London Book Fair: Wales and Scotland - Indigenous Languages of the UK in Contemporary Literature
Apr
11
11:30 AM11:30

London Book Fair: Wales and Scotland - Indigenous Languages of the UK in Contemporary Literature

Explore the challenges and opportunities in writing and translating (some of) the many voices of the British Isles, including Gaelic, Welsh and Scots.

Join the Scottish Makar, Jackie Kay, the Scottish and Wales Book of the Year winners 2017, Angus Peter Campbell and Alys Conran, as well as Alys’ translator Sian Northey, in conversation with National Poet of Wales Ifor ap Glyn. They will explore bilingualism, the importance of language and translation in a UK context and the wide variety of voices in contemporary UK literature.

Jackie Kay is an award-winning Scottish poet, novelist, dramatist and the current Makar (Poet Laureate) for Scotland. Much of her work is written in Scots.

In 2016, Alys Conran’s first novel Pigeon (Parthian Books) was published simultaneously in Welsh and English. It won the Wales Book of the Year Award 2017. Although bilingual herself, Alys wrote the novel in English, and it was translated into Welsh by Sian Northey.

Native Gaelic speaker Angus Peter Campbell is a Scottish award-winning poet, novelist, journalist, broadcaster and actor. His novel Memory and Straw (Luath Press) won the Saltire Fiction Book of the Year Award for 2017.

National Poet of Wales Ifor ap Glyn is a multi-award-winning poet, presenter, director and producer. Ifor has won the Crown at the National Eisteddfod on two occasions, in 1999 and 2013.

Find out more about An Nighean air an Aiseag by Aonghas Padraig Caimbeul here

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Book Launch: Floating the Woods by Ken Cockburn
Mar
29
6:30 PM18:30

Book Launch: Floating the Woods by Ken Cockburn

Luath Press and the Scottish Poetry Library are proud to launch Ken Cockburn's new collection of poetry, Floating the Woods.

The poems weave old into new, nature into architecture, foreign into familiar. Journey off to long forgotten places of the past, the vast nature of Scotland and the streets of modern cities with an ancient core. Cockburn's poems are diverse, always new and always surprising.

The discussion of the book will be followed by a Q&A and book signing.

Tickets for this event are free and can be reserved here. All are welcome. Find out more about the book here.

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Aye Write! Freedom From Poverty with Darren McGarvey and Raoul Martinez
Mar
24
4:45 PM16:45

Aye Write! Freedom From Poverty with Darren McGarvey and Raoul Martinez

Rapper and columnist Darren McGarvey and painter and filmmaker Raoul Martinez offer fierce and profoundly hopeful manifestos for change.

Darren McGarvey aka Loki grew up in Pollok. He is a writer, performer, community activist and columnist. His first book Poverty Safari uses elements of his own life and challenges to give a voice to the feelings and concerns of deprived communities all around Britain. In Creating Freedom, Raoul Martinez exposes the mechanisms of control that pervade our lives and the myths on which they depend. Exploring the lottery of our birth, the coercive influence of concentrated wealth, and the consent-manufacturing realities of undemocratic power, he shows that our faith in free media, free markets, free elections and free will is dangerously misplaced. Both writers offer fierce and profoundly hopeful manifestos for change.

Tickets for this event are £9 and are available from the Aye Write! website.

Poverty Safari: Understanding the anger of Britain's underclass by Darren McGarvey is available for purchase here.

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Aye Write! Inside Labour's Fightback with Neil Findlay MSP and Liam Young
Mar
24
2:30 PM14:30

Aye Write! Inside Labour's Fightback with Neil Findlay MSP and Liam Young

Two Labour insiders talk about the renewed fortunes of the party.

When Jeremy Corbyn decided to stand for the Labour leadership in 2015, Liam Young know this was a watershed moment for the party and for young people across the country. Rise is not only a superb insider account of how the youth movement galvanised a nation, but it is also a manifesto for the future and a call to action for anyone who believes it should be possible to create a better Britain. Neil Findlay’s Socialism and Hope, described by Jeremy Corbyn as ‘honest, frank and challenging’ surveys the past few years of political tumult, but also looks forward to envision a society transformed by a revitalised Labour movement.

