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In Focus: Achilles Lamenting the Death of Patroclus

Art historian Ailsa Turner discusses Gavin Hamilton's painting of Achilles lamenting his fallen comrade.

Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh

Fri 22 May

Free / 0131 624 6200

In Focus: Interior of St Bavo's Church, Haarlem (1648) by Pieter Saenredam

Andrew Paterson talks about Saenredam's paintings of church interiors and the significance they had for the original viewer in the 17th century.

Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh

Fri 8 May

Free / 0131 624 6200

In Focus: Mount Vesuvius in Eruption – The Last Days of Pompeii (1780) by Jacob More

Dr Patricia Andrew talks about Jacob More's luridly sublime Mount Vesuvius in Eruption, with which 18th century art lovers enjoyed the guilty thrill of watching images of disaster.

Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh

Fri 10 Apr

Free / 0131 624 6200

In Focus: Robert Colquhoun, Figures in a Farmyard

Bill Hare discusses Colquhoun's work in the context of post-war British society.

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art Two, Edinburgh

Mon 27 Apr

Purchase of exhibition ticket required / 0131 624 6200

In Focus: Robert Delaunay's L’Equipe de Cardiff in Context

Jonathan Blackwood looks at Delaunay's 1913 The Cardiff Team in the context of Delaunay's own time, specifically the development of Cubism and the links between high modernism and popular entertainment.

Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh

Mon 13 Apr

Hawthornden Lecture Theatre

Free / 0131 624 6200

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In Focus: Taryn Simon's A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters

Dr Benjamin Greenman discusses the work of American artist Taryn Simon, whose work A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters examines the bloodlines of individuals across the globe.

Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh

Tue 14 Apr

Hawthornden Lecture Theatre

Free / 0131 624 6200

Ingenious Impressions: Lunchtime Talks

Hear about various aspects of early book production from a selection of curators, academics and students. These talks cover everything from ancient books featured in the movies to the first printed map.

Hunterian Museum & Art Gallery, Glasgow

Wed 4 Mar

Free / 0141 330 4221

Wed 11 Mar

Free / 0141 330 4221

Wed 18 Mar

Free / 0141 330 4221

…and 12 more dates until 10 Jun

InnovationNation Lectures

A series of events showcasing some of Scotland’s leading innovators in science, technology, business and the arts.

EICC, Edinburgh

Thu 19 Mar

Free / 0131 300 3000

InnovationHealth. Professor Derek Bell and Professor Andrew Morris lead an evening of talks.

Thu 21 May

Free / 0131 300 3000

InnovationBody. Professor Margaret Frame and Professor Catherine Geissler deliver the intriguing keynote addresses.

Mon 22 Jun

Free / 0131 300 3000

InnovationTechnology. Chris Forrest and Professor Harald Haas deliver the keynote addresses.

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 30 Mar

£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 3 Mar

£175 / 0141 447 0446

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

Tue 10 Mar

£175 / 0141 447 0446

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

Thu 21 May

£175 / 0141 447 0446

Please note: This course runs 21 May–9 Jun, 2015.

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Islam and Feminism: Are They Compatible?

A workshop that explores Islam and feminism to see whether the two can be reconciled. Guest speaker is Talat Yaqoob.

Number Ten, Dundee

Wed 4 Mar


Part of Dundee Women's Festival.

The Fourth Anniversary of the Tohoku (East Japan) Earthquake

A short film screening of Japan Desk Scotland's third documentary on Fukushima, plus the singing of a hymn written for the victims of the tsunami by Rev David Sinclair.

Wellington Church, Glasgow

Wed 11 Mar

Free / 0141 334 0454

Jay Rayner: My Dining Hell

Restaurant critic Jay Rayner discusses people's love for reading bad reviews, reads from his own catalogue of bad reviews and covers some of his worst experiences.

Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal

Sun 8 Mar

£15 / 01539 725 133

The Stand, Newcastle upon Tyne

Mon 30 Mar

£12 / 0844 693 3336

Sundial Theatre, Cirencester

Fri 24 Apr

£15 / 01285 654228

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Joanna Trollope: Remember Me – A Novelist's View of Portraiture

The celebrated novelist gives her views on portraiture, in the light of her having judged the BP Portrait Award in 2014.

Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh

Wed 8 Apr

Hawthornden Lecture Theatre

£8 (£6) / 0131 624 6560

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

Second Space


Connaught Theatre, Worthing

Tue 10 Mar


£16 (£15) / 01903 206206

The Core At Corby Cube

Fri 6 Mar

£16.50 (£14.50)

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John George Haigh of Kensington: Acid Bath Murderer

Jonathan Oates delivers a talk on John George Haigh, who is known as 'the acid bath murderer'.

Kensington Central Library, London W8

Thu 12 Mar

Free / 020 7361 3010

John Gray and Alain de Botton in Conversation

Eminent pundits in conversation.

Emmanuel Centre, London SW1P

Thu 19 Mar

£30 / 020 7222 9191

John Muir: University Of The Wilderness

Billed as a 'narrative concert' as actor Thomas Clyde Mitchell reads from the writings of naturalist John Muir over live music from American ensemble Chance.

Aros Centre, Isle of Skye

Tue 21 Apr

£6.85–£13.44 / 01478 613750

The Brunton, Musselburgh

Sun 19 Apr

£12 (£10) / 0131 665 2240

Julian Germain: Ashington District Star

An unusual night consisting of a talk, some paintings, photographs by the artist, some poetry and club singing.

Northern Social Club, Ashington

Thu 26 Mar


Julian Glover In Conversation

Actor Julian Glover stops by for an evening of conversation, conducted by Francine Stock.

Olympic Studios, London SW13

Tue 3 Mar

020 8912 5161

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Just Festival

Formerly known as the Festival of Spirituality and Peace. Just Festival offers a programme to help people explore their spirituality by engaging with others and promoting peace with live music, talks, dance shows and exhibitions.

Various venues: Edinburgh

Fri 7 Aug

Times & prices vary / 0131 228 4249

Sat 8 Aug

Times & prices vary / 0131 228 4249

Sun 9 Aug

Times & prices vary / 0131 228 4249

…and 22 more dates until 31 Aug

Kazuo Ishiguro

The Man Booker Prize winner talks his new work, The Buried Giant.

Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh

Thu 5 Mar

£12 (£10) / 0131 248 4848

Land Girls and Munitionettes: Witnessing War on the Home Front in the Great War

Illustrated talk by Dr Gill Clarke on the differing roles played by women working on the Home Front during WWI.

Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh

Tue 3 Mar

Hawthornden Lecture Theatre

Free / 0131 624 6200

LateLab: Beauty by Design

Discussions of the Beauty by Design exhibition.

Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh

Fri 17 Apr

£10 (£8) / 0131 624 6200

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

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.

The Old Hairdressers, Glasgow

Sun 8 Mar

£3 / 0141 222 2254

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