Barnhill by Norman Bissell
Jul
18
7:00 pm19:00

Barnhill by Norman Bissell

Waterstones Oban are delighted to welcome Normal Bissell to the store to celebrate the launch of his new novel Barnhill, based on George Orwell's time living on Jura as he wrote his enduring dystopian masterpiece Nineteen Eighty-Four.

George Orwell left post-war London for Barnhill, a remote farmhouse on the Isle of Jura, to write what became Nineteen Eighty-Four. He was driven by a passionate desire to undermine the enemies of democracy and make plain the dangers of dictatorship, surveillance, doublethink and censorship.

Typing away in his damp bedroom overlooking the garden he created and the sea beyond, he invented Big Brother, Thought Police, Newspeak and Room 101 - and created a masterpiece.

Barnhill tells the dramatic story of this crucial period of Orwell's life. Deeply researched, it reveals the private man behind the celebrated public figure - his turbulent love life, his devotion to his baby son and his declining health as he struggled to deliver his dystopian warning to the world.

Admission for this event is free and all are welcome. For more information, please visit the Waterstones Oban events page.

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Edinburgh launch: Barnhill with Norman Bissell
Jul
24
6:30 pm18:30

Edinburgh launch: Barnhill with Norman Bissell

Blackwell’s Edinburgh welcome Norman Bissell to their South Bridge bookshop to celebrate the launch of his new novel Barnhill, based on George Orwell's time living on Jura as he wrote his enduring dystopian masterpiece Nineteen Eighty-Four.

George Orwell left post-war London for Barnhill, a remote farmhouse on the Isle of Jura, to write what became Nineteen Eighty-Four. He was driven by a passionate desire to undermine the enemies of democracy and make plain the dangers of dictatorship, surveillance, doublethink and censorship.

Typing away in his damp bedroom overlooking the garden he cultivated and the sea beyond, he invented Big Brother, Thought Police, Newspeak and Room 101 – and created a masterpiece.

Barnhill tells the dramatic story of this crucial period of Orwell’s life. Deeply researched, it reveals the private man behind the celebrated public figure – his turbulent love life, his devotion to his baby son and his declining health as he struggled to deliver his dystopian warning to the world.

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


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Glasgow launch: Barnhill by Norman Bissell
Jul
25
7:30 pm19:30

Glasgow launch: Barnhill by Norman Bissell

Island writer Norman Bissell joins Waterstones Byres Road to launch his new novel Barnhill, exploring George Orwell’s last years on the Scottish isle of Jura, eager to finish the manuscript that would become the momentous 1984 amidst suspicions of assassination and suffering of tuberculosis.

George Orwell left post-war London for Barnhill, a remote farmhouse on the Isle of Jura, to write what became Nineteen Eighty-Four. He was driven by a passionate desire to undermine the enemies of democracy and make plain the dangers of dictatorship, surveillance, doublethink and censorship.

Typing away in his damp bedroom overlooking the garden he created and the sea beyond, he invented Big Brother, Thought Police, Newspeak and Room 101 – and created a masterpiece.

Barnhill tells the dramatic story of this crucial period of Orwell’s life. Deeply researched, it reveals the private man behind the celebrated public figure – his turbulent love life, his devotion to his baby son and his declining health as he struggled to deliver his dystopian warning to the world.

Admission is free and all are welcome. No booking necessary.

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The Scottish Parliament in its Own Words: An Oral History
Jul
31
6:30 pm18:30

The Scottish Parliament in its Own Words: An Oral History

The Scottish Parliament has been utterly transformative. I don’t think our predecessors that voted for this Parliament in 1997 could have envisioned the difference it would make to Scottish public life.’
Humza Yousaf, MSP

Thomas A.W. Stewart, editor of The Scottish Parliament in its Own Words: An Oral History, conducted around 80 interviews with staff, MSPs and journalists, old and new, about their careers and experiences of the Scottish Parliament for the Scottish Oral History Project.

Now in its twentieth year, the Scottish Parliament has proven to be ingrained within the nation’s political landscape. Thomas will be joined by contributors to the book to discuss their personal experiences of the Parliament’s origins, early days and development over the past two decades.

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

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Edinburgh Fringe Festival: Scotland Today
Aug
2
to 12 Aug

Edinburgh Fringe Festival: Scotland Today

  • The Stand's New Town Theatre - Lower Hall (map)
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Part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2019. For more information, visit www.edfringe.com

Scotland Today, in association with Vivienne Clore, is the new live show from bestselling author and critically acclaimed hip-hop artist Darren McGarvey AKA Loki the Scottish rapper. McGarvey’s Fringe debut Poverty Safari Live was the breakout hit of 2018. The Orwell Prize winner returns with a unique blend of spoken word, comedy and music, offering his unique take on the state of the nation.

Tickets are £12/£10 conc, and are available from https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/scotland-today

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Walking Tour: Choose Life Choose Leith: Trainspotting on Location
Aug
3
to 26 Aug

Walking Tour: Choose Life Choose Leith: Trainspotting on Location

Part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2019

Experience the iconic Trainspotting on location, including places featured in the book such as Leith Central Station, Leith Links and Leith Dockers Club.

Follow in the footsteps of Renton, Spud and Begbie.

Trainspotting guide Tim Bell of 'Leith Walks'guides the walk, reading passages from the book and sharing the local history of Leith in the 1980s.

The walk itself lasts 2 hours in total and leaves from Custom House Leith at 10.30am. As the walk terminates at Leith Docker's Club at 12.30pm, there will be the opportunity to buy a copy of Tim Bell's new book Choose Life, Choose Leith: Trainspotting on Location and have a drink at the club. Harbouring a wealth of knowledge of Trainspotting (the book, film and play), Tim will also be happy to chat after the walk. 

