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Ian Gow: Scotland's Lost Houses

National Trust of Scotland curator Ian Gow looks to the photographic record to talk about the grand houses lost to dry rot, mining subsidence, lack of funds, and fire.

Central Library, Edinburgh

Wed 7 May

Free (ticketed) / 0131 242 8100

In Process with Jackie Kay

The celebrated Scottish writer talks about her long and varied writing career, from her first collection of poetry (The Adoption Papers, 1991) to her 2010 memoir Red Dust Road.

CCA, Glasgow

Tue 30 Sep

£6 (£3; SWC members free) / 0141 352 4900

Organised by Scottish Writers' Centre.

  • 19:00 – 20:30

Journeys with ME

Short film clips from Action for M.E.'s Digital Storytelling project, with participants sharing their experiences of life with M.E. Followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers.

Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh

Mon 12 May

Free (donations welcome) / 0131 556 9579

  • 19:00

Just Say Naw! An Evening with George Galloway

George Galloway, MP for Bradford West and previous housemate in Celebrity Big Brother, puts forward his case for Scotland to remain part of the United Kingdom in the 2014 independence referendum.

Music Hall, Aberdeen

Mon 19 May

£11 / 01224 641122

  • 19:30

Leith Interventions

Advanced Sustainable Design students explore the ways in which Leith could be regenerated.

Out of the Blue Drill Hall, Edinburgh

Tue 27 May

Free / 0131 555 7101

  • 17:30 – 19:30

Wed 28 May

Free / 0131 555 7101

  • 17:30 – 19:30

Thu 29 May

Free / 0131 555 7101

  • 17:30 – 19:30
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Leonardo da Vinci: The Mechanics of Man Lecture

Prof Peter Abrahams gives this lecture about the original Renaissance man's career as an anatomist and his extremely detailed drawings, which came from the study of 23 corpses that the artist personally dissected. Prof Abrahams discusses how the unique concepts found in these ancient renderings have contributed to modern…

Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh

Mon 12 May

Free / 0131 527 1600

Lindsey Davis: Historical Whodunnist!

Historical novelist Davis talks about her long writing career (with 20 novels under her belt), including her latest, Enemies at Home.

Central Library, Edinburgh

Thu 1 May

Free (ticketed) / 0131 242 8100

Lost Railways of Scotland

Lifelong trainspotter and author Julian Holland gives an illustrated talk exploring the fascinating history of Scotland's forgotten railways. Booking is essential.

National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh

Thu 5 Jun

Free / 0131 623 3734

  • 18:00

Mike McInne: The Honey Diet

Nutrition expert and chemist Mike McInne share wisdom from his book The Honey Diet, which examines the benefits of the sticky stuff, especially in comparison to refined sugars. Booking is essential.

National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh

Thu 12 Jun

Free / 0131 623 3734

  • 18:00

Regeneration: The Talk

A behind-the-scenes talk about the play.

King's Theatre, Edinburgh

Wed 1 Oct

£5 / 0131 529 6000

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Scotland in a Federal UK? David Torrance Sets the Agenda

What can be done – with or without independence – to make a Scotland a more equal, successful and prosperous country? David Torrance sets an agenda that draws upon the finest elements of Unionism, Nationalism, Conservatism, Liberalism and the Scottish Left. His conclusions may surprise you. Wine and light refreshments…

Blackwell's, Edinburgh

Tue 6 May

Free / 0131 622 8222

Part of TradFest.

Scotland in the Soft Power Era

Discussion featuring Professor Chris Breward, Vice Principal Creative Industries and Performing Arts, Professor Antonella Sorace, Professor of Developmental Linguistics and Professor John Holden, cultural relations expert.

The Hub, Edinburgh

Thu 28 Aug

£6 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Scottish Astrological Association Talks

Twice monthly talks on a variety of astrology related topics.

Theosophical Society, Edinburgh

Wed 7 May

£0–£5

  • 19:30 – 21:00

Wed 21 May

£0–£5

  • 19:30 – 21:00

Wed 4 Jun

£0–£5

  • 19:30 – 21:00

Wed 18 Jun

£0–£5

  • 19:30 – 21:00

Seminar: Casting Nets

A discussion on Tania Kovats' exhibition Oceans in relation to landscape and Land Art, with a panel featuring academics, authors and arts professionals.

Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh

Mon 28 Apr

£5 (£4) / 0131 226 8181

  • 18:00 – 20:00

Storytellers of Gaelic Scotland: Art & Tradition

John Francis Campbell and Alexander Carmichael have left a world ranking treasury of Gaelic tales. But what of the storytellers themselves. What do we know about people like Roderick McNeill of Mingulay who gave the stories? Be enchanted and informed as Domhnall Uilleam Stiùbhart explores their art and tradition. This…

Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh

Tue 6 May

£6 (£4) / 0131 556 9579

Part of TradFest.

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The Culture of Violence in the Twentieth Century

Was the First World War the start or just a mirror of violent culture of the time?

The Hub, Edinburgh

Sun 10 Aug

£6 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

The White War: Life and Death on the Italian Front

Discussion on the battles on the Italian North East Front.

The Hub, Edinburgh

Tue 19 Aug

£6 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

The Underground of Song

Alison McMorland and Geordie MacIntyre explore significant songs from the first stirrings of the Scottish Folk revival, with the influence of Hamish Henderson illuminating how songs inspired and gave voice to new generations of singers. This presentation of songs and commentary was triggered by Henderson’s article in the…

Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh

Tue 6 May

£6 (£4) / 0131 556 9579

Part of TradFest.

Victoriana Dundee: Bazaar at the Museum

An after-hours event in the style of the bazaars and exhibitions held at the McManus in the past. With key characters from Dundee's past brought to life by character actors, plus music, stories, Victorian Instagram and more. Booking is essential.

McManus: Dundee's Art Gallery and Museum

Sat 17 May

Free / 01382 307200

Part of Festival of Museums.

  • 18:30 – 20:30

Free (ticketed) / 01382 307200

Part of Festival of Museums.

WNO: David Pountney In Conversation

David Pountney explores the themed seasons with a key figure from the arts.

Wales Millennium Centre / Canolfan Mileniwm Cymru, Cardiff

Fri 23 May

Weston Studio

£5 / 029 2063 6464

  • 20:00
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Alexander Moffat and Alan Riach: Arts of Independence

The pair talk about an important – but neglected – aspect of Scotland's bid for independence.

Blackwell's, Edinburgh

Wed 30 Apr

Free / 0131 623 3734

Part of TradFest.

Alistair Moffat: Scotland – A Genetic Journey

The culmination of a survey of Scotland's DNA history, undertaken by Alistair Moffat and Dr Jim Wilson, destroys stereotypes and comes up with some unexpected results. Alistair Moffat talks about the findings.

Kilmaronock Millennium Hall, Loch Lomond

Mon 12 May

Free (ticketed) / 01389 608978

This year's Alastair Pearson Lecture. Part of Booked!.

  • 19:30

An Fhèis Mhòr: Scotland's Festival Of Paddlesport

Celebrate the diversity of paddlesport (that's canoeing and kayaking, mostly) at this watery festival featuring the Canoe Polo tournament and Pool Slalom competitions. There's also the thrilling Tay Descent race to watch as its competitors journey down the rapids to Perth, and the National Indoor Kayak Championships…

Various venues, Perth

Fri 24 Oct

Free / 0131 317 7314

Part of Homecoming Scotland.

  • 18:00 – 21:00

Andrew Ferguson: Scots Who Enlightened the World

If you drive a car, have an operation, use a mobile phone, wear a raincoat or survive the flu, you've benefited from the work of an enlightened Scot. In his new book, Andrew Ferguson takes a fresh look at those who still enlighten us, highlighting the people behind the ideas. In this entertaining event, their words will…

Dalmuir Library, Clydebank

Tue 13 May

Free (ticketed) / 01389 608978

Part of Booked!.

  • 19:30

Art vs Politics: Who's Lying and Who's Telling the Truth?

An exploration of political art and the art of politics in 2014 Scotland.

Tron Theatre, Glasgow

Fri 23 May

Changing House

Prices to be confirmed / 0141 552 4267

Part of Mayfesto.

  • 19:00
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