The Folksong Flyting
Aug
21
7:00 pm19:00

The Folksong Flyting

Part of the Saltire Society Festival Programme 2019. For the full programme, please visit the Saltire Society event page here.

A reenactment of the Folksong Flyting, a battle of wits and pens between Hamish Henderson and Hugh McDiarmid which played out accross the pages of the Scotsman in the 1960s.

Performed by:

ALAN RIACH as HUGH MACDIARMID

DAVID FRANCIS as HAMISH HENDERSON

ALEC FINDLAY as DAVID CRAIG and ALAN YOUNG

Tickets are £10 for non-members/discounted for Saltire Society members, and are available from the event page here.

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Scotlandsfest 2019: Tribalism in Scotland
Aug
21
5:15 pm17:15

Scotlandsfest 2019: Tribalism in Scotland

Part of ScotlandsFest 2019, a week-long festival of stimulating conversation, readings and debate in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. For more information and the full programme, please visit www.luath.co.uk/scotlandsfest-2019.

**Unfortunately due to personal circumstances, Alan McCredie is no longer able to join us for this event. However, Stephen Millar will still be appearing. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.**

From LGBT boxers to cowboys and cowgirls, drag artists to Jacobites, buskers to Gaels - Glasgow has it all and more. Stephen Millar and Alan McCredie talk about their journey creating Tribes of Glasgow, meeting and photographing the colourful tapestry of people that live, work and socialise in Scotland's largest city.

STEPHEN MILLAR is the author of the successful three-colume series London's Hidden Walks, as well as Edinburgh's Hidden Walks and London's City Churches. He is also the principal photographer on the book London Architecture and has had articles published in The Scotsman, inews, the Sunday Herald and other newspapers.

ALAN McCREDIE has been a professional photographer for 20 years. He is the author of 100 Weeks of Scotland and Scotland the Dreich, and has also worked with the writer Daniel Gray on the book This is Scotland and Val McDermid on her book My Scotland. He also lectures in photography at Edinburgh College. 

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

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Scotlandsfest 2019: Framing the nation - interpreting Scottish identity through art
Aug
21
3:30 pm15:30

Scotlandsfest 2019: Framing the nation - interpreting Scottish identity through art

Part of ScotlandsFest 2019, a week-long festival of stimulating conversation, readings and debate in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. For more information and the full programme, please visit www.luath.co.uk/scotlandsfest-2019.

Art historian Tom Normand, author of a new book on artist/photographer Calum Colvin, in conversation with portrait artist Alexander 'Sandy' Moffat, whose career Bill Hare charts in Facing the Nation and photographer Calum Colvin, about their different ways of framing and interpreting Scottish identity. 

TOM NORMAND has published widely in the history of British art with a special interest in developments in art and photography in Scotland. He has taught at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee, and since 1982, has lectured in the History of Art at the University of St Andrews. He has lectured nationally and internationally on Scottish art, culture and society.

ALEXANDER 'SANDY' MOFFAT RSA is an artist and teacher. From 1968 to 1978 he was the Director of the New 57 Gallery in Edinburgh. In 1979, he joined the staff of the Glasgow School of Art where he was Head of Painting from 1992 until his retirement in 2005. His portraits of the major poets of the Scottish Renaissance movement now hang in the Scottish National Portrait Gallery and his paintings are represented in many public and private collections including the Yale Center for British Art, USA and the Pushkin Museum in Moscow.

CALUM COLVIN was the winner of one of the first SAC Creative Scotland Awards and also holds a Royal Photographic Society Gold Medal. He was awarded an OBE in 2001 and is Professor of Fine Art Photography at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design. His Scottish poetry is often featured in The Herald and various literary magazines.

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

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Scotlandsfest 2019: The Godfather of Pop Art - Paolozzi's Edinburgh
Aug
21
1:45 pm13:45

Scotlandsfest 2019: The Godfather of Pop Art - Paolozzi's Edinburgh

Part of ScotlandsFest 2019, a week-long festival of stimulating conversation, readings and debate in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. For more information and the full programme, please visit www.luath.co.uk/scotlandsfest-2019.

Godfather of the Pop Art movement Eduardo Paolozzi was born and raised in Leith. The range and impact of his work to be found in Edinburgh – from monumental sculpture to delicate stained glass – is discussed by Christine De Luca, poet and co-editor of Paolozzi at Large in Edinburgh, and art historian Bill Hare, author of Scottish Artists in the Age of Change.

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). Her poems has been selected four times for the Best Scottish Poems of the Year (2006, 2010, 2013 and 2015).