This event will be chaired by Ruth Wishart.

Tickets for this event are £9 and are available from the Aye Write! website.

Socialism & Hope: A Journey Through Turbulent Times by Neil Findlay MSP http://www.luath.co.uk/socialism-and-hope.html

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Tim Armstrong, David Eyre and Ian F. MacLeod - The New Wave of Gaelic Sci-Fi
Mar
23
7:45 PM19:45

Tim Armstrong, David Eyre and Ian F. MacLeod - The New Wave of Gaelic Sci-Fi

Ciamar a nì thu saoghal ùr sa Ghàidhlig? Ciamar a chruthaicheas tu facail leithid stèisean-fànais, luathas-teichidh no saibeirneatach? Thig còmhla ri Tim Armstrong, Dàibhidh Eyre agus Iain F. MacLeòid, a bhios a’ còmhradh air ficsean saidheansail ùr sa Ghàidhlig is mar a thèid a’ ghnè a bhrosnachadh is a leasachadh san àm ri teachd. 

How do you create a new universe in Gaelic? How do you come up with Gaelic words for ‘space-station’, ‘escape velocity’ or ‘cybernetic’? Join Tim Armstrong, David Eyre and Iain Finlay MacLeod as they discuss the new wave of sci-fi writing in Gaelic and how they see the genre progressing in the future. Simultaneous translation will be provided at this event for non-Gaelic speakers.

Come along to the Mitchell Library to hear these Gaelic-speaking authors discuss the future of Gaelic writing. Tickets are £6 and are available here or over the phone on 0141 353 8000

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Aye Write! Am Balach Beag a dh'Éisteadh aig Dorsan by Alison Lang
Mar
23
6:00 PM18:00

Aye Write! Am Balach Beag a dh'Éisteadh aig Dorsan by Alison Lang

Join Alison Lang, celebrated Gaelic novelist, short story writer and playwright, as she launches her latest novel, The Little Boy who Listened at Doors or Am Balach Beag a dh'Éisteadh aig Dorsan from Luath Press.

Tor-mod is captivated by stories about the island, the folk who left and those who stayed, and about the big, wide world he hasn’t had a chance to explore… yet.

Simultaneous translation will be provided at this event for non-Gaelic speakers.

Tickets for this event are £6 and are available from the Aye Write! website.

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Call of the North
Mar
22
7:30 PM19:30

Call of the North

This event celebrates the work of the amazing Isobel Wylie Hutchison (1889–1982) – a Scottish filmmaker, botanist and writer, as well as an intrepid Arctic explorer. Hutchison travelled to Alaska and Greenland, filming the things she saw around her, the landscape and the wildflowers growing there, uniquely dwelling on domestic details and the daily lives of the indigenous people she met.

Multi-talented Scottish singer-songwriter Gerda Stevenson will introduce the life of this extraordinary and pioneering woman, and perform song settings of Hutchison’s own poetry. For the second part of the evening Scotland-based Japanese composer Atzi Muramatsu will perform his powerful contemporary composition, inspired by three Hutchison films (score commissioned by Yasmin Al-Hadithi for Highlight Arts).

Dir. Isobel Wylie Hutchison | Greenland/Scotland | 1935 | N/C U | Kayak Rolling | The Great Jakobshavn Iceberg Bank | Flowers and Coffee Party at Umanak |

1h 30m incl. Q&A

Performing live: Gerda Stevenson (voice), Rob MacNeacail (fretless bass guitar), Atzi Muramatsu (cello)

This event will be enhanced by BSL interpretation plus electronic note-taking

Screening material courtesy of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society

Supported by Highlight Arts and the BFI National Lottery Fund

Note: if the event is shown as ‘ sold out’ please contact the HippFest Box Office directly on 01324 506850 to enquire about ‘heritage seating’ availability or to be added to a waiting list.

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No Problem Here? UN Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
Mar
21
4:00 PM16:00

No Problem Here? UN Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

Join CRER to mark the UN Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination with an informative and interactive event on understanding racism in Scotland today.

