Dove Tales: Scottish Artists for Peace
Jan
26
4:30 pm16:30

Dove Tales: Scottish Artists for Peace

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Join Dove Tales in an exploration of peace and pacificism through poetry and song, with a performance from award-winning musician, actress and poet Gerda Stevenson, author of Quines: Poems in tribute to women of Scotland.

Presented in partnership with Waterstones.

Tickets are £5 and are available from the Celtic Connections event page.

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Pictures of St. Kilda - The Silent Islands
Feb
15
3:00 pm15:00

Pictures of St. Kilda - The Silent Islands

Part of Winter Words Festival 2019.

Alex Boyd’s photographs of the ever-mysterious St. Kilda archipelago show the beauty of the islands, but he also captures the modern signs of military presence - jarring with the empty landscape. This inter-relationshop between heritage, myth and Britain’s ongoing role on the world stage as a major weapons producer, has had Alex returning many times to St. Kilda, collecting the images which would eventually become St Kilda: The Silent Islands.

Alex will take you on the journey with him, across the largest isle of Hirta, working slowly from the hills above Village Bay, or in the valley of Gleann Mór beyond, pointing out the plane wreckage, the strange military installations, as well as structures both ancient and modern built by the St. Kildans themselves.

Admission is £8.50 plus booking fee and tickets are available from the event page here.

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Paolozzi at Large in Edinburgh - illustrated talk
Feb
18
6:30 pm18:30

Paolozzi at Large in Edinburgh - illustrated talk

Join authors Christine de Luca and Carlo Pirozzi for an illustrated talk discussing their publication Paolozzi at Large in Edinburgh: Artworks and Creative Responses.

Eduardo Paolozzi (1924-2005) was one of the greatest Scottish and European artists of the 20th century. He was a prolific sculptor and printmaker as well as an inspirational teacher.

Born in Edinburgh into an immigrant Italian family who ran an ice cream shop in Albert Street, Leith, there was no `silver spoon’ or patronage available: only ingenuity and dedication. Despite having lived and worked in the cosmopolitan art worlds of London, Paris, Berlin, New York and Osaka his native city is where you’ll find some of Paolozzi’s most arresting work, demonstrating the breath of his creativity, with many pieces displayed as public art or held in the National Galleries.

Paolozzi at Large in Edinburgh is an homage to this treasure inherited by the city of Edinburgh, featuring a vibrant combination of responses to Paolozzi’s revolutionary work, including poems, commentaries and responsive art works edited by Christine de Luca and Carlo Pirozzi.

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.)

Carlo Pirozzi is currently a Teaching Fellow at the Italian Department of the University of Edinburgh. His main research interests are language teaching methodologies, Diaspora Studies, contemporary Italian poetry and literature and the visual and performing arts. He is the coordinator of the ‘Italo-Scottish Research Cluster’ at the University of Edinburgh.

Copies of the publication will be available for purchase and signing by the authors. Admission is free and all are welcome. To book your free ticket, please visit the Eventbrite page here.

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Firefighters of Belfast by Brian Allaway
Feb
21
6:00 pm18:00

Firefighters of Belfast by Brian Allaway

After high demand during his visit to Waterstones Belfast in December 2018, Brian Allaway returns to Waterstones Belfast to talk about his new book, Firefighters of Belfast: The Fire Service During the Troubles 1969 – 1994.

Talking about his time as a firefighter during the turbulent times of the Troubles in Ireland and the personal accounts of those whom he served with, Brian will be answering questions after the talk and signing copies of his book.

This event is free to attend. For more information, please visit the Waterstones Belfast events page.

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Granite Noir: Finding Your Characters - And Their Milieu: Vaseem Khan, Douglas Skelton and Yrsa Sigurdardottir
Feb
23
1:30 pm13:30

Granite Noir: Finding Your Characters - And Their Milieu: Vaseem Khan, Douglas Skelton and Yrsa Sigurdardottir

This session takes us from the streets of Mumbai to the suburbs of Reykjavik and the bright lights of New York City, as we find out how and where authors make their characters come to life.