BILL HARE is an Honorary Teaching Fellow in Scottish art history at the University of Edinburgh, and a part time lecturer in modern art history with ECA. He has organised many exhibitions both at home and abroad, working with major artists such as Eduardo Paolozzi. His most recent book Facing the Nation: The Portraiture of Alexander Moffat charts the career of Scottish portrait artist, Sandy Moffat.

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

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EIBF 2019: Quest for happiness
Aug
21
10:30 am10:30

EIBF 2019: Quest for happiness

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

As the UK’s former Chief Medical Officer and chair of the Commission on Scottish Devolution, Kenneth Calman is used to sticking his head above the parapet. His autobiography It Started in a Cupboard: Adventures in Life, Learning and Happiness, which he shares today, explores his life and the development of his heartfelt views. It’s the story of a working class lad who’s tried to make Scotland a healthier place, finding contentment himself along the way.

Chaired by Brian Taylor. Part of our Stories that Make Scotland series of events.

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

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Scotlandsfest 2019: 'Whaur extremes meet' - the Scottish psyche in verse
Aug
20
5:15 pm17:15

Scotlandsfest 2019: 'Whaur extremes meet' - the Scottish psyche in verse

Part of ScotlandsFest 2019, a week-long festival of stimulating conversation, readings and debate in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. For more information and the full programme, please visit www.luath.co.uk/scotlandsfest-2019.

Poets/editors Andy Jackson and Brian Johnstone discuss the Scotia Extremis project, and the fascinating process of choosing and pairing dualities 'from the extremes of Scotland's psyche'. They commissioned poets from all around Scotland to write on pairings such as Laphroaig and Buckfast; Oor Wullie and Black Bob; Cullen Skink and Irn-Bru; Sawney Bean and Bible John; Jimmy Shand and Jack Bruce.

ANDY JACKSON was Makar to the Federation of Writers Scotland in 2017. His two poetry collections The Assassination Museum (2010) and A Beginner's Guide to Cheating (2015) were both published by Red Squirrel Press, and he has curated and edited several poetry anthologies including Split Screen (2012) and Double Bill (2014).

BRIAN JOHNSTONE is a poet, writer and performer. He has published six collections, most recently Juke Box Jeopardy (2018) and Dry Stone Work (2014), and his memoir Double Exposure was published by Saraband in 2017. A founder and former Director of StAnza: Scotland's International Poetry Festival, he was literary events organiser for over 20 years, co-founding Edinburgh's Shore Poets and curating Cave Readings for the Pittenweem Arts Festival in the 1990s.

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

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EIBF 2019: All Hail Holyrood
Aug
20
3:45 pm15:45

EIBF 2019: All Hail Holyrood

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

2019 marks the 20th anniversary of the Scottish Parliament; this is the ideal moment to reflect on is development to date. Last year, academic Thomas Stewart established the Scottish Parliament Oral History Project, conducting over 80 interviews with current and former MSPs, Holyrood staff and journalists to shine a light on our democracy. He shares The Scottish Parliament In Its Own Words in his own words, today.

Part of our Stories that Make Scotland series of events.

Tickets are £8/£6 concession, and are available from the EIBF event page here.

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Scotlandsfest 2019: Herstory - foregrounding the women of Scotland
Aug
20
3:30 pm15:30

Scotlandsfest 2019: Herstory - foregrounding the women of Scotland

Part of ScotlandsFest 2019, a week-long festival of stimulating conversation, readings and debate in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. For more information and the full programme, please visit www.luath.co.uk/scotlandsfest-2019.

Gerda Stevenson's Quines: Poetry in tribute to women of Scotland has had a rapturous response and is changing the perception of women's contribution to Scottish life. In parallel, Anna Groundwater's Scotland Connected takes an illuminating approach to Scottish history, setting it against a timeline of world and UK history and giving due credit to the contribution made by women. Together they present the herstory of Scotland, recognising some of Scotland's underappreciated female icons.

GERDA STEVENSON is an award-winning writer, actor, theatre director and singer-songwriter. Her stage play Federer Versus Murray toured to New York in 2012, and in 2014 she was nominated as Scots Singer of the Year for the MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards, following the launch of her album Night Touches Day. She has won a BAFTA Best Film Actress award for her role in Margaret Tait's feature film Blue Black Permanent, and is the founder of Stellar Quines, Scotland's leading women's theatre company. 

