Evening events, Talks & lectures

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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.

Auld Reekie Readers

A new reading group for literary nuts and budding authors.

The City Café, Edinburgh

Mon 21 Apr

£3.50 / 0131 220 0125

  • 18:00 – 20:00

Mon 28 Apr

£3.50 / 0131 220 0125

  • 18:00 – 20:00

Mon 5 May

£3.50 / 0131 220 0125

  • 18:00 – 20:00
…and 3 more dates until 26 May

Brassed Off: Theatre Talk

A behind-the-scenes talk about the stage version of the celebrated movie.

King's Theatre, Edinburgh

Wed 30 Apr

£5 / 0131 529 6000

A Century on the Edge: From Cold War to Hot World, 1945–2045

A talk by Paul Rogers, Professor of Peace Studies, University of Bradford about the lessons of war. Chaired by Dr Andrea Birdsall.

The Hub, Edinburgh

Wed 27 Aug

£6 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Allan Ramsay: Reviving Scots Song

Before Burns and Robert Fergusson, Allan Ramsay was the genial agitator of Scots culture, reviving poetry, song and theatre in Auld Reikie. Here distinguished musicologist Fred Freeman demonstrates Ramsay’s contribution to Scotland’s national music.

National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh

Mon 5 May

Free / 0131 556 9579

Part of TradFest.

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Alpha

A discussion group for those wanting to explore the meaning of life, especially those who haven't been to church is a while, or don't go at all. Run by Gate Church International.

Caffe Borsa, Dundee

Wed 23 Apr

Free / 01382 221222

  • 20:00 – 21:30

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

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

ARTiculation Scotland Competition

S5 and lower sixth students vie for the the Articulation Prize, which promotes the appreciation and discussion of art, by delivering ten-minute presentations to an audience of their peers and art professionals.

Jupiter Artland, Wilkieston

Tue 17 Jun

Prices to be confirmed / 01506 889900

  • 18:00

Astronomical Society of Glasgow Lectures

Learn more about the heavenly bodies that spin about the universe. Non-members welcome.

University of Strathclyde Royal College Building, Glasgow

Thu 15 May

Free / 0141 950 3000

Today: 'Supernovae' by Dr Gillian Pearce, Oxford University. Followed by Society AGM

  • 19:30
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Bedwyr Williams: The Starry Messenger

The artist gives a presentation on his work at the Venice Biennale, following a screening of Starry Messenger and its outtakes.

Glasgow Film Theatre

Sat 19 Apr

£8 (£6.50) / 0141 332 6535

Part of Glasgow International.

  • 18:15

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 21 Apr

£200 for eight weeks / 07545 036082

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

  • 19:00 – 21:00

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
…and 5 more dates until 9 Jun

Bernadette Russell: 366 Days of Kindness

Bernadette Russell's one-woman storytelling/stand-up show, which recounts her mission to be kind to a stranger every day for an entire year (plus one day).

Chapter Art Centre, Cardiff

Wed 28 May

£12 (£10) / 0292 030440

  • 20:00

Derby Theatre

Fri 25 Apr

£9 (£6) / 01332 593939

  • 20:00

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 29 Apr

£5 / 0131 558 7272

  • 20:30

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

Wed 30 Apr

£5 / 0844 335 8879

  • 20:30
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Britain Joins the War

A presentation from the director of the Musée de la Grande Guerre du Pays de Meaux before Prof Hew Strachan illuminates the role of the British Expeditionary Force on the frontlines. Then, enjoy a recital of era-specific music from the Calliopée musical ensemble. Booking is essential.

Institut Francais Du Royaume-Uni, London SW7

Tue 27 May

Free / 020 7871 3515

  • 18:30 – 20:30

Café Histoire

Talks, in French, about various aspects of French culture, hosted by the Institut Français.

Institut Français d'Ecosse, Edinburgh

Mon 12 May

£8 (£5) / 0131 225 5366

La tour Eiffel – Learn more about the most visited monument in the world, built in 1889 in celebration of the Exposition Universelle.

  • 17:30

Mon 2 Jun

£8 (£5) / 0131 225 5366

La libération de la France – Delve into the history of 6 June 1944 – D-day – and the two sides of a divided France: Général De Gaulle calling for resistance and Maréchal Pétain collaborating with Hitler.

  • 17:30

Cafe Controversial: GM Crops – Raking up the Facts

Get the science behind the headlines with this look at genetically modified foods from the experts.

Satrosphere Science Centre, Aberdeen

Tue 22 Apr

Free / 01224 640340

  • 19:00 – 21:00

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 28 Apr

Free / 01382 201533

'Why breast cancer medicine can be hard to swallow' with Dr Alison Harrow.

  • 19:00 – 20:00

Mon 26 May

Free / 01382 201533

'Making Healthcare Decisions: Is Your Voice Missing?' by Dr Thilo Krull, University of Dundee.

  • 19:00 – 20:00

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 May

Free / 01382 228800

'Stories R Us: How Technology Can Help Nonspeaking People to Share Their Stories' by Prof. Annalu Waller, University of Dundee's School of Computing.

  • 18:00 – 19:00
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Caitlin Moran: How to Build a Girl Tour

The columnist and author is off on tour to get lairy and talk about men, women. Bowie, feminism, massive hair and the revolution in her own light-hearted but thought-provoking style.

Battersea Arts Centre, London SW11

Tue 8 Jul

£20 (£17.50) / 020 7223 2223

  • 20:00

Colston Hall, Bristol

Thu 10 Jul

£21.50 / 0117 922 3686

  • 19:30

Edinburgh Festival Theatre

Fri 11 Jul

£20 / 0131 529 6000

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The Call of the Mountains

Max Landsberg – intrepid explorer of the Scottish mountains – shares tales of his most harrowing and impressive journeys. Booking is essential.

National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh

Tue 3 Jun

Free / 0131 623 3734

  • 18:00

Calum McNicol, Steve Bate and Tim Baillie MBE

Listen to three inspirational talks from three men who have achieved adventure. Calum McNicol was part of an eight man team who rowed across the Atlantic in 2013, Steve Bate become the first visually impaired person to reach the summit of El Capitan in Yosemite, California in 2013 and Tim Baillie MBE, along with his canoe…

North Inch Community Campus, Perth

Fri 13 Jun

£12–£14 (£8–£10) / 01738 454400

Part of Perthshire Adventure Festival.

  • 18:30

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

Can Radical Compassion Win the War Against Violent Extremism?

Sharing their own experiences of moving away from extremism, Tony McAleer – a former white supremacist and former organiser of the White Aryan Resistance in Canada – speaks alongside Hadiya Masieh, a former female Islamic extremist who was recruited by Hizb ut-Tahrir radicals, until the 7/7 bombings changed her perspective.

St Ethelburga's, London EC2N

Mon 28 Apr

£11 / 020 7496 1610

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