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, Sick Boy 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: 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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EIBF 2019: Unbound with Edinburgh Gin
Aug
25
9:00 pm21:00

EIBF 2019: Unbound with Edinburgh Gin

365 TUNES & TALES

365 is a gorgeous written-and-recorded call and response. After James Robertson penned a story each day for a year, LAU fiddler Aidan O’Rourke reacted with music – and all their songs and stories can be experienced in the Book Festival’s George Street Bookshop. For Unbound, the duo are joined by Kit Downes and a collection of incredible collaborators including musicians Kate Molleson, Esther Swift, and Sorren Maclean, and readers Gerda Stevenson, Tam Dean Burn and Matthew Zajac. Celebrate something truly special tonight.

Presented in association with the PRS Foundation’s New Music Biennial, newmusicbiennial.co.uk

Part of the Unbound with Edinburgh Gin series of events.

This event is a free & drop in event, no booking necessary. For more information, please visit https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/unbound-with-edinburgh-gin-7

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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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Launch: Scotland the Worst by Charles Maciejewski
Aug
29
6:00 pm18:00

Launch: Scotland the Worst by Charles Maciejewski

Waterstones Inverness host the launch of Charles Maciejewski’s new book Scotland the Worst: A Derogatory Guide of the Worst Places to Visit in Times Gone By.

An alternative view to bonny wee Scotland, Charles Maciejewski presents a compendium of some of the less generous comments made by 17th, 18th and 19th century visitors. Collected over years of extensive research of historical journals and tourism guides Maciejewski talks about his own visits to the places themselves, compared with the impressions of those who walked before him. Promising a humorous take on TripAdvisor style remarks, he hopes much has changed - mostly for the better!

Admission is free, no booking necessary. For more information, please visit https://www.waterstones.com/events/scotland-the-worst-a-derogatory-guide-of-the-worst-places-to-visit-in-times-gone-by/inverness

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Launch: The Constructed Worlds of Calum Colvin
Aug
31
3:00 pm15:00

Launch: The Constructed Worlds of Calum Colvin

Join Street Level Photoworks for the book launch of Tom Normand's The Constructed Worlds of Calum Colvin, published by Luath Press. With an introduction by Tom Normand and an 'in conversation' with Calum Colvin, followed by a book signing. Free and all welcome!

Calum Colvin has exhibited his work nationally and internationally for over thirty years. He has won numerous award including the Higashikawa Overseas Photographer Award in 1997 and was a winner of one of the first Scottish Arts Council Creative Scotland Awards from which he created the acclaimed exhibition for the SNPG: Ossian, Fragments of Ancient Poetry in 2001. He was awarded an OBE the same year and is Professor of Fine Art Photography at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design University of Dundee.

Colvin’s artworks have been widely exhibited in venues as diverse as Orkney, Los Angeles and Ecuador. He has completed a number of portrait commissions for the Scottish National Portrait Gallery and the RSA. His works are represented in numerous collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art New York; The Museum of Fine Art  Houston; The Tate Gallery London and the Gallery of Modern Art in Glasgow.

Tom Normand is lecturer and writer and has published widely in the history of British art with a special interest in developments in art and photography in Scotland, including the book Scottish Photography: A History. He has taught at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee, and in the History of Art Department at the University of St Andrews.  He has lectured, nationally and internationally, on Scottish art, culture and society.

For more information, please visit http://streetlevelphotoworks.org/event/calum_colvin_launch

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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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Bloody Scotland 2019: Murder in Wild Places - Lucy Foley, Douglas Skelton, CL Taylor
Sep
21
11:45 am11:45

Bloody Scotland 2019: Murder in Wild Places - Lucy Foley, Douglas Skelton, CL Taylor

When you’re in the open spaces of the Scottish wilderness, no one can hear you scream. And when you’re marooned on a small Scottish island there’s nowhere to run.

Remote highland settings are the killing fields for three superb novels out in 2019. In Lucy Foley’s acclaimed The Hunting Party, old friends gather but murder also pays a visit. Secrets, lies, past sins and new deaths are at the heart of two gripping island-set mysteries – Douglas Skelton’s Thunder Bay is on the fictional island of Stoirm, and CL Taylor’s Sleep on the isle of Rum.

Tickets are £9/£8 concession and are available from the Bloody Scotland event page here.


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Bloody Scotland 2019: You the Jury - a play by Douglas Skelton
Sep
21
to 22 Sep

Bloody Scotland 2019: You the Jury - a play by Douglas Skelton

A woman is found dead in her flat, a rope around her neck. Was it suicide – as her husband suggests – or murder? What’s it really like in a Scottish murder trial? Do lawyers cry out “Objection”? Does the judge strike a gavel to maintain order? Are there dramatic witness box confessions?

Find out in this reconstruction in a real court room, based on an actual case, with real-life lawyers, court staff and scientists playing their own parts.

And YOU could be on the jury!

Sponsored by the Faculty of Advocates

Tickets are £8/£7 concession.

*** Saturday 2pm showing SOLD OUT ***

*** Saturday 7.30pm showing SOLD OUT ***

Get your tickets to the Sunday showing at the Bloody Scotland event page here.

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Wigtown Book Festival: Eunice Olumide - How to Get into Fashion
Sep
28
12:00 pm12:00

Wigtown Book Festival: Eunice Olumide - How to Get into Fashion

Edinburgh-born supermodel, Eunice Olumide was signed to the catwalk when she was just 16. Since then she has worked all over the world for designers including Mulberry, Alexander McQueen and Harris Tweed, as well as collaborating with the V&A. Along the way, she has championed diversity in her industry and stood up for ethical fashion. She talks about a remarkable career.

StageTEXT will be providing live surtitles for people with hearing loss at this event.

