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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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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