Due to Health and Safety regulations, 15 tickets are available for each walk. A walking group higher than this would cause obstruction for pedestrians/traffic during the walk, therefore numbers are limited - so grab a ticket while you can!

The dates that the walks are running are as follows:

  • Saturday 3 August

  • Monday 5 August

  • Thursday 8 August

  • Saturday 10 August

  • Monday 12 August

  • Thursday 15 August

  • Saturday 17 August

  • Monday 19 August

  • Thursday 22 August

  • Saturday 24 August

  • Monday 26 August

Tickets are £10/£8 concession, and are available from the Luath Eventbrite page here https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/walking-tour-choose-life-choose-leith-trainspotting-on-location-tickets-64664359841

or the Fringe Box Office at https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/choose-life-choose-leith-trainspotting-on-location

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EIBF 2019: Identity and Language Exchange
Aug
10
12:30 pm12:30

EIBF 2019: Identity and Language Exchange

Part of the Edinburgh International Book Festival 2019. For the full programme, please visit www.edbookfest.co.uk

What happens when words and ideas travel between languages? Never having met, Iban Zaldua and James Robertson spent six months exchanging letters in their native languages: Scots and Basque. They offer an intimate reflection on Europe, identity and literature, published in a new book. Join the acclaimed writers as they share the experience of getting to know each other through writing and responding to each other’s carefully crafted and thought-provoking missives.

Chaired by Magnus Linklater. Part of Scotland Goes Basque 2019.

Tickets are £12/£10 conc, and are available from the EIBF event page here.

Voyage of Intent: Sonnets and Essays from the Scottish Parliament by James Robertson

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EIBF 2019: 365 stories, each with a tune
Aug
10
5:00 pm17:00

EIBF 2019: 365 stories, each with a tune

Part of the Edinburgh International Book Festival 2019. For the full programme, please visit www.edbookfest.co.uk

In 2013, James Robertson wrote a story every day of the year, each 365 words long. Then, Scottish fiddler Aidan O’Rourke wrote a tune a day as a musical response. 2019 marks the next chapter: O’Rourke launches Volume 2 of the music; the trio created a new commission for the New Music Biennial; and EIBF launch an ambitious installation collecting all the voices and songs, which you can experience in the Bookshop on George Street before it tours the country. Join the creators of 365 Stories to hear their extraordinary work.

Commissioned by the PRS Foundation’s New Music Biennial. Event supported by Binks Trust.

Tickets are £12/£10 concession, and are available from the EIBF event page here.

Voyage of Intent: Sonnets and Essays from the Scottish Parliament by James Robertson

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EIBF 2019: Whaur Extremes Meet
Aug
12
8:30 pm20:30

EIBF 2019: Whaur Extremes Meet

Part of the Edinburgh International Book Festival 2019. For the full programme, please visit www.edbookfest.co.uk

Between Burns Night in 2016 and 2017, poets Andy Jackson and Brian Johnstone ran an online national soul-searching project. Each week, they shared two Scottish poems on either side of a theme, charting the complexities of Scotland’s psyche. They join us to talk abut Scotia Extremis, the printed result — a compendium of poems which reverberates with the joys and tensions underpinning the national character, with readings from poets including Robert Crawford, Christine De Luca, Vicki Feaver, James Robertson and Ian Stephen.

Part of the Stories that Make Scotland series of events.

Tickets are £8/£6 concession, and are available from the EIBF event page here.

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EIBF 2019: Hamish Matters
Aug
14
to 15 Aug

EIBF 2019: Hamish Matters

Part of the Edinburgh International Book Festival 2019. For the full programme, please visit www.edbookfest.co.uk

Celebrate the centenary of international icon Hamish Henderson’s birth through his words and music, performed by a specially assembled collection of renowned singers and musicians. The Darg, an anthology of poetry inspired by Henderson and his many causes, is being launched at the Festival by The Poets’ Republic Press. Join musicians Steve Byrne, Hamish and Iain McGregor, Aileen Ogilvie, Pipe Major Callum Douglas, and poets including Hugh McMillan, Stuart Paterson, Magi Gibson, Neil Young, Marcas Mac an Tuairneir, Karys Watt and Dave Macfarlane. Hosted by poet Jim Mackintosh.

£Pay what you can. More information about this event can be found at the EIBF event page here.

Heliopolis by Hugh McMillan

Washing Hugh MacDiarmid’s Socks by Magi Gibson

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EIBF 2019: Walking the (Cat)walk
Aug
15
7:15 pm19:15

EIBF 2019: Walking the (Cat)walk

Part of the Edinburgh International Book Festival 2019. For the full programme, please visit www.edbookfest.co.uk

Edinburgh born supermodel Eunice Olumide has worked all over the world, walking the catwalk for legendary designers including Mulberry, Alexander McQueen, Christopher Kane and Harris Tweed. In How to Get into Fashion, she shares insider tips on her sought-after industry and in this event opens the door into the rarefied world of haute couture. In conversation with Elizabeth Paton, European styles correspondent of The New York Times.

Tickets are £12/£10 concession, and are available from the EIBF event page here.

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EIBF 2019: Still in Bloom
Aug
16
10:00 am10:00

EIBF 2019: Still in Bloom

Part of the Edinburgh International Book Festival 2019. For the full programme, please visit www.edbookfest.co.uk

Lesley Riddoch’s Blossom was a joyful intervention into Scottish independence discussions before the 2014 referendum. The award-winning journalist shone a light on community action and the everyday heroes who showed Scotland has the potential to grow and succeed. Five years later, as Brexit tears at the fabric of the nation, is Riddoch still optimistic? Find out as she discusses the timely update to her glowing book.

