Scottish Storytelling Festival: Open Hearth

Storyellers and musicians gather round the hearth for a relaxed traditional session of stories from home and abroad, as the darkness closes in and minds glow with pictures in the symbolic fire. The perfect way to end your day! Hosted by George Macpherson with music from Fin Moore, with guest storytellers Julie Cajune fom USA and Joseph Naytowhow from Canada.

Tickets for events can be booked by phone at 0131 556 9579, online at sisf.org.uk, or in person through the Scottish Storytelling Centre Box Office.

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Oct
25
11:00 am11:00

Scottish Storytelling Festival: Transforming Myth

Myths are one of the richest emotional and intellectual human cultural expressions. They explore our place in nature, our relationships and spirituality. How do artists express that narrative inheritance in their art and why? Experience different traditions and diverse ways of expressing them.

Contributions from Margaret Grenier, George Macpherson, Giovanna Conforto and Gian Cutanda.

Tickets for events can be booked by phone at 0131 556 9579, online at sisf.org.uk, or in person through the Scottish Storytelling Centre Box Office.

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Tobermory Book Festival - Roy Pedersen: Who Pays the Ferryman?
Oct
25
12:30 pm12:30

Tobermory Book Festival - Roy Pedersen: Who Pays the Ferryman?

Roy Pedersen, author of Gaelic Guerrilla, is one of the leading experts on transport in Scotland. He will be discussing how we can make travelling round the islands much easier and cheaper, the costs of the current system, and why change is so fiercely resisted.

Ticket reference for this event is F2. Tickets are £20 each (includes lunch) and are available from the Tobermory Book Festival events page here.

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Oct
25
8:00 pm20:00

Scottish Storytelling Festival: Open Hearth

Storytellers and musicians gather round the hearth for a relaxed traditional session of stories from home and abroad, as the darkness closes in and minds glow with pictures in the symbolic fire. The perfect way to end your day! Hosted by Jess Smith with music from Calum Macleod, with guest storytellers Giovanna Conforte from Italy, George Macpherson and Bea Ferguson.

Tickets for events can be booked by phone at 0131 556 9579, online at sisf.org.uk, or in person through the Scottish Storytelling Centre Box Office.

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Oct
26
2:00 pm14:00

Scottish Storytelling Festival: Scotland and Canada - Mutual Relations

Explore the close historical and cultural connections between Canada and Scotland, and their continuing legacy. Margaret Bennett is steeped in the Gaelic lore of Canada, while Chief Rose Anne Archibald is a First Nation activist and educator with family ties to Scotland. Donald Smith reflects on the sometimes-troubled relationship between Scots and First Nation peoples through the novels “River Thieves” by Michael Crummey and “Sick Heart River” by John Buchan.

Free (ticketed)

Tickets for events can be booked by phone at 0131 556 9579, online at sisf.org.uk, or in person through the Scottish Storytelling Centre Box Office.

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Oct
26
6:30 pm18:30

Scottish Storytelling Festival: Scotland and Canada: Robert Service - Poet of the Yukon

Storytellers David Campbell, Barbara McLean and cellist/singer Wendy Weatherby celebrate poet and writer Robert W. Service. Discover his early life in Scotland and meteoric rise to fame with stirring versus of the outback, goldrush characters and wild adventurers, including the iconic Dan McGrew and Sam Magee.

Tickets for events can be booked by phone at 0131 556 9579, online at sisf.org.uk, or in person through the Scottish Storytelling Centre Box Office.

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Tarbert Book Festival: Freeland Barbour - The White Rose of Gask
Oct
26
7:00 pm19:00

Tarbert Book Festival: Freeland Barbour - The White Rose of Gask

7pm: A tasting of Kintyre’s very own gin from the Beinn an Tuirc Distillery

Followed at 7.30pm by:

Freeland Barbour: The White Rose of Gask - The Life and Songs of Carolina Oliphant, Lady Nairne
Freeland, one of Scotland’s leading accordionists, writes about his ancestor, who wrote over 80 songs including ‘Charlie Is My Darling’ yet never acknowledged her authorship. Freeland is joined by actress Gerda Stevenson, author of Quines, to bring to life some of Lady Nairne’s traditional songs.