Tickets are £8 Wigwam/free for U26 Wigwam and are available from the Wigtown Book Festival events page here.

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Wigtown Book Festival 2019: Aileen Ballantyne - Taking Flight
Sep
28
12:30 pm12:30

Wigtown Book Festival 2019: Aileen Ballantyne - Taking Flight

Former Wigtown Poetry Prizewinner Aileen Ballantyne launches her first full collection, Taking Flight. Central to the book is a sequence of poems entitled “Lockerbie, Pan Am Flight 103”, which takes the form of conversations with local residents and those affected by the terror attack on Pan Am Flight 103. Her new work builds on an earlier series of poems which won the prestigious Mslexia Poetry Prize in 2015.

Tickets are £6 and are available from the Wigtown Book Festival events page here.

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Wigtown Book Festival: Femi Oluwole & Eunice Olumide - How to Be an Activist
Sep
28
4:30 pm16:30

Wigtown Book Festival: Femi Oluwole & Eunice Olumide - How to Be an Activist

What does it mean to be an activist in 2019? How do you get your message heard? Femi Oluwole became one of the most prominent figures in the Brexit debate after co-founding the youth-focused pro-Remain campaign group Our Future, Our Choice. He is joined by the model and activist Eunice Olumide, who campaigns for ethical fashion and Zero Waste. They talk about how – and why – to make a difference.

Tickets are £6 Wigwam/free for U26 Wigwam and are available from the Wigtown Book Festival events page here.

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Wigtown Book Festival: Ken Cockburn & The Bookshop Band
Sep
29
7:30 pm19:30

Wigtown Book Festival: Ken Cockburn & The Bookshop Band

For his Spring Fling x Wigtown Book Festival residency, Ken Cockburn has been thinking and writing about birds – and their place in our lives and landscape. He presents his new work, while The Bookshop Band presents a selection of songs inspired by feathered friends and other wildlife.

Tickets are £6 and are available from the Wigtown Book Festival events page here.

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Wigtown Book Festival: Norman Bissell - Barnhill
Sep
30
12:00 pm12:00

Wigtown Book Festival: Norman Bissell - Barnhill

Who was the man behind 1984? Norman Bissell discusses Barnhill, his novel about George Orwell’s time on Jura. It reveals the author’s private side – his love life, devotion to his son and declining health as he struggled to deliver his masterpiece.

Tickets are £7 and are available from the Wigtown Book Festival events page 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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Wigtown Book Festival: Hugh McMillan & Robert Campbell Henderson
Oct
4
3:00 pm15:00

Wigtown Book Festival: Hugh McMillan & Robert Campbell Henderson

Poet Hugh McMillan and artist Robert Campbell Henderson discuss their collaboration at this year’s festival. ‘Elspeth Buchan and the Blash o God’. which is inspired by an 18th century Galloway-based cult. Warning: this event may include discussion of infanticide, the second coming, free love, mummification and Robert Burns!

Tickets are £6 and are available from the Wigtown Book Festival event page here.

Books by Hugh McMillan:
The Conversation of Sheep
Heliopolis
Not Actually Being in Dumfries
McMillan’s Galloway: A Creative Guide by an Unreliable Local

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Wigtown Book Festival: Gerda Stevenson
Oct
5
12:00 pm12:00

Wigtown Book Festival: Gerda Stevenson

The StAnza Series: Quines

Poet and actor Gerda Stevenson reads from her tribute to Scotland’s women. Featuring monologues in Scots and English, Quines charts the contributions made by some remarkable women from ancient times to the 21st century: singers, politicians, a fish-gutter, queens, a marine engineer, scientists and even a whole football team!

Tickets are £6 and are available from the Wigtown Book Festival event page here.

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Wigtown Book Festival: Ken Cockburn
Oct
6
12:00 pm12:00

Wigtown Book Festival: Ken Cockburn

This year’s Spring Fling x Wigtown Book Festival writer-in-residence has been drawing inspiration from the birds that we see around us every day. He reads from new work and talks about his experiences during the project.

Admission is free, but ticketed. Please reserve your ticket at the Wigtown Book Festival events page here.

Floating the Woods by Ken Cockburn

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Wigtown Book Festival: Rab Wilson & John C Brown
Oct
6
1:30 pm13:30

Wigtown Book Festival: Rab Wilson & John C Brown

Which Scotsman inspired Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity? Which planet is one-third made of diamond? Discover the answers to these questions and more from the Astronomer Royal for Scotland, John C Brown, and poet Rab Wilson, NTS Scriever in Residence at Robert Burns Birthplace Museum. They talk about their unique guide to the universe, Oor Big Braw Cosmos, which unites science and art to convey the beauty of our cosmos.

Tickets are £7 and are available from the Wigtown Book Festival events 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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Calum Colvin book launch party and signing
Aug
23
6:30 pm18:30

Calum Colvin book launch party and signing

Join acclaimed Scottish artist Calum Colvin as he launches the keenly anticipated new book about his work by Tom Normand. The Constructed Worlds of Calum Colvin: Symbol, Allegory, Myth is the first major colour illustrated publication to provide a coherent overview of four decades of the artist’s work and practice.

To celebrate the launch, enjoy music and a complimentary drink in the incredible surroundings of the Great Hall at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery. Calum and Tom will be signing copies of the book and in conversation about the work featured on the cover.

Calum has created a new limited edition plate to celebrate the book, exclusively available for purchase at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery shop. The event ticket price of £5 is redeemable against the price of the book. Customers can receive 15% off all purchases during the event, from 6.30-8.30pm.

For tickets and more information, please visit the Scottish National Portrait Gallery events 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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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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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: 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: 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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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: 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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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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