Talks & lectures

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Curator's Favourites

Regular talks on museum staff's favourite objects from the collection.

Burrell Collection, Glasgow

Wed 30 Apr

Free / 0141 287 2550

Today: Medieval spurs in Sir William's Collection.

  • 12:30 – 13:00

Creative & Corporate Love

Networking event for people from the creative and corporate worlds, with a talk from accountant Emily Coltman.

Summerhall, Edinburgh

Tue 20 May

£15 / 0845 874 3001

Being an Artist

Eight coaching sessions to help you step fully into the life of an artist, with advice on how to keep your ambition front and centre.

Summerhall, Edinburgh

Mon 28 Apr

£200 for eight weeks / 07545 036082

Please note: This course runs 31 Mar–9 Jun 2014.

  • 19:00 – 21:00

Mon 5 May

£200 for eight weeks / 07545 036082

Please note: This course runs 31 Mar–9 Jun 2014.

  • 19:00 – 21:00

Mon 12 May

£200 for eight weeks / 07545 036082

Please note: This course runs 31 Mar–9 Jun 2014.

  • 19:00 – 21:00
…and 4 more dates until 9 Jun

Iain Macwhirter: The Road to Referendum

The political columnist presents his new book, a companion to the three-part television series of the same name.

The Glad Café, Glasgow

Fri 2 May

Over-18s only

£10 / 0141 636 6119

  • 19:30

Summerhall, Edinburgh

Thu 29 May

£10 (£8) / 0845 874 3001

  • 19:00

Cleaning Up Titian's Venice

Dr Jane Stevens Crawshaw looks at Titian's paintings in the context of Venice's 16th century attempts to clean up its own image as a plague-ridden hive of immorality.

Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh

Fri 9 May

Hawthornden Lecture Theatre

Free / 0131 624 6200

  • 12:45 – 13:30
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Jack the Ripper: A 21st Century Investigation

Former murder squad detective Trevor Marriott attempts to solve the Ripper case, following a 12-year re-investigation of the evidence.

The Customs House, South Shields

Mon 22 Sep

£12–£14 (Children £12; £12; £12) / 0191 454 1234

  • 19:45

Satrosphere Takeover

Enjoy an evening checking out Stratosphere's most popular shows and classic exhibits without all the small, annoying children hogging all the best things.

Satrosphere Science Centre, Aberdeen

Wed 30 Apr

Free / 01224 640340

  • 19:00 – 22:00

Scottish Independence Referendum Q&A with Alistair Carmichael

Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael hosts this Q&A focusing on issues surrounding Scotland's constitutional future and the September referendum.

Murrayfield Parish Church, Edinburgh

Thu 24 Apr

Free FRee but ticketed / 0131 244 9066

  • 19:30 – 21:00

Stargazing and the Universe

Astronomer Steve Owens (author of Stargazing for Dummies) shares more about the dark night sky, including what planets you can see from your back garden and what a dark sky park is.

Merry-Go-Round, Glasgow

Sat 17 May

£3 (includes wine and nibbles) / 0141 423 2299

Part of Southside Fringe.

  • 19:00

The Business

An expert panel explores the business side of writing (that'd be publishing), followed by a round of student readings. With novelist Jenni Fagan, agent Jenny Brown, publisher Chris Emry, editor Francis Bickmore, critic Stuart Kelly, Scottish Book Trust's Claire Askew, Dundee Literary Festival's Peggy Hughes and Neu!

The Pleasance, Edinburgh

Thu 15 May

Free / 0131 650 4673

  • 14:00 – 18:00
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Campfire Presents Matt Locke

A talk from Matt Locke, founder and director of Storythings, which explores how we tell stories in a digital age, and who also worked on Channel 4 projects for Skins, Misfits and Million Pound Drop.

The Lighthouse, London N1

Thu 24 Apr

Free (refreshments provided)

  • 19:00 – 21:00

Doug Allan: In the Company of Giants

Illustrated talk from the award-winning cameraman, who has worked on the shows Blue Planet, Planet Earth and Ocean Giants.

Cheltenham Town Hall

Fri 2 May

£15 / 0844 576 2210

  • 19:30

Exeter Corn Exchange

Sun 27 Apr

£15 / 01392 665938

  • 19:30

Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage

Sat 26 Apr

£17 (£15) / 01438 363200

  • 19:30

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Lunchtime Talks at Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museums

A series of free talks taking place on Wednesday lunchtimes in various Aberdeen museums. Booking essential for talks at the Maritime Museum. Booking is essential.

Aberdeen Art Gallery

Wed 30 Apr

Free / 01224 523700

'James Mcbey' by Ann Steed, Curator.

  • 12:30 – 13:00

Wed 7 May

Free / 01224 523700

'Marie Laurencin' by Griffin Coe, Curator.

  • 12:30 – 13:00

Wed 14 May

Free / 01224 523700

A tour of the exhibition from Aberdeen Artists Society.

