Martin MacIntyre launches his new book Summer '78 (Samhradh '78) at the Ceòlas symposium.
The Main Street Trading Company bookshop host Tweed Dales: Journeys and Evocations Exploring History, Folklore and Stories from the Heart of the Scottish Borders by Donald Smith and Elspeth Turner.
The Junor Gallery is pleased to present the next stage in this touring exhibition of Alexander Moffat’s Scotland’s Voices, the most significant composite portrait to be painted in Scotland and Europe since the artist’s Poets’ Pub (1980, National Galleries of Scotland). Poet’s Pub depicted an imaginary gathering of some of Scotland’s most renowned poets of the twentieth century. This major new work focuses on Scotland’s traditional singers and musicians. It is presented in the context of a selection of preliminary sketches and drawings, together with Ruth Nicol’s celebrated landscape paintings and the evocative words of poet Alan Riach. ‘LANDMARKS’ is a chance to see together new works by three of Scotland’s artists who have shaped the way we see ourselves and our culture.
Exhibition opens Sunday 29 July 2018 at 2pm. Admission is always free and all are most welcome. The independent gallery and artists presented are supported by your purchases, however small or large.
Exhibition runs until St Andrews Day (30 Nov 2018) and will be accompained by a series of events.
For more information, please visit https://junorgallery.scot/exhibitions/landmarks/
George Kerevan and Chris Bambery amongst the speakers at the Commonspace Forum event on the evening of Clara Ponsatí’s trial.
The Leith Dockers Club host the launch party for Choose Life, Choose Leith: Trainspotting on Location by Tim Bell.
Blending elements of music, comedy and spoken word to bring to life themes of social mobility, class and identity. An attempt to find a way across the ravine while still retaining your sanity. Loki AKA Darren McGarvey's bestselling 2017 book Poverty Safari: Understanding the Anger of Britain’s Underclass blended memoir, journalism and polemic to make an argument that even the left – as well as Conservatives – misunderstand the complexity of poverty as it is experienced and that many traditional ideas on both the left and right are dangerously outdated.
Tickets for this event are available from https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/loki-the-scottish-rapper-poverty-safari-live
Returning for its fifth year, the smash-hit, sell-out show returns to Edinburgh!
FOLLOW IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF RENTON, SPUD AND BEGBIE.
Experience Trainspotting on location, including places featured in the book such as Leith Central Station, Leith Links and the Dockers Club.
Weaving through courtyards, kirkyards and vennels, hear poems about Edinburgh past and present written by residents, tourists and those who visited only in imagination, including Robert Burns, Victor Hugo and the great anon. The city has inspired tragic ballads and heartfelt lovesongs, poems celebrating its dramatic beauty and poems attacking its grey narrow-mindedness. Ken Cockburn has led poetry walks on the Royal Mile since 2007.
‘An excellent tour for both the historian and the poetry lover: Ken is a brilliant guide… book yourself a tour – you won’t regret it!’ (ScotsGay.co.uk).
Tickets range from £8 - £36 and are available from the Eventbrite page.
Chair of the Citizen's Income Trust, Annie Miller, proposes Basic Income which guarantees everyone money until death. Journalist James Bloodworth worked undercover in low–wage jobs for six months to produce his book Hired. He says urgent steps must be taken to repair Britain's broken system and its gig economy. Chaired by Rosemary Burnett.
In histories writtern by men, good women have rarely been given much credit. With her new collection Quines, Gerda Stevenson has produced a very necessary corrective. These unforgettable poems recognise the salt-sellers, the fish-gutters, scientists and politicians who have made such a key contribution to Scotland's history. Chaired by Jackie McGlone.
In conversation with… Darren McGarvey at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
The moorlands of Scotland and beyond fascinate art historian Robin Crawford and playwright-poet Donald S Murray. Crawford discusses what he found after evaluating the peat areas of the Outer Hebrides for a year, documented in Into the Peatlands, while Murray extends his reach from Lewis and the Highlands to the Netherlands and Australia in The Dark Stuff, unpicking why these landscapes have been represented unfairly in folklore.
Join writer and social historian Daniel Gray for today's reading workshop to explore this funny, honest and perceptive book.
The transformative power of walking is the glue holding together Alastair McIntosh and Guy Stagg's recent works. Chaired by Susan Mansfield.
The former First Minister Henry McLeish has been working on a review of Scottish football for a decade and today he suggests we pursue 'a renaissance of Scottish football, not a requiem'.
novelist and architect David F Ross joins author and nature writer Karen Lloyd whose latest book is The Blackbird Diaries, to discuss the interaction of nature and the built environment with social historian Daniel Gray, who has been chronicling the voices of Scotland's New Town residents throught the Book Festival's ReimagiNation touring programme.
The intersection of health, environment and benefit systems, both locally and globally, is the subject of today's discussion. Explore the issues with our panel: Edinburgh GP and author Gavin Francis; Devi Sridhar, the Global Public Health Chair at the University of Edinburgh; and Daniel Gray, lead writer on a Book Festival project involving sufferers of chronic lung conditions in Fife.
Calum Colvin, Sheena Wellington and Gordn MacLean discuss the breadth of the late Michael Marra’s artistic influence, as his creative collaborators.
The Thomas Muir Lecture celebrates the legacy of Thomas Muir through a commitment to the ideals of democracy, liberty and human rights.
This year’s lecture will be delivered by the award-winning poet, playwright, singer-songwriter Gerda Stevenson and will be based on her latest book Quines, a collection of poems in tribute to women of Scotland.