Norway introduced by Lesley Riddoch
Jan
13
2:00 pm14:00

Norway introduced by Lesley Riddoch

Author of Blossom: What Scotland Needs To Flourish and other books, Lesley Riddoch will be speaking about Norway and their out-of-doors approach to life on the back of completing her PhD in hutting tradition and culture.

Tickets are £5/£3 concession and are available from the event page here.

McSmörgåsbord: What post-Brexit Scotland can learn from the Nordics by Lesley Riddoch & Eberhard Bort

Riddoch on the Outer Hebrides by Lesley Riddoch

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Signing: History of the Hibs Quiz Book by Tom Wright
Dec
19
6:00 pm18:00

Signing: History of the Hibs Quiz Book by Tom Wright

Hibernian FC Club historian Tom Wright will be at the Hibs Club Store before the home game against Rangers from 6-7pm to sign his new book.

The History of the Hibs Quiz Book by Tom Wright is a fascinating journey of the Hibernian Football Club throughout the past 142 years. Tom has used his comprehensive knowledge of the sport and the team to devise over 600 questions spanning from the early days of the club to the present. This is the perfect Christmas present for fans of all ages to learn more about the history of one of Scotland’s greatest football teams.

Admission is free and all are welcome.

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Book reading by Stuart McHardy
Dec
14
7:00 pm19:00

Book reading by Stuart McHardy

Author of over 30 books, Stuart McHardy will read from a few titles of his extensive catalogue at the Edinburgh Yes Hub.

Admission is free and all are welcome. To book your free ticket, please visit the Yes Hub event page.

The Wey Forrit: A Polemic in Scots by Stuart McHardy

Scotland’s Future History by Stuart McHardy

Scotland’s Future Culture by Stuart McHardy

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Catalonia Reborn: How Catalonia Took On the Corrupt Spanish State and the Legacy of Franco
Dec
10
7:00 pm19:00

Catalonia Reborn: How Catalonia Took On the Corrupt Spanish State and the Legacy of Franco

Catalonia Reborn: How Catalonia Took On the Corrupt Spanish State and the Legacy of Franco, with Chris Bambery

2017 saw Catalonia come under the world’s spotlight as it again fought for independence and the preservation and protection of its unique Catalan culture. Answering the questions and complications behind the fight for Catalonian independence, this talk is a guide to the region’s political, historical and cultural issues. For the lay person as well as the expert, it takes the reader through the rich history of Catalonia – its language, culture and political background – to the present day, covering defining eras of the region from Franco’s dictatorship to the 2017 independence referendum and elections.

Chris will also look at what could happen now, in Catalonia and in Spain, following the impasse between the two countries.

Chris Bambery wrote Catalonia Reborn with George Kerevan. His People’s History of Scotland has just been republished in a revised edition.

Admission: £3 including refreshments. Please let us know you are coming on events@fiveleaves.co.uk.

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Dumfries launch: The Conversation of Sheep by Hugh McMillan
Dec
7
6:30 pm18:30

Dumfries launch: The Conversation of Sheep by Hugh McMillan

Hugh McMillan launches his new poetry collection The Conversation of Sheep at The Stove, Dumfries.

The Conversation of Sheep is a book by, for and about sheep. For those who live in the country sheep are strange punctuation marks in life, chewing insouciantly in the background while folk are born, work, live and die below the great and sundering sky. Some of these poems feature sheep as bucolic extras in the film of life, others delve deep into the secret nature and personalities of sheep themselves. Hugh McMillan is an award winning poet and Michael Robertson, whose photgraphs also populate this book, is a shepherd who lives in the same village.

Entry is free and all are welcome, no booking required.

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Eunice Olumide MBE: How to Get into Fashion
Dec
5
5:30 pm17:30

Eunice Olumide MBE: How to Get into Fashion

How to Get into Fashion: A Complete Guide for Models, Creatives and Anyone Interested in the World of Fashion

Glasgow Caledonian University is delighted to welcome back alumna Eunice Olumide MBE who will be discussing the launch of her new book How to Get into Fashion.

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.