Part of our We Are All Citizens series of events.

£Pay what you can, more information can be found on the EIBF event page here.

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EIBF 2019: Scotland in the eyes of artists
Aug
16
12:00 pm12:00

EIBF 2019: Scotland in the eyes of artists

Part of the Edinburgh International Book Festival 2019. For the full programme, please visit www.edbookfest.co.uk

How do artists help us understand Scotland’s development since the Second World War? Art historian Bill Hare explores the startling achievements of modern artists in Scottish Artists in the Age of Change. Meanwhile in Inside & Out, poet and actor Gerda Stevenson writes tenderly about little-known watercolour artist Christian Small, refelcting on the expectations of post-war women. They come together to examine Scottish history through the lens of art.

Part of our Stories that Make Scotland series of events.

Tickets are £12/£10 concession, and are available from the EIBF event page here.

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Skye Festival 2019: Oor Big Braw Cosmos
Aug
16
7:30 pm19:30

Skye Festival 2019: Oor Big Braw Cosmos

Astronomer Royal for Scotland, John C Brown OBE and Rab Wilson, renowned Scots poet and NTS Scriver in Residence at Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, come to Skye to launch their new book Oor Big Braw Cosmos in a fascinating illustrated talk with readings.

This fascinating guide to our skies and beyond brings together science and art to convey the beauty of our vast cosmos and its scientific workings. Combining an accessible introduction to astronomy with original space-inspired poetry and haiku, and featuring hundreds of stunning images, Oor Big Braw Cosmos shows you space as you’ve never seen it before.

Broadford-based John, was made 10th Astronomer Royal for Scotland (ARFS) in 1995. In astronomy research he has published around 300 papers, winning the 2012 Royal Astronomical Society Gold Medal. He is also a keen teacher and semi-pro artist and magician, so a wizard at lucid explanation and illustration of amazing science ideas.

Rab Wilson is one of Scotland’s most accomplished poets. He was born in New Cumnock, Ayrshire, in 1960. After an engineering apprenticeship with the National Coal Board he left the pits following the miner’s strike of 1984–5 to become a psychiatric nurse. As a Scots poet, his work appears regularly in The Herald, Chapman, Lallans and Markings magazines and he is the author of a number of highly praised volumes of poetry and a Burns scholar.

Tickets are £10 adult / £8 member / £8 student / £5 young person / FREE under 11 & season.
Available from the Skye Festival booking page here.

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EIBF 2019: Notes from a Very Small Island
Aug
17
5:00 pm17:00

EIBF 2019: Notes from a Very Small Island

Part of the Edinburgh International Book Festival 2019. For the full programme, please visit www.edbookfest.co.uk

Two writers discuss profounds truths about island life. Donald S Murray’s As the Women Lay Dreaming is set on the Isle of Lewis in 1936 and centres on a grandfather grieving for the wife he lost in the sinking of HMY Iolaire. The Tempest is award-winning Swedish author Steve Sem-Sandberg’s haunting tribute to Shakespeare, set on a remote island off the Norwegian coast.

Tickets are £8/£6 concession, and are available from the EIBF event page here.

The Guga Stone: Lies, Legends and Lunacies from St Kilda by Donald S. Murray

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Scotlandsfest 2019: The Scottish Parliament - the next 20 years
Aug
19
1:45 pm13:45

Scotlandsfest 2019: The Scottish Parliament - the next 20 years

Part of ScotlandsFest 2019, a week-long festival of stimulating conversation, readings and debate in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. For more information and the full programme, please visit www.luath.co.uk/scotlandsfest-2019.

What has the Scottish Parliament achieved so far? And what might it achieve in the coming years? Drawing on letters written in submission for a Dear Scottish Parliament... campiagn championed by YoungScot, Jim Johnston and James Mitchell, co-editors of The Scottish Parliament at Twenty reflect on the role of the Scottish Parliament over the last 20 years and look forward to the next 20.

JIM JOHNSTON has been a clerk in the Scottish Parliament since 1999, including a period on secondment to the House of Lords, and previously received a PhD in Political Science from the University of Birmingham.

JAMES MITCHELL is professor of Public Policy at the University of Edinburgh. He has written extensively on Scottish and UK politics and public policy.

Tickets are £5/£3 conc, and are available from the Scotlandsfest event page here.

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Scotlandsfest 2019: Meaning and mystery - the standing stones of Scotland
Aug
19
3:30 pm15:30

Scotlandsfest 2019: Meaning and mystery - the standing stones of Scotland

Part of ScotlandsFest 2019, a week-long festival of stimulating conversation, readings and debate in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. For more information and the full programme, please visit www.luath.co.uk/scotlandsfest-2019.

What can we know about our inheritance of ancient megalithic monuments? How can story passed down through the generations help us understand them? Pictish expert and storyteller Stuart McHardy, co-author of The Stones of the Ancestors explores the history of standing stones in Scotland and the wealth of local stories associated with them, through oral storytelling and music.

STUART McHARDY is a writer, historical scholar, poet, musician, folklorist and renowned lecturer about Scottish history and culture, at home as well as abroad. His unique understanding of tradition comes from a thorough immersion in the storytelling arts and history alike. Former President of the Pictish Arts Society and Director of the Scots Language Resource Centre, McHardy has occupied lead positions with organisations working towards the aim of rediscovering Scottish national identity.

Tickets are £5/£3 conc and are available from the Scotlandsfest event page here.