Tickets are £15 and are available from the Tarbert Book Festival events page here or through the box office: 07827636799.

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Fresh Tracks Unknown Animal: with Darren 'Loki' McGarvey
Oct
27
7:30 pm19:30

Fresh Tracks Unknown Animal: with Darren 'Loki' McGarvey

Fresh Tracks Unknown Animal with Darren ‘Loki’ McGarvey, with his hit Edinburgh Fringe show Scotland Today – all appearing at Birnam Arts doing a charity gig for fundraising efforts.

Loki will be first on with his show and then, after a short break, the songwriting circle will take possession of the stage, featuring an array of established and emerging gifted musicians/performers, including Becci Wallace, Rosie Bans, Johnny Cypher, ABInormal, Lorna Reid, Maaike Siegerist, Jonni Slater, Alan Kerr, Jigsawtiger, Iavn Bunner, Geoff Peel and the London Rock and Roll band, David Sinclair 4, no less.

There will be new material, collaborations and diverse creative energies – the place is going to be buzzing – do not miss out!

Tickets are £7 + £1 booking fee, and are available from the event page here.

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Portraits of Scottish Islands: St Kilda & Lewis and Harris with Alex Boyd
Oct
29
6:30 pm18:30

Portraits of Scottish Islands: St Kilda & Lewis and Harris with Alex Boyd

Alex Boyd launches his two new photography books framing the Scottish isles, Hirta: A Portrait of St Kilda and Isle of Rust: A Portrait of Lewis and Harris.

Born from Jonathan Meades’ landmark BBC film of the same name, Boyd’s photographic sketches of the Isle of Rust captures the rugged, austere beauty of Lewis and Harris and the narrative of the fascinating islands, while Hirta gives a de-romanticising portrayal of the islands and inhabitants of St Kilda in full colour, in contrast to the duotone of his Saltire Award shortlisted book St Kilda: The Silent Islands. Alex will be sharing his experience of these Scottish islands, his documentation of their stunning landscapes and the stories behind his return visits over several years, along with some images from the books.

ALEX BOYD was born in Germany in 1984, and grew up in Ayrshire, Scotland. Educated at the University of Glasgow, his work has been widely exhibited, with solo exhibitions at the Scottish Parliament and at prestigious venues such as the Royal Scottish Academy, Royal Ulster Academy and Royal Academy in London.

He is perhaps best known for his series 'Sonnets', a collaboration with the late Makar (Poet Laureate) Edwin Morgan, which shows a faceless figure in the landscape reminiscent of the work of German artist Caspar David Friedrich. In 2012 Boyd was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Art (FRSA). He has worked alongside photographers such as Rankin, and Japanese master Takeshi Shikama. His work is held in several national collections such as the National Gallery of Scotland, The Royal Photographic Society, and The Royal Scottish Academy, as well as private collections across the world.

Admission to this event is free and all are welcome. Please reserve your free ticket at the Blackwell’s Eventbrite page here.


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Edinburgh Yes Hub presents Scotland Moving Forward
Oct
30
7:00 pm19:00

Edinburgh Yes Hub presents Scotland Moving Forward

Paul Kavanagh AKA Wee Ginger Dug, a journalist widely respected within the movement as a straight off the shoulder speaker will be at The Queen’s Hall Edinburgh on Wednesday 30 October at 7pm with the following guests:

  • Lesley Riddoch, journalist, author of Blossom and damned good egg

  • Keith Brown MSP, Depute Leader, Scottish National Party

  • Lorna Slater, Co-leader, Scottish Green Party

  • Colin Fox, Lead spokesperson, Scottish Socialist Party

  • Amanda Brown, singer and Yes activist

  • Andrew Gordon and Euen Johnston, folk singers in the Corries tradition

The evening is designed to be fun with a chance to ask questions. It is not to be missed by anyone supporting the Yes movement and those sitting on the fence.