CRER contributed two chapters to the forthcoming book No Problem Here: Racism in Scotland. Co-editor Maureen McBride will provide her perspective on this important new publication, followed by an input from CRER's Carol Young on her chapter (Changing the Race Equality Paradigm in Scotland's Public Sector). Glasgow City Council Equality Convenor Cllr. Jen Layden will also provide an input.

We also hope to screen a live debate on race equality from the Scottish Parliament (dependent on scheduling of parliamentary business).

The event will end with an interactive discussion on how we can better understand and challenge racism in Scotland.

Tickets are free and available here.

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Brexit, Scotland & the EEA: The Nordic half-way house option
Mar
20
6:00 PM18:00

Brexit, Scotland & the EEA: The Nordic half-way house option

Brexit makes it more likely Scotland will soon be negotiating its own relationship with Europe. But what will that be? Full EU membership or the expensive "halfway house" inhabited by Norway and Iceland?

What's life like in the EEA? Frustrating - since decisions and regulations are made elsewhere. But worthwhile?

Christophe Hillion is professor of European Law at the universities of Leiden and Oslo and researcher at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs and at the Swedish Institute for European Policy Studies. He has advised several European governments on EU legal issues.

He will discuss the impact of Brexit on the EU and on the EEA.

The event will be chaired by Lesley Riddoch, writer and broadcaster.

Following the event attendees are welcome to join us at Hemma, Swedish bar and restaurant, on Holyrood Road.

This event is sponsered by Ivan McKee MSP and supported by the Scottish Government.

Admission is free and all are welcome. For tickets, please click here

McSmorgasbord: What post-Brexit Scotland can learn from the Nordics by Lesley Riddoch and Eberhard Bort http://www.luath.co.uk/mcsmorgasbord.html

Wee White Blossom: What Post-Referendum Scotland Needs to Flourish by Lesley Riddoch http://www.luath.co.uk/wee-white-blossom.html

Blossom: What Scotland Needs to Flourish by Lesley Riddoch http://www.luath.co.uk/blossom.html

 

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Quines: Poems in tribute to women of Scotland - a talk by Gerda Stevenson
Mar
18
3:00 PM15:00

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

Gerda Stevenson discusses her new poetry collection Quines: Poems in tribute to women of Scotland to the Carlops Church congregation in her hometown of Carlops. The talk is free and all are welcome to attend.

More information is available on the Carlops Church website.

Quines: Poems in tribute to women of Scotland by Gerda Stevenson http://www.luath.co.uk/quines-in-the-frame.html

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Aye Write! What's the Difference Between Low Pay and a Basic Income?
Mar
17
6:30 PM18:30

Aye Write! What's the Difference Between Low Pay and a Basic Income?

A topical discussion about low pay in Britain and the idea of a National Basic Income.

We all define ourselves by our profession – but what if our job was demeaning and poorly paid? James Bloodworth spent six months taking on the country’s worst jobs. He lives on the meagre proceeds and discovers the anxieties and hopes of those he encounters. His book Hired is a fascinating window onto a world that Britain’s London-centric media rarely visits. In A Basic Income Handbook, Annie Miller explores the idea of basic income and what it would mean to implement. Using extensive economic data, Miller starts off from a broad, existential position, outlining why the current system is no longer suitable for the times and needs to change, giving examples of pilot schemes around the world.

Tickets for this event are £9 and are available from the Aye Write! website

A Basic Income Handbook by Annie Miller http://www.luath.co.uk/a-basic-income-handbook.html

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Three Scottish Poets with Afternoon Tea
Mar
17
2:30 PM14:30

Three Scottish Poets with Afternoon Tea

Join St Catherine's Community Centre for Afternoon Tea and be entertained by three poets: Gerda Stevenson, Stewart Conn and John Glenday. 
 

From 2002-2005 Stewart was Edinburgh’s inaugural Makar. His collections include ‘An Ear to the Ground’ (Poetry Book Society Choice), ‘The Luncheon of the Boating Party’ (SAC BOOK Award), ‘The Breakfast Room’ (2011 Scottish Poetry Book of the Year) and most recently ‘The Touch of Time’ (Bloodaxe Books).

