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‘Scotland's gem!’: The Diverse Social Circles of Jane, Duchess of Gordon

Art historian Heather Carroll discusses the life of the Scottish duchess.

Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh

Wed 28 Jan 2015

Free / 0131 624 6200

Scottish Church Music up to the Reformation

Dr Jamie Reid-Baxter talks about Scottish church music up to the Reformation, from Columban chant to the music of Carver and Peebles, followed by a performance by Sang Scule of some of the music discussed.

Mayfield Salisbury Parish Church, Edinburgh

Sat 7 Mar 2015

Free / 0131 667 1522

Part of Festival of Sacred Music.

Short course: King Lear at the National Theatre

A three-week course exploring different approaches to Shakespeare's tragedy. Booking is essential.

National Theatre: Dorfman, London SE1

Mon 19 Jan 2015

Clore Learning Centre

Free / 0207 452 3000

Please note: This course runs Mon 19 Jan–Mon 2 Feb 2015.

Mon 26 Jan 2015

Clore Learning Centre

Free / 0207 452 3000

Please note: This course runs Mon 19 Jan–Mon 2 Feb 2015.

Mon 2 Feb 2015

Clore Learning Centre

Free / 0207 452 3000

Please note: This course runs Mon 19 Jan–Mon 2 Feb 2015.

Stirling Literary Society in Late 19th Century New Zealand

Kathleen O'Donnell speaks about the Stirling Literary Society of late 19th century New Zealand. Part of Stirling Literary Society's 25th anniversary series of lectures. Preceded by a short AGM.

Smith Art Gallery & Museum, Stirling

Mon 18 May 2015

Free / 01786 471917

Sunday Assembly

Do you like the whole ritual, communal, hanging-out-together and talking-about-stuff aspect of religion, and don't see why you can only have it if you believe in a supreme being? Sounds like the Sunday Assembly is for you. The 'godless congregation' meets every Sunday to hear talks, sing songs and celebrate life.

The Stand, Newcastle upon Tyne

Sun 28 Dec

Free / 0844 693 3336

The theme is Resolutions

Free / 0844 693 3336

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Talking Trees

Let the RBGE's volunteer storytellers grow your imaginations with tall tales from around the world. Have you visited our Little Free Library located beside the Glasshouses or The Dell area located in the John Hope Gateway?

Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh

Sun 18 Jan 2015

John Hope Gateway

Free / 0131 248 2909

Sun 15 Feb 2015

John Hope Gateway

Free / 0131 248 2909

The Two Roberts and the Gay Neo-Romantics

Curator Matthew Storey talks about Colquhoun and MacBryde and how their personal experiences affected their art.

Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh

Mon 16 Feb 2015

Hawthornden Lecture Theatre

Free / 0131 624 6200

Undressing Beauty: Women, Dress and the Early Modern

Talk by dress historian Elisabeth Gernerd on the role of clothing in painting.

Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh

Wed 14 Jan 2015

Free / 0131 624 6200

Visually Impaired Tour & Workshop

Free tours of selected exhibitions incorporating verbal description for the visually impaired, followed by a practical workshop. Booking is essential.

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art Two, Edinburgh

Wed 21 Jan 2015

Free / 0131 624 6560

A tour of the Two Roberts exhibition.

Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh

Wed 18 Feb 2015

Free / 0131 624 6560

A tour of the Beauty by Design exhibition.

Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh

Fri 30 Jan 2015

Hawthornden Lecture Theatre

Free / 0131 624 6200

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Weegie Wednesdays

Monthly forum offering writers, poets, publishers, booksellers, librarians, creative writing students or anyone else with a literary interest the chance to get together socially to talk about books and publishing. First timers, please contact the organisers via the website.

CCA, Glasgow

Wed 14 Jan 2015

Free / 0141 352 4900

With Alex Gray