Presented by the Edinburgh Yes Hub.

Tickets are £10/£7 concession and are available from the Queen’s Hall box office page here.

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Launch: The Glasgow Effect by Ellie Harrison
Nov
1
6:00 pm18:00

Launch: The Glasgow Effect by Ellie Harrison

Join artist Ellie Harrison as she discusses her new book The Glasgow Effect with University of Strathclyde Research Fellow Anna McLauchlan.

How would your career, social life, family ties, carbon footprint and mental health be affected if you could not leave the city where you live?

Artist Ellie Harrison sparked a fast-and-furious debate about class, capitalism, art, education and much more, when news of her year-long project The Glasgow Effect went viral at the start of 2016. Now, 3 years on, Ellie's new book The Glasgow Effect tells the inside story from the artist herself. Chaired by University of Strathclyde Research Fellow Anna McLauchlan, the event will offer the personal insight into the aims of the project, the intense fallout in the run up to and during, and the aftermath, including reflections and where we can go from here in our ecological efforts.

Admission is free and all are welcome. Guests will received a complimentary glass of wine on arrival, and books will be available to buy from the Gallery shop. To reserve your free ticket, please visit the Eventbrite page here.

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Fair Pley presents: The Lions of Lisbon
Nov
1
7:00 pm19:00

Fair Pley presents: The Lions of Lisbon

A Play of Two Halves by Ian Auld & Willy Maley
Adapted and Directed by Martin McCardie Musical Director Dave Anderson

Get ready to roar for the finest silverware ever lifted. If you know the history … don’t just remember it, relive it…

In May 1967, 10,000 of the greatest supporters in the world embarked on the most important crusade since the quest for the Holy Grail. They hailed from Scotland, Ireland, and every corner of the globe. Most were Celtic daft. Some were just plain daft. The Celticade stretched from the Campsie Fells to the Pyrenees, rolling like a green carpet across Europe. Those who couldn’t afford the plane travelled on slow boats and long-distance lorries, in battered vans and buses, on rusty bikes and blistered feet, in used cars and trains that never ran on time. The fans lived on borrowed time and borrowed money, arriving in Lisbon with a fistful of escudos and a heartful of hope. They were married to Celtic and pregnant with passion. The club was their kith and kin, their neighbour, their best friend, their ticket to immortality. They came clutching floodlit memories. They came over broken glass and stones, walking on water and living on a prayer. They came in search of paradise, and found it in Portugal.

A full cast of ten, plus live band, recreate the humour, passion and occasional calamity that accompanied a Glasgow & District XI showing Europe’s finest how the beautiful game should be played.

Tickets are £16 (+£2 fees) and are available from the ticket page here.

The Lions of Lisbon by Willy Maley and Ian Auld

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Scottish Artists in an Age of Radical Change - author talk by Bill Hare
Nov
6
6:30 pm18:30

Scottish Artists in an Age of Radical Change - author talk by Bill Hare

Join author Bill Hare for a talk about his new book, Scottish Artists in an Age of Radical Change: 1945 to the 21st Century, a timely collection of essays and interviews from some of Scotland’s most prominent artists. From Joan Eardley to Alexander Moffat, Eduardo Paolozzi to Barbara Rae, John Bellany to Lys Hansen, the book explores those artists that have sculpted the cultural development of modern and contemporary Scotland.

Bill will be discussing the book and his experiences with the artists as both interviewee and art historian, revealing the richly diverse work of these important figures. Books will be available for sale at the event and Bill will be happy to sign copies.

