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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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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Gerda Stevenson at the Bakehouse
Oct
20
7:00 PM19:00

Gerda Stevenson at the Bakehouse

Gerda Stevenson reads from her acclaimed collection Quines: Poems in tribute to women of Scotland at The Bakehouse in Gatehouse of Fleet.

More information available from The Bakehouse website.

"Gerda Stevenson’s fabulous Quines (Luath Press) – a groundbreaker of a book." Jackie Kay, BEST SUMMER BOOKS, 2018, THE OBSERVER.

“An inspiring collection, celebrating Scottish women throughout the ages. There are nearly 60 poems here, ranging from queens to fish-gutters and, chronologically, from a 5000-year-old reconstructed head in a Shetland museum to the only recently departed Tessa Ransford of the Scottish Poetry Library...a mammoth undertaking, but Stevenson is more than up to the task, taking on a variety of styles, voices and perspectives.…not only an absorbing and uplifting book but educational too.” Sunday Herald.

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Beatrix Potter's Scotland - Her Perthshire Inspiration
Oct
19
7:30 PM19:30

Beatrix Potter's Scotland - Her Perthshire Inspiration

Lynne McGeachie gives a talk on her book Beatrix Potter’s Scotland to Auchterarder and District Local History Association.

Lynne McGeachie's interest in Beatrix Potter began many years ago. The discovery of Potter's Perthshire connections and the fact that The Tale of Peter Rabbit had its beginnings there inspired Lynne to write The Tale o Peter Kinnen, the first translation into Scots of that classic of children's literature. Lynne has a passion for the nature and wildlife of her native Scotland and completed the Munros with her husband in 1991.

Tickets for non-members are £3. For more information please visit the Auchterarder and District Local History Association website.

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Imprint Book Festival: Gerda Stevenson
Oct
18
7:00 PM19:00

Imprint Book Festival: Gerda Stevenson

Gerda Stevenson is a writer, actor, director, singer/songwriter, working in theatre, television, radio, film and opera throughout Britain and abroad. Her poetry, drama and prose have been widely published, staged and broadcast. Gerda was nominated as Scots Singer of the Year for the MG Alba Trad Music Awards, nominated three times for the Critics’ Awards for Theatre, Scotland and winner of a BAFTA Best Film Actress award for her role in Margaret Tait’s feature film, Blue Black Permanent.


Gerda will discuss and read from her latest critically acclaimed book QUINES: Poems in Tribute to Women of Scotland - a collection of poetry giving voice to 68 remarkable women of Scotland from BC to the 21st century - queens, politicians, a fish-gutter, scientists, artists, a salt seller, sportswomen, and many more, including a whole football team.

Tickets are £7 and are available from the Imprint Book Festival website.

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Constabal Murdo: Aonghas Pàdraig Caimbeul le Derek 'Pluto' Moireach
Oct
17
3:00 PM15:00

Constabal Murdo: Aonghas Pàdraig Caimbeul le Derek 'Pluto' Moireach

Thèid fear de na ciad leabhraichean eucoir Gàidhlig, Constabal Murdo le Aonghas Pàdraig Caimbeul, a chur air bhog aig tachartas mar phàirt de Mhòd Dhùn Obhainn. Anns a' chathair, bidh fear a tha gu math eòlach air 'whodunits', sàr-chraoladair Derek 'Pluto' Murray a bha na phoileas fad bhliadhnaichean mòra ann an Srath Chluaidh. Chan eil teagamh ann gum bi tòrr spòrs agus sùsbaint sa chòmhradh eadarra.

Tha an sgeulachd a' leantainn Constabal Murdo - Leòdhasach a' fuireach ann am Barraigh - 's e air tòir nam mèirleach a ghoid bràist eachdraidheil bho Chaisteal Chiosmuil. Fàsaidh rudan nas inntinniche buileach nuair a thig dithis phoileas àrdanach bhon tìr mhòr gus cuideachadh a thoirt do Mhurdo leis a’ chùis. Tha sgrìobhadh a’ Chaimbeulaich siùbhlach is furasta ri leantainn. Gheibhear tòrr àbhachd san leabhar seo ach a’ cheart àm bheirear sùil air cuspairean inntinneach mar choimhearsnachd, eachdraidh is leas-breith. 

Tha an cur air bhog saor an asgaidh!

Ma tha thu aig a' Mhòd am-bliadhna, feuch gun tadhail thu a-steach air cur air bhog leabhar eucoir Gàidhlig a dh'fheumar leughadh sa bhad! 

 

 

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Dove Tales: Lament for Palestine
Oct
16
7:00 PM19:00

Dove Tales: Lament for Palestine

In association with Dove Tales, Association of Scottish Artists for Peace.