Vaseem Khan's fourth Baby Ganesh Agency Investigation, Murder at the Grand Raj Palace, find Inspector Ashwin Chopra (Rtd) and his elephant sidekick investigating the apparent suicide of an American billionaire at Mumbai's swankiest hotel. In The Janus Run, Douglas Skelton writes about New York for the first time. His gritty thriller features a deadly secret organisation and a false accusation of murder. Yrsa Sigurdardottir's The Reckoning finds detective Huldar and child psychologist Freyja chasing a mysterious and chilling prediction in a race against time to prevent six murders.

Chaired by James Naughtie

Tickets are £9.50 and are available from the booking page here.

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Aye Write 2019: Angus Peter Campbell
Mar
14
6:00 pm18:00

Aye Write 2019: Angus Peter Campbell

Constabal Murdo, the new Gaelic novel from award-winning author Angus Peter Campbell, is set on Barra and follows the mystery of a valuable historic brooch stolen from Kismuil Castle. 

The local bobby, Murdo MacDonald from the Isle of Lewis pursues seven suspects until eventually detectives from the mainland arrive to help. The novel, a mix of detective noir with a dash of ‘Para Handy’, raises questions about the importance of community.

Tha bràiste òir luach nam mìltean mòra air a dhol à sealladh à Caisteal Chiosamuil am Barraigh. ‘S ann air Constabal Murdo, bhon a’ Bhac, a tha uallach faighinn a-mach co dh’fhalbh leatha. Tha seachdnar fo amharas aige. Saoil cò rinn e, agus carson?

Tickets are £6 subject to transaction fees, and are available from the Aye Write 2019 event page or from the box office on 0141 353 8000.

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Aye Write 2019: Anna Groundwater
Mar
16
11:30 am11:30

Aye Write 2019: Anna Groundwater

Anna Groundwater is a cultural and social historian of early modern Scotland at the University of Edinburgh and acts as a consultant for historical television and radio programmes, appearing on Scotland’s Clans and In Our Time. 

Her book Scotland Connected is a user-friendly and thought-provoking guide to the key events in Scottish, British and World history, readily demonstrating the connections between the three. 

Tickets are £10 and are available from the Aye Write 2019 events page or by calling the box office on 0141 353 8000.

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Aye Write 2019: Andrew Conway
Mar
16
1:15 pm13:15

Aye Write 2019: Andrew Conway

Andrew Conway has a degree and PhD in astrophysics from Glasgow. On leaving academia he spent time as an entrepreneur, and his experience led him to his current work on bringing clarity to essential information about our society. 

How Scotland Works is a layman’s guide to all aspects of Scottish society which aims to share an understanding of the information and data underpinning the political debate in our country. 

Packed full of facts and figures, the book highlights sources, dismantles barriers of jargon and places information in a context where it can be related to morals and politic.

Tickets are £10 and are available from the Aye Write 2019 events page or from the box office on 0141 353 8000.

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Aye Write 2019: Brian Allaway
Mar
17
3:00 pm15:00

Aye Write 2019: Brian Allaway

Belfast firefighters responded to every incident during the Troubles, wherever it was located, seeing the best and worst of humanity. The years 1969 to 1994 were particularly difficult for Northern Ireland, and they would test the firefighters to their limits. 

Firefighters of Belfast provides a record of that time from a firefighter’s perspective, combining research, contemporary records and first-hand accounts from people who lived through it. 

Brian Allaway’s narrative places on record the dedicated service and invaluable contribution made by firefighters to the people of Belfast when the city needed them most.

Tickets are £6 subject to transaction fees, and are available from the Aye Write 2019 event page or from the box office on 0141 353 8000.

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Aye Write 2019: Stephen Millar & Alan McCredie
Mar
17
4:45 pm16:45

Aye Write 2019: Stephen Millar & Alan McCredie

Finding himself faced with a feeling of disconnection from his city of birth, Stephen Millar set out on a mission to capture the heart and essence of Glasgow, meeting with members of a remarkable variety of clubs and sub-cultures from pagans, to cosplayers and traditional musicians who make up the fabric of the city. 

His book Tribes of Glasgow moves beyond stereotypes and delves deeper into the origins of these tribes. 

Scottish photographer Alan McCredie brings these stories to life through a blend of portraits and candid snaps.

Tickets are £10 subject to transaction fees and are available from the Aye Write 2019 events page or by calling the box office on 0141 353 8000.

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Aye Write 2019: Eunice Olumide
Mar
23
11:30 am11:30

Aye Write 2019: Eunice Olumide

Interested in working in the fashion industry? Do you want to be a model, designer, photographer or stylist? Want a rare look at the industry from the inside? 