Come along and hear a fantastic insight into the industry from Eunice who will also cover the following topics:-

  • Dealing with rejection

  • Exploitation in the industry

  • Social Justice and sustainability

  • Legislation's & Unions

  • Social Media and Fashion

Admission is free but booking is recommended to avoid disappointment. To book your free ticket, please visit the Eventbrite page here.

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Launch: The Conversation of Sheep by Hugh McMillan
Dec
4
6:30 pm18:30

Launch: The Conversation of Sheep by Hugh McMillan

Hugh McMillan launches his new poetry collection The Conversation of Sheep at Tell It Slant bookshop in The Project Café, Glasgow, along with readings from Rachel Fox and Jim MacIntosh.

The Conversation of Sheep is a book by, for and about sheep. For those who live in the country sheep are strange punctuation marks in life, chewing insouciantly in the background while folk are born, work, live and die below the great and sundering sky. Some of these poems feature sheep as bucolic extras in the film of life, others delve deep into the secret nature and personalities of sheep themselves. Hugh McMillan is an award winning poet and Michael Robertson, whose photgraphs also populate this book, is a shepherd who lives in the same village.

Entry is free and all are welcome, no booking required. This event is BYOB.

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Riddle's Court Evening Sessions: Quines by Gerda Stevenson
Nov
29
7:30 pm19:30

Riddle's Court Evening Sessions: Quines by Gerda Stevenson

In this unique interactive session, acclaimed author and performer Gerda Stevenson gives life to 68 remarkable women from across Scotland’s history. Reading from her extensively researched poetry collection Quines, Gerda’s performance in both Scots and English will bring these women to life.

Tickets for this event are £10 and are available from the Patrick Geddes Centre website.

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Happily Drowning by Kokumo Rocks
Nov
29
6:30 pm18:30

Happily Drowning by Kokumo Rocks

Inspired by a transformative near-death experience in Crete that dramatically altered her perspective on life, the performance poet and author Kokumo Rocks’ latest collection of poems is a deeply personal, thought-provoking read. Happily Drowning leads us from the Scottish countryside to the country of Nigeria, retracing her life through nature and the landscapes that captivate the author.

Admission is free and everyone is welcome, booking is advised. To book your free ticket, please visit the Blackwell’s event page.

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Book launch: Autobiography of Alan Longmuir, the original Bay City Roller
Nov
25
2:30 pm14:30

Book launch: Autobiography of Alan Longmuir, the original Bay City Roller

Join Alan Longmuir's fans, family and friends to celebrate the Bannockburn launch of his autobiography I Ran With The Gang: My Life in and Out of the Bay City Rollers. Co-written with Martin Knight, the book tells Alan's story of founding the Rollers with his brother Derek and the band's rise to international fame with mega hits such as ‘Bye Bye Baby’ and ‘Shang-a-lang’.

This afternoon event welcomes fans of all ages to Alan's local, The Tartan Arms. Martin Knight will talk to Liam Rudden, writer of the popular I Ran With The Gang Fringe show, about the highs of ‘Rollermania’ and Alan’s life after running with the tartan gang. Alan’s brother and fellow Roller Derek Longmuir will also be present.

Don your tartan and join us for a celebration of the story of ‘a plumber from Edinburgh who just got lucky’ and his life in the boyband that turned the world tartan.

Admission is free and all are welcome. To book your free ticket, please visit the Eventbrite page here.

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An afternoon of poetry with Bashabi Fraser and Alan Riach
Nov
24
2:00 pm14:00

An afternoon of poetry with Bashabi Fraser and Alan Riach

An afternoon of poetry with Alan Riach, of the exhibition, plus special guest poet & professor Bashabi Fraser, reading from Thali Katori, their anthology of Scottish & South Asian poetry.

Copies of the anthology available on the day, for only £12.99 - another chance to get a very special signed copy or a special Christmas gift!

Amongst her many achievements, Bashabi Fraser was awarded the 2015 Outstanding Woman of Scotland by the Saltire Society. She is co-founder and Director of the Scottish Centre for Tagore Studies. She is Chief Editor of the academic and creative peer-reviewed international e-journal, Gitanjali & Beyond.

All welcome. Enjoy a selection of snacks courtesy a local restaurant! For more information, please visit the Junor Gallery Facebook event page.

