Festival of Politics: Expectation versus reality - the Parliament at Twenty
Oct
12
5:00 pm17:00

Festival of Politics: Expectation versus reality - the Parliament at Twenty

The Consultative Steering Group helped define how the new Scottish Parliament should work. Has it lived up to its founding principles?

Its membership represented all four major Scottish political parties, as well as a wide range of civic groups and interests.

Join the original members of the group to consider whether Holyrood has lived up to its founding principles. The event will be chaired by the Presiding Officer, Ken Macintosh MSP.

Panellists include:

  • Keith Geddes, former President of the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities

  • Rt Hon Henry McLeish, former First Minister of Scotland

  • Joyce McMillan, journalist and broadcaster

  • Rt Hon Sir George Reid FRSE, former Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament

  • Esther Roberton, senior governor of the University of Aberdeen

Tickets are £6/£4 concession and are available from the Eventbrite page here.

The Festival of Politics is an annual festival hosted by the Scottish Parliament. The Festival of Politics is open to everyone. It aims to provoke, inspire and inform.

To find out more and book tickets for other Festival of Politics events, please visit www.festivalofpolitics.scot

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Festival of Politics: Dear Scottish Parliament
Oct
12
2:00 pm14:00

Festival of Politics: Dear Scottish Parliament

Join the panel to consider the challenges for the Scottish Parliament in the next 20 years.

The Scottish Parliament at Twenty by Jim Johnston and James Mitchell set out the challenges facing the Parliament over the next 20 years. It features contributions from politicians, academics and school children.

This panel will debate the book’s collection of hopes, aspirations and personal report cards. Chaired by Sarah Quinn, Scottish Youth Parliament Trustee, this panel includes:

  • Dr Jim Johnston, co-editor of The Scottish Parliament at Twenty and Clerk to the Scottish Parliament’s Finance Committee

  • Allan Lindsay, Co-Design and Participation Director at Young Scot

  • Claire Hossack and Quinn Muirhead, whose letters were selected to be part of the book

  • Peter McColl, Head of Futures and Policy at Snook

Tickets are £6/£4 concession and are available from the Festival of Politics Eventbrite page here.

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Launch: Taking Flight by Aileen Ballantyne
Oct
12
2:00 pm14:00

Launch: Taking Flight by Aileen Ballantyne

An astronaut tracing his daughter's name in the sands of the Moon...

A time-travelling magician from the Qin Dynasty...

A young policeman working amidst the Lockerbie disaster...

Luath Press and the Scottish Poetry Library are delighted to invite you to the launch of Aileen Ballantyne's debut poetry collection Taking Flight.

A recipient of the prestigious Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award and winner of the Myselxia Poetry Competition, journalist turned poet Aileen Ballantyne will be reading from her new collection, embarking on a journey through time and place. From the 1969 Moon Landings to the Lockerbie disaster and beyond, the poems are a collection of the heartbreakingly real and personal stories of people who will be remembered long after the headlines are history.

Admission is free and all are welcome. There will be refreshments via a donation wine bar and books will be on sale, which Aileen will be happy to sign. Tickets are available from the Eventbrite page here.

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Festival of Politics: 20 years of devolving power in the UK
Oct
12
11:15 am11:15

Festival of Politics: 20 years of devolving power in the UK

What would life look like in 2019 if the Scottish and Welsh electorates had voted ‘no’ in the 1997 referendums? Or if the Good Friday Agreement had not been reached?

In this event, the panel will imagine what the UK would be like without devolution.

Chaired by Sir Paul Grice, Chief Executive of The Scottish Parliament, this panel includes:

  • Laura McAllister, Professor of Public Policy and the Governance of Wales at the Wales Governance Centre, at Cardiff University

  • Esther Roberton, Senior Governor at the University of Aberdeen and former Coordinator of the Scottish Constitutional Convention

  • Professor James Mitchell, Chair in Public Policy at the University of Edinburgh and co-editor of The Scottish Parliament at Twenty

Tickets are £6/£4 and are available from the Festival of Politics Eventbrite page here.

