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Generation by Night

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

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.

Getting to the Bones of the Problem: What do Forensic Anthropologists Really Do?

Over the course of three mini-events, featuring two presentations and a workshop we will introduce you to the world of Forensic Anthropology and Human Identification – as it is in the real world. Additional events will take place on Monday 10th November (presentation) and Friday 14th November (Forensic Family Fun Day).

Avery & Co, Dundee

Mon 3 Nov

Free Booking required / 01382 201533

Part of Dundee Science Festival.

Mon 10 Nov

Free Booking required / 01382 201533

Part of Dundee Science Festival.

Ghosthunters Roundtable & Workshop - Double Session

Members of The 3am Club host a presentation and discussion session with fellow Ghosthunters from around Scotland and further afield… Then in the workshop, examine the practical dimension of vigils and ghost hunts.

Smith Art Gallery & Museum, Stirling

Sat 1 Nov

£5 / 01786 471917

Part of The Scottish Paranormal Festival.

The Glad Academy: Michael Brady on Suffering

This edition of Glad Academy features Michael Brady, professor of philosophy at Glasgow University, who is currently researching the epistemic value of emotion.

The Glad Café, Glasgow

Sun 16 Nov

£5 / 0141 636 6119

Glasgow Skeptics

A biweekly event where speakers expound on science, pseudoscience, politics and policy to increase public understanding and engagement of these issues.

West End, Glasgow

Mon 10 Nov

Free

Nate Felps: Leaving Hate Behind. The son of the late Fred Phelps talks about the Westboro Baptist Church, the childhood he spent growing up in it, and how he came to leave his family behind on his 18th birthday. Venue to be confirmed.

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The God Delusion: Can a Scientist Believe in God?

Professor Andrew Halestrap, Professor of Biochemistry at Bristol University, will explore the relationship between Science and Faith.  Do they truly give conflicting accounts of reality and does science disprove the existence of God any more convincingly than religion can prove it?  Is faith required for both positions?

St Peter's Free Church, Dundee

Sat 15 Nov

£3 (£2) / 01382 200031

Part of Dundee Science Festival.

Greenspace and Health – a natural connection?

Dundee has a wonderful legacy of city parks donated by wealthy industrialists interested in promoting the health of their workforces. What relevance do these have today in meeting the health challenges of the modern age? George Potts, Senior Ranger of Countryside Ranger Service, explores links that make a natural…

Baxter Park, Dundee

Tue 11 Nov

Free / 01382 431848

Part of Dundee Science Festival.

Growing old, keeping well: what you need to know

Do you have questions about aging? Have you wondered how to keep well into older age? Join Professor Marion McMurdo, Head of Aging and Health at the University of Dundee, for an informal talk on the aging process, followed by a Q&A session. Refreshments included.

Dundee Science Centre

Thu 13 Nov

Free Booking required / 01382 868608

Part of Dundee Science Festival.

Hallam Foe: Adapting Scottish Books for Screen

Many Scottish books have been adapted into feature films. Join us in Filmhouse to hear about the process of adaptation before we watch Hallam Foe. Written by Peter Jinks and then turned into a film by David Mackenzie in 2007, Hallam Foe features a grown up Jamie Bell.

macrobert, Stirling

Tue 25 Nov

Free tbc / 01786 466666

Part of Book Week Scotland.

Hayley Stevens: A Skeptic's Guide.

Hayley will offer some unique insights into modern paranormal research. She will explain how to research ghosts using a scientific method, how to spot sham ghost hunting claims, and how all is not what is seems when it comes to things that go bump in the night.

Albert Halls, Stirling

Fri 31 Oct

£5 (£4.50) / 01786 473544

Part of The Scottish Paranormal Festival.

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Helen Duncan 1

Helen Duncan was a homely Callander medium who, during WWII, provoked an unlikely cause célèbre which shocked Blitz-stricken Britain. She claimed to channel the spirit of a seaman drowned when HMS Barham was sunk by a German U-Boat on 25th November 1941, days before that disaster was announced by the Admiralty. Was she a…

Smith Art Gallery & Museum, Stirling

Fri 31 Oct

£5 (£4.50) / 01786 471917

Part of The Scottish Paranormal Festival.

Helen Duncan 2

Helen Duncan was a homely Callander medium who, during WWII, provoked an unlikely cause célèbre which shocked Blitz-stricken Britain. She claimed to channel the spirit of a seaman drowned when HMS Barham was sunk by a German U-Boat on 25th November 1941…days before that disaster was announced by the Admiralty. Was she a…

Smith Art Gallery & Museum, Stirling

Sat 1 Nov

£5 (£4.50) / 01786 471917

Part of The Scottish Paranormal Festival.