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EIBF 2019: Red Clydeside, 100 Years On
Aug
19
3:45 pm15:45

EIBF 2019: Red Clydeside, 100 Years On

Part of the Edinburgh International Book Festival 2019. For the full programme, please visit www.edbookfest.co.uk

January 1919, a world in turmoil: Ireland declared its independence, while Trotsky led the Red Army in Poland. Maybe that’s why workers’ demonstrations in Glasgow led the British establishment to roll army tanks into George Square. Henry Bell’s John Maclean: Hero of Red Clydeside and Kenny MacAskills’ Glasgow 1919 offer coruscating new perspectives on the major players and events in a key period in Scotland’s political history.

Chaired by Ruth Wishart. Part of our Stories that Make Scotland series of events.

Tickets are £8/£6 concession, and are available from the EIBF event page here.

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Scotlandsfest 2019: Keeping indigenous languages alive
Aug
19
5:15 pm17:15

Scotlandsfest 2019: Keeping indigenous languages alive

Part of ScotlandsFest 2019, a week-long festival of stimulating conversation, readings and debate in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. For more information and the full programme, please visit www.luath.co.uk/scotlandsfest-2019.

To mark the UN International Year of Indigenous Languages, Alison Lang, Director of the Gaelic Books Council and author of Am Balach Beag a dh'Èisteadh aig Dorsan and Alan Riach, professor of Scottish Literature at the University of Glasgow and co-author of Arts and the Nation, celebrate creative approaches to strengthening the indigenious languages of Scotland in the future.

ALISON LANG started writing articles for bilingual magazine Cothrom and television reviews for The Scotsman before branching out into fiction. Her latest novel Am Balach Beag a dh'Èisteadh aig Dorsan (The Little Boy Who Listened at Doors) won the An Comunn Gaidhealach's Adult Book of the Year at the 2018 Royal National Mod, and she became the Director of the Gaelic Books Council in January 2019. 

ALAN RIACH, poet and professor of Scottish Literature at Glasgow University, is the author of the highly-acclaimed English language translations of the great 18th century Gaelic poems, 'Praise of Ben Dorian' and 'The Birlinn of Clanranald', and a Scots language version of the opening scene of Shakespeare's Hamlet. 

Tickets are £5/£3 conc and are available from the Scotlandsfest event page here.

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Scotlandsfest 2019: Moving on from the Trainspotting generation?
Aug
20
1:45 pm13:45

Scotlandsfest 2019: Moving on from the Trainspotting generation?

Part of ScotlandsFest 2019, a week-long festival of stimulating conversation, readings and debate in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. For more information and the full programme, please visit www.luath.co.uk/scotlandsfest-2019.

Scotland is a very different place from when Alistair Findlay entered front-line social work, as depicted in his memoir Mollycoddling the Feckless. He discusses the changes in Scottish society over the last 50 years with Trainspotting expert and guide Tim Bell, author of Choose Life, Choose Leith: Trainspotting on Location.

ALISTAIR FINDLAY worked as a front-line local authority social worker from 1973 - 2009, one of the first recruits to the new 'generic' social work profession which integrated all four previous specialist services. He has also written several volumes of poetry, and a book about Scotland's shale mining industry called Shale Voices.

TIM BELL is a speaker, writer and tour guide. After moving to Leith in the 1980s, he became a chaplain for the port of Leith. He begain his highly acclaimed tours under the banner 'Leith Walks' in 2003, and has since taken hundreds of people through the streets of Edinburgh and Leith, exploring Irvine Welsh's Trainspotting on location.

Tickets are £5/£3 conc and are available from the Scotlandsfest event page here.

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EIBF 2019: A tale of two cities
Aug
20
2:00 pm14:00

EIBF 2019: A tale of two cities

Part of the Edinburgh International Book Festival 2019. For the full programme, please visit www.edbookfest.co.uk

Meet two activists who dig beneath the stereotypes to real lived experiences. Jemma Neville campaigned for human rights law, and in Constitution Street explores global rights issues through the stories of the residents of one road in Leith. ‘Think Global, Act Local’ is the inspiration for artist-activist Ellie Harrison, and in her new book The Glasgow Effect she sheds the light on the inequality and disconnection of people in Glasgow communities, putting forward a new vision for sustainable living.

The two authors discuss their ideas with fellow writer and social historian Daniel Gray. Part of the We Are All Citizens series of events.

Tickets are £8/£6 concession, and are available from the EIBF event page here.

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Scotlandsfest 2019: Herstory - foregrounding the women of Scotland
Aug
20
3:30 pm15:30

Scotlandsfest 2019: Herstory - foregrounding the women of Scotland

Part of ScotlandsFest 2019, a week-long festival of stimulating conversation, readings and debate in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. For more information and the full programme, please visit www.luath.co.uk/scotlandsfest-2019.

Gerda Stevenson's Quines: Poetry in tribute to women of Scotland has had a rapturous response and is changing the perception of women's contribution to Scottish life. In parallel, Anna Groundwater's Scotland Connected takes an illuminating approach to Scottish history, setting it against a timeline of world and UK history and giving due credit to the contribution made by women. Together they present the herstory of Scotland, recognising some of Scotland's underappreciated female icons.

GERDA STEVENSON is an award-winning writer, actor, theatre director and singer-songwriter. Her stage play Federer Versus Murray toured to New York in 2012, and in 2014 she was nominated as Scots Singer of the Year for the MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards, following the launch of her album Night Touches Day. She has won a BAFTA Best Film Actress award for her role in Margaret Tait's feature film Blue Black Permanent, and is the founder of Stellar Quines, Scotland's leading women's theatre company. 