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Bookmark Festival: Freeland Barbour & Gerda Stevenson
Oct
6
3:00 pm15:00

Bookmark Festival: Freeland Barbour & Gerda Stevenson

Freeland and Gerda will bring BOOKMARK 2019 to a rousing musical finale singing songs like A Hundred Pipers and Charlie is my Darling.

The acclaimed musician and composer Freeland Barbour has written this biography of Lady Nairne, one of Perthshire and Scotland's best-loved song writers. Freeland will talk about Lady Nairne and there will also be a chance to hear (and join in with) songs as mentioned above. Gerda Stevenson returns to join Freeland in this musical finale.

Tickets are £8 and are available from the Eventbrite page here.

Quines: Poems in tribute to women of Scotland by Gerda Stevenson

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Wigtown Book Festival: Rab Wilson & John C Brown
Oct
6
1:30 pm13:30

Wigtown Book Festival: Rab Wilson & John C Brown

Which Scotsman inspired Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity? Which planet is one-third made of diamond? Discover the answers to these questions and more from the Astronomer Royal for Scotland, John C Brown, and poet Rab Wilson, NTS Scriever in Residence at Robert Burns Birthplace Museum. They talk about their unique guide to the universe, Oor Big Braw Cosmos, which unites science and art to convey the beauty of our cosmos.

Tickets are £7 and are available from the Wigtown Book Festival events page here.

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Wigtown Book Festival: Ken Cockburn
Oct
6
12:00 pm12:00

Wigtown Book Festival: Ken Cockburn

This year’s Spring Fling x Wigtown Book Festival writer-in-residence has been drawing inspiration from the birds that we see around us every day. He reads from new work and talks about his experiences during the project.

Admission is free, but ticketed. Please reserve your ticket at the Wigtown Book Festival events page here.

Floating the Woods by Ken Cockburn

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Launch: The Constructed Worlds of Calum Colvin
Oct
5
3:00 pm15:00

Launch: The Constructed Worlds of Calum Colvin

Join Street Level Photoworks for the book launch of Tom Normand's The Constructed Worlds of Calum Colvin, published by Luath Press. With an introduction by Tom Normand and an 'in conversation' with Calum Colvin, followed by a book signing. Free and all welcome!

Calum Colvin has exhibited his work nationally and internationally for over thirty years. He has won numerous award including the Higashikawa Overseas Photographer Award in 1997 and was a winner of one of the first Scottish Arts Council Creative Scotland Awards from which he created the acclaimed exhibition for the SNPG: Ossian, Fragments of Ancient Poetry in 2001. He was awarded an OBE the same year and is Professor of Fine Art Photography at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design University of Dundee.

Colvin’s artworks have been widely exhibited in venues as diverse as Orkney, Los Angeles and Ecuador. He has completed a number of portrait commissions for the Scottish National Portrait Gallery and the RSA. His works are represented in numerous collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art New York; The Museum of Fine Art  Houston; The Tate Gallery London and the Gallery of Modern Art in Glasgow.

Tom Normand is lecturer and writer and has published widely in the history of British art with a special interest in developments in art and photography in Scotland, including the book Scottish Photography: A History. He has taught at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee, and in the History of Art Department at the University of St Andrews.  He has lectured, nationally and internationally, on Scottish art, culture and society.

For more information, please visit http://streetlevelphotoworks.org/event/calum_colvin_launch

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Wigtown Book Festival: Gerda Stevenson
Oct
5
12:00 pm12:00

Wigtown Book Festival: Gerda Stevenson

The StAnza Series: Quines

Poet and actor Gerda Stevenson reads from her tribute to Scotland’s women. Featuring monologues in Scots and English, Quines charts the contributions made by some remarkable women from ancient times to the 21st century: singers, politicians, a fish-gutter, queens, a marine engineer, scientists and even a whole football team!

Tickets are £6 and are available from the Wigtown Book Festival event page here.

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Book launch: This is Our Story by Ian Murray
Oct
4
7:00 pm19:00

Book launch: This is Our Story by Ian Murray

Supporters are invited to the Gorgie Suite on Friday 4th October for the launch event of This is Our Story: How the Fans Kept their Hearts Beating, the new book by former Chair of the Foundation of Hearts, Ian Murray, which chronicles the incredible story of Hearts’ fight against liquidation.

