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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Launch: Sgiath, Amazon Queen of Skye by George W. Macpherson
Nov
19
6:30 pm18:30

Launch: Sgiath, Amazon Queen of Skye by George W. Macpherson

Join George W. Macpherson at the Portree Community Library for the launch of his new book, Sgiath: Amazon Queen of Skye, during Book Week Scotland.

Long ago in ancient Skye, a queen is born in a storm…

From the depths of Scottish folklore emerges Sgiath, an ancient warrior queen of Skye. Also known as Scáthach or Sgathaich, Skye and Dunscaith Castle - her home on the islands all those years ago - are said to have been named after her.

Follow her incredible journey as she turns from ordinary village girl to leader of a great army of warriors, conquering her opponents and bringing education to all. Magic and myth interweave with history in this epic tale of ancient oral storytelling that is inspirational for our modern times.

Admission is free and all are welcome, no booking necessary. Books will be on sale and George will be happy to sign copies.

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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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Book Week Scotland: Gerda Stevenson - Quines
Nov
20
7:30 pm19:30

Book Week Scotland: Gerda Stevenson - Quines

Award-winning writer/actor/singer-songwriter Gerda Stevenson will read from her acclaimed collection Quines: Poems in tribute to women of Scotland. This remarkable book celebrates Scottish women from all walks of life - scientists, artists, a fish-gutter, politicians, sportswomen, queens, a salt-seller, singers, an engineer and many more - from Neolithic times to the 21st century. Nominated as Scots Singer of the Year for the MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards, Gerda will also sing songs connected to her Quines.

Tickets are £5 and are available from the Kinross-shire Local Events page here.

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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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Choose Life, Choose Leith: a conversation with Tim Bell
Nov
21
6:30 pm18:30

Choose Life, Choose Leith: a conversation with Tim Bell

Join Tim Bell, author of Choose Life, Choose Leith: Trainspotting on Location, in conversation with Leith Councillor Gordon Munro, as he advocates for the community of Leith to connect with and reevaluate Trainspotting , during Book Week Scotland.

Leith is the setting for Irvine Welsh’s cult classic Trainspotting. In 1987, Edinburgh was dubbed 'the AIDS capital of Europe', strongly associated with the heroin injectors of Leith. 30 years on since the height of the heroin/HIV problems, Bell encourages the community to claim the epidemic as a piece of living history, and to see Welsh's Trainspotting as more than just a heroin story.

The discussion will be followed by an audience Q&A and book signing. After the event, local organisations Turning Point and Waverley Care will introduce who they are and will be on hand with information about their ongoing work in Scotland today.

Join us for an informative evening of local history - admission is free and all are welcome. Please reserve your free ticket at the Eventbrite page here.

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WAVERLEY CARE is positive about HIV, hepatitis C and sexual health in Scotland. First established in 1989, Waverley Care was set up to build the UK’s first purpose-built AIDS hospice, in response to the growing HIV epidemic in Edinburgh. 30 years later, Waverley Care now provides care and support to people affected by HIV, hepatitis C and sexual health across Scotland, while continuing to develop targeted services tackling issues such as the ongoing HIV outbreak in Glasgow.

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Book Week Scotland: Oor Big Braw Cosmos - A Blether about Astronomy and Poetry
Nov
23
2:00 pm14:00

Book Week Scotland: Oor Big Braw Cosmos - A Blether about Astronomy and Poetry

Galloway is known for its stars and the Dark Skies in Galloway can be looked at in different ways. You can appreciate them as a scientist or an artist or, of course, both!

This free event celebrates the combining of science and art that created Oor Big Braw Cosmos – A Cocktail of Cosmic Science, Imagery & Poetry. This book has been jointly written by The Astronomer Royal (and semi-pro magician), John Brown, and Rab Wilson, Scriever in Residence for the National Trust for Scotland. Come and blether to the authors in Kirkcudbright, soon to be the home of a new Dark Skies visitor centre.

John and Rab will chat about astronomy, poetry and what the universe means to them with Elizabeth Tindal, Biosphere Dark Sky Ranger, against a background of images and readings from Oor Big Braw Cosmos.