DR ANNA GROUNDWATER is a cultural and social historian of early modern Scotland and Britain at the University of Edinburgh. She publishes widely on Scottish and British history, Anglo-Scottish relations, and James VI and I, with several articles in History Scotland magazine.She consults for historical television and radio programmes, and has appeared on Scotland's Clans, and In Our Time.

Tickets are £5/£3 conc and are available from the Scotlandsfest event page here.

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EIBF 2019: All Hail Holyrood
Aug
20
3:45 pm15:45

EIBF 2019: All Hail Holyrood

Part of the Edinburgh International Book Festival 2019. For the full programme, please visit www.edbookfest.co.uk

2019 marks the 20th anniversary of the Scottish Parliament; this is the ideal moment to reflect on is development to date. Last year, academic Thomas Stewart established the Scottish Parliament Oral History Project, conducting over 80 interviews with current and former MSPs, Holyrood staff and journalists to shine a light on our democracy. He shares The Scottish Parliament In Its Own Words in his own words, today.

Part of our Stories that Make Scotland series of events.

Tickets are £8/£6 concession, and are available from the EIBF event page here.

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Scotlandsfest 2019: 'Whaur extremes meet' - the Scottish psyche in verse
Aug
20
5:15 pm17:15

Scotlandsfest 2019: 'Whaur extremes meet' - the Scottish psyche in verse

Part of ScotlandsFest 2019, a week-long festival of stimulating conversation, readings and debate in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. For more information and the full programme, please visit www.luath.co.uk/scotlandsfest-2019.

Poets/editors Andy Jackson and Brian Johnstone discuss the Scotia Extremis project, and the fascinating process of choosing and pairing dualities 'from the extremes of Scotland's psyche'. They commissioned poets from all around Scotland to write on pairings such as Laphroaig and Buckfast; Oor Wullie and Black Bob; Cullen Skink and Irn-Bru; Sawney Bean and Bible John; Jimmy Shand and Jack Bruce.

ANDY JACKSON was Makar to the Federation of Writers Scotland in 2017. His two poetry collections The Assassination Museum (2010) and A Beginner's Guide to Cheating (2015) were both published by Red Squirrel Press, and he has curated and edited several poetry anthologies including Split Screen (2012) and Double Bill (2014).

BRIAN JOHNSTONE is a poet, writer and performer. He has published six collections, most recently Juke Box Jeopardy (2018) and Dry Stone Work (2014), and his memoir Double Exposure was published by Saraband in 2017. A founder and former Director of StAnza: Scotland's International Poetry Festival, he was literary events organiser for over 20 years, co-founding Edinburgh's Shore Poets and curating Cave Readings for the Pittenweem Arts Festival in the 1990s.

Tickets are £5/£3 conc and are available from the Scotlandsfest event page here.

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EIBF 2019: Quest for happiness
Aug
21
10:30 am10:30

EIBF 2019: Quest for happiness

Part of the Edinburgh International Book Festival 2019. For the full programme, please visit www.edbookfest.co.uk

As the UK’s former Chief Medical Officer and chair of the Commission on Scottish Devolution, Kenneth Calman is used to sticking his head above the parapet. His autobiography It Started in a Cupboard: Adventures in Life, Learning and Happiness, which he shares today, explores his life and the development of his heartfelt views. It’s the story of a working class lad who’s tried to make Scotland a healthier place, finding contentment himself along the way.

Chaired by Brian Taylor. Part of our Stories that Make Scotland series of events.

Tickets are £12/£10 concession, and are available from the EIBF event page here.

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Scotlandsfest 2019: The Godfather of Pop Art - Paolozzi's Edinburgh
Aug
21
1:45 pm13:45

Scotlandsfest 2019: The Godfather of Pop Art - Paolozzi's Edinburgh

Part of ScotlandsFest 2019, a week-long festival of stimulating conversation, readings and debate in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. For more information and the full programme, please visit www.luath.co.uk/scotlandsfest-2019.

Godfather of the Pop Art movement Eduardo Paolozzi was born and raised in Leith. The range and impact of his work to be found in Edinburgh – from monumental sculpture to delicate stained glass – is discussed by Christine De Luca, poet and co-editor of Paolozzi at Large in Edinburgh, and art historian Bill Hare, author of Scottish Artists in the Age of Change.

CHRISTINE DE LUCA writes in English and Shetlandic, her mother tongue. She was appointed Edinburgh's Makar for 2014-2017. Besides several children's stories and one novel, she has had seven poetry collections and four bilingual volumes published (French, Italian, Icelandic and Norwegian). Her poems has been selected four times for the Best Scottish Poems of the Year (2006, 2010, 2013 and 2015).

BILL HARE is an Honorary Teaching Fellow in Scottish art history at the University of Edinburgh, and a part time lecturer in modern art history with ECA. He has organised many exhibitions both at home and abroad, working with major artists such as Eduardo Paolozzi. His most recent book Facing the Nation: The Portraiture of Alexander Moffat charts the career of Scottish portrait artist, Sandy Moffat.

Tickets are £5/£3 conc and are available from the Scotlandsfest event page here.

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Scotlandsfest 2019: Framing the nation - interpreting Scottish identity through art
Aug
21
3:30 pm15:30

Scotlandsfest 2019: Framing the nation - interpreting Scottish identity through art

Part of ScotlandsFest 2019, a week-long festival of stimulating conversation, readings and debate in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. For more information and the full programme, please visit www.luath.co.uk/scotlandsfest-2019.