Hosted by legendary Scottish football broadcaster Archie MacPherson, the free to attend event is open to all Hearts supporters who wish to gain the inside track on the unprecedented story of the turmoil and uncertainty that surrounded the club during its darkest hour.

The book honours Hearts fans and their sheer determination to rescue their beloved club from the brink of extinction and raise it back up to the top of Scottish football.

Ian had first-hand experience of the events and will discuss every aspect of the story on the night. Hearts star Jamie Walker will also be in attendance on the night and will be available for photos/autographs post-event.

A cash bar will serve refreshments throughout.

Tickets are FREE and all are welcome - book your ticket here: https://www.universe.com/events/book-launch-this-is-our-story-by-ian-murray-tickets-LXYJP7

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Wigtown Book Festival: Hugh McMillan & Robert Campbell Henderson
Oct
4
3:00 pm15:00

Wigtown Book Festival: Hugh McMillan & Robert Campbell Henderson

Poet Hugh McMillan and artist Robert Campbell Henderson discuss their collaboration at this year’s festival. ‘Elspeth Buchan and the Blash o God’. which is inspired by an 18th century Galloway-based cult. Warning: this event may include discussion of infanticide, the second coming, free love, mummification and Robert Burns!

Tickets are £6 and are available from the Wigtown Book Festival event page here.

Books by Hugh McMillan:
The Conversation of Sheep
Heliopolis
Not Actually Being in Dumfries
McMillan’s Galloway: A Creative Guide by an Unreliable Local

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Wigtown Book Festival: Norman Bissell - Barnhill
Sep
30
12:00 pm12:00

Wigtown Book Festival: Norman Bissell - Barnhill

Who was the man behind 1984? Norman Bissell discusses Barnhill, his novel about George Orwell’s time on Jura. It reveals the author’s private side – his love life, devotion to his son and declining health as he struggled to deliver his masterpiece.

Tickets are £7 and are available from the Wigtown Book Festival events page here.

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Wigtown Book Festival: Ken Cockburn & The Bookshop Band
Sep
29
7:30 pm19:30

Wigtown Book Festival: Ken Cockburn & The Bookshop Band

For his Spring Fling x Wigtown Book Festival residency, Ken Cockburn has been thinking and writing about birds – and their place in our lives and landscape. He presents his new work, while The Bookshop Band presents a selection of songs inspired by feathered friends and other wildlife.

Tickets are £6 and are available from the Wigtown Book Festival events page here.

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Wigtown Book Festival 2019: Aileen Ballantyne - Taking Flight
Sep
28
12:00 pm12:00

Wigtown Book Festival 2019: Aileen Ballantyne - Taking Flight

Former Wigtown Poetry Prizewinner Aileen Ballantyne launches her first full collection, Taking Flight. Central to the book is a sequence of poems entitled “Lockerbie, Pan Am Flight 103”, which takes the form of conversations with local residents and those affected by the terror attack on Pan Am Flight 103. Her new work builds on an earlier series of poems which won the prestigious Mslexia Poetry Prize in 2015.

Tickets are £6 and are available from the Wigtown Book Festival events page here.

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David Hume on God
Sep
26
5:30 pm17:30

David Hume on God

David Hume was one of the most influential minds of the Scottish Enlightenment, with his writing on history, politics and philosophy shaping thought to this day. David Purdie clarifies some of Hume’s most challenging texts in his new book David Hume on God with Peter Fosl, David Hume on God, and explore Hume’s writings on religious affairs, a subject of central importance to him, for a modern audience.

Admission is free and all are welcome. Tickets are available from the NLS event page here.


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Bloody Scotland 2019: You the Jury - a play by Douglas Skelton
Sep
21
to 22 Sep

Bloody Scotland 2019: You the Jury - a play by Douglas Skelton

A woman is found dead in her flat, a rope around her neck. Was it suicide – as her husband suggests – or murder? What’s it really like in a Scottish murder trial? Do lawyers cry out “Objection”? Does the judge strike a gavel to maintain order? Are there dramatic witness box confessions?