DR ANNA GROUNDWATER is a cultural and social historian of early modern Scotland and Britain at the University of Edinburgh. She publishes widely on Scottish and British history, Anglo-Scottish relations, and James VI and I, with several articles in History Scotland magazine.She consults for historical television and radio programmes, and has appeared on Scotland's Clans, and In Our Time.

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

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EIBF 2019: A tale of two cities
Aug
20
2:00 pm14:00

EIBF 2019: A tale of two cities

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

Meet two activists who dig beneath the stereotypes to real lived experiences. Jemma Neville campaigned for human rights law, and in Constitution Street explores global rights issues through the stories of the residents of one road in Leith. ‘Think Global, Act Local’ is the inspiration for artist-activist Ellie Harrison, and in her new book The Glasgow Effect she sheds the light on the inequality and disconnection of people in Glasgow communities, putting forward a new vision for sustainable living.

The two authors discuss their ideas with fellow writer and social historian Daniel Gray. Part of the We Are All Citizens series of events.

Tickets are £8/£6 concession, and are available from the EIBF event page here.

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Scotlandsfest 2019: Moving on from the Trainspotting generation?
Aug
20
1:45 pm13:45

Scotlandsfest 2019: Moving on from the Trainspotting generation?

Part of ScotlandsFest 2019, a week-long festival of stimulating conversation, readings and debate in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. For more information and the full programme, please visit www.luath.co.uk/scotlandsfest-2019.

Scotland is a very different place from when Alistair Findlay entered front-line social work, as depicted in his memoir Mollycoddling the Feckless. He discusses the changes in Scottish society over the last 50 years with Trainspotting expert and guide Tim Bell, author of Choose Life, Choose Leith: Trainspotting on Location.

ALISTAIR FINDLAY worked as a front-line local authority social worker from 1973 - 2009, one of the first recruits to the new 'generic' social work profession which integrated all four previous specialist services. He has also written several volumes of poetry, and a book about Scotland's shale mining industry called Shale Voices.

TIM BELL is a speaker, writer and tour guide. After moving to Leith in the 1980s, he became a chaplain for the port of Leith. He begain his highly acclaimed tours under the banner 'Leith Walks' in 2003, and has since taken hundreds of people through the streets of Edinburgh and Leith, exploring Irvine Welsh's Trainspotting on location.

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

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Scotlandsfest 2019: Keeping indigenous languages alive
Aug
19
5:15 pm17:15

Scotlandsfest 2019: Keeping indigenous languages alive

Part of ScotlandsFest 2019, a week-long festival of stimulating conversation, readings and debate in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. For more information and the full programme, please visit www.luath.co.uk/scotlandsfest-2019.

To mark the UN International Year of Indigenous Languages, Alison Lang, Director of the Gaelic Books Council and author of Am Balach Beag a dh'Èisteadh aig Dorsan and Alan Riach, professor of Scottish Literature at the University of Glasgow and co-author of Arts and the Nation, celebrate creative approaches to strengthening the indigenious languages of Scotland in the future.

ALISON LANG started writing articles for bilingual magazine Cothrom and television reviews for The Scotsman before branching out into fiction. Her latest novel Am Balach Beag a dh'Èisteadh aig Dorsan (The Little Boy Who Listened at Doors) won the An Comunn Gaidhealach's Adult Book of the Year at the 2018 Royal National Mod, and she became the Director of the Gaelic Books Council in January 2019. 

ALAN RIACH, poet and professor of Scottish Literature at Glasgow University, is the author of the highly-acclaimed English language translations of the great 18th century Gaelic poems, 'Praise of Ben Dorian' and 'The Birlinn of Clanranald', and a Scots language version of the opening scene of Shakespeare's Hamlet. 

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

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EIBF 2019: Red Clydeside, 100 Years On
Aug
19
3:45 pm15:45

EIBF 2019: Red Clydeside, 100 Years On

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

January 1919, a world in turmoil: Ireland declared its independence, while Trotsky led the Red Army in Poland. Maybe that’s why workers’ demonstrations in Glasgow led the British establishment to roll army tanks into George Square. Henry Bell’s John Maclean: Hero of Red Clydeside and Kenny MacAskills’ Glasgow 1919 offer coruscating new perspectives on the major players and events in a key period in Scotland’s political history.

Chaired by Ruth Wishart. Part of our Stories that Make Scotland series of events.

Tickets are £8/£6 concession, and are available from the EIBF event page here.