  • 12:30 – 13:00
…and 2 more dates until 28 May

Michael Palin: Travelling To Work

To celebrate his third volume of diaries being published, Palin looks back on 25 years of travelling the world and almost 50 years of popping up on radio, TV and film. Palin is best known for Monty Python with John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Terry Gilliam and the late Graham Chapman. Between movies, he also…

Alban Arena, St Albans

Mon 8 Sep

£29.50 / 01727 844488

  • 19:30

Colston Hall, Bristol

Mon 22 Sep

£31.71 / 0117 922 3686

  • 19:30

Eden Court Theatre, Inverness

Sun 14 Sep

£29.50 / 01463 234234

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…and at 2 other places

What Is an 'Urban Legend'?

Find out at this lecture from Sandy Hobbs of the University of the West of Scotland, organised by the Elphinstone Institute.

The Elphinstone Institute, Aberdeen

Tue 29 Apr

£3 / 01224 272 996

  • 19:30 – 21:00
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Edinburgh Ragged University Talks

Talks on a variety of themes organised by the Ragged University, promoting the message that learning is much more palatable when served up with a nice cold pint. All welcome.

Counting House, Edinburgh

Thu 8 May

Free / 0131 667 7533

Tonight's talks are 'Urban Fox: Memoirs of an Edinburgh Poacher' by Bob Redwater and 'The Placebo Effect' by Derek Howden.

  • 19:00 – 22:00

Thu 12 Jun

Free / 0131 667 7533

Today, it's 'The Psychology of Relationships' by Ray Miller and 'On a New Understanding of the Nature of Human Beings' by Ciaran Healy.

  • 19:00 – 22:00

Edinburgh Short Film Festival

Ten events over two weekends, showcasing a selection of the best shorts by filmmakers from across the globe.

Various venues, Edinburgh

Fri 6 Jun

Times & prices vary

Sat 7 Jun

Times & prices vary

Sun 8 Jun

Times & prices vary

…and 3 more dates until 15 Jun

Fashion Revolution Day

Refashion Glasgow and Glad Rags Thrift present this event as part of the first international Fashion Revolution Day in support of ethical fashion, including a clothing swap.

The Glad Café, Glasgow

Thu 24 Apr

Over-18s only

Prices to be confirmed / 0141 636 6119

  • 17:00

Gallery Talk

The Common Guild hosts regular gallery talks from guest speakers, on topics related to current exhibitions.

The Common Guild, Glasgow

Thu 24 Apr

Free (ticketed) / 0141 428 3022

Prof Catherine Alexander from the University of Durham places the Gabriel Kuri exhibition in context.

Thu 29 May

Free / 0141 428 3022

Gary Christie of the Scottish Refugee Council gives a talk entitled 'Basic necessities: Destitution in the asylum system', to mark Rufugee Week Scotland.

Generation Whine – You've Got It Good!

Panel debate on whether young people in Britain today are the unluckiest generation in recent history or are they simply 'generation whine'.

British Museum, London WC1B

Tue 17 Jun

£22 (Spectator subscribers £19) / 020 7961 0044

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The Gifford Lecture Series

Lectures that look at the study of Natural Theology in broad terms, with the goal to advance modern theological thought. This year's theme is 'Givenness and Revelation'. Booking is essential.

University of Glasgow

Tue 20 May

Free / 0141 330 3593

Today's lecture: 'The aporia of revelation: The epistemological interpretation'.

  • 17:30 – 19:30

Wed 21 May

Free / 0141 330 3593

Today's lecture: 'Understanding revelation: A phenomenological reappropriation'.

  • 17:30 – 19:30

Tue 27 May

Free / 0141 330 3593

Today's lecture: 'Christ as saturated phenomenon: The Icon of the invisible'.

  • 17:30 – 19:30

Wed 28 May

Free / 0141 330 3593

Today's lecture: 'Trinity as a logic of manifestation'.

  • 17:30 – 19:30

Harold Peto: Architect, Garden Designer, Collector and Aesthete

An exploration of Peto's architectural work, with Hilary J Grainger.

YHA Potato Wharf, Manchester

Wed 30 Apr

£5

  • 19:00 – 21:00

Museum Lates: Retro-future

Put on your very best pair of steampunk specs for this 'steam-powered journey' through the NMS collections, exhibiting design and technology from across the ages. Radio 1's Vic Galloway hosts the evening, with a live performance from Withered Hand and DJ Lord Holyrude spinning vintage beats. Plus Red Door Gallery hosts…

National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

Fri 16 May

£12 (£10) for Lates only; £20 (£18) for Lates + jewellery workshop / 0300 123 6789

  • 19:00

RSNO Naked Classics: Beethoven's Fifth

The opening notes of Beethoven's Symphony No 5, often written out as dah-dah-dah-daaahhh, are among the most famous in musical history; but did you know that in Morse code they spell the letter V – which happens to be the Roman numeral for 'five'? This is just one of the many pieces of pointless trivia that renowned…

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

Sat 10 May

£10 / 0141 353 8000

  • 19:30

Usher Hall, Edinburgh

Fri 9 May

£10 / 0131 228 1155

  • 19:30

All probability resolves into form: Exhibition Talk

A talk by Kate Bush, writer, curator and Head of Galleries at the Barbican, on Gabriel Kuri's work and his exhibition All probability resolves into form.

The Common Guild, Glasgow

Sat 10 May

Free / 0141 428 3022

  • 15:00
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