Dove Tales peace charity presents this event highlighting the plight of the people of Palestine through poetry, music and theatre. Actor Barbara Rafferty, singers Pauline Bradley and Corinne Harris, Elements World Theatre and many poets including Liz Niven and Anne Connolly, former Makar of the Federation of Writers.

Barbara Rafferty is known for her roles as Ella Cotter in the long-running BBC Two sitcom Rab C Nesbitt, as Shirley Henderson in BBC Scotland soap opera River City, and as Granny Mainland in the CBeebies comedy Katie Morag.

Liz Niven is one of Scotland's most popular poetry facilitators. She is a poet writing in English and Scots. She has published several poetry collections, including The Shard Box, Burning Whins, and Stravaigin.

A. C. Clarke is a poet and translator with a background in teaching. She is an active member of Scottish PEN and has worked with refugee poets.

The Elements World Theatre is a professional new writing company presenting new ways of looking at old myths, archetypes and cultural conflict. Their productions often feature cross-cultural collaborations and the merging of diverse art forms.

Pauline Bradley is a musician, singer songwriter and founder of Sound Inspirations. She has been in bands “Fancy Footwork”, “Pauline and Mina”, and “Absit Invidia”. She is also a recording artist with a CD called “No Borders, No Barriers.”

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

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Samhradh ’78: Màrtainn Mac an t-Saoir le Gillebrìde MacIlleMhaoil
Oct
16
6:30 PM18:30

Samhradh ’78: Màrtainn Mac an t-Saoir le Gillebrìde MacIlleMhaoil

Join us for the free to attend, Edinburgh launch of Samhradh '78 (Summer of '78), a new Gaelic language novel by Martin Macintyre. The event will be chaired by none other than Gaelic singer and star of the programme Outlander, Gillebride MacMillan, who will sing a song or two. Held in both Gaelic and English, this launch will be accessible for non Gaelic speakers and those who have just started learning! 

'S E CUR AIR BHOG AN TÌR-MHÒIR a tha seo don leabhar ùr aig Màrtain Mac an t-Saoir, Samhradh '78. Chaidh a chur air bhog a chumail ann an Uibhist a Deas (far a bheil an leabhar stèidhichte) san Iuchar aig tachartas air leth soirbheachail, ach tha sinn cuideachd 's gum faigh luchd-èisteachd Dhùn Èideann cothrom cluinntinn mun nobhail beò-ghlacmhor seo. Sa chathair bidh sàr-sheineadair, cleasaiche 'Outlander' agus Uibhisteach, Gillebrìde MacIlleMhaoil, agus 's cinnteach gun gabh e òran no dhà dhuinn aig deireadh an tachartais!

Leanaidh an nobhail beatha dithis, Cailean Quinn agus bràthair a mhàthar, an Dr Ruairidh MacGillÌosa rè làithean an t-samhraidh a thug iad còmhla an Uibhist a Deas o chionn 40 bliadhna, fhad ’s a bha sùilean an t-saoghail air Alba sna chuairtean deireannach aig Cupa na Cruinne san Argantain (b’ iad na làithean!). San leabhar, gheibhear seallaidhean làidir, beòthail air beatha muinntir an eilein aig an àm a thaobh slàinte nuair a choinnicheas Ruairidh riutha na dhreuchd mar dhotair agus gu cultarach is e fhèin is Cailean a' rannsachadh beartas am beul-aithris. Mar a thèid an sgeulachd air adhart, chithear mar a thug na dh’fhiosraich an dithis dhuine rè an t-samhraidh ud, buaidh mhòr orra.

Tha an cur air bhog saor an asgaidh, feuch nach caill sibh a-mach!

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

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Wee Folk Tales in Scots at The Watermill
Oct
15
7:00 PM19:00

Wee Folk Tales in Scots at The Watermill

Renowned storyteller Donald Smith and Anna Hepburn read by the fireside from ‘Wee Folk Tales in Scots’, a collection of stories from all over Scotland.

These stories are about the wee folk of Scotland, told afresh for everyone, young and old. Many were first published in the nineteenth and twentieth century, but all have been influenced by being told and retold, shaped and reshaped as they pass from storyteller to storyteller.

Tickets are £5 and are available from The Watermill event page.

