Before 5pm, Talks & lectures

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United Nations Association Edinburgh International Peace Conference

Two day conference on the theme of 'Sustainable Peace: Rights, Reconciliation and Restoration'.

Moray House Campus, Edinburgh

Sat 25 Oct

£20 (Students £10; one day ticket £12; one day student ticket £6)

Triptych by Bernardo Daddi

Ailsa Turner talks about Daddi's masterpiece.

Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh

Fri 24 Oct

Free / 0131 624 6200

Care: My Story

A screening of films about young people growing up in care. Followed by a Q&A session.

Glasgow Film Theatre

Sat 25 Oct

Free / 0141 332 6535

Generation by Night

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

Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh

Thu 23 Oct

Free / 0131 225 6671

Part of Generation.

Thu 30 Oct

Free / 0131 225 6671

Part of Generation.

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art One, Edinburgh

Thu 13 Nov

Free / 0131 624 6200

An artist's talk from Ross Sinclair and a site-specific DJ set from Loops Haunt. Part of Generation.

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.

Lari Don & Roy Gill: Teen thrillers

Mind Blind is Lari Don’s first book for teen readers - a thriller, with death, crime, a bit of swearing, betrayal and chases! Ciaran Bane is a criminal with a very useful talent: he can read minds. But his skill comes at a price… In Werewolf Parallel, the fur-raising sequel to dark supernatural fantasy Daemon Parallel…

Bonar Hall, Dundee

Sat 25 Oct

Free but ticketed / 01382 434940

Part of Dundee Literary Festival.

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Save Money and the Environment – Small Steps = Big Changes

Learn more about budgeting your household expenses. Presented in partnership with Dynamic Earth.

Craigroyston High School, Edinburgh

Wed 22 Oct

Free / 0131 477 7801

Wed 29 Oct

Free / 0131 477 7801

Wed 5 Nov

Free / 0131 477 7801

…and 4 more dates until 3 Dec

Drawing Inspiration from Charles Rennie Mackintosh

A guided tour of Mackintosh's work with Pamela Robertson, followed by a practical demonstration of architectural sketching with Steve McQueen. Booking is essential.

Hunterian Museum & Art Gallery, Glasgow

Fri 24 Oct

£35 / 0141 330 1835/1860

Fri 31 Oct

£35 / 0141 330 1835/1860

Edinburgh Tarot Group

Join up with other folks interested in the mystical art of tarot at this monthly group, and share tips and tricks while you practice doing readings for other members.

Sofi's, Edinburgh

Sun 26 Oct

Free / 0131 555 7019

Sun 30 Nov

Free / 0131 555 7019

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

Tue 21 Oct

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

Meet outside.

Wed 22 Oct

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

Meet outside.

Thu 23 Oct

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

Meet outside.

…and 189 more dates until 1 May 2015

Game Masters

Exhibition celebrating the varied history of computer gaming. Featuring over 100 playable games, rare original game artwork, 2D objects and interviews with game designers.

National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

Fri 5 Dec

Exhibition Gallery 1

£10 (£8; Children £6.30; under 5s free; Family £23–£28; Students £5 on Tue) / 0300 123 6789

  • 10:00 – 17:00 Game Masters National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

Sat 6 Dec

Exhibition Gallery 1

£10 (£8; Children £6.30; under 5s free; Family £23–£28; Students £5 on Tue) / 0300 123 6789

  • 10:00 – 17:00 Game Masters National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

Sun 7 Dec

Exhibition Gallery 1

£10 (£8; Children £6.30; under 5s free; Family £23–£28; Students £5 on Tue) / 0300 123 6789

  • 10:00 – 17:00 Game Masters National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh
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Koen Vanmechelen: Darwin's Dream – Panel Discussion

Panel discussion with the artist, curators James Putnam and Jill Silverman van Coenegrachts and Belgian geneticist Em. Prof. Jean-Jacques Cassiman, a longterm collaborator of the artist. Places are limited. Booking is essential.

St Pancras Church, London NW1

Fri 14 Nov

Free / 020 8558 6982

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

Tibetan Buddhist Meditation with the Gar Trinley Yongkhyab Ling Sangha

Experience traditional Tibetan Buddhist meditation practice.

