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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.

5X15 Presents A Premium Evening With Werner Herzog

Werner Herzog, whose prolific film career boasts the like of Grizzly Man, Woyzeck, Fitzcarraldo and Cave of Forgotten Dreams is joined by director of the New York Public Library's LIVE series, Paul Holdengraber to talk about his extraordinary career.

Westminster Central Hall, London SW1H

Fri 16 Jan 2015


Animated Nightmares: Talk

A programme of films from Robert Morgan, along with a selection of international animation which has inspired him.

Norwich Puppet Theatre

Tue 3 Feb 2015

£8 / 01603 629921

Part of Manipulate.

Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Fri 6 Feb 2015

£8 / 0131 228 1404

Part of Manipulate.

Arduino Tour

An 18-hour Arduino workshop, which is suitable for beginners. The session begins with a talk by Massimo Banzi.

Somerset House, London WC2R

Fri 16 Jan 2015

Prices to be confirmed / 020 7845 4600

Elegies and Inspirations: Martyn Bennett

An evening of films and conversations centering around the world of music, and the notion of finding the right images to work alongside it.

Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Mon 2 Feb 2015

£8 (Film pass £25) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Manipulate.

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18th Century Drawing Collections and Charles Rogers FRS FSA (1711 to 1784)

Michael Liversidge, Emeritus Dean at the Faculty of Arts of Bristol University, explores the legacy of Charles Rogers, a major collector and contributor to the Cottonian Collection at the Museum.

Roland Levinsky Building, Plymouth

Wed 18 Mar 2015

£6.60 (£4.50) / 01752 585050

Abertay Historical Society Talk: Natasha Ferguson

Settle in for an evening lecture on the archaeological footprint of the volunteer movement between 1793 and 1815, presented by Natasha Ferguson.

Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee

Wed 13 May 2015

Prices to be confirmed / 01382 223181

Are We Really Safe?

Talk by Prof Chris Kemp, Head of the International Centre for Crowd Management and Security Studies.

Edinburgh Napier University

Wed 27 May 2015

Lindsay Stewart Lecture Theatre


Artists@Work: Ubu Roi

A demonstration of the 3D mapping being used in the forthcoming production of Ubu Roi, from Director Phillipos Phillipou and dramaturgist Vangelis Makriyannakis.

Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Sat 31 Jan 2015

Free / 0131 228 1404

Part of Manipulate.

The Astrology of Love and Relationships

This talk is aimed at offering a better understanding of relationships and matters of the heart. If you're attending, it's advisable to either know or have your birth chart, as there's astrology involved. The answer could be written in the stars, y'know.

New Acropolis, London N1

Wed 21 Jan 2015

£5 (£3) / 020 7359 0059

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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.

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

Book Launch - War and Poetry

2014 saw the 100 year anniversary of the First World War. 2015 marks the Italian centenary of that same war. Much has been written and debated about Italy’s involvement in the war, but how did it impact on the poets in Italy? What were they thinking? This event launches a new Luath anthology that contains new translations…

J&G Innes, St Andrews

Sat 7 Mar 2015

Free / 01334 472174

Sponsored by the Italian Cultural Institute and J&G Innes Ltd Part of StAnza: Scotland's Poetry Festival.

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 Extra

A meeting on the second Wednesday of the month to hear about the latest research from scientists over a coffee.

Dundee Science Centre

Wed 14 Jan 2015

Free / 01382 228800

Predicting Auroras with Dr Alex Russell. Auroras (northern lights) are one of our planet's natural wonders. Usually a polar phenomenon, they are visible from the Dundee area only a couple of times each decade, but this winter our chances of seeing them are significantly better than normal. At Café Science we explore the science of auroras and the Sun's magnetic outbursts responsible for the best displays. We will see how scientists try to predict them, why this always involves a gamble and why this year is special.

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The Christopher Durston Memorial Lecture

Prof John Morrill, general editor of a new edition of the Writings and Speeches of Oliver Cromwell, discusses England's most controversial head of state. (That would be Oliver Cromwell himself, incidentally.)

Roland Levinsky Building, Plymouth

Tue 17 Mar 2015

£6.60 (£4.50) / 01752 585050

Diana Souhami: Radclyffe Hall

Author Diana Souhami delivers this talk about Radclyffe Hall's love life, which explains why Una Troubridge, her partner of 25 years, is not buried with her in Highgate Cemetery.

Highgate Cemetery, London N6

Thu 22 Jan 2015

£7 / 020 8340 1834

Dorothy McMillan: A History of Scottish Women's Writing 1700–1900

Dorothy McMillan is Senior Lecturer in English Literature and former Head of School of English and Scottish Language and Literature at Glasgow University. Here, she considers how things have changed nearly two decades on from the publication of her anthology The Scotswoman at Home and Abroad: Non-Fiction Writing 1700–1900.

Smith Art Gallery & Museum, Stirling

Mon 16 Mar 2015

£3–£5 / 01786 471917

Douglas Gifford: Sir Walter Scott – A Fresh Look

Douglas Gifford talks about Sir Walter Scott and his widely misunderstood legacy to Scottish fiction.

Smith Art Gallery & Museum, Stirling

Mon 20 Apr 2015

£3–£5 / 01786 471917

Dr David Martin: The Dundee and Newtyle Railway Talk

Dr David Martin, a lecturer in the Department of Life Sciences at the University of Dundee, discusses the history of the Dundee and Newtyle Railway.

Discovery Point, Dundee

Thu 19 Feb 2015

Prices to be confirmed / 01382 309060

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Dr David Starkey: Yorks Place in History

Dr David Starkey provides an insight into how York came to be one of the most important cities in England.

Grand Opera House, York

Sun 22 Mar 2015

£14 / 0844 871 3024

Edinburgh Iranian Festival Opening Ceremony

The festival opens with an introduction to the programme, a reading by Rab Wilson of his translation into Scots of The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, together with a reading of the original Persian, plus contemporary Iranian music from the Azeroo Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Amin Keshmiri, all rounded off with a drinks…

St John's Episcopal Church, Edinburgh

Fri 6 Feb 2015

£5 (under 10s free but must be accompanied) / 0131 229 7565

Evening Talk: From plot to plate. How to plan and work a vegetable plot, presented by RBGE's Students of Horticulture

Each year, Students of Horticulture are given a small plot to plan and work a vegetable plot as part of their exam. The students will present their different designs, explaining their ideas and showing how the plots developed through the season, which problems had to be overcome and what grew well or not so well. There…

Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh

Thu 19 Feb 2015

Lecture Theate at 20a Inverleith Row

£6 (Members £5) / 0131 248 2909

Evening Talk: In the footsteps of George Forrest with the Friends of RBGE - John Mitchell

A chance to see and hear firsthand details of the Friends of RBGE's recent botanical tour of China's Yunnan province under the skilled leadership of RBGE's Alpine plants expert John Mitchell.

Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh

Thu 15 Jan 2015

Lecture Theatre at 20a Inverleith Row

£6 (Members £5) / 0131 248 2909

Evening Talk: Petticoats and Plants - Scotland’s Gardening Women, 1800 – 1930

Join the Friends of RBGE and the Garden History Society of Scotland for their joint Spring lecture. Following a twelve-year career in Marketing and PR, Deborah Reid swapped press releases for plants and retrained in horticulture at the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh.  Her interest in garden history and a growing…

Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh

Thu 19 Mar 2015

Lecture Theatre, 20a Inverleith Row

£6 (Members £5) / 0131 248 2909

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