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An Audience with Peter Hain

A talk by Peter Hain, MP and author.

Theatre At The Mill, Newtownabbey

Wed 19 Nov

£11–£15 (£9–£13) / 028 9034 0202

Bach as Artist or Preacher?

Talk from John Butt, director of the Dunedin Consort and a world-renowned Bach scholar, on the roles of emotion and meaning in Bach's church cantatas, followed by a performance of the two cantatas under discussion, BWV 21 Ich hätte viel Bekümmernis and BWV 150 Nach dir, Herr, verlanget mich by the Mayfield Singers and…

Mayfield Salisbury Parish Church, Edinburgh

Thu 1 Jan 2015

Free / 0131 667 1522

Performance by Mayfield Singers and Players. Part of Festival of Sacred Music.

Sat 31 Jan 2015

Free / 0131 667 1522

Part of Festival of Sacred Music.

Beauty By Design: Fashioning the Renaissance Opening Talk

A discussion of the Beauty by Design exhibition.

Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh

Wed 19 Nov

Hawthornden Lecture Theatre

Free / 0131 624 6200

Beginner's Guide to Stargazing

Learn how to find your favourite galaxy in the night sky as Al, Martin and William introduce the fundamentals of stargazing. Book ahead by phone or email.

Royal Observatory, Edinburgh

Tue 18 Nov

£3 (£1.50; Children £1.50) / 0131 668 8404

Behind Helix: with Adam Rutherford, Daniel Locke & David Blandy

Helix is a collaborative digital graphic novel created by artist David Blandy, scientist and writer Adam Rutherford, and illustrator Daniel Locke, telling the history of DNA from the perspective of a 500-year-old man kept alive by genetic therapy, with a story spanning 40,000 years. Take a step inside this fascinating…

Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee

Sat 8 Nov

Free Booking required / 01382 223181

Part of Dundee Science Festival.

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Behind Helix: with Dr Adam Rutherford, Daniel Locke and David Blandy

Helix is a collaborative digital graphic novel created by artist David Blandy, scientist and writer Dr Adam Rutherford and illustrator Daniel Locke, telling the history of DNA from the perspective of a 500-year-old man kept alive by genetic therapy, with a story spanning 40,000 years. Adam, David and Daniel are currently…

Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee

Sat 8 Nov

Free but ticketed / 01382 223181

Part of Dundee Literary Festival.

Bill Herbert on Jade Ladder: Contemporary Chinese Poetry

Former Dundee Makar Bill Herbert presents a talk on the book Jade Ladder: Contemporary Chinese Poetry. The book, which he co-edited, demonstrates the diversity of Chinese poetry in English.

Smith Art Gallery & Museum, Stirling

Mon 16 Feb 2015

£3–£5 / 01786 471917

Biofuels: Spinning Straw into Black Gold, Café Science Tayport

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if our cars and airplanes ran on a fuel that reduced CO² emissions while promoting food production? Find out the latest from Dundee’s cutting-edge research into biofuels. Professor Claire Haplin’s team take ‘second-generation’ biofuels to the next level and their challenge is to make these fuels…

Harbour Café, Tayport

Thu 6 Nov

Free / 01382 386669

Part of Dundee Science Festival.

Black & Blue – Artists In Conversation

Discussion with artists Penny Clayden and Chris Day, chaired by Alice Kettle.

Free Space Gallery, London NW5

Fri 12 Dec

Free / 07950 695699


A look at the complex, fundamental process of breathing through the lenses of science, medicine, and literature. Developed by Orlando Gough through dialogue with staff and patients in the Churchill Hospital Respiratory Medicine department.

The North Wall Arts Centre, Oxford

Sat 1 Nov

£14 (£10) / 01865 319450

Part of Breath Festival.

  • 18:30 Breathe The North Wall Arts Centre, Oxford
  • 21:00 Breathe The North Wall Arts Centre, Oxford
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Brian Allan: Truth, Lies and Ufology

How the intelligence services created the modern UFO myth… did many icons of modern Ufology originate on alien worlds, or were they based on pioneering German technology captured at the end of WWII?  Did US intelligence use Ufology as a smokescreen to hide its own technological wonders.