Art historian Tom Normand, author of a new book on artist/photographer Calum Colvin, in conversation with portrait artist Alexander 'Sandy' Moffat, whose career Bill Hare charts in Facing the Nation and photographer Calum Colvin, about their different ways of framing and interpreting Scottish identity. 

TOM NORMAND has published widely in the history of British art with a special interest in developments in art and photography in Scotland. He has taught at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee, and since 1982, has lectured in the History of Art at the University of St Andrews. He has lectured nationally and internationally on Scottish art, culture and society.

ALEXANDER 'SANDY' MOFFAT RSA is an artist and teacher. From 1968 to 1978 he was the Director of the New 57 Gallery in Edinburgh. In 1979, he joined the staff of the Glasgow School of Art where he was Head of Painting from 1992 until his retirement in 2005. His portraits of the major poets of the Scottish Renaissance movement now hang in the Scottish National Portrait Gallery and his paintings are represented in many public and private collections including the Yale Center for British Art, USA and the Pushkin Museum in Moscow.

CALUM COLVIN was the winner of one of the first SAC Creative Scotland Awards and also holds a Royal Photographic Society Gold Medal. He was awarded an OBE in 2001 and is Professor of Fine Art Photography at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design. His Scottish poetry is often featured in The Herald and various literary magazines.

Tickets are £5/£3 conc and are available from the Scotlandsfest event page here.

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Scotlandsfest 2019: Tribalism in Scotland
Aug
21
5:15 pm17:15

Scotlandsfest 2019: Tribalism in Scotland

Part of ScotlandsFest 2019, a week-long festival of stimulating conversation, readings and debate in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. For more information and the full programme, please visit www.luath.co.uk/scotlandsfest-2019.

From LGBT boxers to cowboys and cowgirls, drag artists to Jacobites, buskers to Gaels - Glasgow has it all and more. Stephen Millar and Alan McCredie talk about their journey creating Tribes of Glasgow, meeting and photographing the colourful tapestry of people that live, work and socialise in Scotland's largest city.

STEPHEN MILLAR is the author of the successful three-colume series London's Hidden Walks, as well as Edinburgh's Hidden Walks and London's City Churches. He is also the principal photographer on the book London Architecture and has had articles published in The Scotsman, inews, the Sunday Herald and other newspapers.

ALAN McCREDIE has been a professional photographer for 20 years. He is the author of 100 Weeks of Scotland and Scotland the Dreich, and has also worked with the writer Daniel Gray on the book This is Scotland and Val McDermid on her book My Scotland. He also lectures in photography at Edinburgh College. 

Tickets are £5/£3 conc and are available from the Scotlandsfest event page here.

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Scotlandsfest 2019: The Glasgow Effect - social mobility in Scotland
Aug
22
1:45 pm13:45

Scotlandsfest 2019: The Glasgow Effect - social mobility in Scotland

Part of ScotlandsFest 2019, a week-long festival of stimulating conversation, readings and debate in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. For more information and the full programme, please visit www.luath.co.uk/scotlandsfest-2019.

Kenneth Calman, former Chief Medical Officer for Scotland, chair of the Calman Commission and author of It Started in a Cupboard discusses the health issues of modern Scotland with environmental activist/artist Ellie Harrison, whose challenging project The Glasgow Effect engages with issues of poverty, sustainability and lifestyle.

SIR KENNETH CALMAN first began his career in medicine in surgery with an interest in vascular and transplant surgery. He then became Professor of Oncology at the University of Glasgow, followed by posts as the Chief Medical Officer in Scotland and England. He has been involved in a wide variety of organisations including the National Trust for Scotland, the National Cancer Research Institute, the British Library and National Library of Scotland, and chaired a commission on Scottish devolution.

ELLIE HARRISON is an activism artist based in Glasgow. She is the founder and coordinator of the national 'Bring Back British Rail' campaign and the artist behind the controversial 'Glasgow Effect' project, a year-long durational performance where she refused to travel outside Glasgow or use any vehicles other than a bicycle for the whole of 2016. Since 2013, she has been lecturer in Contemporary Art Practices at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design.

Tickets are £5/£3 conc and are available from the Scotlandsfest event page here.

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Scotlandsfest 2019: Constitutional change and political will
Aug
22
3:30 pm15:30

Scotlandsfest 2019: Constitutional change and political will

Part of ScotlandsFest 2019, a week-long festival of stimulating conversation, readings and debate in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. For more information and the full programme, please visit www.luath.co.uk/scotlandsfest-2019.

Former First Minister and author of People, Politics, Parliament Henry McLeish reflects on 20 years of a devolved Scottish Parliament. An advocate of proportional representation and constitutional change, he is joined by Andrew Conway, whose How Scotland Works dismantles barriers of political jargon and misinformation for citizens.

HENRY McLEISH was elected as a member of the UK Parliament in 1987 and acted as Minister for Devolution and Home Affairs in the Labour government from 1997 to 1999. In the first Scottish Parliament he was Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning from 1999, and in 2000 he became First Minister of Scotland until 2001. Retiring from politics in 2003, he is now an adviser, consultant, writer, author and broadcaster, and lectures in the USA and elsewhere on the European Union and politics.

ANDREW CONWAY has a PhD in astrophysics and was awarded a medal for his work on NASA's RHESSI mission. He has founded two companies as an entrepreneur and was Chief Scientific Officer for the data engine behind the UK government's ActOnCO2 campaign. At the Open University he honed his skills in explaining difficult concepts to people from all backgrounds.

Tickets are £5/£3 conc and are available from the Scotlandsfest event page here.