BILL HARE studied Art History at the University of Edinburgh and the Courtauld Institute of Art. Since then he has taught Art History at the University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh College of Art and the Open University. In 1985 he was appointed Exhibitions Organiser at the Talbot Rice Gallery working with many Scottish artists as well as those from wider afield. Since 1995 he has concentrated on teaching and freelance curating, both in Scotland and abroad, and has published books and catalogues on a range of different aspects of historical, modern and contemporary Scottish art. He is currently an Honorary Fellow in Scottish art history at the University of Edinburgh.

Admission is free and all are welcome. To reserve your free ticket, please visit the Central Library event page here.


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An Evening with Sir Kenneth Calman
Nov
7
6:30 pm18:30

An Evening with Sir Kenneth Calman

Join the National Library of Scotland for an evening of conversation with Rosemary Goring talking to Professor Sir Kenneth Calman, looking back at his remarkable life and career for the publication of his memoir It Started in a Cupboard: Adventures in Life, Learning and Happiness.

When first Scotland and then England wanted to give someone the job of looking after the nation’s health, there was just one man for the job. When the Scottish Parliament needed someone to examine expanding its powers, it was the same story. When Glasgow University, the National Library of Scotland, the National Trust for Scotland, the Boys’ Brigade, the World Health Organisation, British Medical Association, Durham University and many others wanted a chancellor, vice-chancellor, chairman or a president, the same name topped the list Sir Kenneth Calman. Join the National Library of Scotland as Rosemary Goring chairs this ‘in conversation’ event.

Admission is free and all are welcome. To reserve your ticket, please visit the NLS Eventbrite page here.

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Ellie Harrison and Jemma Neville In Conversation
Nov
7
7:00 pm19:00

Ellie Harrison and Jemma Neville In Conversation

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Two brilliant writers come together to discuss their state-of-the-nation books, drawing out big ideas about Scotland today and rooted deeply in personal and individual experiences and research.

Jemma Neville, a human rights legal campaigner, explores issues of global rights through a local lens, with the lives and stories of the residents of one road in Leith at the centre of her approach and argument in Constitution Street.

Ellie Harrison sheds light on the inequality and disconnection of people in Glasgow communities in The Glasgow Effect, and driven by the slogan ‘Think Global, Act Local’ puts forward a new vision for sustainable living grounded in lived reality of poverty in Glasgow.

The two will be chaired by Glasgow local writer and editor Heather Parry for a wide-ranging and important discussion of where Scotland is today, and where it might go in the future…

Tickets are:
£3 General admission
£12 Entry + a copy of The Glasgow Effect
£15 Entry + a copy of Constitution Street
£23 Entry + a copy of The Glasgow Effect and Constitution Street

and are available from the Waterstones events page here.

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Fair Pley presents: The Lions of Lisbon
Nov
8
7:00 pm19:00

Fair Pley presents: The Lions of Lisbon

A Play of Two Halves by Ian Auld & Willy Maley
Adapted and Directed by Martin McCardie Musical Director Dave Anderson

Get ready to roar for the finest silverware ever lifted. If you know the history … don’t just remember it, relive it…

In May 1967, 10,000 of the greatest supporters in the world embarked on the most important crusade since the quest for the Holy Grail. They hailed from Scotland, Ireland, and every corner of the globe. Most were Celtic daft. Some were just plain daft. The Celticade stretched from the Campsie Fells to the Pyrenees, rolling like a green carpet across Europe. Those who couldn’t afford the plane travelled on slow boats and long-distance lorries, in battered vans and buses, on rusty bikes and blistered feet, in used cars and trains that never ran on time. The fans lived on borrowed time and borrowed money, arriving in Lisbon with a fistful of escudos and a heartful of hope. They were married to Celtic and pregnant with passion. The club was their kith and kin, their neighbour, their best friend, their ticket to immortality. They came clutching floodlit memories. They came over broken glass and stones, walking on water and living on a prayer. They came in search of paradise, and found it in Portugal.