Supermodel Eunice Olumide MBE was signed when she was just 16. She has since graced catwalks all over the world, working with top design powerhouses including Christopher Kane, Harris Tweed, Alexander McQueen, and Mulberry.

With stunning photographs and the knowledge of someone who’s been there and done it, How to Get into Fashion is your essential guide to the industry.

Tickets are £10 subject to transaction fees and are available from the Aye Write 2019 events page or by calling the box office onb 0141 353 8000.

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Aye Write 2019: Brian Johnstone and Andy Jackson
Mar
24
3:00 pm15:00

Aye Write 2019: Brian Johnstone and Andy Jackson

Scotia Extremis is a new poetry anthology based on the celebrated 2016–17 web project edited by Andy Jackson and Brian Johnstone. 

It presents a poetic exploration of 'the soul of Scotland’ featuring specially commissioned poems from over 100 of the nation’s finest contemporary poets including Jackie Kay, Douglas Dunn, Christine De Luca and Stewart Conn. 

Poems examine extremes of Scotland’s psyche, covering themes as diverse as Burns Night, Buckfast and the Bay City Rollers. A fastpaced roll-call of your favourite poets maps the nation in words, accompanied by visuals and the occasional snatch of music.

Tickets are £6 subject to transaction fees and are available from the Aye Write 2019 events page or by calling the box office on 0141 353 8000.

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Aye Write 2019: Lesley Riddoch, David Runciman, Isabel Hardman and Chris Mullin
Mar
29
7:45 pm19:45

Aye Write 2019: Lesley Riddoch, David Runciman, Isabel Hardman and Chris Mullin

On Friday 29 March, according to Article 50, the United Kingdom should be leaving the EU. Wherever we are and whatever has happened by then, our distinguished panel help you to navigate through the headlines:

Isabel Hardman is a political journalist and the assistant editor of The Spectator.

David Runciman teaches politics and history at Cambridge University and hosts the Talking Politics podcast.

Chris Mullin is a former MP, novelist and diarist.

Lesley Riddoch is a broadcaster, journalist and author of Blossom: What post-Brexit needs to flourish.

Tickets are £12 subject to transaction fees and are available from the Aye Write 2019 events page or by calling the box office on 0141 353 8000.

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Aye Write 2019: Alex Boyd
Mar
30
1:15 pm13:15

Aye Write 2019: Alex Boyd

Using a battered medium format camera once belonging to Fay Goodwin, Alex Boyd captures the archipelago of St Kilda in a new light, from a 21st century perspective in his book St Kilda: The Silent Islands.

From the crumbling Cold War military base to the wild beauty of the natural landscape, this collection of photographs is both an ode to the history of the islands and an insight into the modern day lives of those who live and work on St Kilda today. 

Join Alex for a fascinating illustrated talk on this most mysterious and isolated place. 

Tickets are £10 subject to transaction fees and are available from the Aye Write 2019 events page or by calling the box office on 0141 353 8000.

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Paolozzi at St Mary's Cathedral
Jan
19
2:00 pm14:00

Paolozzi at St Mary's Cathedral

Revel in the beauty of Edinburgh artist Eduardo Paolozzi's 'Millennium Window', designed for the Resurrection Chapel in St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral.

Paolozzi at Large in Edinburgh, edited by Christine De Luca and Carlo Pirozzi pays homage to the Edinburgh-born artist Eduardo Paolozzi. His native city is where some of his most arresting work can be found, including the Manuscript of Monte Cassino currently located at Hillside Crescent Gardens, the Wealth of Nations sculpture at Drummond House, Gyle Business Park and the Millenium Window at St Mary's Cathedral. Refecting the artist's multifaceted approach, the book contains a vibrant combination of responses to his revolutionary oeuvre, in particular the Edinburgh masterpieces. Full colour images of the artworks are accompanied by responsive artworks by Royal Scottish Academy artists and Christine De Luca's interpretative poetry.

Pirozzi and De Luca will discuss the conception of the book and will read some of the poems from the book.

The event will also include music from the Mayfield Salisbury Chamber Group and Paolozzi's inspiration for the window, as told by Professor Duncan MacMillan.

Admission is free and all are welcome. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided upon entry.
Please wrap up warm as the cathedral can be cold during the winter months.

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