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EIBF 2019: Holyrood twenty years on
Aug
22
3:45 pm15:45

EIBF 2019: Holyrood twenty years on

Part of the Edinburgh International Book Festival 2019. For the full programme, please visit www.edbookfest.co.uk

To coincide with the 20th anniversary of the Scottish Parliament, writer-researchers Gerry Hassan and Eric Shaw have edited a series of academic books assessing its impact on the nation, in the context of Britain, Europe and beyond. A leading commentator on Scottish politics, Hassan today discusses these collections and their conclusions, including Scotland the Brave? and 20 Years of the Scottish Parliament.

Part of the Stories that Make Scotland series of events.

Tickets are £12/£10 concession, and are available from the EIBF event page here.

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Scotlandsfest 2019: The Scottish Parliament 20 years on - visions of Scotland the Brave
Aug
22
5:15 pm17:15

Scotlandsfest 2019: The Scottish Parliament 20 years on - visions of Scotland the Brave

Part of ScotlandsFest 2019, a week-long festival of stimulating conversation, readings and debate in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. For more information and the full programme, please visit www.luath.co.uk/scotlandsfest-2019.

In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Scottish Parliament, Gerry Hassan and Simon Barrow, editors of Scotland the Brave? discuss social transformation with James McEnaney, author of A Scottish Journey, Director of Equate Scotland Talat Yaqoob, and Director of Voluntary Arts Scotland Jemma Neville, contributors to an influential new book about changing the face of Scotland.

GERRY HASSAN is Research Fellow in contemporary history at Dundee University. He has previously been a Research Fellow at the University of the West of Scotland and IPPR Scotland, and has written and edited over two dozen books on Scottish and British politics.

SIMON BARROW is Director of the beliefs, ethics and politics think tank Ekklesia. From 2000 to 2005, he was assistant general secretary of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland, the official ecumenical body. He has written and contributed to numerous books, including Scotland 2021 and A Nation Changed? The SNP and Scotland Ten Years On.

JAMES McENANEY is a lecturer, journalist and former secondary school English teacher. His work focuses on education policy, government transparency and wider issues of policymaking. He has written extensively for publications such as The Herald, The Guardian and CommonSpace. His first book A Scottish Journey is a contemporary interpretation of Edwin Muir's 1935 book Scottish Journey. 

TALAT YAQOOB is a feminist activist and has been working in Scotland's third sector for over ten years. She is chair and co-founder of Women 50:50, campaigning for at least 50% representation of women in elections, and is Director of Equate Scotland.

JEMMA NEVILLE is a writer with a background in human rights law and outreach. Her first book Constitution Street explores the experience of neighbourhood on one single street. She is Director of Voluntary Arts Scotland and was shortlisted for The Guardian's International Development Journalism Award.

Tickets are £5/£3 conc and are available from the Scotlandsfest events page here.

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Scotlandsfest 2019: Going green - the art of living well
Aug
23
1:45 pm13:45

Scotlandsfest 2019: Going green - the art of living well

Part of ScotlandsFest 2019, a week-long festival of stimulating conversation, readings and debate in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. For more information and the full programme, please visit www.luath.co.uk/scotlandsfest-2019.

Do you believe in the power of 'stopping to smell the flowers', spending time in green places and engaging with nature whenever possible? Chaired by Donald Smith, meet two pioneers of natural living in a modern lifestyle: Joanna Geyer-Kordesch, author of Why Gardens Matter and Joanna Thomson, author of Live Well, Eat Well, Be Well.

JOANNA GEYER-KORDESCH has a distinguished academic career bridging the disciplines of history of medicine and cultural history as embodied in our landscapes. After directing the Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine at Glasgow University from 1990 to 2001, she became Professor of European Natural History and Medicine at that university where, after retiring in 2006, she remains a Chair Emerita.

JOANNA THOMSON was brought up at the Kingston Nature Cure Clinic in Edinburgh. She is the third generation of the family to live the Nature Cure way of life, and is currently the Registrar of the Incorporated Society of Registered Naturopaths, and a Trustee of the Thomson Kingston Trust and the custodian of the Thomson Kingston Publications.

Tickets £5/£3 conc and are available from the Scotlandsfest event page here.

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Scotlandsfest 2019: Isolated islands - the remote lifestyle that inspired Orwell
Aug
23
3:30 pm15:30

Scotlandsfest 2019: Isolated islands - the remote lifestyle that inspired Orwell

Part of ScotlandsFest 2019, a week-long festival of stimulating conversation, readings and debate in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. For more information and the full programme, please visit www.luath.co.uk/scotlandsfest-2019.

What was it about island life that George Orwell was so drawn to on Jura while writing 1984? Landscape photographer and author of St Kilda: The Silent Islands Alex Boyd and island writer Norman Bissell, author of Barnhill, a novel of Orwell's last years, discuss the realities of remote island living and its potential for creative inspiration.

ALEX BOYD is a landscape and documentary photographer based in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. His work has been widely exhibited internationally with solo exhibitions at places such as the Scottish Parliament and the Royal Scottish Academy. He is best known for his collaborations with poets, including Scotland's First Makar Edwin Morgan.

NORMAN BISSELL's first poetry collection Slate, Sea and Sky features poems written in his native Glasgow and on the Isle of Luing where he now lives in sight of Jura. In 2011 and 2013 he wrote a feature length film script about George Orwell's last years. In 2014, he was awarded a Creative Scotland artist's bursary for research and professional development to write his novel Barnhill.

Tickets are £5/£3 conc and are available from the Scotlandsfest events page here.