A full cast of ten, plus live band, recreate the humour, passion and occasional calamity that accompanied a Glasgow & District XI showing Europe’s finest how the beautiful game should be played.

Tickets are £16 (+£2 fees) and are available from the ticket page here.

The Lions of Lisbon by Willy Maley and Ian Auld

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Scotland: One Nation, Many Histories (Radical Book Fair)
Nov
14
7:00 pm19:00

Scotland: One Nation, Many Histories (Radical Book Fair)

At the official launch of Edinburgh’s Independent & Radical Book Fair, 4 leading cultural figures reflect on what makes Scotland.

From Radical Book Fair:
’To launch the Radical Book Fair 2019, we’re looking back to look forward. We will explore people’s experiences of what makes Scotland, and ‘Scottishness’, and will discuss what historical chapters are significant in the intersections of today’s ideas of nationhood & identity. By creating a space for these conversations and reflections, we hope to better understand what forms of radical action are necessary in building the Scotland of tomorrow. Our panellists are some of Scotland’s leading historical and cultural commentators; journalists, novelists, historians and political pundits.’

They are:

Lesley Riddoch: Lesley Riddoch is an award-winning broadcaster, writer and journalist. She is a regular contributor to The Scotsman and Sunday Post and The Guardian, amongst other publications. She founded the Scottish feminist magazine Harpies and Quines, won two Sony awards for her daily Radio Scotland show and edited The Scotswoman – a 1995 edition of The Scotsman written and edited by its female staff. Her latest work is the popular Blossom: What Scotland Needs to Flourish.

Sir Geoff Palmer: Professor Sir Geoff Palmer OBE is a Professor Emeritus in the School of Life Sciences at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland, and a human rights activist. Much of his work involves highlighting the relationship between Scottish history and Caribbean history, and has been a leader in this area. He is a Board Member of various organisations such as: Edinburgh and Lothian Regional Equality Council, Age Scotland and Multicultural Family Base. He has published books on different subjects, has received various research, academic and community awards and was knighted in 2014 for his contributions to science, charity and human rights.

Andrew Barr: Andrew Redmond Barr is a writer and artist with an interest in Scottish history, culture and politics. In 2016 he released his first book, Summer of Independence, a grassroots account of the 2014 independence referendum. In his latest book, The Illustrated Declaration of Arbroath, Barr brings one of Scotland’s oldest and most powerful national symbols to life, and examines the role it continues to play in modern Scottish identity.

Sara Sheridan: Sara Sheridan is a feminist historian and novelist, whose latest book, Where are the Women? A Guide to an Imagined Scotland, questions Scotland’s male-dominated landscape, and highlights the erasure of women in the nation’s development. She has written articles for a variety of newspapers from the Scotsman to the Daily Express, and is a member of the Historical Writers Association and the Crime Writers Association.

Lisa Williams: Lisa Williams is the Director of the Edinburgh Caribbean Association, and has helped develop and run the popular Black History Walking Tours of Edinburgh. and educational workshops in Scottish schools. Lisa, and ECA, also run workshops and sessions on Caribbean culture with local schools.

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This event is part of Edinburgh's 23rd Independent & Radical Book Fair, which runs from the 14th-17th November 2019. Please follow the link for details of accessibility as well as the bookshop's safer spaces policy.

The Independent & Radical Book Fair is entirely run by Lighthouse- Edinburgh's Radical Bookshop and we receive no outside funding. To keep the event running in this spectacular and accessible space, and to make it as welcoming as possible, a third of all tickets are FREE, and the rest are by donation. Please give as generously as you can, either online or at the book fair!

Tickets are available from the Eventbrite page here.