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I Ran With The Gang: The story of Alan Longmuir, original Bay City Roller
Nov
23
7:00 pm19:00

I Ran With The Gang: The story of Alan Longmuir, original Bay City Roller

Join Alan Longmuir's fans, family and friends at the Edinburgh nightclub Espionage for an event celebrating the launch of his autobiography I Ran With The Gang: My Life in and Out of the Bay City Rollers. Co-written with Martin Knight, the book tells Alan's story of founding the Rollers with his brother Derek and the band's rise to international fame with mega hits such as ‘Bye Bye Baby’ and ‘Shang-a-lang’.

Martin Knight will talk to Liam Rudden, writer of the popular I Ran With The Gang Fringe show, about the highs of ‘Rollermania’ and Alan’s life after running with the tartan gang. Alan’s brother and fellow Roller Derek Longmuir will also be present.

Don your tartan and join us for a celebration of the story of ‘a plumber from Edinburgh who just got lucky’ and his life in the boyband that turned the world tartan.

Admission will be through the main entrance at 4 Victoria Street. This event is highly anticpated and will be a mix of seating and standing. Seats are on a first come first served basis, so please arrive in plenty of time. There is no disabled access as the venue is a listed building. If you have any mobility issues that would require a seat or assistance going up or down stairs, please contact events@luath.co.uk or phone 0131 225 4326.

Admission is free and all are welcome. Tartan is optional. Doors open 7pm, events starts 7.30pm. To book your free ticket, please visit the Eventbrite page here.

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How to Get into Fashion by Eunice Olumide
Nov
22
6:30 pm18:30

How to Get into Fashion by Eunice Olumide

Are you interested in the fashion industry? Do you want to be a model, designer, photographer or stylist? Want a rare look at the fashion industry from the inside?

Scottish supermodel Eunice Olumide MBE tells all this and more in her new book How To Get Into Fashion, a first-hand look into the elusive fashion industry from someone who has been there and done it. A lead campaigner and humanitarian, Eunice has been welcomed as a Design Champion for the recently opened V&A Dundee.

Eunice will be talking about her experience as a supermodel, having walked for design powerhouses such as Alexander McQueen and Mulberry, providing a guide to safe paths into the industry, diversity in fashion and the A to Z of just what it takes to make it in the fashion world.

Admission is £4 and are available from the Waterstones Birmingham events page.

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I Ran With The Gang: My Life in and Out of the Bay City Rollers
Nov
22
6:30 pm18:30

I Ran With The Gang: My Life in and Out of the Bay City Rollers

Blackwell's Bookshop and publisher Luath invite you to an evening of 'Rollermania' with Alan Longmuir's book I Ran With The Gang: My Life in and Out of the Bay City Rollers.

Don your tartan for a celebration of the Bay City Rollers and the late Alan Longmuir’s story of life in the band from ‘a plumber from Edinburgh who just got lucky’ with the launch of I Ran With The Gang: My Life in and Out of the Bay City Rollers, co-written with Martin Knight.

The boyband that almost turned the whole world tartan, the Bay City Rollers were Edinburgh’s answer to The Beatles in the 1970s. Founded by Alan and his brother Derek, the band became an international success and sold over 120 million records, including the mega hits ‘Bye Bye Baby’ and ‘Shang-a-lang’.

Alan’s brother and fellow Roller Derek Longmuir will be at the event, and Martin Knight will talk about the highs of ‘Rollermania’ and Alan’s life after running with the tartan gang.

Admission is free and all are welcome. Although tickets are free, booking is recommended to avoid disappointment. To book your ticket, please visit the Blackwell’s event page.


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Saltire Society celebrates Book Wook Scotland: Alex Boyd with Laura Waddell
Nov
21
6:00 pm18:00

Saltire Society celebrates Book Wook Scotland: Alex Boyd with Laura Waddell

Join the Saltire Society on the beautiful Isle of Arran for the evening as they host Alex Boyd in conversation with Laura Waddell who will chat about Alex's work and his shortlisting for our First Book of the Year Award.