Abbey Mount Centre, Edinburgh

Sun 26 Oct

£3 suggested donation / 0131 661 2780

Sun 2 Nov

£3 suggested donation / 0131 661 2780

Sun 9 Nov

£3 suggested donation / 0131 661 2780

…and 6 more dates until 21 Dec

Zombie Science: Genes of the Damned

Spoof lecture examining the science behind a potential zombie outbreak.

Òran Mór, Glasgow

Sun 2 Nov

Free / 0141 357 6200

Ages 13+.

The Anatomy of a Building: Denys Lasdun and the Royal College of Physicians

An examination of the Royal College of Physicians building, one of the most striking and imaginative works of post-WW II architecture.

Royal College of Physicians Museum, London NW1

Tue 21 Oct

Free / 020 3075 1649

Wed 22 Oct

Free / 020 3075 1649

Thu 23 Oct

Free / 020 3075 1649

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Biomimicry Website Launch 

Biomimicry, the emulation of nature’s genius, is becoming a hot topic on science and technology issues. Come along to this fascinating talk and workshop about rediscovering the wisdom of the natural world. • 2pm – 2.30pm Talk: Biomimicry, Biomimetics or Bionics? The State of the Art of learning from Nature • 2.30pm – 3pm…

D'Arcy Thompson Zoology Museum, Dundee

Sat 8 Nov

Free / 01382 384310

Part of Dundee Science Festival.

Cancer diagnosis and treatment – Next generation technology

The Institute for Medical Science and Technology (IMSaT) is developing new techniques for diagnosis and treatment of cancer. You will be offered a guided tour of IMSaT’s research labs, along with short talks on their world-leading work based on the results in MRI, ultrasound and photonics.

Institute for Medical Science and Technology, Dundee

Sat 8 Nov

Free Booking required / 01382 388355

Part of Dundee Science Festival.

Chris O’Dowd and Nick Murphy

Director Nick Murphy and writer/funny man Chris O'Dowd discuss their new book, Moone Boy.

Dulwich Books, London SE21

Tue 28 Oct

£6 entry and a copy of the book (Entry only £3) / 020 8670 1920

An Evening with Gervase Phinn

The Yorkshire writer and radio personality talks about his life and work.

Guildhall Theatre, Derby

Sat 9 May 2015

£16 (£15) / 01332 255800

The Lowry, Salford

Sun 30 Nov

Quays Theatre

£20 / 08432 086000

An Introduction to Modern Art: Looking

Art historian Ola Wojtkiewicz leads a series of monthly sessions which consist of informal themed discussions in the gallery, designed to help you develop an understanding and appreciation of modern art. Booking is essential.

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art One, Edinburgh

Mon 27 Oct

£15 (£12) / 0131 624 6560

Mon 24 Nov

£15 (£12) / 0131 624 6560

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Jodi Picoult: Leaving Time

Popular author Jodi Picoult talks about her latest book, Leaving Time.

Theatre At The Mill, Newtownabbey

Sun 9 Nov

£6 (£4) / 028 9034 0202

Waterstones West End, Edinburgh

Sat 8 Nov

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 226 2666

Lee Miller’s Transgressive Eroticism

Patricia Allmer of the University of Edinburgh talks about legendary photographer and sometime model Lee Miller, in a talk prompted by Miller's extraordinary diptych Severed Breast (from Radical Mastectomy).

Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh

Tue 11 Nov

Hawthornden Lecture Theatre

Free / 0131 624 6200

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

Picturing Jewellery in Renaissance Scotland

Senior curator Kate Anderson talks about 16th and 17th Scottish jewellery.

Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh

Wed 22 Oct

Hawthornden Lecture Theatre

Free / 0131 624 6200

Scottish Ballet: The Nutcracker – Ballet Cafe

An informal afternoon for adults to take part in a gentle beginners' dance session, listen to an illustrated talk on The Nutcracker and relax for a chat over a cup of tea and cake.

The Studio at the Edinburgh Festival Theatre

Mon 15 Dec

£10 / 0131 622 8086

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