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Fair Pley presents: The Lions of Lisbon
Nov
15
7:00 pm19:00

Fair Pley presents: The Lions of Lisbon

A Play of Two Halves by Ian Auld & Willy Maley
Adapted and Directed by Martin McCardie Musical Director Dave Anderson

Get ready to roar for the finest silverware ever lifted. If you know the history … don’t just remember it, relive it…

In May 1967, 10,000 of the greatest supporters in the world embarked on the most important crusade since the quest for the Holy Grail. They hailed from Scotland, Ireland, and every corner of the globe. Most were Celtic daft. Some were just plain daft. The Celticade stretched from the Campsie Fells to the Pyrenees, rolling like a green carpet across Europe. Those who couldn’t afford the plane travelled on slow boats and long-distance lorries, in battered vans and buses, on rusty bikes and blistered feet, in used cars and trains that never ran on time. The fans lived on borrowed time and borrowed money, arriving in Lisbon with a fistful of escudos and a heartful of hope. They were married to Celtic and pregnant with passion. The club was their kith and kin, their neighbour, their best friend, their ticket to immortality. They came clutching floodlit memories. They came over broken glass and stones, walking on water and living on a prayer. They came in search of paradise, and found it in Portugal.

A full cast of ten, plus live band, recreate the humour, passion and occasional calamity that accompanied a Glasgow & District XI showing Europe’s finest how the beautiful game should be played.

Tickets are £16 (+£2 fees) and are available from the ticket page here.

The Lions of Lisbon by Willy Maley and Ian Auld

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Fair Pley presents: The Lions of Lisbon
Nov
17
7:00 pm19:00

Fair Pley presents: The Lions of Lisbon

A Play of Two Halves by Ian Auld & Willy Maley
Adapted and Directed by Martin McCardie Musical Director Dave Anderson

Get ready to roar for the finest silverware ever lifted. If you know the history … don’t just remember it, relive it…

In May 1967, 10,000 of the greatest supporters in the world embarked on the most important crusade since the quest for the Holy Grail. They hailed from Scotland, Ireland, and every corner of the globe. Most were Celtic daft. Some were just plain daft. The Celticade stretched from the Campsie Fells to the Pyrenees, rolling like a green carpet across Europe. Those who couldn’t afford the plane travelled on slow boats and long-distance lorries, in battered vans and buses, on rusty bikes and blistered feet, in used cars and trains that never ran on time. The fans lived on borrowed time and borrowed money, arriving in Lisbon with a fistful of escudos and a heartful of hope. They were married to Celtic and pregnant with passion. The club was their kith and kin, their neighbour, their best friend, their ticket to immortality. They came clutching floodlit memories. They came over broken glass and stones, walking on water and living on a prayer. They came in search of paradise, and found it in Portugal.

A full cast of ten, plus live band, recreate the humour, passion and occasional calamity that accompanied a Glasgow & District XI showing Europe’s finest how the beautiful game should be played.

Tickets are £16 (+£2 fees) and are available from the ticket page here.

The Lions of Lisbon by Willy Maley and Ian Auld

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Book Week Scotland: Oor Big Braw Cosmos
Nov
18
7:00 pm19:00

Book Week Scotland: Oor Big Braw Cosmos

Join Astronomer Royal for Scotland Professor John C. Brown and Scots Screiver Rab Wilson for an evening of science with a Scottish twist, from their new book Oor Big Braw Cosmos: A Cocktail of Cosmic Science, Imagery & Poetry.

Admission is free and all are welcome. To reserve your free ticket, please visit the Eventbrite page here.

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Recording and celebrating Scots words and phrases
Nov
19
2:00 pm14:00

Recording and celebrating Scots words and phrases

Scots dictionaries first appeared in the wake of 18th-century lists of Scottish terms deemed ‘improper’ by the linguistically insecure and in contemporary glossaries produced to help readers of medieval Scots texts.

Dr Rhona Alcorn, CEO at Scottish Language Dictionaries (‘SLD’), traces the history of Scots dictionary-making; her colleague Prof Robert McColl Millar considers how to assess usage of Scots today. They are joined by SLD’s Senior Editor, Pauline Cairns Speitel, who discusses her selections in: ‘100 Favourite Scots Words’, culled from SLD’s long-standing weekly article in the Saturday Herald.