Gerda is an award-winning actor, theatre director, author and singer-songwriter. Her collection of poems ‘If This were Real’ was reviewed in the Sunday Herald as “ the best of the new in contemporary Scottish poetry – not to be missed”. Her second collection ‘Quines’ – poems in tribute to women of Scotland, is described by Lesley Riddoch as “ a vivid explosion of thought and bold opinion – a wonderful, life-affirming book”.

John has been winning awards since his first collection ‘The Apple Ghost’. His other collections are ‘Undark’ (Poetry Book Society Recommendation); ‘Grain’ (short-listed for the Griffin International Poetry Prize and the Ted Hughes Award) and ‘The Golden Mean’ (winner of 2015 Roehampton Poetry Prize).

Tickets for this event are £6/£7 non members, which includes entry and afternoon tea. Please click here to book. 

Quines: Poems in tribute to women of Scotland by Gerda Stevenson http://www.luath.co.uk/quines-in-the-frame.html

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Aye Write! Arts and the Nation by Alan Riach with Alexander Moffat and John Purser
Mar
17
11:30 AM11:30

Aye Write! Arts and the Nation by Alan Riach with Alexander Moffat and John Purser

A panorama of ideas about nationality and culture, Arts and the Nation arose from the conviction that Scotland can never be really democratic until it gives the arts the priority of place and attention they demand. This book is a fresh take on subjects new and old, with multifaceted ideas of nationality and culture. Alan Riach is a poet and the Professor of Scottish Literature at the University of Glasgow. Alexander Moffat is an artist and teacher whose paintings grace the walls of Scotland’s National Portrait Gallery. John Purser is an award-winning composer, playwright and author and one of Scotland’s most important cultural ambassadors.

Tickets for this event are £9 and are available from the Aye Write! website.

Arts and the Nation: A critical re-examination of Scottish Literature, Painting, Music and Culture by Alan Riach with Alexander Moffat and John Purser http://www.luath.co.uk/arts-and-the-nation.html

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[Untitled] Presents: Film Poet - Margaret Tait at 100
Mar
15
7:00 PM19:00

[Untitled] Presents: Film Poet - Margaret Tait at 100

An exciting new partnership between HippFest and Falkirk’s leading visual and literary arts group [Untitled].

Come along for a special evening of silent film, spoken word and performance by some of Scotland’s finest writers as they celebrate the unique work of Orcadian filmmaker and poet, Margaret Tait. Including screenings of three of Tait’s most enthralling silent films alongside dynamic spoken word sets from Cine Poet Lesley Traynor and Scottish BAFTA winner Gerda Stevenson.

Finally, Falkirk’s SAY Award (Scottish Album of the Year) nominee Adam Stafford will perform his new composition inspired by Tait’s film poems. Featuring One Is One (1951), My RoomVia Ancona 21 (1951) and Three Portrait Sketches (1951) and hosted by Craig Allan.

Screening material courtesy of the National Library of Scotland, Moving Image Archive

Tickets are £10/£8 (early bird discount) and available by emailing bookings@falkirkcommunitytrust.org or calling 01324 506850. Tickets can also be bought online here.

Quines: Poems in tribute to women of Scotland by Gerda Stevenson http://www.luath.co.uk/quines-in-the-frame.html

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Book Launch: No Problem Here: Understanding Racism in Scotland
Mar
15
6:30 PM18:30

Book Launch: No Problem Here: Understanding Racism in Scotland

Does Scotland have a problem with racism? Join editors Neil Davidson and Minna Liinpaa and contributor Nasar Meer for the launch of No Problem Here: Understanding Racism in Scotland as they discuss this issue. 

With its 'civic nationalism' and 'welcoming' attitude towards migrants and refugees, Scotland is understood to be relatively free of structural and institutional racism. As the contributors to this book show, such generalisations fail to withstand serious investigation. Their research into the historical record and contemporary reality tells a very different story. Opening up debate on a subject that has been shut down for too long, No Problem Here gathers together the views of academics, activists and anti-racism campaigners who argue that it is vital that the issue of racism be brought into the centre of public discourse. Scotland's role in maintaining and extending slavery across the British Empire is finally beginning to receive the attention it deserves. Yet there is much more that needs to be said about racism in Scotland today.