Alex Boyd has been shortlisted for the Saltire First Book of the Year Award for his stunning St Kilda: The Silent Islands. From the crumbling Cold War military base to the wild beauty of the natural landscape, this book 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.

Laura Waddell is a publisher and writer based in Glasgow and a judge on our First Book Award Panel. She is a publishing manager at a large publishing house, having previously worked in Scottish indie publishing and for publishers specialising in literary translation for a number of years, and has a MLitt in Modernities from the University of Glasgow. She sits on the boards of the charity Scottish PEN and the magazine Gutter, which publishes new Scottish and international writing.

The event is free and all are welcome.

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Swimming against the tide with Catriona Child
Nov
20
6:00 pm18:00

Swimming against the tide with Catriona Child

How do ordinary people deal with extraordinary events? To explore that question, the Arlington Baths is delighted to welcome novelist Catriona Child to talk about her novel Swim Until You Can’t See Land. The book charts the relationship between two rebellious women born sixty years apart: ex-professional swimmer Hannah Wright and Marièle Downie, once a wartime spy in occupied France. Catriona will discuss some of the novel's themes: secrets, swimming and the Second World War. She'll also talk about how she is inspired both by her love of sport - she was a competitive swimmer for many years and her sister is Eilidh Doyle, Olympic and Commonwealth medallist - and the stories her Granny told about her life during World War Two.

There will be free tours of the Baths from 6pm.

The event will start at 7pm and will last an hour.

Admission is free and all are welcome. To book your free ticket, please visit the Eventbrite page here.

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Eunice Olumide MBE launches How to Get into Fashion
Nov
15
6:30 pm18:30

Eunice Olumide MBE launches How to Get into Fashion

International supermodel, curator and broadcaster Eunice Olumide MBE will be launching How to Get into Fashion at the Waterstones Covent Garden store on November 15th - and you're invited!

Subtitled 'A Complete Guide for Models, Creatives and Anyone Interested in the World of Fashion', it's a lavishly illustrated, essential introduction to the industry – most importantly it's written by someone who's been there and done it, in spite of all its challenges.

Recently welcomed as a Design Champion for the new V&A Dundee, Eunice will be talking about her experience as a supermodel, having walked for design powerhouses such as Alexander McQueen and Mulberry, providing a guide to safe paths into the industry, diversity in fashion and the A to Z of just what it takes to make it in the fashion world.

Tickets are free but booking is essential. Grab a glass of wine and get your book signed by its fabulous author. To book, please visit the Waterstones events page.

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Scottish Football: Then and Now with Henry McLeish
Nov
15
6:30 pm18:30

Scottish Football: Then and Now with Henry McLeish

Former Leeds United and East Fife player Henry McLeish conducted detailed research into the recently failing state of the Scottish game in Scottish Football: Requiem or Renaissance?, at the request of the SFA.

The Former First Minister chaired a commission into sport requested by the Scottish government. He has since been invited to speak on the subject of the report at the Edinburgh International Book Festival.

On Thursday, 15th November he will speak at Blackwell's Edinburgh, taking us from the early days of Scottish Football to the state of play today.

Admission to this event is free and all are welcome. To book your free ticket, please visit the Blackwell’s Eventbrite page.

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On the Trail of the Real Macbeth King of Alba
Nov
10
7:30 pm19:30

On the Trail of the Real Macbeth King of Alba

What was Macbeth doing in Lumphanan? The real Macbeth! See the video documentary, and replica weapons from the time of Macbeth.

Presented by Cameron Taylor who made the film and wrote the book, On the Trail of the Real Macbeth.

Entry is £5, proceeds to the Lumphanan Heritage Society. Please visit their Facebook page for more details.

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Wordplay Book Festival 2018: macCloud Falls by Robert Alan Jamieson
Nov
10
2:00 pm14:00

Wordplay Book Festival 2018: macCloud Falls by Robert Alan Jamieson

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In the summer of 2011, Gilbert Johnson, an Edinburgh antiquarian bookseller suffering from cancer who has only ever travelled via books before, decides to make one big journey while he is still fit enough – to British Columbia on the trail of an early settler he believes may have been his runaway grandfather, a man who went on to become important in the embryonic ‘Indian Rights’ movement of the 20th century.