Admission is free and all are welcome. To reserve your ticket, please visit the NLS Eventbrite page here.

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Fair Pley presents: The Lions of Lisbon
Nov
20
7:00 pm19:00

Fair Pley presents: The Lions of Lisbon

A Play of Two Halves by Ian Auld & Willy Maley
Adapted and Directed by Martin McCardie Musical Director Dave Anderson

Get ready to roar for the finest silverware ever lifted. If you know the history … don’t just remember it, relive it…

In May 1967, 10,000 of the greatest supporters in the world embarked on the most important crusade since the quest for the Holy Grail. They hailed from Scotland, Ireland, and every corner of the globe. Most were Celtic daft. Some were just plain daft. The Celticade stretched from the Campsie Fells to the Pyrenees, rolling like a green carpet across Europe. Those who couldn’t afford the plane travelled on slow boats and long-distance lorries, in battered vans and buses, on rusty bikes and blistered feet, in used cars and trains that never ran on time. The fans lived on borrowed time and borrowed money, arriving in Lisbon with a fistful of escudos and a heartful of hope. They were married to Celtic and pregnant with passion. The club was their kith and kin, their neighbour, their best friend, their ticket to immortality. They came clutching floodlit memories. They came over broken glass and stones, walking on water and living on a prayer. They came in search of paradise, and found it in Portugal.

A full cast of ten, plus live band, recreate the humour, passion and occasional calamity that accompanied a Glasgow & District XI showing Europe’s finest how the beautiful game should be played.

Tickets are £16 (+£2 fees) and are available from the ticket page here.

The Lions of Lisbon by Willy Maley and Ian Auld


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Launch: Gaelic Guerrilla by Roy Pedersen
Nov
20
8:00 pm20:00

Launch: Gaelic Guerrilla by Roy Pedersen

Celebrating Book Week Scotland (18-24 Nov), join author Roy Pedersen and ‘Gael Extraordinaire’ John Angus Mackay for a conversation and discussion – a ‘blether’ if you will – on Roy’s new book Gaelic Guerrilla, published by Luath Press.

It relates the astonishing story of John Angus Mackay’s efforts, in concert with other individuals, to challenge the sustained ‘ethnic cleaning’ of Gaelic and secure the language and culture for future generations. Most tellingly through his dogged and focused campaign, against establishment resistance, to establish a Gaelic television channel. (A channel that now, as BBC Alba, at times attracts viewership in excess of the total number of Gaelic speakers in Scotland.)

That, however, is only a part of the story – his gifts as a teacher, his pivotal role in developing community co-ops in his native island, and in bringing about the University of the Highlands and Islands – are but a few examples of all he has achieved.

In Roy’s own words: “His courage, intelligence, humanity, political nous, public skills, wit and steely resolve, were such that, what lesser beings regarded as impossible, he made possible.”

The event will be chaired by Fred Silver, who was the Editor of the Stornoway Gazette through much of the campaign.

Book Week Scotland is an annual celebration of books and reading that sees people of all ages and walks of life come together with Scotland’s authors, poets, playwrights, storytellers, and illustrators to share, enjoy, and celebrate books and reading.

Admission is free and all are welcome. To reserve your free ticket, please visit the An Lanntair event page here or by calling 01851 708 480.

