March, Talks & lectures

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In Context: Behind the Beautiful Forevers, Representing India

Seminar exploring Katherine Boo's play about life in the slums of Mumbai.

National Theatre: Dorfman, London SE1

Wed 11 Mar 2015

Clore Learning Centre

£20 (£15) / 020 7452 3000

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 3 Mar 2015

£175 / 0141 447 0446

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

Tue 10 Mar 2015

£175 / 0141 447 0446

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

Introduction to Wine Tasting

Learn how taste like a professional by identifying aromas and flavours, learning about how climate affects wine, exploring the wine making process and learning principles of food and wine matching. Of course, there's a chance to taste wines from around the globe.

Jurys Inn Glasgow

Wed 25 Mar 2015

£22.50 / 0141 447 0446

John Challis: Only Fools & Boycie

John Challis, who played Boycie in BBC comedy Only Fools & Horses, shares stories and anecdotes from his career.

Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

Sat 7 Mar 2015

Second Space

£16

Norwich Arts Centre

Thu 19 Mar 2015

£15 (£13) / 01603 660352

Ritz and Connaught Cinema, Worthing

Tue 10 Mar 2015

Studio

£16 (£15) / 01903 206206

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Jon Ronson: An Evening of Public Shaming

An evening of examining the behaviour of others: why do people say things on Twitter that don't come out right? Why do people on Twitter turn mob-like over people who say things that don't come out right? Ronson technically hasn't done anything wrong, but he's been studying people who have and this evening is a powerful…

Citizens Theatre, Glasgow

Fri 20 Mar 2015

£15 (£12) / 0141 429 0022

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Midge Ure

Midge Ure is versatile; when not co-writing the most famous charity single ever and channelling Scott Walker in Ultravox's 'Vienna', he was touring as a pinch-hitter guitarist in Thin Lizzy. Here he talks to journalist Billy Sloan about his life and career.

The Town House, Hamilton

Sat 21 Mar 2015

£15 / 01698 452299

  • 19:30 – 21:30 Midge Ure The Town House, Hamilton

Nicola Morgan: Perfecting your Agent and Publisher Submission

A workshop from Nicola Morgan, teaching writers how to craft the perfect submission letter and synopsis to send to an agent or publisher.

Central Library, Edinburgh

Sat 14 Mar 2015

£20 (Members £15) / 0131 242 8100

Past & Present

In our Past & Present sessions, contemporary speakers give a personal response to favourite past poets. Elizabeth Melville, Lady Culross, was the earliest known Scottish woman to see her work in print when she published "Ane Godlie Dreame" in 1603. In 2014 Germaine Greer unveiled a flagstone commemorating her in…

Town Hall, St Andrews

Thu 5 Mar 2015

£3.75 (£2.75) / 01334 470770

Part of StAnza: Scotland's Poetry Festival.

Past & Present

In our Past & Present sessions, contemporary speakers give a personal response to favourite past poets writing in English or other languages. Latin was Scotland’s third language 400 years ago and has been dubbed by Robert Crawford as Scotland's literary 'lost continent’. David McOmish from Glasgow University offers…

Town Hall, St Andrews

Fri 6 Mar 2015

£3.75 (£2.75) / 01334 470770

In association with Bridging the Continental Divide Part of StAnza: Scotland's Poetry Festival.

Past & Present

Russian poetry of the last 200 years is one of the peaks of European literature. There have been several recent English-language anthologies of contemporary Russian poetry, but none that covers Russian poetry as a whole. 'The Penguin Book of Russian Poetry' (Feb 2015) is the first such anthology for many decades and is…

Town Hall, St Andrews

Sat 7 Mar 2015

£3.75 (£2.75) / 01334 470770

Part of StAnza: Scotland's Poetry Festival.

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Plato’s Philebus and the Myth of Prometheus

Tim Addey explores the myth of Prometheus in relation to Plato’s Philebus.

New Acropolis, London N1

Fri 20 Mar 2015

£5 (£3) / 020 7359 0059

Plato’s Republic and the Fable of Erus

Guy Wyndham-Jones explores the Fable of Erus in relation to Plato’s Republic.

New Acropolis, London N1

Fri 6 Mar 2015

£5 (£3) / 020 7359 0059

The Politics of James Bond

Prof Jeremy Black talks about the politics behind the James Bond series.

Roland Levinsky Building, Plymouth

Tue 10 Mar 2015

£6.60 (£4.50) / 01752 585050

Rosslyn Chapel: The History of a Mystery

Delve into Rosslyn Chapel's rich past with local historian and author Ian Robertson, as this three lecture series explores the family, facts and fiction behind the famously mysterious building.

Rosslyn Chapel, Edinburgh

Wed 4 Mar 2015

£18 (£3; Students £9) / 0131 440 2159

Wed 11 Mar 2015

£18 (£3; Students £9) / 0131 440 2159

Wed 18 Mar 2015

£18 (£3; Students £9) / 0131 440 2159

Round Table In Conversation

This year our Round Table events extend to include an intimate In Conversation. Join the American poet Alice Notley to hear her talk about her work and life. Alice Notley, associated with the second wave of the New York School of poets, has published over thirty books of poetry, including recently ‘Songs and Stories of…

The Green Room, St Andrews

Sat 7 Mar 2015

£5.75 (£3.75)

Sponsored by St Leonards School Part of StAnza: Scotland's Poetry Festival.

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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.

Space Lecture

Talks on the vast subject of space, aimed at adults. Each month covers a different topic.

Winchester Science Centre & Planetarium

Wed 11 Mar 2015

£6–£10 / 01962 863791

  • 16:30 – 21:00 Space Lecture Winchester Science Centre & Planetarium

The StAnza Lecture: The stanza

This year’s lecture will be delivered by the distinguished poet and lecturer, Glyn Maxwell, author of ‘On Poetry’, a guide to the writing of poetry and a defence of the art. For his StAnza lecture, in the year in which the festival comes of age, he takes as his topic his relationship with stanzas, stanza breaks and more…

Town Hall, St Andrews

Thu 5 Mar 2015

£3.75 (£2.75) / 01334 470770

Part of StAnza: Scotland's Poetry Festival.

Winter Talks

A series of talks on a variety of astronomy and technology topics

Royal Observatory, Edinburgh

Mon 2 Mar 2015

£3 (£1.50) / 0131 6688263

Mon 9 Mar 2015

£3 (£1.50) / 0131 6688263

Mon 16 Mar 2015

£3 (£1.50) / 0131 6688263

…and 2 more dates until 30 Mar 2015

Workshop: Edit, Draft, Edit [Repeat]

Ahren Warner, the poetry editor for Poetry London, a leading international poetry magazine, has been praised by the Sunday Times for his 'pizzazz, wit and – astonishing at his age – both technical assurance and a genuinely integrated humanity.’ His books have been shortlisted for major prizes and have twice been named as…

St Andrews Library

Sat 7 Mar 2015

£4 / 01334 659378

Presented in partnership with Fife Council Libraries, Museums, Arts & Archives and Poetry London Part of StAnza: Scotland's Poetry Festival.

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Writing Motherhood

“There is no more sombre enemy of good art,” said Cyril Connolly, “than the pram in the hallway.” This specially curated event featuring three contemporary poets considers the truth of this statement. How does motherhood really affect a poet's work? What impact does it have on how and what they write, and how it is…

Town Hall, St Andrews

Fri 6 Mar 2015

£3.75 (£2.75) / 01334 470770

The Writing Motherhood project is funded by Arts Council England Part of StAnza: Scotland's Poetry Festival.