Flying over the Rocky Mountains he meets a fellow passenger, a Canadian woman, so beginning a relationship that ultimately carries the two of them deep into the interior of the province.

macCloud Falls is both an exploration of the Scottish colonisation of B.C., and a roadtrip romance full of humour, rich characters and incident in the shadow of impending death.

Robert Alan Jamieson was born in 1958 into the crofting community of Sandness on Shetland. Since graduating from the University of Edinburgh he has held the William Soutar Fellowship, co-edited the Edinburgh Review and tutored creative writing at Glasgow and Strathclyde Universities. His work appears in many anthologies, he has published a poetry collection (Shoormal) and three novels (Soor Hearts, Thin Wealth and A Day at the Office). In 2005 A Day at the Office was featured in The List's '100 Best Scottish Books of All Time'. He is currently teaching a Creative Writing course at Edinburgh University.

Tickets start at £7 and are available from the Wordplay Festival event page.

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Nov
10
2:00 pm14:00

Carrying Stream Festival - Hamish Henderson Lecture

Cogadh no Sìth? War or Peace? Hamish Henderson, Jock Duncan and the Voicings of War

by Professor Gary West, Chair of Scottish Ethnology, University of Edinburgh

As we gather to remember and pay tribute to Hamish Henderson, we also mark the centenary of the end of one global war, aware of course that it was a short-lived peace. Hamish Henderson and folksinger Jock Duncan both fought in the next major world conflict, and both have left us powerful voicings of the Scottish experience of war. Reflecting on the poetics of these legacies, Gary West argues that both men have contributed significantly to the creative process of bearing witness and of ‘remembering’.

More information and tickets are available at the Edinburgh Folk Club page.

Voicing Scotland: Folk, Culture, Nation by Gary West

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Firefighters of Belfast with Brian Allaway
Nov
7
6:30 pm18:30

Firefighters of Belfast with Brian Allaway

The years 1969 to 1994 were particularly difficult for Northern Ireland, and what would become known as ‘The Troubles’ would test the firefighters of Belfast to their limits. Documenting events from the firefighters’ perspectives, former Firemaster of Edinburgh Brian Allaway tells the stories from the front line of firefighters working during the Troubles years in Northern Ireland, including his own personal experiences.

With first hand accounts from the people who lived through these events, Brian provides a record of the people who served their country through one of its bleakest moments in history.

Admission to this event is free and all are welcome. To book your free ticket, please visit the Blackwell’s Eventbrite page.

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Alexander Moffat at Valvona & Crolla: Book Supper Club
Nov
6
6:30 pm18:30

Alexander Moffat at Valvona & Crolla: Book Supper Club

Scotland’s Premier portrait painter, Sandy Moffat has amassed a unique breadth of work that records the great Scots of the twentieth century. From Hugh MacDiarmid (1978) to Muriel Spark (1984). Contemporary and life long friend of John and Helen Bellany, Sandy has a personal insight into the Twentieth Century Scottish Art Scene, captured for posterity in his discerning work. Join us for supper and a revealing conversation with art historian and author Bill Hare and Sandy, ‘in front of the canvas’. Including a new exhibition: Alexander Moffat: A Reflection of Italy.

£25 for 2 courses with a glass of wine
*Includes a 10% discount on book ‘Facing the Nation

To book your ticket, please visit the Valvona & Crolla events page.

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Launch: How Scotland Works by Andrew Conway
Nov
6
6:30 pm18:30

Launch: How Scotland Works by Andrew Conway

Have you felt frustrated when politicians and pundits juggle facts and figures leaving you baffled by a mess of complexity and opinion?

Have you felt aggrieved when during a debate in the media, opponents make contradictory claims on a point and you wish you could be sure who was correct, or at least closest to the truth?

How does Scotland really work – what do you as a citizen need to know?

Making sense of the facts and figures, Andrew Conway dismantles the barriers of jargon standing in the way of citizens making informed choices for their needs with his new book How Scotland Works: A Guide for Citizens. With the debate of Scottish independence still on the table and the ever-looming presence of Brexit on our shoulders, understanding what choices are right for us is more important than ever.