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Scotlandsfest 2019: Meaning and mystery - the standing stones of Scotland
Aug
19
3:30 pm15:30

Scotlandsfest 2019: Meaning and mystery - the standing stones of Scotland

Part of ScotlandsFest 2019, a week-long festival of stimulating conversation, readings and debate in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. For more information and the full programme, please visit www.luath.co.uk/scotlandsfest-2019.

What can we know about our inheritance of ancient megalithic monuments? How can story passed down through the generations help us understand them? Pictish expert and storyteller Stuart McHardy, co-author of The Stones of the Ancestors explores the history of standing stones in Scotland and the wealth of local stories associated with them, through oral storytelling and music.

STUART McHARDY is a writer, historical scholar, poet, musician, folklorist and renowned lecturer about Scottish history and culture, at home as well as abroad. His unique understanding of tradition comes from a thorough immersion in the storytelling arts and history alike. Former President of the Pictish Arts Society and Director of the Scots Language Resource Centre, McHardy has occupied lead positions with organisations working towards the aim of rediscovering Scottish national identity.

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

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Scotlandsfest 2019: The Scottish Parliament - the next 20 years
Aug
19
1:45 pm13:45

Scotlandsfest 2019: The Scottish Parliament - the next 20 years

Part of ScotlandsFest 2019, a week-long festival of stimulating conversation, readings and debate in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. For more information and the full programme, please visit www.luath.co.uk/scotlandsfest-2019.

What has the Scottish Parliament achieved so far? And what might it achieve in the coming years? Drawing on letters written in submission for a Dear Scottish Parliament... campiagn championed by YoungScot, Jim Johnston and James Mitchell, co-editors of The Scottish Parliament at Twenty reflect on the role of the Scottish Parliament over the last 20 years and look forward to the next 20.

JIM JOHNSTON has been a clerk in the Scottish Parliament since 1999, including a period on secondment to the House of Lords, and previously received a PhD in Political Science from the University of Birmingham.

JAMES MITCHELL is professor of Public Policy at the University of Edinburgh. He has written extensively on Scottish and UK politics and public policy.

Tickets are £5/£3 conc, and are available from the Scotlandsfest event page here.

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EIBF 2019: Notes from a Very Small Island
Aug
17
5:00 pm17:00

EIBF 2019: Notes from a Very Small Island

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

Two writers discuss profounds truths about island life. Donald S Murray’s As the Women Lay Dreaming is set on the Isle of Lewis in 1936 and centres on a grandfather grieving for the wife he lost in the sinking of HMY Iolaire. The Tempest is award-winning Swedish author Steve Sem-Sandberg’s haunting tribute to Shakespeare, set on a remote island off the Norwegian coast.

Tickets are £8/£6 concession, and are available from the EIBF event page here.

The Guga Stone: Lies, Legends and Lunacies from St Kilda by Donald S. Murray

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Skye Festival 2019: Oor Big Braw Cosmos
Aug
16
7:30 pm19:30

Skye Festival 2019: Oor Big Braw Cosmos

Astronomer Royal for Scotland, John C Brown OBE and Rab Wilson, renowned Scots poet and NTS Scriver in Residence at Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, come to Skye to launch their new book Oor Big Braw Cosmos in a fascinating illustrated talk with readings.

This fascinating guide to our skies and beyond brings together science and art to convey the beauty of our vast cosmos and its scientific workings. Combining an accessible introduction to astronomy with original space-inspired poetry and haiku, and featuring hundreds of stunning images, Oor Big Braw Cosmos shows you space as you’ve never seen it before.

Broadford-based John, was made 10th Astronomer Royal for Scotland (ARFS) in 1995. In astronomy research he has published around 300 papers, winning the 2012 Royal Astronomical Society Gold Medal. He is also a keen teacher and semi-pro artist and magician, so a wizard at lucid explanation and illustration of amazing science ideas.

Rab Wilson is one of Scotland’s most accomplished poets. He was born in New Cumnock, Ayrshire, in 1960. After an engineering apprenticeship with the National Coal Board he left the pits following the miner’s strike of 1984–5 to become a psychiatric nurse. As a Scots poet, his work appears regularly in The Herald, Chapman, Lallans and Markings magazines and he is the author of a number of highly praised volumes of poetry and a Burns scholar.

Tickets are £10 adult / £8 member / £8 student / £5 young person / FREE under 11 & season.
Available from the Skye Festival booking page here.