Henry Collingham: Lecture

Lecture from designer Henry Collingham about 3D printing and how it will affect our lives.

Edinburgh Printmakers

Thu 27 Nov

£5 (2 for £8) / 0131 557 2479

Himalayan Adventures

British climbers Simon Yearsley and Malcolm Bass discuss their Himalayan exploits, as they explore everything from the challenges of mountaineering to what makes Himalayan mountaineers tick.

Birnam Arts & Conference Centre

Fri 5 Dec

£10 (£8; Under 16s £5) / 01350 727674

Hispanic Festival

The Hispanic Festival celebrates its tenth year with a month of events showcasing Spanish and Latin American culture, curated by people who are authentically Spanish and Latin American. Watch out for the Flamenco performances, for which this festival is renowned.

Various venues, Edinburgh

Fri 31 Oct

Times & prices vary / 07813 159823

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Historians in Conversation

Dr Tony Pollard and Professor Matt Strickland from the University's School of Humanities discuss 'Fragments of Fragments: The Archaeology of Warfare in the time of Robert the Bruce'.

Hunterian Museum & Art Gallery, Glasgow

Wed 26 Nov

Free / 0141 330 4221

The History of Fighting Fantasy and Adventure Gamebooks

Jonathan Green tells the story of how Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone's The Warlock of Firetop Mountain did something truly magical – kick start a literary revolution as the first ever adventure game book. The author of The Warlock of Firetop Mountain also discusses how You Are The Hero, a history of Fighting Fantasy…

North London Tavern, NW6

Sun 2 Nov

£10 / 07941 962356

Part of Kilburn Literary Festival.

How to get to 100 and Enjoy It

An interactive exhibition showing how the population is changing and examining the chances of living long enough to receive that telegram from the Queen.

The Lowry, Salford

Mon 10 Nov

Free / 02380 592579

Tue 11 Nov

Free / 02380 592579

Wed 12 Nov

Free / 02380 592579

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Millenium Point, Birmingham

Tue 25 Nov

02380 592579

Wed 26 Nov

02380 592579

Thu 27 Nov

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Fri 28 Nov

02380 592579

National Assembly For Wales, Cardiff

Tue 2 Dec

Free / 02380 592579

Wed 3 Dec

Free / 02380 592579

Thu 4 Dec

Free / 02380 592579

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How to Publish and Sell Your Erotic Fiction

If you reckon you've got the next 50 Shades of Grey on the back burner and want to know how to get it published, you're in luck. Author and blogger Sammar Ally is reading from her latest novel The Devil's Truth and sharing her secrets of success. Plus, get a free pair of Hallowe'en devil horns. And no, there won't be a…

North London Tavern, NW6

Fri 31 Oct

£8 / 07941 962356

Part of Kilburn Literary Festival.

Hunterian Associates Open Evening

A series of presentations by The Hunterian Associates, postgraduate researchers inspired by The Hunterian's world class collections.

Hunterian Museum & Art Gallery, Glasgow

Wed 5 Nov

Free / 0141 330 4221

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Impartial Advice on Biomass Renewable Heating

Home Energy Scotland offer free and impartial advice on wood fuelled (biomass) and other renewable heating systems. Booking is essential.

Corn Exchange, Biggar

Sat 1 Nov

Free / 0808 808 2282

Inspirations at NLS: Nigel Planer

The 'Inspirations' series comes to a close with a talk from Nigel Planer. The actor, comedian and writer discusses his passion for Robert Louis Stevenson's work, among other things.

National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh

Wed 12 Nov

£10 / 0131 623 3734

Internet Dating with Darwin

Over 25 years before Charles Darwin’s and Alfred Wallace’s papers on the subject, Perthshire-born landowner Patrick Matthew published his own discovery of ‘the natural process of selection’. Dr Michael Sutton will describe how Matthew, not Darwin, should be celebrated as solver of the problem of species. Join Dundee…

Braes Bar, Dundee

Mon 3 Nov

Free / 01382 226344

Part of Dundee Science Festival.

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 24 Nov

£15 (£12) / 0131 624 6560

Introduction to the World of Wine

This eight-week course serves as an introduction to the world of wine. Journey across the globe, visiting a variety of wine-making countries, tasting everything from Chianti Classico to Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.

Radisson Blu Hotel, Glasgow

Tue 20 Jan 2015

£175 / 0141 447 0446

Please note: This course runs 20 Jan–10 Mar, 2015.

Tue 27 Jan 2015

£175 / 0141 447 0446

Please note: This course runs 20 Jan–10 Mar, 2015.

Tue 3 Feb 2015

£175 / 0141 447 0446

Please note: This course runs 20 Jan–10 Mar, 2015.

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