Rebel? Prophet? Relic? Perspectives on George Orwell in 2019
May
24
to 25 May

Rebel? Prophet? Relic? Perspectives on George Orwell in 2019

  • Pearson Building (North East Entrance) (map)
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This two-day multidisciplinary conference will consider Orwell’s place in contemporary academia, politics, and popular culture. Is he the “wintry conscience” of each generation, or the product of a society whose approach to gender, race, and sexuality is unacceptably narrow? Does his criticism remain politically potent, or has his absorption into everyday discourse dulled his social efficacy? Does a focus on his politics obscure his art? What do we talk about when we talk about George Orwell?

The conference seeks to bring together academics, activists, and journalists, as well as the organizations, like UCL’s Orwell Archive, the Orwell Foundation, and the Orwell Society, that have a stake in the writer’s literature and legacy.

The programme will include keynote addresses from Dr. John Rodden, and Professor Jean Seaton, Director of the Orwell Foundation, as well as a presentation from staff at the Orwell Archive. The conference will take place at University College London (UCL), and is open to the public.

**While attendance at both days of the conference is encouraged, it is not required. A speaker list will be available after March 2019.**

Norman Bissell, author of Barnhill, will be speaking on a panel and chairing an event across both days.

Admission is free and all are welcome. Please reserve your ticket via Eventbrite here.

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Lowlands Scots Poetry: Featuring Rab Wilson, Katy Ewing & Stuart Paterson
May
26
3:00 pm15:00

Lowlands Scots Poetry: Featuring Rab Wilson, Katy Ewing & Stuart Paterson

Home to Robert Burns, Southern Scotland has of course contributed a huge amount to the literary world, In this event, award winning writers deliver enriching and thought provoking pieces.

This is a performance of Scots language and a celebration of lowland Scots poetry featuring some of the area’s finest poets. Rab, Katy and Stuart will be performing their repertoire and audience members will be given an insight into their inspirations.

Tickets are £7/6 for Under 16, and are available from www.ticketsource.co.uk, in person from The Midsteeple Box Office or by calling 01387 253 383.

Oor Big Braw Cosmos by John C. Brown and Rab Wilson

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In Conversation: Joanna Geyer-Kordesch
May
31
2:30 pm14:30

In Conversation: Joanna Geyer-Kordesch

A Year of Conversation 2019 is a collaborative project across Scotland designed to celebrate, initiate and explore conversation as a means of engaging with each other and the wider world.

Joanna Geyer-Kordesch, author of the upcoming Why Gardens Matter will be talking about our varied and vital experience of gardens. Why does someone spend months or years on a particular theme? Why is it important to them, and to us.

Find out in this unique series of live Friday afternoon discussions with writers who have been gripped by a subject that will not let them go.

Tickets are £5 and are available from the TRACS website here.

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Leith Festival: Tim Bell's Trainspotting Tours
Jun
13
7:00 pm19:00

Leith Festival: Tim Bell's Trainspotting Tours

Part of Leith Festival 2019. For more information, please visit www.leithfestival.com

From the author of the acclaimed best book about Welsh’s Trainspotting, Tim Bell takes us on a deep dive into Trainspotting and back to the Leith of the 1980s and 1990s, warts, laughs and all. It’s the story that belongs to Leith and went world-wide. Nobody knows it like Tim Bell knows it. Go. See. Sing. Think. A signed copy of CHOOSE LIFE. CHOOSE LEITH: Trainspotting on Location will be available to buy.

Tour starts from the courtyard of the Leith Dockers Club. Tickets are £5/£4 conc and are first come first served. Strict maximum of 15 tickets per tour due to health and safety precautions.

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Leith Festival: Tim Bell's Trainspotting Tours
Jun
14
7:00 pm19:00

Leith Festival: Tim Bell's Trainspotting Tours

Part of Leith Festival 2019. For more information, please visit www.leithfestival.com

From the author of the acclaimed best book about Welsh’s Trainspotting, Tim Bell takes us on a deep dive into Trainspotting and back to the Leith of the 1980s and 1990s, warts, laughs and all. It’s the story that belongs to Leith and went world-wide. Nobody knows it like Tim Bell knows it. Go. See. Sing. Think. A signed copy of CHOOSE LIFE. CHOOSE LEITH: Trainspotting on Location will be available to buy.

Tour starts from the courtyard of the Leith Dockers Club. Tickets are £5/£4 conc and are first come first served. Strict maximum of 15 tickets per tour due to health and safety precautions.

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Edinburgh Fringe Festival: Scotland Today
Aug
2
to 12 Aug

Edinburgh Fringe Festival: Scotland Today

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

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

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

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Health in the Workplace
May
20
2:00 pm14:00

Health in the Workplace

Our health is influenced by many things including our genetic make-up, health services, the environment, social and economic factors, and lifestyle. The workplace can have an influence on such factors, both positively and negatively.

As part of the National Library of Scotland’s Heath at Work Week, former Chief Medical Officer and now Chair of the Library Board Professor Sir Kenneth Calman is in conversation with the National Librarian of Scotland, Dr John Scally to discuss how we can improve health at work.

Admission is free and all are welcome. Please reserve your ticket via Eventbrite.

It Started in a Cupboard: Adventures in Life, Learning and Happiness by Sir Kenneth Calman

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