The Whisky Muse with Robin Laing
Sep
20
5:30 PM17:30

The Whisky Muse with Robin Laing

Robin Laing takes a lyrical tour of the history and lore surrounding Scotland’s national drink. The Whisky Muse, Vol. 2 is an ode to both whisky and the country where its stories began, with poems steeped in legend and songs reminiscent of the foot-stamping and rowdy camaraderie of folk songs performed in a cosy tavern. Come along for many a tale of legend, adventure, chaos and love, all in tribute to Scotland’s favourite tipple.

Admission to this event is free and all are welcome. To book your place, please visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-whisky-muse-tickets-46649308337

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A Dirty Swindle: True Stories of Scots in the Great War
Sep
13
2:00 PM14:00

A Dirty Swindle: True Stories of Scots in the Great War

Take an uninhibited inside look at the First World War through a collection of 12 stories. Walter Stephen's A Dirty Swindle provides a Scottish perspective to the reports from the front line and home, delving deeper to unveil an unencumbered truth. The varied accounts chronicle the progress of troops from recruitment to training to the front line, revealing the failures of those in command as the Great War became known as a dirty swindle.

This event is now fully booked. Please visit the NLS events page for details about other Luath Press events this month.

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Possible Scotlands with Momus
Sep
12
7:30 PM19:30

Possible Scotlands with Momus

A night of music, reading and talking with author and commentator Gerry Hassan.

Momus, whose Book of Scotlands is published in Scotland for the first time by Luath Press this September, presents an evening of songs and stories about 'possible Scotlands' – delirious and speculative versions of the future of a nation which requires more than ever its writers and artists to dream it into existence.

Since Momus is a singer (he first emerged on the coattails of the Postcard Records scene) he’ll be singing some of his Scotlands, and since he’s also a writer, reading others. There’ll also be signed books to buy and questions and answers (but possibly more questions).

An example Scotland: ‘The Scotland in which four hundred years of influence from Calvin is replaced by four hundred years of profound influence from Calvino.’

"For those who need a short introduction to the world of Momus – he is that rare and unusual creation, a genuine multi-talented polymath." Gerry Hassan in the preface to The Book of Scotlands.

Tickets are £10 and available from the Glad Cafe website.

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Possible Scotlands with Momus
Sep
11
7:00 PM19:00

Possible Scotlands with Momus

Momus, whose Book of Scotlands will be published for the first time by Luath Press this September, presents an evening of songs and stories about 'possible Scotlands' - delirious and speculative versions of the future of a nation which requires more than ever its writers and artists to dream it into existence.

The Book of Scotlands outlines 156 possible Scotlands which currently do not exist anywhere but maybe, someday, could. At a moment when, after centuries of desire and unrest, independence seems to be a real possibility for Scotland, Scottish-born, Berlin-based musician/author/journalist Momus offers a delirium of visions, practical and absurd. Momus, who describes himself as a polymath-dabbler, suggests that the real Scotland is free to embrace or reject this parallel world.

Momus, alias Nick Currie, is a Scottish songwriter, author, blogger and former journalist currently based in Berlin.

Tickets are £5 and are available from the Fruitmarket Gallery Eventbrite page.

 

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Hugh McMillan and Stuart Paterson at the SPL
Sep
6
6:30 PM18:30

Hugh McMillan and Stuart Paterson at the SPL

Poets Hugh McMillan and Stuart Paterson perform at the Scottish Poetry Library.

Hugh's newest collection Heliopolis ranges from his kitchen table to Greece, St Petersburg and Mars. He finds the universal in the purely local and the local in the universal. Where people live, breath, hope and suffer that's where his poetry is, as legacy, dreams and testament.

For more information and tickets, please visit the Scottish Poetry Library events page.

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Catalonia Reborn at The European Bookshop
Aug
31
7:00 PM19:00

Catalonia Reborn at The European Bookshop

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 book is a detailed guide to the region's political, historical and cultural issues. For the layman 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.

Author Chris Bambery will introduce his book and answer any questions. Refreshments will be provided.

For more information please visit https://www.europeanbookshop.com/events.php - to book a ticket, please reserve by RSVP to wsspa@esb.co.uk

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Wild Wanderings: Phil Gribbon in conversation
Aug
30
6:30 PM18:30

Wild Wanderings: Phil Gribbon in conversation

Mountaineering veteran Phil Gribbon will be in conversation with David Meldrum about his new book Wild Wanderings: A Life Amongst Mountains, which details his incredible climbing career that includes over 70 years’ experience of mountaineering and over 100 first ascents of Arctic alpine peaks. From Greenland to Ireland, local Scottish hills to West Canada, USA, China and the Himalayas, Gribbon’s accounts of his many expeditions are personal, reflective and light-hearted, often downplaying the dangerous dramatics of mountaineering with humour.