This event is aimed primarily at an adult audience, although children will be welcomed as they are the scientists and artists of the future.

A second free and family-friendly event is being held at Glentrool, where the authors and Elizabeth will go out into the night to see the universe for real. There will be stargazing and readings from the book out in the Galloway Forest Dark Sky Park. There will be time for a chat and book signing after the event.

This event is free to attend, no booking necessary.

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Blash o God: Art & Poetry with Robert Campbell Henderson & Hugh McMillan
Nov
26
7:00 pm19:00

Blash o God: Art & Poetry with Robert Campbell Henderson & Hugh McMillan

The Glasgow Literary Lounge at Calton Bar will be hosting Blash o God for their November monthly showcase.

The Blash o God is a collaboration by French based artist, Robert Campbell Henderson and Penpont poet, Hugh McMillan inspired by the Buchanites. The project involves a creative interpretation across several media, art, video and performance, of a Utopian 18th Century cult led by a charismatic woman, Elspeth Buchan, who became convinced that she had a central role to play in the Second Coming, specifically that she and a minister from Troon were embodiments of certain key figures in the Book of Revelations. She had calculated when the cult was to be ‘transported’ to heaven and set about founding a community to prepare for this. Thrown out of Ayrshire they ended up in Templand, near Thornhill in Dumfries and Galloway. They practised communal ownership and free love and scandalised the local community though the landowner who rented property to them, talked admiringly of their discipline and work ethic. Burns “rescued” one of their adherents. Several deadlines for ‘translation’ to heaven came and went and the followers dwindled till eventually only one was left, Anthony Innes. The cult had by this time moved to Crocketford. When Elspeth died, Innes kept the mummified body, and on his deathbed insisted he be buried on top of her body so that he would fly away to heaven too. The project is fascinating in that the Buchanites’ beliefs flew in the face of contemporary convention and in that the central role was played by a hugely able, resilient and talented working class woman.

This is a FREE event for all. For more information, please visit the event page here.

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St Mungo's Mirrorball Poetry Showcase
Nov
27
7:00 pm19:00

St Mungo's Mirrorball Poetry Showcase

Miriam Gamble reads from her brand new collection alongside a strong line up which includes award winning poet Hugh MacmillanLisa Fannen and Derek Parkes.

Originally from Belfast, Miriam Gamble lectures in Creative Writing at the University of Edinburgh. Her collections are The Squirrels Are Dead (2010), Pirate Music (2014) and What Planet (2019), all published by Bloodaxe. She has been a mentor on the Clydebuilt and Ledbury Emerging Critics programmes and a judge on the Saltire Poetry Book of the Year Award and the Seamus Heaney First Collection Prize.

Hugh McMillan is a poet from Penpont in South West Scotland. His work has been published widely in Scotland and beyond, and he has won various prizes, most recently the Callum Macdonald Memorial Award in 2017 for Sheep Penned, published by Roncadora; he won the same award in 2009 for Postcards from the Hedge. He has been a winner in the Smith/Doorstop Prize and the Cardiff International Poetry Competition, and has also been shortlisted for the Michael Marks Poetry Award and the Basil Bunting Award. He has had seven full poetry collections published, as well as numerous pamphlets. Not Actually Being in Dumfries: New and Selected poems was published by Luath Press in 2015.

Lisa Fannen writes, and shares words both solo and in collaboration with musicians. She launched a debut poetry collection, Faultline in November 2018 published by Active Distribution/Sto Citas, which includes snapshots, lyrics, journal notes and meditations. Her writing is political and personal (and an examination of where these territories meet), observational and contemplative.

Born in London, Derek Parkes moved to Glasgow in 2003. He reads regularly at various poetry events in Glasgow and used to co-run ‘Poetry at the Ivory’ until the money ran out. Among his accomplishments are the self-publishing of an anthology of the pupils of Donny O’Rourke, and a one-man show celebrating the life of Spike Milligan. He is a former director and chair of The Scottish Writers’ Centre. His first pamphlet is published by Red Squirrel Press.

St Mungo's Mirrorball aims to support the development of poetry and poets in Glasgow. Tickets are £7 (£4) on the door. For more information about this event, please visit the event page here.