Find out in this reconstruction in a real court room, based on an actual case, with real-life lawyers, court staff and scientists playing their own parts.

And YOU could be on the jury!

Sponsored by the Faculty of Advocates

Tickets are £8/£7 concession.

*** Saturday 2pm showing SOLD OUT ***

*** Saturday 7.30pm showing SOLD OUT ***

Get your tickets to the Sunday showing at the Bloody Scotland event page here.

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City Art Centre: Art and Poetry to Delight the Senses
Sep
21
2:00 pm14:00

City Art Centre: Art and Poetry to Delight the Senses

Art and poetry to delight the senses - join the City Art Centre for a short promenade event with former Edinburgh Makar, Christine de Luca. She will share some poems she has specially written inspired by paintings in the Victoria Crowe retrospective exhibition. Christine will read the poems in front of the paintings.

These are free drop in sessions so no need to book, just come along!

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Bloody Scotland 2019: Murder in Wild Places - Lucy Foley, Douglas Skelton, CL Taylor
Sep
21
11:45 am11:45

Bloody Scotland 2019: Murder in Wild Places - Lucy Foley, Douglas Skelton, CL Taylor

When you’re in the open spaces of the Scottish wilderness, no one can hear you scream. And when you’re marooned on a small Scottish island there’s nowhere to run.

Remote highland settings are the killing fields for three superb novels out in 2019. In Lucy Foley’s acclaimed The Hunting Party, old friends gather but murder also pays a visit. Secrets, lies, past sins and new deaths are at the heart of two gripping island-set mysteries – Douglas Skelton’s Thunder Bay is on the fictional island of Stoirm, and CL Taylor’s Sleep on the isle of Rum.

Tickets are £9/£8 concession and are available from the Bloody Scotland event page here.


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Paolozzi at Large in Edinburgh
Sep
19
5:30 pm17:30

Paolozzi at Large in Edinburgh

Born in Leith, Edinburgh into an immigrant Italian family, Eduardo Paolozzi (1924-2005) was one of the greatest Scottish and European artists of the 20th Century. His was an exceptional talent, drawing on culture in all its forms. Paolozzi at Large in Edinburgh is an homage to his Edinburgh-based masterpieces. Including poems written in tribute to Paolozzi’s work, Christine De Luca and Carlo Pirozzi discuss the creative processes of the ‘grandfather’ of the Pop Art movement.

Admission is free and all are welcome. Tickets are available from the NLS event page here.

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Orkney Science Festival: Women Who Shaped a Nation
Sep
7
10:00 am10:00

Orkney Science Festival: Women Who Shaped a Nation

Astronomers and doctors, writers and film-makers, scientists and marine engineers – all are featured in The New Biographical Dictionary of Scottish Women and also in Quines: Poems in tribute to women of Scotland, a highly acclaimed new book by writer and actor Gerda Stevenson. The Dictionary is introduced by Rose Pipes, one of its editors, and Gerda Stevenson reads from Quines.

Tickets £6 & £4.
Sponsored by Loganair

Tickets are available from the Orkney Science Festival event page here.

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Galloway Scots Conference 2019: Rab Wilson
Sep
7
10:00 am10:00

Galloway Scots Conference 2019: Rab Wilson

The Speak of Galloway - the Leid of the Southwest
In this, the second conference exploring the linguistic heritage of Galloway, a range of speakers will consider the history, current usage and survival prospects for the distinctive variety of the Scots Leid or language spoken in Galloway.

The programme will include:
Professor Jeremy Smith who will deliver the key note address.
Margaret Fergusson: “Haud yir tongue and mind yir language - a sociolinguistic study of the distinctive accent of south west Scotland”.
Professor J,Derrick McLure: “John Mactaggart’s Scottish Gallovidian Encyclopaedia”
Chris Rollie: Bird Names of Dumfries and Galloway
Rab Wilson: “Cormilligan, Parish of Tynron, Passion, Poetry and Video”.
And the voices and views of local speakers of the Scots of Galloway.

Tickets cost £30 (full-time students £20) including coffee and buffet lunch. Tickets are available here.