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Scotlandsfest 2019: What lies beyond our skies? A collision of science and art
Aug
23
5:15 pm17:15

Scotlandsfest 2019: What lies beyond our skies? A collision of science and art

Part of ScotlandsFest 2019, a week-long festival of stimulating conversation, readings and debate in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. For more information and the full programme, please visit www.luath.co.uk/scotlandsfest-2019.

What is Scotland's contribution to astronomy? Astronomer Royal for Scotland John C Brown discusses stars of Scottish astronomy such as James Clerk Maxwell, the dark skies movement, the latest discoveries and the creative interplay between science and the arts, using magic to explain the science behind the phenomenon. His co-author of Oor Big Braw Cosmos and National Trust for Scotland Scriever in Residence Rab Wilson performs cosmic poetry in Scots.

JOHN C BROWN is Professor Emeritus at the University of Glasgow and has been Astronomer Royal for Scotland (ARfS) since 1995. In astronomy research he has published around 300 papers and won the 2012 Royal Astronomical Society Gold Medal. His 2016 OBE was for 'services to promotion of astronomy and science education'.

RAB WILSON is one of Scotland's most accomplished poets. His poetry in Scots is distinguished by its oral quality and by its technical assurance. The author of a number of highly praised volumes of poetry, he is also a Burns scholar. He is the Scriever in Residence for the National Trust for Scotland based at the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum in Ayr.

Tickets are £5/£3 conc and are available from the Scotlandsfest event page here.

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EIBF 2019: 90 minutes of football and flavour
Aug
23
6:00 pm18:00

EIBF 2019: 90 minutes of football and flavour

Part of the Edinburgh International Book Festival 2019. For the full programme, please visit www.edbookfest.co.uk

Highs and lows, hysteria and heartbreak: footballs’ a funny old game. Match of the Day producer Paul Armstrong reports on 3 years of the iconic show in Why Are we Always on Last? while Daniel Gray shares his latest pocket-sized poetic celebration of the beautiful game, Black Boots & Football Pinks. Join them plus food and drink expert Nikki Welch: she offers a tasting tour of some of the most interesting craft beers and micro-brews around.

Over 18s only.

Tickets are £15/£12 concession, and are available from the EIBF event page here.

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EIBF 2019: Daniel Gray on the sports journalism of Hugh McIlvanney - reading workshop
Aug
24
1:00 pm13:00

EIBF 2019: Daniel Gray on the sports journalism of Hugh McIlvanney - reading workshop

Part of the Edinburgh International Book Festival 2019. For the full programme, please visit www.edbookfest.co.uk

Writer, presenter and researcher Daniel Gray is in love with the ‘Beautiful Game’, the subject of a number of his books. Join him to delve into the football writing of Scottish journalist Hugh McIlvanney, whose long career encompassed work for the Scotsman, Sunday Times and Observer. McIlvanney was renowned for his perfectly crafted sentences: long, lyrical and rich with surprises. Read his work ahead of the event or be inspired to dip into it afterwards.

Tickets are £15/£12 concession, and are available from the EIBF event page here.

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EIBF 2019: Pop Art Guru
Aug
25
11:00 am11:00

EIBF 2019: Pop Art Guru

Part of the Edinburgh International Book Festival 2019. For the full programme, please visit www.edbookfest.co.uk

The work of Eduardo Paolozzi left an indelible print on his hometown of Edinburgh. Fascinated by the artist’s approach of constant reinvention, Scottish poet Christine De Luca and University of Edinburgh academic Carlo Pirozzi, collaborators on Paolozzi at Large in Edinburgh, pay tribute to the Leith-born sculptor who was seen as a pioneer of pop art and worked with everyone from Paul McCartney to Lord Snowdon.

Tickets are £12/£10 concession, and are available from the EIBF event page here.

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Islay Book Festival: Barnhill by Norman Bissell
Aug
29
2:00 pm14:00

Islay Book Festival: Barnhill by Norman Bissell

Part of Islay Book Festival 2019.

Nine years in the making, Barnhill has been a labour of love for poet and screenwriter Norman Bissell, who brings to life Orwell’s desperate struggle to finish his dystopian masterpiece, 1984. Reading extracts from his keenly-awaited new novel, which takes its name from the Hebridean hideaway where it all came together, Norman will discuss Orwell’s final years in London, Paris and Jura and the sacrifices he made – most tragically in terms of his health – as he created the world of Winston Smith and Julia, Big Brother and the Thought Police.

Sponsored by the Scottish Book Trust.

Tickets are £5 / £3.50 concessions / free to Jura Lunch Club members, and are available from the festival events page here.

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Galloway Scots Conference 2019: Rab Wilson
Sep
7
10:00 am10:00

Galloway Scots Conference 2019: Rab Wilson

The Speak of Galloway - the Leid of the Southwest
In this, the second conference exploring the linguistic heritage of Galloway, a range of speakers will consider the history, current usage and survival prospects for the distinctive variety of the Scots Leid or language spoken in Galloway.

The programme will include:
Professor Jeremy Smith who will deliver the key note address.
Margaret Fergusson: “Haud yir tongue and mind yir language - a sociolinguistic study of the distinctive accent of south west Scotland”.
Professor J,Derrick McLure: “John Mactaggart’s Scottish Gallovidian Encyclopaedia”
Chris Rollie: Bird Names of Dumfries and Galloway
Rab Wilson: “Cormilligan, Parish of Tynron, Passion, Poetry and Video”.
And the voices and views of local speakers of the Scots of Galloway.

Tickets cost £30 (full-time students £20) including coffee and buffet lunch. Tickets are available here.

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Portraits of Scottish Islands: St Kilda & Lewis and Harris with Alex Boyd
Oct
3
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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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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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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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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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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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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