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Fair Pley presents: The Lions of Lisbon
Nov
28
7:00 pm19:00

Fair Pley presents: The Lions of Lisbon

A Play of Two Halves by Ian Auld & Willy Maley
Adapted and Directed by Martin McCardie Musical Director Dave Anderson

Get ready to roar for the finest silverware ever lifted. If you know the history … don’t just remember it, relive it…

In May 1967, 10,000 of the greatest supporters in the world embarked on the most important crusade since the quest for the Holy Grail. They hailed from Scotland, Ireland, and every corner of the globe. Most were Celtic daft. Some were just plain daft. The Celticade stretched from the Campsie Fells to the Pyrenees, rolling like a green carpet across Europe. Those who couldn’t afford the plane travelled on slow boats and long-distance lorries, in battered vans and buses, on rusty bikes and blistered feet, in used cars and trains that never ran on time. The fans lived on borrowed time and borrowed money, arriving in Lisbon with a fistful of escudos and a heartful of hope. They were married to Celtic and pregnant with passion. The club was their kith and kin, their neighbour, their best friend, their ticket to immortality. They came clutching floodlit memories. They came over broken glass and stones, walking on water and living on a prayer. They came in search of paradise, and found it in Portugal.

A full cast of ten, plus live band, recreate the humour, passion and occasional calamity that accompanied a Glasgow & District XI showing Europe’s finest how the beautiful game should be played.

Tickets are £16 (+£2 fees) and are available from the ticket page here.

The Lions of Lisbon by Willy Maley and Ian Auld

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Scotland the Worst: A Derogatory Guide to the Worst Places to Visit in Times Gone By
Dec
3
2:00 pm14:00

Scotland the Worst: A Derogatory Guide to the Worst Places to Visit in Times Gone By

The New Town of Edinburgh is beautifully monotonous, and magnificently dull.’ J Johnson, 1834.

An alternative view to bonnie wee Scotland, Charles Maciejewski presents a compendium of some of the less generous comments made by 17th, 18th and 19th century visitors. Promising a humorous take on TripAdvisor-style remarks, Maciejewski hopes much has changed – and mostly for the better – in his new book, Scotland the Worst: A Derogatory Guide to the Worst Places to Visit in Times Gone By.

Admission is free and all are welcome. To reserve your ticket, please visit the NLS Eventbrite page here.

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Oct
20
8:00 pm20:00

Scottish Storytelling Festival: Open Hearth

Storytellers and musicians gather round the hearth for a relaxed traditional home and abroad, as the darkness closes in and minds glow with pictures in the symbolic fire. The perfect way to end your day!

Hosted by David Campbell, with guest storytellers Deborah Dunleavy from Canada, Heidi Dahlsveen from Norway and Svend-Erik Engh from Denmark.

Tickets for events can be booked by phone at 0131 556 9579, online at sisf.org.uk, or in person through the Scottish Storytelling Centre Box Office.

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Oct
19
5:00 pm17:00

Scottish Storytelling Festival: In Conversation with Joseph Naytowhow

Discover the fascinating backgrounds of our guests with insights from Scottish-based hosts. Hailing from Saskatchewan, Cree First Nation storyteller Joseph Naytowhow is welcomed by storyteller David Campbell.

Tickets for events can be booked by phone at 0131 556 9579, online at sisf.org.uk, or in person through the Scottish Storytelling Centre Box Office.

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Oct
18
6:30 pm18:30

Scottish Storytelling Festival: The Welcoming Hearth-Passing It On!

An opening night of Scots and Traveller tradition in song and story welcomes guests, with First Nations protocol and Scottish hospitality.

Donald Smith hosts storytellers Jess Smith, James Spence, Janis Mackay and Heather Yule.

Tickets for events can be booked by phone at 0131 556 9579, online at sisf.org.uk, or in person through the Scottish Storytelling Centres Box Office.

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Scottish Football: Requiem or Renaissance? with Henry McLeish
Oct
17
5:30 pm17:30

Scottish Football: Requiem or Renaissance? with Henry McLeish

Former Leeds United and East Fife player and First Minister Henry McLeish examines his own and his country’s dysfunctional relationship with the beautiful game, to understand the soul and spirit of Scottish football in Scottish Football: Requiem or Renaissance? Looking from the history of Scottish football to the current state of play, McLeish seeks solutions for the issues currently plaguing the Scotland side.

Admission is free and all are welcome. To reserve your ticket, please visit the NLS Eventbrite page here.

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