Discussion will be followed by a Q&A and book signing with the authors.

Admission for this event is free and all are welcome. Tickets available here

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Book Launch: Transitory by Anne Pia
Mar
14
6:30 PM18:30

Book Launch: Transitory by Anne Pia

Fresh from her appearance at StAnza poetry festival on 8 March, Anne Pia launches her first collection of poetry, Transitory.

Praise for Transitory
'The 'small and continuing dialogues in my own life' which Anne Pia presents to us in this deeply felt and sensuous collection widen out to span continents of feeling. They move from 'Asian bars on Gothic sidestreets' to the 'tendernesses of tea' through landscapes of loss and fulfilment, interrogating every aspect of lived moments in graceful, supple and sharply observed poems. A real pleasure to read.' – AC Clarke

Described as 'thought-provoking, insightful, grounded in the senses, and very readable', the collection is divided into sections; Engagement and Dialogue, Social Realities, Hidden and Open Selves and Selves and Others.

Admission for this event is free, and all are welcome. Tickets available here

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Burns Unbroke: Calum Colvin & Rab Wilson
Mar
10
3:00 PM15:00

Burns Unbroke: Calum Colvin & Rab Wilson

At times witty, controversial and tender, Calum Colvin’s images are presented alongside poems in response by poet Rab Wilson, which equally reflect on the life and aspects of Burns to dwell on who we are, and where we have been, toward what we may become. As Burns reflected the world he inhabited, Burnsiana strives to reflect on a myriad of contemporary concerns.

Calum Colvin Biography: Calum Colvin is Professor of Fine Art Photography and Head of Contemporary Art Practice at the University of Dundee. His works are held in numerous collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art, New York, The Museum of Fine Art, Houston, The Tate, V&A London, the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh and the Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow.

Burns Unbroke is a new contemporary multi-arts festival celebrating new interpretations of the life and work of Robert Burns at Summerhall between the 25 January – 10 March 2018. Throughout the festival there will be a series of artist talks giving insight into their practice and relationship to the life and work of Burns. Burns Unbroke is a partnership between Artruist – Independent Art Consultancy and Summerhall, it is supported by Creative Scotland, Burns Night – Scotland’s Winter Festivals and Arran Whisky.

Tickets are free and are available here.

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Quines: Poetry and Song by Gerda Stevenson
Mar
9
7:30 PM19:30

Quines: Poetry and Song by Gerda Stevenson

Author, actor and singer Gerda Stevenson will present poems from her new collection, Quines: Poems in tribute to women of Scotland, which celebrates the richly diverse contribution women have made to Scottish history and society. From salt-sellers to scientists, a lively encounter in poetry and song.

Singers, politicians, a fish-gutter, queens, a dancer, a marine engineer, a salt seller, sportswomen, scientists and many more – Quines celebrates and explores the richly diverse contribution women have made to Scottish history and society.

The event will have cabaret-style (unreserved) seating; BYOB.

Tickets for this event are £5 and are available here.

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Mar
7
6:30 PM18:30

Book Launch: Facing the Nation: The Portraiture of Alexander Moffat by Bill Hare, with Alexander Moffat

Luath Press and Blackwell's Bookshop invite you to the launch of Facing the Nation: The Portraiture of Alexander Moffat, a celebration of Scotland’s leading portrait artist.

Charting Alexander Moffat’s career from student days at Edinburgh College of Art in the 1960s to Scotland’s Voices, commissioned in honour of Hamish Henderson and unveiled at the Saltire Society in 2017, art historian Bill Hare places Moffat’s painting within the history of modern portraiture, but also highlights his significance in Scottish culture. .

Hare emphasises that ‘almost single-handed’ Moffat has ‘upheld the importance of modern portraiture in Scotland… he has produced a body of work not only of high artistic quality, but also of national and historical importance.’

Admission for this event is free and all are welcome. Tickets available from https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-portraiture-of-alexander-moffat-with-bill-hare-tickets-42861014448

Facing the Nation: The Portraiture of Alexander Moffat by Bill Hare http://www.luath.co.uk/facing-the-nation.html

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