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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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The Conversation of Sheep at Cresset Hall
Dec
7
2:00 pm14:00

The Conversation of Sheep at Cresset Hall

Poet Hugh McMillan has collaborated with Dumfries and Galloway community choir Cairn Chorus to read poems from his collection The Conversation of Sheep with members of the choir.

They will be performing at several different venues throughout December.

The first date is Saturday 7 December at Cresset Hall, Loch Arthur at 2pm.

Fore more information, please visit the event page here.

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Edinburgh launch: The Glasgow Effect with Ellie Harrison
Dec
11
6:30 pm18:30

Edinburgh launch: The Glasgow Effect with Ellie Harrison

Join Ellie Harrison for the Edinburgh launch of her new book The Glasgow Effect: A Tale of Class, Capitalism and Carbon Footprint.

Accusing Ellie Harrison of being on a ‘poverty safari’, Darren McGarvey was among over 8,000 people who took to Twitter to deplore The Glasgow Effect, a year-long art project that controversially received £15,000 in funding from Creative Scotland. Once McGarvey came to understand the real intention and scope of the project, he publicly changed his stance, announcing that he and Harrison were on the same side.

Now, Ellie breaks the story that only she can tell in her new book The Glasgow Effect. As an activist-artist she has been advocating how we can reduce our carbon footprint for years and was an early influencer, through performance and protest, in the movement that has brought climate change to the top to the top of the political agenda. Revealing her detailed manifesto for change, Ellie tells her side of the story about her year-long ‘durational performance’ and the practical ways we can all address global environmental challenges.

Admission is free and all are welcome. Complimentary wine will be served and Ellie will be happy to sign copies of the book. Please reserve your free ticket via the Eventbrite page here.

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The Conversation of Sheep at Dunscore Church
Dec
14
2:00 pm14:00

The Conversation of Sheep at Dunscore Church

Poet Hugh McMillan has collaborated with Dumfries and Galloway community choir Cairn Chorus to read poems from his collection The Conversation of Sheep with members of the choir.

They will be performing at several different venues throughout December and early January..

The second performance will be on Saturday 14 December at Dunscore Church at 2pm.

Fore more information, please visit the event page here.

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The Conversation of Sheep at Thomas Tosh Cafe
Dec
14
6:30 pm18:30

The Conversation of Sheep at Thomas Tosh Cafe

Poet Hugh McMillan has collaborated with Dumfries and Galloway community choir Cairn Chorus to read poems from his collection The Conversation of Sheep with members of the choir.

They will be performing at several different venues throughout December and early January.

The third date will be held on Saturday 14 December at Thomas Tosh Cafe at 6.30pm.

Fore more information, please visit the event page here.

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The Conversation of Sheep at Crossmichael Church
Dec
21
2:00 pm14:00

The Conversation of Sheep at Crossmichael Church

Poet Hugh McMillan has collaborated with Dumfries and Galloway community choir Cairn Chorus to read poems from his collection The Conversation of Sheep with members of the choir.

They will be performing at several different venues throughout December and early January.

The fourth date will be held on Saturday 21 December at Crossmichael Church at 2pm.

Fore more information, please visit the event page here.

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The Conversation of Sheep at Theatre Royal
Jan
3
7:30 pm19:30

The Conversation of Sheep at Theatre Royal

Poet Hugh McMillan has collaborated with Dumfries and Galloway community choir Cairn Chorus to read poems from his collection The Conversation of Sheep with members of the choir.

They will be performing at several different venues throughout December and early January.

The fifth event will be held on Friday 3 January at Theatre Royal at 7.30pm.

Fore more information, please visit the event page here.

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The Conversation of Sheep at Glencairn Memorial Institute
Jan
4
7:30 pm19:30

The Conversation of Sheep at Glencairn Memorial Institute

Poet Hugh McMillan has collaborated with Dumfries and Galloway community choir Cairn Chorus to read poems from his collection The Conversation of Sheep with members of the choir.

They will be performing at several different venues throughout December and early January.

The final event will be held on Saturday 4 January at Glencairn Memorial Institute at 7.30pm.

Fore more information, please visit the event 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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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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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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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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