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EIBF 2019: Scotland in the eyes of artists
Aug
16
12:00 pm12:00

EIBF 2019: Scotland in the eyes of artists

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

How do artists help us understand Scotland’s development since the Second World War? Art historian Bill Hare explores the startling achievements of modern artists in Scottish Artists in the Age of Change. Meanwhile in Inside & Out, poet and actor Gerda Stevenson writes tenderly about little-known watercolour artist Christian Small, refelcting on the expectations of post-war women. They come together to examine Scottish history through the lens of art.

Part of our Stories that Make Scotland series of events.

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

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EIBF 2019: Still in Bloom
Aug
16
10:00 am10:00

EIBF 2019: Still in Bloom

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

Lesley Riddoch’s Blossom was a joyful intervention into Scottish independence discussions before the 2014 referendum. The award-winning journalist shone a light on community action and the everyday heroes who showed Scotland has the potential to grow and succeed. Five years later, as Brexit tears at the fabric of the nation, is Riddoch still optimistic? Find out as she discusses the timely update to her glowing book.

Part of our We Are All Citizens series of events.

£Pay what you can, more information can be found on the EIBF event page here.

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EIBF 2019: Walking the (Cat)walk
Aug
15
7:15 pm19:15

EIBF 2019: Walking the (Cat)walk

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

Edinburgh born supermodel Eunice Olumide has worked all over the world, walking the catwalk for legendary designers including Mulberry, Alexander McQueen, Christopher Kane and Harris Tweed. In How to Get into Fashion, she shares insider tips on her sought-after industry and in this event opens the door into the rarefied world of haute couture. In conversation with Elizabeth Paton, European styles correspondent of The New York Times.

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

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EIBF 2019: Hamish Matters
Aug
14
to 15 Aug

EIBF 2019: Hamish Matters

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

Celebrate the centenary of international icon Hamish Henderson’s birth through his words and music, performed by a specially assembled collection of renowned singers and musicians. The Darg, an anthology of poetry inspired by Henderson and his many causes, is being launched at the Festival by The Poets’ Republic Press. Join musicians Steve Byrne, Hamish and Iain McGregor, Aileen Ogilvie, Pipe Major Callum Douglas, and poets including Hugh McMillan, Stuart Paterson, Magi Gibson, Neil Young, Marcas Mac an Tuairneir, Karys Watt and Dave Macfarlane. Hosted by poet Jim Mackintosh.

£Pay what you can. More information about this event can be found at the EIBF event page here.

Heliopolis by Hugh McMillan

Washing Hugh MacDiarmid’s Socks by Magi Gibson

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EIBF 2019: Whaur Extremes Meet
Aug
12
8:30 pm20:30

EIBF 2019: Whaur Extremes Meet

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

Between Burns Night in 2016 and 2017, poets Andy Jackson and Brian Johnstone ran an online national soul-searching project. Each week, they shared two Scottish poems on either side of a theme, charting the complexities of Scotland’s psyche. They join us to talk abut Scotia Extremis, the printed result — a compendium of poems which reverberates with the joys and tensions underpinning the national character, with readings from poets including Robert Crawford, Christine De Luca, Vicki Feaver, James Robertson and Ian Stephen.

Part of the Stories that Make Scotland series of events.

Tickets are £8/£6 concession, and are available from the EIBF event page here.

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Oor Big Braw Cosmos
Aug
11
6:30 pm18:30

Oor Big Braw Cosmos

In their new book Oor Big Braw Cosmos, eminent Scots astronomer John Brown and poet Rab Wilson explore the beauty of the universe and its workings via a cocktail of science and science history from John, new poems from Rab, and numerous superb photo and art images, many from Scottish amateurs.

In this talk they will present intertwined science concepts, images and poetry readings, and discuss the pleasures and challenges they experienced in this cross-cultural project and the scientific, aesthetic, and entertaining insights which such sci-art ventures can bring to wide audiences.

Signed copies of the book will be available to buy after the talk. This talk is supported by the David Elder Bequest. Disabled access only can be booked by calling 0141 420 5000.

Tickets are £8 adults / £5.50 children and are available from the Glasgow Science Centre event page.

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EIBF 2019: 365 stories, each with a tune
Aug
10
5:00 pm17:00

EIBF 2019: 365 stories, each with a tune

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

In 2013, James Robertson wrote a story every day of the year, each 365 words long. Then, Scottish fiddler Aidan O’Rourke wrote a tune a day as a musical response. 2019 marks the next chapter: O’Rourke launches Volume 2 of the music; the trio created a new commission for the New Music Biennial; and EIBF launch an ambitious installation collecting all the voices and songs, which you can experience in the Bookshop on George Street before it tours the country. Join the creators of 365 Stories to hear their extraordinary work.