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Festival of Politics 2018: In Conversation with Darren McGarvey
Oct
12
to Oct 13

Festival of Politics 2018: In Conversation with Darren McGarvey

Darren McGarvey, aka LOKI, is a writer, performer, community activist and columnist. His book Poverty Safari, has recently won the prestigious Orwell Prize, is described by Irvine Welsh as, “an intellectual and spiritual rehab manual for the progressive left,” and McGarvey’s views are being sought on everything from BBC Question Time to The Guardian and rapper-in-residence at Police Scotland’s Violence Reduction Unit. Join Darren and the Presiding Officer to discuss the “industry of deprivation”; how to achieve political representation for the unrepresented and working-class masculinity in the 21st century, as explored in McGarvey’s new album Trigger Warning. Join us for an energising mental-flossing from one of Scotland’s most inspiring commentators.

In partnership with the Open University in Scotland 

Tickets for this event are £8/£6 and are available from the Festival of Politics events page.

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Festival of Politics 2018: Who Owns and Stewards Scotland's Lands?
Oct
12
7:15 PM19:15

Festival of Politics 2018: Who Owns and Stewards Scotland's Lands?

Scotland is said to be disproportionately owned by a small number of individuals and companies. Join our chair Deputy Presiding Officer Linda Fabiani MSP and panellists Andy Wightman MSP, Local Government and Communities Committee and author of The Poor Had No Lawyers: Who Owns Scotland and How They Got It; Ninian Stuart, Centre for Stewardship; David Johnstone, Chairman, Scottish Land and Estates Commission; and Megan MacInnes, Scottish Land Commission, to debate Scotland’s land ownership and whether or not proposed land reform will actually punish those committed custodians who provide jobs, housing and security for rural communities.

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

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Festival of Politics 2018: Posh or Poor?
Oct
12
5:00 PM17:00

Festival of Politics 2018: Posh or Poor?

The demise of forelock tugging and deference to those ‘upstairs’ may make class less obvious, but with inequality and poverty rising, has Britain really thrown off its class obsession? Join our chair Kenny Farquharson, The Times, and panellists including Claire Ainsley, Director, Joseph Rowntree Foundation; Darren McGarvey aka Loki, author of Poverty Safari; Chris Snowdon, author of The Spirit Level Delusion; and John Boothman, The Times, to discuss social mobility and meritocracy.

Tickets are £5/£3.50 and are available from the Festival of Politics booking page.

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Festival of Politics 2018: Happy Governments
Oct
12
3:15 PM15:15

Festival of Politics 2018: Happy Governments

Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness were enshrined in the United States Declaration of Independence and Aristotle described politics as the science of well-being. Yet the UK and the U.S. are ranked way down the 2018 World Happiness Report.  Is citizens’ happiness the purpose of government or have policy makers been misled by cognitive psychologists who said that we can measure and translate the most private of feelings into political data?

Join chair Shelagh Wright and panellists including author of Radical Happiness; Lizzie Spencer, Health and Social Care Manager Windmill Hill City Farm, Bristol; and Lesley Riddoch, journalist, broadcaster and member of Nordic Horizons, to discuss happy citizens.

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

Riddoch on the Outer Hebrides

McSmorgasbord: What post-Brexit Scotland can learn from the Nordics

Blossom: What Scotland Needs to Flourish

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A Scottish Journey with James McEnaney
Oct
11
6:30 PM18:30

A Scottish Journey with James McEnaney

Inspired by Edwin Muir’s travels around Scotland in 1934, in spring 2018 James McEnaney sought to complete his own Scottish Journey, exploring the communities of Scotland by motorbike. Braving the snow that the Beast from the East hailed upon the country, McEnaney set off from the Scottish Parliament on a 10-day, 1500-mile, two-wheeled journey that would take him around Scotland via Gatehouse of Fleet, Oban, Orkney and Aberdeen, amongst others.

Relaying on the kindness of strangers to offer him shelter, he discovers the communities within our nation and their real-life hopes for the future of the country. In the words of Muir himself, ‘this is not a survey but a bundle of impressions: not the Scottish journey, but a Scottish journey.’

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

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Festival of Politics 2018: Freedom to Offend
Oct
11
5:45 PM17:45

Festival of Politics 2018: Freedom to Offend

In partnership with Battle of Ideas

Free speech was once an unquestionable virtue but now it is explicitly queried. With universities potentially fined if they don’t allow freedom of speech on campus, how do we navigate this right with that of the freedom to offend? Join our chair Claire Fox, Battle of Ideas, and panellists including Dr Joanna Williams academic and author; Nik Williams, Scottish PEN; and writer and commentator Gerry Hassan.

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

A Nation Changed? The SNP and Scotland Ten Years On by Gerry Hassan and Simon Barrow

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Festival of Politics 2018: Living Outside the EU
Oct
11
5:15 PM17:15

Festival of Politics 2018: Living Outside the EU

Though the UK’s future relationship with the EU is still to be determined, countries such as Norway, Iceland and Canada’s relationships with the EU provide an insight into our future. Join our chair Ann Packard, Hon. Fellow RIAS, and panellists including Jill Rutter, The Institute for Government; and Lesley Riddoch, Nordic Horizons and author of McSmorgasbord; What post Brexit Scotland can learn from the Nordics, to talk trade, economy and culture when living outside the EU.

