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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. There will be food provided and everyone is invited to bring an item of food to put on the table to share. All welcome.

Counting House, Edinburgh

Thu 4 Dec

Free / 0131 667 7533

Talks include ‘One Brain, Two Languages: Bringing Up a Bilingual Child' by Madeleine Beveridge and 'Dyslexia; What It Is And How It Has Affected Me' by Alex Dunedin.

Sunday's Child Roadshow

An evening of gospel music to raise funds for EMMS.

Langside Parish Church, Glasgow

Fri 5 Dec

£5 / 0141 632 7520

St Andrew's and St George's Church, Edinburgh

Fri 12 Dec

£5 / 0131 225 3847

Beyond Endurance: The Life and Works of Sir James Mann Wordie

One hundred years ago, Shackleton’s ship ‘Endurance’ sailed to Antarctica and became stuck fast in the ice of the Weddell Sea. The story of the crew’s survival on the sea ice for months has become the stuff of legend. One of the crew members was Scottish geologist James Wordie, whose influence went on to change the face…

National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh

Thu 27 Nov

Free ticketed / 0131 623 3734

Part of Book Week Scotland.

Man at Arms Guided Tour

The Man at Arms tells bloodthirsty tales of siege warfare and castle life, with a selection of medieval weapons to show off.

Dirleton Castle, North Berwick

Sat 29 Nov

Included in admission / 01620 850330

Sun 30 Nov

Included in admission / 01620 850330

Sun 28 Dec

Free / 01620 850330

2015 Heriot-Watt Chaplaincy Annual Public Lecture

Professor Alister McGrath gives a talk on 'God, Science and Faith: Richard Dawkins versus CS Lewis on the Meaning of Life'; given that Prof McGrath is the author of The Dawkins Delusion, no prizes for guessing whose side he's going to come down on. Booking is essential.

Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh

Mon 9 Feb 2015

Free / 0131 449 5111

Attendees must arrive before 6.15pm.

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Behind The Lens With Doug Allan

Ever watched a BBC wildlife documentary and wondered how they got that shot? Now is your chance to find out as we invite wildlife photographer Doug Allan to tell us the stories behind the photographs. Doug has worked frequently at both north and south poles producing footage for high profile award winning films and…

Lochgelly Centre

Tue 25 Nov

£7 / 01592 418141

Bright Club: Edinburgh

The hardworking staff at Edinburgh's universities are let out for the night to share their tales about the weird, wonderful, and often very funny, world of research.

The Stand, Edinburgh

Tue 25 Nov

£5 / 0131 558 7272

Do Our Genes Still Fit? The Neuroscience of Appetite and Obesity

Gareth Leng, Professor of Experimental Physiology at the University of Edinburgh, presents this year's Edinburgh Neuroscience Public Christmas Lecture exploring the link between obesity and our genes. Booking is essential.

University of Edinburgh

Enlightened! A Walking Tour of Edinburgh's New Town in the Age of Reason

Explore the New Town with Enlightened! walking tours and learn about how clever Edinburgh's people of yore were. Booking is essential.

Dundas House, Edinburgh

Mon 24 Nov

£10 (groups of five or more £8 per person) / 07459 109460

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Tue 25 Nov

£10 (groups of five or more £8 per person) / 07459 109460

Meet outside.

Wed 26 Nov

£10 (groups of five or more £8 per person) / 07459 109460

Meet outside.

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Evening Talk: Chocolate – History, Facts and Myths

The Chocolate Tree are Scottish craft chocolate makers; one of very few chocolatiers in the UK who make their own chocolate. They work directly with growers of cacao to encourage the growing of heirloom cacao which will sustain biodiversity and fine flavour chocolate into the future, as well as providing growers with the…

Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh

Thu 4 Dec

Lecture Theatre, 20A Inverleith Row

£5 (Members £3) / 0131 248 2909

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Gavin Francis: Empire Antarctica – Ice, Silence and Emperor Penguins

Although he went to Antarctica as an on-base medical doctor, Gavin Francis ended up spending a lot of time with emperor penguins during his fourteen months on the most icy and isolated of continents. Hear him talk about his life-changing experience among the birds.

Central Library, Edinburgh

Sat 29 Nov

Free / 0131 242 8100

Dunbar Library

Thu 27 Nov

Free ticketed / 01368 866060

Part of Book Week Scotland.

How can Humanist & Muslim Londoners Live and Work with Each Other?

Alom Shaha, author of The Young Atheists Handbook discusses relations between Humanists and Muslims living in London with a panel of experts.

