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The Guga Stone: Lies, Legends and Lunacies from St Kilda

Author and Guga Stone expert Donald S Murray and his creative partner, artist Douglas Robetson, talk about their collaboration and the impressive location of the St Kilda myth. Booking is essential.

National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh

Thu 29 May

Free / 0131 623 3734

  • 18:00

High Command in War

Chaired by historian Trevor Royle, Sir Hew Strachan aims to look beyond the accepted role of command during the First World War and portray the generals that could not cope or who had murderous intent.

The Hub, Edinburgh

Sun 10 Aug

£6 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Highland Archaeology Festival

A fortnight of investigations into Scotland's ancient past, including walks, practical demonstrations, family events, self-guided trails, insights into recent research, historical talks, a weekend conference for experts and enthusiasts and plenty of chances for visitors to get their hands dirty exploring what lies beneath…

Various venues

Sat 27 Sep

Times vary / Prices to be confirmed / 01463 702250

Sun 28 Sep

Times vary / Prices to be confirmed / 01463 702250

Mon 29 Sep

Times vary / Prices to be confirmed / 01463 702250

…and 13 more dates until 12 Oct

Highlights Tours at Glasgow Museums

Get a closer look at some of the best specimens Glasgow Museums has in its collections. Booking is essential.

Glasgow Museums Resource Centre

Thu 24 Apr

Free / 0141 276 9300

Today: Highlights of the Transport and Technology Collection.

  • 14:30 – 15:30

How British Is Scotland? Lecture Series

A series of lectures, from different perspectives, that examine Scotland's political, cultural and social landscape in the lead-up to the 2014 referendum.

University of Glasgow

Tue 29 Apr

Free

Today: 'How British Is Scotland? Archaeological Origins of Scotland' with Ewan Campbell and Stephen Driscoll.

Tue 20 May

Free

Today: 'How British Is Scotland: Celtic Perspectives on Multiculturalism' with Thomas Owen Clancy.

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How to Cultivate Colour in the Field of Painting

Dr Karin Leonhard of the Max Planck Institute, Berlin, talks still life painting and baroque colour theory in this open academic lecture.

12 University Gardens, Glasgow

Wed 30 Apr

Free

  • 17:00 – 18:30

How 'Venetian' Was Titian?

Tom Nichols of the University of Glasgow talks about the tensions between Titian's highly individual painting and the conservative social and cultural mores of the Venice of the time.

Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh

Tue 13 May

Hawthornden Lecture Theatre

Free / 0131 624 6200

  • 12:45 – 13:30

Iain Martin: Making It Happen

The author discusses the RBS disaster, as detailed in his book Making it Happen: Fred Goodwin and the Men Who Blew Up the British Economy.

Waterstones West End, Edinburgh

Thu 24 Apr

£2 / 0131 226 2666

  • 18:00

International Festival of Playwriting and Performance

See some brand new writing and take part in dramaturgical workshops at this festival of playwriting.

St James Theatre, London SW1E

Wed 7 May

Prices vary / 0844 264 2140

  • 10:00 – 21:00

Thu 8 May

Prices vary / 0844 264 2140

  • 10:00 – 21:00

Fri 9 May

Prices vary / 0844 264 2140

  • 10:00 – 21:00

Sat 10 May

Prices vary / 0844 264 2140

  • 10:00 – 21:00

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 28 Apr

£15 (£12) / 0131 624 6560

  • 10:30 – 12:30

Mon 26 May

£15 (£12) / 0131 624 6560

  • 10:30 – 12:30
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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

Kirsty Bell: The Artist's House Discussion

A multimedia presentation based on ideas put forward in Bell's book The Artist's House: From Workplace to Artwork. Booking is essential.

Inverleith House, Edinburgh

Sat 10 May

Free / 0131 248 2971

  • 15:00

Laydeez Do Comics

A worldwide graphic novel forum led by women, open to all, with a focus on topics of the domestic and the everyday.