This event is free and all are welcome - for more information please visit https://www.waterstones.com/events/phil-gribbon-in-conversation/oban

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Thomas Muir Memorial Lecture: Gerda Stevenson
Aug
24
7:30 PM19:30

Thomas Muir Memorial Lecture: Gerda Stevenson

The Thomas Muir Lecture celebrates the legacy of Thomas Muir through a commitment to the ideals of democracy, liberty and human rights.

This year’s lecture will be delivered by the award-winning poet, playwright, singer-songwriter Gerda Stevenson and will be based on her latest book Quines, a collection of poems in tribute to women of Scotland.

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EIBF: ReimagiNation Debate: Health
Aug
23
7:30 PM19:30

EIBF: ReimagiNation Debate: Health

The intersection of health, environment and benefit systems, both locally and globally, is the subject of today's discussion. Explore the issues with our panel: Edinburgh GP and author Gavin Francis; Devi Sridhar, the Global Public Health Chair at the University of Edinburgh; and Daniel Gray, lead writer on a Book Festival project involving sufferers of chronic lung conditions in Fife.

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Catalonia Reborn at YES Hub Fringe
Aug
23
7:00 PM19:00

Catalonia Reborn at YES Hub Fringe

George Kerevan, co-author of Catalonia Reborn: How Catalonia Took On the Corrupt Spanish State and the Legacy of Franco with Chris Bambery will be talking about the book and the recent political events in Catalonia and the impact of Spain's history on these events.

This event is free and all are welcome. To book, please visit www.edinburghyeshub.info/events-1, phone 07837677307 or email theedinburghyeshub@gmail.com

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EIBF: ReimagiNation Debate: Environment
Aug
22
7:30 PM19:30

EIBF: ReimagiNation Debate: Environment

novelist and architect David F Ross joins author and nature writer Karen Lloyd whose latest book is The Blackbird Diaries, to discuss the interaction of nature and the built environment with social historian Daniel Gray, who has been chronicling the voices of Scotland's New Town residents throught the Book Festival's ReimagiNation touring programme.

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Nation 1 & 2 with Lesley Riddoch
Aug
21
7:00 PM19:00

Nation 1 & 2 with Lesley Riddoch

Two documentaries where Lesley Riddoch, author of Blossom: What Scotland Needs to Flourish, looks at inspiring Northern European nations and what Scotland can learn from them. Nation 1 is about the Faroe Islands and Nation 2 is about Iceland. The films are followed by a discussion.

This event is free and all are welcome. To book, please visit www.edinburghyeshub.info/events-1, phone 07837677307 or email theedinburghyeshub@gmail.com

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Glasgow launch: Catalonia Reborn by Chris Bambery and George Kerevan
Aug
20
7:30 PM19:30

Glasgow launch: Catalonia Reborn by Chris Bambery and George Kerevan

Former SNP MP George Kerevan and TV producer and political journalist Chris Bambery launch their new book Catalonia Reborn: How Catalonia Took On the Corrupt Spanish State and the Legacy of Franco at Waterstones Byres Road. 

October 2017 saw Catalonia come under the world's spotlight as it again fought for independence and the preservation of its unique Catalan culture. Since then, the topic has stormed our news headlines, with the no-confidence vote that unseated Mariano Rajoy to the withdrawal of the trial against St Andrews professor Clara Ponsatí. 

Detangling the complications behind the fight for independence, Kerevan and Bambery use the past - the rich history of Catalonia's language, culture and political background - to explain the present, covering defining eras of the region from Franco's dictatorship to the 2017 independence referendum and elections.

Admission to this event is free and all are welcome. Booking your free ticket is advised to avoid disappointment, please visit the Waterstones Byres Road events page.

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EIBF: Moors and Bogs Deserve Another Chance
Aug
19
11:00 AM11:00

EIBF: Moors and Bogs Deserve Another Chance

The moorlands of Scotland and beyond fascinate art historian Robin Crawford and playwright-poet Donald S Murray. Crawford discusses what he found after evaluating the peat areas of the Outer Hebrides for a year, documented in Into the Peatlands, while Murray extends his reach from Lewis and the Highlands to the Netherlands and Australia in The Dark Stuff, unpicking why these landscapes have been represented unfairly in folklore.

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Edinburgh: Singing the City by Christine De Luca
Aug
15
7:00 PM19:00

Edinburgh: Singing the City by Christine De Luca

Edinburgh: Singing the City brings a collection of celebrated poet, Christine De Luca's work together with iconic images of the capital from her time as Edinburgh Maker (2014-2017).

Tickets are available from
http://www.saltiresociety.org.uk/event/edinburgh-singing-the-city-by-christine-de-luca

Paolozzi: At Large in Edinburgh by Christine De Luca and Carlo Pirozzi

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EIBF: Great Women of Scotland with Gerda Stevenson
Aug
12
6:30 PM18:30

EIBF: Great Women of Scotland with Gerda Stevenson

In histories writtern by men, good women have rarely been given much credit. With her new collection Quines, Gerda Stevenson has produced a very necessary corrective. These unforgettable poems recognise the salt-sellers, the fish-gutters, scientists and politicians who have made such a key contribution to Scotland's history. Chaired by Jackie McGlone.

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