March, Talks & lectures

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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

£5.75 (£3.75)

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

Sartre and the Anguish of Freedom

Jane O'Grady look at Sartre’s views on the way we manipulate our emotions, on the arduous agony of love relationships, and how gay men fall into inauthenticity however they describe themselves.

Conway Hall, London WC1R

Sun 1 Mar

£3 (£2; Members free)

Saturday Evening Lecture Series

A series of key debates in modern medicine, politics and the environment.

Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee

Sat 7 Mar

Free / 01382 385108

Jocelyn Bell Burnell – 'Tapping all our talents: Women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics'

Free / 01382 385108

Professor Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell, 'Tapping all our talents: Women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics'.

Sat 28 Mar

Free / 01382 385108

Professor Dame Sally Davies: 'The risks to society of unrestricted antibiotic use'

Science and Magic of Light the Universe and Everything

A tour of our universe with eminent scientists and a professional magician.

University of Edinburgh

Sat 28 Mar

Free / 0131 650 1000

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

Free / 0131 667 1522

Part of Festival of Sacred Music.

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Seed Swap

Stalls and kids' activities, as well as the community seed swap. Bring along seeds to swap (in labelled envelopes), or make a small donation per packet.

Gorgie City Farm, Edinburgh

Sat 7 Mar

Times to be confirmed / Free / 0131 337 4202

Shipwrecked with Vincent Deary

Talk from cognitive behavioural psychotherapist about the power of habit and the difficulty of change.

Conway Hall, London WC1R

Sun 29 Mar

£20 / 0207 833 1010

Theatre By The Lake, Keswick

Fri 13 Mar

Main House

£9 / 01768 774411

Should People have a Right to know their own Genome?

Dr Barbara Prainsack examines the ethical issues behind whether or not people should be able to know details of their own genome.

Conway Hall, London WC1R

Sun 8 Mar

£3 (£2; Members free)

Social Entrepreneur's Chat Show

Three successful female social entrepreneurs take to the stage, including Javita Narang from Weaving Destination, Sylvia Douglas from MsMissMrs, and Jackie Scutt from YWCA Scotland.

The Melting Pot, Edinburgh

Wed 11 Mar

£16 (Members £8) / 0131 243 2626

Sophie Ploeg: The Lace Trail

Dutch artist and art historian takes you inside the work of 17th century portraitists and the development of lace in that century, as well as talking about her own working method.

Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh

Fri 27 Mar

Hawthornden Lecture Theatre

Free / 0131 624 6200

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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

£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

£3.75 (£2.75) / 01334 470770

Part of StAnza: Scotland's Poetry Festival.

Strategies for Making Brilliant Videos and Infographics

Learn how businesses can make the most of videos to engage the YouTube generation.

Tec Hub, Eastleigh

Thu 5 Mar

£49–£70 / 07795 970827

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 Gregson Centre, Lancaster

Sun 15 Mar

Main Hall

Free / 01524 849 959

Taking Part: What did you do in the Referendum

A discussion about democratic participation aimed at women who voted in the 2014 Scottish independence referendum.

Arthurstone Community Library, Dundee

Thu 5 Mar


Part of Dundee Women's Festival.

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Talk: Meet the Romans

Christina Donald, Curator of Early History, talks about the highlights of the British Museum's Roman Empire: People and Power exhibition. Booking is essential.

McManus: Dundee's Art Gallery and Museum

Thu 12 Mar

Free / 01382 307200.

Thirty Years Since the Bhopal Disaster: International Solidarity

Thirty years on from the disaster, hear from Scottish trade unionists who visited Bhopal in December and here discuss how to support the International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal.

The Augustine Church, Edinburgh

Wed 4 Mar

Free / 0131 556 3006

True North Conference

A multidisciplinary conference exploring documentation in art and archives. Keynote speakers include the research and design collective Lateral North as well as Peter Davidson, academic and author of The Idea of North.

Timespan Museum, Helmsdale

Fri 6 Mar

Times & prices to be confirmed / 01431 821327

Sat 7 Mar

Times & prices to be confirmed / 01431 821327

The Two Roberts: Curator's Tour

Senior curator Patrick Elliott leads a tour of the Two Roberts exhibition. Places are limited, so turn up early to avoid disappointment.

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art Two, Edinburgh

Mon 30 Mar

Included in exhibition admission / 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, Edinburgh

Wed 18 Mar

Free / 0131 624 6560

A tour of the highlights of the Scottish Collection.

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Waiting for You to Change their Lives: Adoption and Permanence Recruitment

Adoption UK lead a presentation focusing on women and adoption and detailing why there is always the opportunity to get involved.

Ardler Complex, Dundee

Mon 2 Mar

Free / 01382 432862

Part of Dundee Women's Festival.

The Whereabouts of Alastair Reid

Alastair Reid is remembered by Alan Taylor, Editor of the Scottish Review of Books.

National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh

Thu 26 Mar

Free / 0131 623 3734

Winetasting and meet the Winemaker opportunity

A chance to meet Isabelle Pangault of Les Vignobles Foncalieu in the Languedoc, and to taste eight of the superb wines from her vineyard.

theSpace @ Jury's Inn, Edinburgh

Tue 3 Mar

£20 / 0131 603 3865

Ages 18+.

Women and Trade Unions

A presentation led by Ann Henderson, which looks at examples of women speaking up for employment rights and equality from the early part of the 20th century.

National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh

Thu 19 Mar

Free / 0131 623 3734

Women's Liberation: Then and Now

A discussion of women's lib throughout history and what it has meant to Scotland, both in the past and present day.

Arthurstone Community Library, Dundee

Wed 11 Mar


Part of Dundee Women's Festival.

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