Commissioned by the PRS Foundation’s New Music Biennial. Event supported by Binks Trust.

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

Voyage of Intent: Sonnets and Essays from the Scottish Parliament by James Robertson

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Hugh MacDiarmid: A Celebration
Aug
10
2:00 pm14:00

Hugh MacDiarmid: A Celebration

Part of the Saltire Society Festival Programme 2019. For the full programme, please visit the Saltire Society event page here.

It has been said that Hugh MacDiarmid (1892 - 1978) was the single most powerful cultural force in 20th Century Scotland. A great poet, revolutionary thinker, a political extremist, a social liability and a solitary introvert. And while public familiarity with his work has waxed and waned, nevertheless his influence continues, incalculably deep and long- standing.

Join the Saltire Society for a celebratory performance with Alan Riach and Dolina MacLennan. Tickets are £8 for non-members/discounted for Saltire Society members, and are available from the event page here.

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EIBF 2019: Identity and Language Exchange
Aug
10
12:30 pm12:30

EIBF 2019: Identity and Language Exchange

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

What happens when words and ideas travel between languages? Never having met, Iban Zaldua and James Robertson spent six months exchanging letters in their native languages: Scots and Basque. They offer an intimate reflection on Europe, identity and literature, published in a new book. Join the acclaimed writers as they share the experience of getting to know each other through writing and responding to each other’s carefully crafted and thought-provoking missives.

Chaired by Magnus Linklater. Part of Scotland Goes Basque 2019.

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

Voyage of Intent: Sonnets and Essays from the Scottish Parliament by James Robertson

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Aug
9
to 10 Aug

Edinburgh Festival Fringe: Word Jazzology

A unique poetry, gypsy jazz, literary comedy crossover cabaret collision!

Scots/Australian poet Ali Whitelock (Bukowski with a Glaswegian accent) reads with (Sappho with a laptop) Magi Gibson, both known for their page poetry and their high-level performance. Compèred by Dubliner Ian Macpherson, (‘Comedy’s answer to James Joyce’ (BBC Radio 4)). Ian will read snippets from The Book of Blaise, semi-autobiographical stories of life with a poet in the West End of Glasgow. Previously broadcast as a BBC Radio 4 series. Music from Le Jazz Band, with violin/poem pieces created by gypsy violinist Helen Jayne.

Tickets are £10/£8/6 concession, and are available from the Fringe event page here or from the Fringe box office on 0131 226 0000.

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Edinburgh Fringe: Edina Europa Walking Tours
Aug
6
to 18 Aug

Edinburgh Fringe: Edina Europa Walking Tours

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Edinburgh's status as first UN City of Literature recognises its long history of welcoming international writers and Scottish writers exploring the wider world. On this leisurely walk around the historic Canongate, poet Ken Cockburn shares poems by Scots dreaming of Europe and Europeans dazzled by the Athens of the North. Here Mary Queen of Scots misses Paris, Robert Fergusson praises Italian opera, Victor Hugo imagines the French king in exile, and Theodor Fontane shares his love of Scottish ballads.

‘An excellent, informative and refreshing tour… I look at the streets differently now’ (Audience review, 2018).

Walks will be running on the following dates:

Tues 6 August
Thurs 8 August
Fri 9 Aug
Sat 10 Aug
Sun 11 Aug
Tues 13 Aug
Wed 14 Aug
Thurs 15 Aug
Fri 16 Aug
Sat 17 Aug
Sun 18 Aug

Tickets are £10 (eligible for Friends 2for1 and Groups discount)/£6 concession/£7 family booking and are available from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe ticket page here.

Floating the Woods by Ken Cockburn

On the Flyleaf by Ken Cockburn


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Talk - The Constructed Worlds of Calum Colvin: Calum Colvin with Tom Normand
Aug
4
7:30 pm19:30

Talk - The Constructed Worlds of Calum Colvin: Calum Colvin with Tom Normand

Tom Normand will open the evening with a discussion of the book The Constructed Worlds of Calum Colvin. Calum will then talk about individual works in the exhibition (and possibly use projections); he will also deal with the ways in which the book reflects on these works: and the things the book leaves out. A conversational and informal talk followed by a Q&A session. 

Born in Glasgow in 1961, Calum Colvin has exhibited his work nationally and internationally for over thirty years since graduating from the Royal College of Art in London with an MA in Photography in 1985. He has won numerous awards over the years, 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. 

Tickets are £5 and are available from the Pittenweem Arts Festival Box Office here or in person at 47 High Street, Pittenweem.

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