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Launch: Scotland the Worst by Charles Maciejewski
Aug
29
6:00 pm18:00

Launch: Scotland the Worst by Charles Maciejewski

Waterstones Inverness host the launch of Charles Maciejewski’s new book Scotland the Worst: A Derogatory Guide of the Worst Places to Visit in Times Gone By.

An alternative view to bonny wee Scotland, Charles Maciejewski presents a compendium of some of the less generous comments made by 17th, 18th and 19th century visitors. Collected over years of extensive research of historical journals and tourism guides Maciejewski talks about his own visits to the places themselves, compared with the impressions of those who walked before him. Promising a humorous take on TripAdvisor style remarks, he hopes much has changed - mostly for the better!

Admission is free, no booking necessary. For more information, please visit https://www.waterstones.com/events/scotland-the-worst-a-derogatory-guide-of-the-worst-places-to-visit-in-times-gone-by/inverness

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Islay Book Festival: Barnhill by Norman Bissell
Aug
29
2:00 pm14:00

Islay Book Festival: Barnhill by Norman Bissell

Part of Islay Book Festival 2019.

Nine years in the making, Barnhill has been a labour of love for poet and screenwriter Norman Bissell, who brings to life Orwell’s desperate struggle to finish his dystopian masterpiece, 1984. Reading extracts from his keenly-awaited new novel, which takes its name from the Hebridean hideaway where it all came together, Norman will discuss Orwell’s final years in London, Paris and Jura and the sacrifices he made – most tragically in terms of his health – as he created the world of Winston Smith and Julia, Big Brother and the Thought Police.

Sponsored by the Scottish Book Trust.

Tickets are £5 / £3.50 concessions / free to Jura Lunch Club members, and are available from the festival events page here.

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EIBF 2019: Unbound with Edinburgh Gin
Aug
25
9:00 pm21:00

EIBF 2019: Unbound with Edinburgh Gin

365 TUNES & TALES

365 is a gorgeous written-and-recorded call and response. After James Robertson penned a story each day for a year, LAU fiddler Aidan O’Rourke reacted with music – and all their songs and stories can be experienced in the Book Festival’s George Street Bookshop. For Unbound, the duo are joined by Kit Downes and a collection of incredible collaborators including musicians Kate Molleson, Esther Swift, and Sorren Maclean, and readers Gerda Stevenson, Tam Dean Burn and Matthew Zajac. Celebrate something truly special tonight.

Presented in association with the PRS Foundation’s New Music Biennial, newmusicbiennial.co.uk

Part of the Unbound with Edinburgh Gin series of events.

This event is a free & drop in event, no booking necessary. For more information, please visit https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/unbound-with-edinburgh-gin-7

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EIBF 2019: Pop Art Guru
Aug
25
11:00 am11:00

EIBF 2019: Pop Art Guru

Part of the Edinburgh International Book Festival 2019. For the full programme, please visit www.edbookfest.co.uk

The work of Eduardo Paolozzi left an indelible print on his hometown of Edinburgh. Fascinated by the artist’s approach of constant reinvention, Scottish poet Christine De Luca and University of Edinburgh academic Carlo Pirozzi, collaborators on Paolozzi at Large in Edinburgh, pay tribute to the Leith-born sculptor who was seen as a pioneer of pop art and worked with everyone from Paul McCartney to Lord Snowdon.

Tickets are £12/£10 concession, and are available from the EIBF event page here.

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EIBF 2019: Daniel Gray on the sports journalism of Hugh McIlvanney - reading workshop
Aug
24
1:00 pm13:00

EIBF 2019: Daniel Gray on the sports journalism of Hugh McIlvanney - reading workshop

Part of the Edinburgh International Book Festival 2019. For the full programme, please visit www.edbookfest.co.uk

Writer, presenter and researcher Daniel Gray is in love with the ‘Beautiful Game’, the subject of a number of his books. Join him to delve into the football writing of Scottish journalist Hugh McIlvanney, whose long career encompassed work for the Scotsman, Sunday Times and Observer. McIlvanney was renowned for his perfectly crafted sentences: long, lyrical and rich with surprises. Read his work ahead of the event or be inspired to dip into it afterwards.

Tickets are £15/£12 concession, and are available from the EIBF event page here.

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