Chair to be announced. Admission is free and all are welcome, booking is advised. To book your free ticket, please visit the Blackwell’s Eventbrite page.

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An Evening with Eunice Olumide
Nov
1
6:30 pm18:30

An Evening with Eunice Olumide

Are you interested in the fashion industry? Do you want to be a model, designer, photographer or stylist? Want a rare look at the fashion industry from the inside?

Scottish supermodel Eunice Olumide MBE tells all this and more in her new book How To Get Into Fashion, a first-hand look into the elusive fashion industry from someone who has been there and done it. A lead campaigner and humanitarian, Eunice has been welcomed as a Design Champion for the recently opened V&A Dundee.

Eunice will be talking about her experience as a supermodel, having walked for design powerhouses such as Alexander McQueen and Mulberry, providing a guide to safe paths into the industry, diversity in fashion and the A to Z of just what it takes to make it in the fashion world.

Tickets are £2 (reedemable against a copy of ‘How to Get into Fashion’) and are available from the Waterstones events page.

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Paolozzi at Large in Edinburgh
Oct
31
6:30 pm18:30

Paolozzi at Large in Edinburgh

The first of its kind to look at Paolozzi in his home city of Edinburgh, Paolozzi at Large in Edinburgh is a collaboration between Dr Carlo Pirozzi, former Edinburgh Makar Christine De Luca and artists from the RSA. Pirozzi and De Luca will discuss the work of the artist Paolozzi and their subsequent work and collaboration with the students of the RSA, with readings of the poems that De Luca wrote in response to some of Paolozzi’s iconic sculptures and pieces that can be seen around Edinburgh.

Admission is free and all are welcome. To book your free ticket, please visit the Blackwell’s Eventbrite page.

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Faclan Festival: Alex Boyd - The Silent Islands
Oct
31
5:00 pm17:00

Faclan Festival: Alex Boyd - The Silent Islands

Photographer Alex Boyd appears at Faclan Festival with his new book St Kilda: The Silent Islands.

Using a battered medium format camera once belonging to the legendary photographer Fay Goodwin, Alex Boyd captures the archipelago of St Kilda in a new light, from a 21st century perspective. 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.

The event will be held in the main auditorium.

Tickets are £6/£5 and are available from the Faclan events page or by calling 01851 708 480.

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Testimonies of Transition with Marjory Harper
Oct
26
7:30 pm19:30

Testimonies of Transition with Marjory Harper

Professor Marjory Harper talks about her book Testimonies of Transition: Voices from the Scottish Diaspora, exploring the motives and experiences of migrants, settlers and returners by focusing on the personal testimonies of the two million men, women and children who left Scotland in the 20th century.

Refreshments including tea, coffe and biscuits will be available.

Admission is free and all are welcome. Collection on the door will be for Comann Eachdraidh funds.

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LAUNCH: The Fashion Annual - Lynne Coleman
Oct
23
6:30 pm18:30

LAUNCH: The Fashion Annual - Lynne Coleman

THE FASHION ANNUAL 2018 / 19

Join Harvey Nichols, Edinburgh for an exclusive Q&A with Lynne Coleman, one of the country’s leading fashion experts, to discuss her latest book, The Fashion Annual 2018/19.

Launching this Autumn, Lynne’s third publication, The Fashion Annual 2018/19 is a portrayal of events that have hit the headlines this year. From political turmoil to the #metoo movement, plastic pollution to social media anxiety – this year’s ‘Algorithm’ edition depicts our year through the medium of fashion and art in ten breathtaking editorials.

Lynne Coleman (nee McCrossan) has worked with Burberry, Chanel, Liberty of London and Harvey Nichols. As a fashion writer and style columnist, she wrote for Edinburgh Evening News and was in-house stylist for Scotland on Sunday. She is also the go-to fashion girl on the BBC, be it BBC Breakfast, Five Live, Radio 4 or Radio Scotland.

Tuesday 23 October

6.30pm

Second Floor

Tickets £10 per person, redeemable on copies of The Fashion Annual 2018/19 purchased on the evening. Tickets are available from the event page here.

Terms and Conditions apply.

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