Pearce Institute, Glasgow

Mon 12 May

£2 / 0141 445 6007

  • 18:30 – 21:00

Mon 11 Aug

£2 / 0141 445 6007

  • 18:30 – 21:00

Mon 10 Nov

£2 / 0141 445 6007

  • 18:30 – 21:00

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

Meet the Adventurers

Talks from intrepid types, who share tales of their travels, pursuits and conquests.

Riverside Museum, Glasgow

Fri 25 Apr

Free / 0141 287 2660

Former Easdale Island resident Andy Brown talks about cycling three continents – Australia, Africa and South America – in less than a year.

  • 14:00 – 15:00
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Michael Palin: Travelling To Work

To celebrate his third volume of diaries being published, Palin looks back on 25 years of travelling the world and almost 50 years of popping up on radio, TV and film. Palin is best known for Monty Python with John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Terry Gilliam and the late Graham Chapman. Between movies, he also…

Alban Arena, St Albans

Mon 8 Sep

£29.50 / 01727 844488

  • 19:30

Colston Hall, Bristol

Mon 22 Sep

£31.71 / 0117 922 3686

  • 19:30

Eden Court Theatre, Inverness

Sun 14 Sep

£29.50 / 01463 234234

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Painting in Focus

Glasgow Museums curators talk about their favourite works.

Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum, Glasgow

Tue 29 Apr

Free / 0141 276 9599

Today's painting is Sir James Guthrie's In the Orchard.

  • 14:00 – 14:15

Paula Carroll: Traveller Singers And Their Repertoire In Ireland Today

The Irish singer and presenter of Clare FM's traditional music show 'The West Wind' hosts an illustrated workshop on travelling Irish singers.

Falkland Village Hall, Fife

Sun 18 May

£8 (£6)

Part of Fife Traditional Singing Festival.

  • 12:00 – 13:00

Portrait Gallery Insights

Closer looks at current exhibitions in the Gallery. Places are limited. Booking is essential.

Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh

Thu 8 May

Free / 0131 624 6560

Deputy Director Imogen Gibbon talks about the Making History exhibition.

  • 17:30 – 18:00

Portrait Gallery Thematic Tours

Thematic guided tour of Portrait Gallery exhibitions. Meet in the Grand Hall.

Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh

Sat 3 May

Free / 0131 624 6200

Former Senior Curator Susanna Kerr talks about how symbols, style and composition in a portrait are used to reveal things about the subject.

  • 14:00 – 14:45
  • 15:00 – 15:45
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The Printed Image in Shakespeare's London

Dr Helen Pierce examines the use of printed images in literature and the cultural and social life of Elizabethan and Jacobean London.

New King's, Aberdeen

Tue 20 May

Free / 01224 274330

  • 19:30 – 21:00

Quartet for the End of Time

A discussion about the classical piece.

The Hub, Edinburgh

Mon 11 Aug

£6 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

The Quest for the Original John

Kalyan Dey tries to uncover the original writer of the gospel of John and to reveal his message and his purpose in writing. A fascinating and surprising, almost Sufi, approach to John’s gospel that reveals a new understanding.

Gladstone's Library, Hawarden

Mon 15 Sep

Times vary / £252 - £282 residential, £147 non-residential . Booking essential / 01244532350

Tue 16 Sep

Times vary / £252 - £282 residential, £147 non-residential . Booking essential / 01244532350

Wed 17 Sep

Times vary / £252 - £282 residential, £147 non-residential . Booking essential / 01244532350

Thu 18 Sep

Times vary / £252 - £282 residential, £147 non-residential . Booking essential / 01244532350

Regeneration: The Talk

A behind-the-scenes talk about the play.

King's Theatre, Edinburgh

Wed 1 Oct

£5 / 0131 529 6000

Revolution by the Pen: Scotland's Literary Renaissance

Author Donald Smith talks about radical themes in 20th century Scottish writing.

Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh

Wed 7 May

Hawthornden Lecture Theatre

Free / 0131 624 6200

Part of Tradfest.

  • 12:45 – 13:30
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