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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The Unnatural Death of a Jacobite with Douglas Watt
Apr
4
6:30 pm18:30

The Unnatural Death of a Jacobite with Douglas Watt

Blackwell’s South Bridge host the launch of The Unnatural Death of a Jacobite by Douglas Watt, the fourth instalment in the John MacKenzie series.

MacKenzie and Scougall are back.

It’s 1689 and the body of a young lawyer has been discovered near Craigleith Quarry, Edinburgh. Meanwhile, in the Highlands, an army is trying to crush the government in the hope of restoring James Stewart to the throne. Was the discovered body anything to do with the rise of the Jacobites? Or was it simply the result of an office rivalry? Investigative lawyer John MacKenzie and his assistant Scougall search for the truth in the fourth instalment of Douglas Watt’s John MacKenzie series.

Admission is free and all are welcome. Please book your free ticket via the Eventbrite page.

DOUGLAS WATT was born in Edinburgh and brought up there and in Aberdeen. He was educated at Edinburgh University where he gained an MA and PhD in Scottish History. Douglas is the author of a series of historical crime novels set in the late 17th century Scotland featuring investigative advocate John MacKenzie and his sidekick Davie Scougall. He is also the author of The Price of Scotland, a prize-winning history of Scotland’s Darien Disaster. He lives in Midlothian with his wife Julie.

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Edinburgh Science 2019: Cosmic Beauty, Poetry and Science
Apr
7
3:00 pm15:00

Edinburgh Science 2019: Cosmic Beauty, Poetry and Science

Celebrating the publication of their book Oor Big Braw Cosmos, join Astronomer Royal for Scotland Professor John C Brown and eminent Lallans poet Rab Wilson for a session of poetry and an exploration of astronomy, cosmic beauty and science to a backdrop of superb cosmic imagery.

Tickets for this event are £8.50/£6.50/£5 #SCIFIVE and are available from the Edinburgh Science booking website or by calling the booking hotline on 0131 226 0005.

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Tribes of Glasgow with Stephen Millar and Alan McCredie
Apr
11
7:00 pm19:00

Tribes of Glasgow with Stephen Millar and Alan McCredie

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Waterstones launch Tribes of Glasgow by Stephen Millar and Alan McCredie.

Finding himself faced with a feeling of disconnect from his city of birth, Stephen Millar set out on a mission to capture the heart and essence of Glasgow, engaging with the patchwork of ‘tribes’ which make up the fabric of the city. Meeting with members of a remarkable variety of clubs and sub-cultures – including cosplayers, gunslingers, LGBT boxers and more – Stephen Millar and Alan McCredie bring their stories to life in a way akin to Humans of New York, through first-hand accounts and a blend of portrait and candid photography. Millar and McCredie will reveal their experiences meeting the tribes and how the book came to be, followed by a Q&A and signing opportunity.

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

STEPHEN MILLAR is the author of the London’s Hidden Walks series. He has written and provided photographs for a number of books and magazines, including the Independent on Sunday. 

ALAN McCREDIE has been a freelance photographer for 10 years, working with most major agencies in Scotland and beyond. He has specialised in theatre and television but is perhaps best known for his documentary and travel photography. A member of Documenting Britain photo collective, he is a Perthshire man lost to Leith.

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Tribes of Glasgow with Stephen Millar and Alan McCredie
Apr
24
6:30 pm18:30

Tribes of Glasgow with Stephen Millar and Alan McCredie

Blackwell’s South Bridge host the launch of Tribes of Glasgow by Stephen Millar and Alan McCredie.

Finding himself faced with a feeling of disconnect from his city of birth, Stephen Millar set out on a mission to capture the heart and essence of Glasgow, engaging with the patchwork of ‘tribes’ which make up the fabric of the city. Meeting with members of a remarkable variety of clubs and sub-cultures – including cosplayers, gunslingers, LGBT boxers and more – Stephen Millar and Alan McCredie bring their stories to life through a blend of portrait and candid photography.

Admission to this event is free and all are welcome. Please book your free ticket at the Eventbrite page.

STEPHEN MILLAR is the author of the London’s Hidden Walks series. He has written and provided photographs for a number of books and magazines, including the Independent on Sunday.

ALAN McCREDIE has been a freelance photographer for 10 years, working with most major agencies in Scotland and beyond. He has specialised in theatre and television but is perhaps best known for his documentary and travel photography. A member of Documenting Britain photo collective, he is a Perthshire man lost to Leith.


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Scotia Extremis with Andy Jackson and Brian Johnstone
May
3
6:30 pm18:30

Scotia Extremis with Andy Jackson and Brian Johnstone

Blackwell’s South Bridge host the launch of SCOTIA EXTREMIS, as part of the Tradfest 2019 programme.

Editors Andy Jackson and Brian Johnstone bring together a wide range of Scotland’s best-known contemporary poetic voices to celebrate the country’s culture and personality through spoken work, from Laphroaig versus Buckfast, to Oor Wullie against Black Bob, to Jimmy Shand meeting Jack Bruce, and Cullen Skink taking on Irn-Bru. Featuring such poets as Jackie Kay, Angus Peter Campbell, Stewart Conn, Liz Niven, Donald S Murray and more than 100 more, these vivid poems bring to life the people, places and motifs that form the complex and contradictory soul of Scotland.

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

ANDY JACKSON was born in Salford, England in 1965, but has lived in Scotland since 1993. His two poetry collections The Assassination Museum (2010) and A Beginner’s Guide to Cheating (2015) were both published by Red Squirrel Press, and he has curated and edited several poetry anthologies including Split Screen (2012) and Double Bill (2014) for Red Squirrel Press, and Whaleback City: The Poetry of Dundee and its Hinterland (with W N Herbert) for Dundee University Press (2013). In 2015 he again collaborated with W N Herbert on the New Boots & Pantisocracies poetry blog project, chronicling the UK in the months following the 2015 General Election. He was Makar to the Federation of Writers Scotland in 2017.

BRIAN JOHNSTONE was born in Edinburgh in 1950, but has lived in rural Fife since the 1970s. A poet, writer and performer, his work has appeared through Scotland, elsewhere in the UK, in North America, Australasia and across Europe. He has published six collections, most recently Juke Box Jeopardy (Red Squirrel, 2018) and Dry Stone Work (Arc, 2014). His poems have been translated into over a dozen languages. In 2015 his work was selected to appear on the Poetry Archive website. His memoir Double Exposure was published by Saraband in 2017. A founder and former Director of StAnza: Scotland’s International Poetry Festival, he was a literary events organiser for over 20 years, co-founding Edinburgh’s Shore Poets and curation Cave Readings for the Pittenweem Arts Festival in the 1990s.

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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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