Albert Halls, Stirling

Sat 1 Nov

£5 (£4.50) / 01786 473544

Part of The Scottish Paranormal Festival.

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

Bring to Light

A monthly meeting for conversation, innovation and inspiration.

No 1 Chocolate Factory, Glasgow

Thu 6 Nov

£22 / 01413536017

By Way of the Sea: Exploring a Bronze Age Maritory in NW Europe

Peter Clark and Anne Lehoërff discuss the close cultural links between Bronze Age communities from either side of the English Channel.

Regent Building, Aberdeen

Tue 13 Jan 2015


Cafe Science Dundee

A meeting to explore and debate the latest scientific issues over a coffee or a glass of wine.

Avery & Co, Dundee

Mon 24 Nov

Free / 01382 201533

The New Age of Renewable Energy with Dr David Rodley

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A Close Encounter with Charles Edward Stuart

Arran Johnston brings old Bonnie Prince Charlie to life in this unique event exploring the life of the controversial figure. The historian examines the events of 1745, the year that Charles held Edinburgh after the city fell to his Highland army, before the Prince was defeated at the Battle of Culloden.

The Real Mary King's Close, Edinburgh

Thu 6 Nov

£10 / 0845 070 6244

Combating kidney dialysis vascular access

More than 250,000 patients across Europe require kidney dialysis. Vascular access sites are used to remove and return blood to/from the patient during dialysis. These sites fail in at least half of patients within the first year, leading to increased infections, hospital stays and operations. Dr Shona Matthew at the…

Tower Building, Dundee

Mon 3 Nov

Free / 01382 383396

Part of Dundee Science Festival.

Common Cause : Commonwealth Scots and the Great War Talk

David Forsyth, Senior Curator at the National Museum of Scotland, gives an audio visual presentation telling the personal stories of Commonwealth soldiers with Scottish roots and their contribution to the First World War.

Bishopbriggs Library, Glasgow

Tue 25 Nov

Free ticketed / 0141 772 4513

Part of Book Week Scotland.

Cultural Icon – The Art Of Bob Dylan

A curated display of the art of croaky-voiced giant of rock Bob Dylan, presented by leading Dylanologist Chris Hockenhull.

The Chester Grosvenor

Thu 6 Nov

£30 Refreshments will be available

Daniel Gray

Join Daniel Gray as he takes you on a photographic journey he made with Alan McCredie. This is every day Scotland, captured at its most crucial point for 300 years.

Cumbernauld Library

Thu 27 Nov

Free / 01236 618087

Part of Book Week Scotland.

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David McCandless: Knowledge is Beautiful

Data journalist McCandless' new book Knowledge is Beautiful is packed full of stunning infographics covering everything from national military budgets to Dr Who's journeys.

One Canada Square, London E14

Mon 10 Nov


Death Trips/Fas Cleachdte Ris

A double event in the library at Sabhal Mor Ostaig. In Death Trips: Second Hearing in the Work of George MacDonald, Dr Kirsten Norrie delivers a paper on George MacDonald, visionary Scottish novelist and father of fantasy fiction. This is followed by Dr Norrie discussing Gaelic fairy belief with Professor Hugh Cheape.

SEALL at Sabhal Mor Ostaig, Isle Of Skye

Thu 27 Nov

Free / 01471 844207

Part of Book Week Scotland.

Director's Cut

One short play – written by Traverse/ IASH creative fellow Clare Duffy – is interpreted by a handful of directors. See how different choices make profound differences to the text. Afterwards there's an informal post-show discussion.

Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Sat 13 Dec

£6 (£4) / 0131 228 1404

Discovering People: Camila Batmanghelidjh CBE

Camila Batmanghelidjh discusses life and society's treatment of young people facing challenging circumstances.

Royal Geographical Society (With The Institute Of British Geographers), London SW7

Wed 3 Dec

£10 (RGS-IBG members £7) / 020 7591 3000

Divest for Good: Making the Change from Fossil Fuels

JustShare host a panel discussion to discuss the ethics, politics, and economics of divesting from fossil fuels with a panel of specialists in campaigning, finance, and investment.

St Mary-Le-Bow Church, London EC2V

Wed 19 Nov

Free / 020 7248 5139

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