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Jewel in the Glen: Gleneagles, Golf and the Ryder Cup

Just as it's about to return home, Ed Hodge explores the history of the Ryder Cup from 1921 to the present day.

National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh

Mon 22 Sep

Free / 0131 623 3734

  • 18:00

Jodi Picoult: Leaving Time

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

Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee

Thu 6 Nov

Free but ticketed / 01382 223181

Part of Dundee Literary Festival.

  • 18:00 – 19:00

Free / 01382 223181

  • 18:00 – 19:00

John De Simone: Writing a 'Scottish' Piece

John De Simone of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland talks about the important of national identity in his music.

Byre Theatre, St Andrews

Wed 24 Sep

Free

  • 14:30

The Key Material is Time: Art and Music in Glasgow since the 1970s

Dr Sarah Lowndes talks about Glasgow's art and music scene.

Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh

Mon 13 Oct

Hawthornden Lecture Theatre

Free / 0131 624 6200

  • 12:45 – 13:30

King's Museum Lunchtime Talks

A series of regular talks on historical topics. Student volunteers provide an introduction to the current King's Museum exhibition ‘Victorian Time: Spirit of the Age.’ The student curated exhibition provides an insight into how time was valued in the Victorian era, exploring how the Victorians perceived the past, present…

King's Museum, Aberdeen

Fri 19 Sep

Free / 01224 274330

  • 13:00 – 13:30

Fri 26 Sep

Free / 01224 274330

  • 13:00 – 13:30
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Landscape with Apollo and the Muses by Claude Lorrain (1652)

Andrew Patterson talks about the influence of Claude Lorrain.

Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh

Fri 21 Nov

Free / 0131 624 6200

  • 12:45 – 13:15

Langside Talks

A series of talks at Langside Library covering a variety of topics.

Langside Library, Glasgow

Thu 25 Sep

Free / 0141 276 0777

Biographer Roy Laycock discusses his research concerning the life of Arthur Roberts, a black WW1 soldier whose box of memorabilia was found in an attic in Mount Vernon

  • 18:00 – 19:00

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.

  • 12:00 – 13:00

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

  • 12:45 – 13:30

Living with Diabetes Day

A national series of free educational events to provide expert advice and information for people recently diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. Healthcare professionals provide information on local healthcare service and advise on avoiding health complications associated with diabetes. Experts also give workshops on the…

Hilton Glasgow

Mon 6 Oct

Free / 0141 204 5555

Part of Glasgow City of Science.

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Long Live TV Critics!

Has Twitter killed off the professional TV critic? Certainly not, says Radio Times’ Alison Graham, who discusses with RT editor Ben Preston whether knowledgeable guidance about television will ever be replaced by social media chatter.

Cheltenham Town Hall

Sat 4 Oct

Free but Ticketed / 0844 576 2210

Part of Cheltenham Literature Festival.

Lunch Bytes – Society: Architecture/Public Space

Discussion investigating the state of the image in today’s digitized culture by raising a number of explorative and critical questions: How have digital technologies impacted our ways of interacting with/through images? How do images spread power in digital spaces? And how have artists dealt with the changing form and…

CCA, Glasgow

Thu 25 Sep

Free / 0141 352 4900

  • 18:00

Lunchtime Talk and Tour: Feed Your Mind

A discussion about Scottish documentary photography.

Impressions Gallery, Bradford

Thu 18 Sep

Free / 01274 737843

  • 12:30 – 13:30

Mackintosh Architecture Architects in Conversation

Contemporary architects give a series of presentations on themes inspired by the exhibition.

Hunterian Museum & Art Gallery, Glasgow

Sun 30 Nov

Free / 0141 330 4221

Part of Creative Mackintosh Festival.

  • 14:00 – 15:00

Sun 7 Dec

Free / 0141 330 4221

Part of Creative Mackintosh Festival.

  • 14:00 – 15:00

Sun 14 Dec

Free / 0141 330 4221

Part of Creative Mackintosh Festival.

  • 14:00 – 15:00

Mackintosh Architecture Book Reading: Esther Freud – 'Mr Mac and Me'

Freud's latest novel Mr Mac and Me features Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Margaret Macdonald.

Hunterian Museum & Art Gallery, Glasgow

Sun 12 Oct

Free / 0141 330 4221

Part of Creative Mackintosh Festival.

  • 14:00 – 15:15
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Mackintosh Architecture Lunchtime Talk – John Keppie: Architect

Simon Green from the Royal Commission of the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland presents a talk on architect John Keppie.

Hunterian Museum & Art Gallery, Glasgow

Wed 22 Oct

Free / 0141 330 4221

  • 13:00 – 13:15

Mackintosh Architecture Lunchtime Talk – Mackintosh and Europe

A talk from Nicky Imrie of the University of Glasgow.

Hunterian Museum & Art Gallery, Glasgow

Wed 8 Oct

Free / 0141 330 4221

  • 13:00 – 13:15

Mackintosh Architecture Lunchtime Talk – Modelling Mackintosh

Brian Gallagher of BG Models presents this timely talk.

Hunterian Museum & Art Gallery, Glasgow

Wed 5 Nov

Free / 0141 330 4221

  • 13:00 – 13:15

Mackintosh Architecture Lunchtime Talk – The Hill House: Living with a National Treasure

Anne Ellis, former Property Representative of Hill House presents this talk.

Hunterian Museum & Art Gallery, Glasgow

Wed 29 Oct

Free / 0141 330 4221

  • 13:00 – 13:15

Mackintosh Architecture Lunchtime Talk – The Paper Trail: Glasgow's Building Records

Irene O'Brien from Glasgow City Archives presents this talk on the city's building records.

Hunterian Museum & Art Gallery, Glasgow

Wed 12 Nov

Free / 0141 330 4221

  • 13:00 – 13:15
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Mackintosh Architecture Lunchtime Talk – The Stones that Built Victorian Glasgow

John Faithfull presents this talk on the stones that built Victorian Glasgow.

Hunterian Museum & Art Gallery, Glasgow

Wed 19 Nov

Free / 0141 330 4221

  • 13:00 – 13:15

Mackintosh Architecture Lunchtime Talk: Travels with Mackintosh

Pamela Robertson of the Hunterian talks about travels with Charles Rennie Mackintosh.

Hunterian Museum & Art Gallery, Glasgow

Wed 26 Nov

Free / 0141 330 4221

  • 13:00 – 13:15

Mackintosh Architecture Lunchtime Talk – William Davidson: Art Collector

Pamela Robertson of the Hunterian explores the legacy of Glasgow collector William Davidson.

Hunterian Museum & Art Gallery, Glasgow

Wed 15 Oct

Free / 0141 330 4221

  • 13:00 – 13:15

Mackintosh Architecture Public Lecture

Prof Pamela Robertson gives the talk 'Art and Domesticity: Mackintosh and the Dwelling House’.

Hunterian Museum & Art Gallery, Glasgow

Sun 21 Sep

Free / 0141 330 4221

Part of Doors Open Day.

  • 14:00 – 15:00

Mad Genius?

A series of talks from various speakers on our tendency to associate genius with madness, whether or not there's any truth in it, and how helpful or unhelpful the cliché actually is.

The Basement, Brighton

Wed 8 Oct

Free / 01273 699733

Part of SICK! Festival.

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