Conway Hall, London WC1R

Tue 25 Nov

Richard Herring's Leicester Square Theatre Podcast

Sony Radio Academy Award winner and former Fist of Fun-ster Richard Herring chats to fellow stand-ups and writers for his weekly podcast.

Leicester Square Theatre, London WC2H

Mon 24 Nov

£16.50 phone for availability / 0844 873 3433

Sony Radio Academy Award winner and former Fist of Fun-ster Richard Herring chats to fellow stand-ups and writers for his weekly podcast. Today's guests are Stewart Lee and other faces from This Morning With Richard Not Judy.

Scottish History through Scottish Novels

Delve into 20th and 21st century Scottish literature to explore the culture and politics of contemporary Scotland. Books include Jamse Douglas Brown's The House with the Green Shutters and Muriel Spark's The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie.

Craigroyston High School, Edinburgh

Wed 26 Nov

£50 for 11 weeks (£14–£25) / 0131 477 7801

Wed 3 Dec

£50 for 11 weeks (£14–£25) / 0131 477 7801

Wassailing and Carolling

Learn about wassailing – the tradition of singing and drinking the health of apples hoping they'll be just as healthy next year. Plus, some traditional carols to round things off.

Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh

Sat 6 Dec

£10 / 0131 556 9579

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Bright Club: Glasgow

Bright Club features its usual intoxicating blend of comedy and academia as lecturers from the city's universities turn their studies into entertaining stories.

The Stand, Glasgow

Mon 24 Nov

£5 / 0844 335 8879

Friends of RBGE Benmore AGM Followed by Talk from Simon Milne

Regius Keeper Simon Milne MBE will speak to members after the AGM.

Benmore Botanic Garden, Argyll

Thu 16 Apr 2015

Courtyard Gallery

Free / 01369 706261

Generation by Night

Early evening talks, demonstrations, hands-on art-making sessions, live music and other creative responses to the Generation art programme.

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art One, Edinburgh

Thu 11 Dec

Free / 0131 624 6200

Julie Roberts talks about how institutional constraints on the female body affect her work. Part of Generation.

Thu 8 Jan 2015

Free / 0131 624 6200

Ciara Phillips, Claire Barclay and Kate Davis discuss their work. Part of Generation.

Hallam Foe: Adapting Scottish Books for Screen

Many Scottish books have been adapted into feature films. Join us in Filmhouse to hear about the process of adaptation before we watch Hallam Foe. Written by Peter Jinks and then turned into a film by David Mackenzie in 2007, Hallam Foe features a grown up Jamie Bell.

macrobert, Stirling

Tue 25 Nov

Free tbc / 01786 466666

Part of Book Week Scotland.

Henry Collingham: Lecture

Lecture from designer Henry Collingham about 3D printing and how it will affect our lives.

Edinburgh Printmakers

Thu 27 Nov

£5 (2 for £8) / 0131 557 2479

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Literature Talk and Film with Dr Jane Mackay: Lord Lytton's Last Days of Pompeii

Investigate the work of Lytton before checking out a film adaptation of his book.

Lincoln Drill Hall

Fri 28 Nov

Parentalk Live

Inspirational talk by author Rob Parsons and speaker Katherine Hill covering the key issues of parenting and offering practical tips of how to be best mum/dad/guardian you can be.

Glenwood Church Centre, Cardiff

Tue 25 Nov

Free / 02920 810800

Sunday Assembly

Do you like the whole ritual, communal, hanging-out-together and talking-about-stuff aspect of religion, and don't see why you can only have it if you believe in a supreme being? Sounds like the Sunday Assembly is for you. The 'godless congregation' meets every Sunday to hear talks, sing songs and celebrate life.

CCA, Glasgow

Sun 14 Dec

Free / 0141 352 4900

The Stand, Newcastle upon Tyne

Sun 30 Nov

Free / 0844 693 3336

Sun 28 Dec

Free / 0844 693 3336

Tibetan Buddhist Meditation with the Gar Trinley Yongkhyab Ling Sangha

Experience traditional Tibetan Buddhist meditation practice.

Abbey Mount Centre, Edinburgh

Sun 30 Nov

£3 suggested donation / 0131 661 2780

Sun 7 Dec

£3 suggested donation / 0131 661 2780

Sun 14 Dec

£3 suggested donation / 0131 661 2780

Sun 21 Dec

£3 suggested donation / 0131 661 2780

Tony Benn: A Celebration

Friends, musicians and performers pay tribute to Tony Benn.

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

Sun 30 Nov

£20–£21.50 the major concert (Spoken word £7–£7.50; Both events £25–£26.50) / 0141 353 8000

Please note: The spoken word event runs from 4.30–6pm, and the major concert runs from 7.30–10.30pm.

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