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

Riddoch on the Outer Hebrides by Lesley Riddoch

Blossom: What Scotland Needs to Flourish by Lesley Riddoch

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Festival of Politics 2018: Prejudice - Free Your Mind!
Oct
11
1:15 PM13:15

Festival of Politics 2018: Prejudice - Free Your Mind!

Why are some people deemed viable targets of abuse on the basis of faith, race, sexual orientation, disability and gender? How can political organisations and civil society challenge institutionalised discrimination when it pervades public bodies from schools to the labour market? Join chair Patrick Harvie MSP, Deputy Convener, Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee, and panellists Professor Neil Chakraborti, Criminologist, University of Leicester; Dr Maureen McBride, University of Glasgow and co-author of No Problem Here: Understanding Racism in ScotlandGhizala Avan, Regional Manager, Amina, the Muslim Women’s Resource Centre and Talat Yaqoob, equality campaigner, to debate the counter-attack to prejudice.

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

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Festival of Politics 2018 - Trade Wars
Oct
10
4:00 PM16:00

Festival of Politics 2018 - Trade Wars

Free, fair and mutually beneficial trade appears to be a long-gone ambition of former global trading partners in an age of fractious G7 deals and Brexit negotiations. Join our chair Deputy Presiding Officer Christine Grahame MSP and panellists including Professor Michael Keating, Chair in Scottish Politics, University of Aberdeen; Douglas Fraser, BBC Economy Editor; and Dr Eva Pocher, Adam Smith Business School, University of Glasgow, to decipher the new trade rules, tariffs and what all this means for the consumer.

Tickets for this event are £6/£4 and are available from the Festival of Politics ticket page.

Small Nations in a Big World: What Scotland Can Learn by Michael Keating and Malcolm Harvey

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Highlight Talk: Identity Through Language, People and Place
Oct
10
3:00 PM15:00

Highlight Talk: Identity Through Language, People and Place

Anne Pia – award winning writer and poet, former teacher of modern languages, former Education Inspector, member of all political parties and none, Francophile, unorthodox Buddhist, Scots Italian and rebel perhaps – delivers a theoretical perspective based on her doctoral work on identity with readings from both her poetry and memoir.

Her book of poems, Transitory, and her memoir, Language of my Choosing, will be available for purchase for £7 and £8 or a special price of £14 for both.

3pm start in the Robertson Room within the museum building.

This is a free event and there is no need to book.

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Haddo Baroque Ensemble and Poetry, Place and Perspective
Oct
8
7:00 PM19:00

Haddo Baroque Ensemble and Poetry, Place and Perspective

The Haddo Baroque Ensemble will play:

Four Airs for the Seasons – James Oswald (1711-1769)

  • The Campanula for Violin and Continuo.
    Tempo di Minuetto; Musette.

  • The Monk’s Hood for Recorder and Continuo
    Aria; Tempo di Minuetto; Gavotta.

  • The Belvedere for Gamba and Continuo.
    Amoroso Largo; Allegro.

  • The Marvel of Peru for Recorder, Violin and Continuo
    Scortese; Comic; Musette.

In association with the Scottish Poetry Library and the Elphinstone Institute, George Gunn, Aonghas MacNeacail, Liz Niven, Gerda Stevenson and Sheila Templeton will read from their work in their own voices.

After a short interval, there will be a panel discussion with all the poets on the challenges and opportunities of writing in their own voices, chaired by Professor Peter Reid with Asif Khan, Director of the Scottish Poetry Library and Professor Tom McKean, Director of the Elphinstone Institute.

This performance will be followed by an opportunity for the audience to meet the artists.

Tickets for this event are £12 standard, £9 for Under 26 and are available from the ticket link here.

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

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St Kilda: A Different Perspective with Alex Boyd
Oct
7
3:30 PM15:30

St Kilda: A Different Perspective with Alex Boyd

Alex Boyd’s St Kilda: The Silent Islands is a stark and reflective collection of photographs that capture the archipelego of St Kilda in a new light. They show the reality of the crumbling military base as well as the wild beauty of the natural landscape.

He is joined by composer Jessica Danz who is working on a new composition focusing on the largely unknown and ill-fated 1852 migration of 42 islanders to Australia.

Chaired by Jim Gilchrist.

Tickets for all Portobello Book Festival events are free and can be picked up from Portobello Library in Rosefield Avenue.

This event will be held in the upstairs library.

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