The Greenhouses

The Greenhouses
George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4JN
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A Beginner’s Guide to Book Conservation

Emily Hick from the University of Edinburgh’s Centre for Research Collections introduces you to the work of a paper conservator, inviting you to see some of the results of the treatments. Once you’ve observed the skills needed, she hands the reins over to you to try some of the basic techniques.

Tue 22 Aug

Greenhouse 1

Free / 0845 373 5888

Part of Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Cans, Reels and Video

Discover the University of Edinburgh’s rich film archive. Watch some of the films online on your mobile and explore the detective trails required to uncover the history of film in Edinburgh. Archivist Rachel Hosker is on hand to answer questions about your own films and what you can do to preserve them.

Thu 24 Aug

Greenhouse 1

Free / 0845 373 5888

Part of Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Freedom to Think

Children’s creativity campaign Freedom to Think provides inspiration to get creative juices flowing. Drop in to try your hand at drawing, making and modelling with bestselling author Jonathan Stroud. He started the campaign because he believes young people need more time and space to explore their creativity. Carve out…

Sat 19 Aug

Greenhouse 1

Free / 0845 373 5888

Part of Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Sun 20 Aug

Greenhouse 1

Free / 0845 373 5888

Part of Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Greg Sinclair: A Piece of You

Award-winning performance artist, cellist and composer, Greg Sinclair, turns your thoughts and feelings into your very own music score. Intimate performance for up to three people at a time. Under 14s must be accompanied. Booking is essential.

Fri 18 Aug

Greenhouse 1

£5 / 0845 373 5888

Part of Edinburgh International Book Festival.

  • 10:00 – 17:30

An Introduction to Palaeography

Get tips from Rachel Hosker, an archivist from the University of Edinburgh, on the study of ancient handwriting. Practice reading spidery old text from some of the UK's most intriguing documents in the University's collection of treasures. Fun teasers and games get you started, such as palaeography bingo.

Wed 23 Aug

Greenhouse 1

Free / 0845 373 5888

Part of Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Live Poetry Lab

Drop in to see live writing from Peter Mackay, our resident poet, or watch it unfold online as he weaves in your contributions. His task is to create responses to people’s memories of the festivals in Edinburgh since they began 70 years ago. Contribute by writing down your memories and handing them in at this event. Or…

Thu 24 Aug

Greenhouse 1

Free / 0845 373 5888

Part of Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Live Poetry Lab

Drop in to see live writing from Colin Herd, our resident poet, or watch it unfold online as he weaves in your contributions. His task is to create responses to people’s memories of the festivals in Edinburgh since they began 70 years ago. Contribute by writing down your memories and handing them in at this event. Or…

Mon 21 Aug

Greenhouse 1

Free / 0845 373 5888

Part of Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Live Poetry Lab

Drop in to see live writing from Ryan Van Winkle, our resident poet, or watch it unfold online as he weaves in your contributions. His task is to create responses to people’s memories of the festivals in Edinburgh since they began 70 years ago. Contribute by writing down your memories and handing them in at this event. Or…

Fri 25 Aug

Greenhouse 1

Free / 0845 373 5888

Part of Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Live Poetry Lab

Drop in to see live writing from Jennifer Williams, our resident poet, or watch it unfold online as she weaves in your contributions. Her task is to create responses to people’s memories of the festivals in Edinburgh since they began 70 years ago. Contribute by writing down your memories and handing them in at this event.

Wed 23 Aug

Greenhouse 1

Free / 0845 373 5888

Part of Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Live Poetry Lab

Drop in to see live writing from Jane McKie, our resident poet, or watch it unfold online as she weaves in your contributions. Her task is to create responses to people’s memories of the festivals in Edinburgh since they began 70 years ago. Contribute by writing down your memories and handing them in at this event. Or…

Tue 22 Aug

Greenhouse 1

Free / 0845 373 5888

Part of Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Making a Book in Medieval Scotland

A small but extraordinary book of Psalms from the 11th century, full of intricate decoration, is the oldest surviving Scottish book still in Scotland. How was it made? Today, you can discover the answer. Elizabeth Lawrence, from the University of Edinburgh archive, is on hand to show you the original techniques.

Mon 21 Aug

Greenhouse 1

Free / 0845 373 5888

Part of Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Picturing Your Words

Join American writer, translator and academic Laird Hunt, a Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Denver, for a workshop in creating engaging fictions. Bring along an old photo – it can be from your family album or a junk shop – and make it ‘speak’. Hunt shows you how exploring photos can be generative in…

Tue 22 Aug

Greenhouse 3

£35 (£30) / 0845 373 5888

Part of Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Pyjama Party

Grab your pyjamas and join Lyra's Artist in Residence Lou Brodie for a celebration of girlhood in 2017. Drop in whenever you like and stay for as long as you want - let loose, be yourself and join in the fun! Then take part in Lyra's sleepover at Artspace – more details and reserve your space here…

Fri 25 Aug

Greenhouse 3

Free / 0845 373 5888

Part of Edinburgh International Book Festival.

(Re)Discovering the Joy of Writing

The world of the emerging author is fraught with pitches, prizes, fickle publishers and endless advice on how to be the Next Big Thing. It's all too easy to forget how pleasurable, uplifting and exciting playing with words can be. Join award-winning novelist, former Creative Writing lecturer and the Scottish Book Trust's…

Mon 21 Aug

Greenhouse 3

£35 (£30) / 0845 373 5888

Part of Edinburgh International Book Festival.

The Story of Edinburgh

Drop in for a mix of lively storytelling and readings, led by authors from Edinburgh's literary history. You can also explore the city digitally through a touchscreen programme with LitLong: Edinburgh, an innovative way to experience the city from the inside. Celebrate favourites and discover forgotten voices.

Sat 19 Aug

Greenhouse 2

Free / 0845 373 5888

Part of Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Taking the Air

Feeling ‘peched oot’ from rushing around the Festival? Pause for a lungful and help create an illuminated encyclopaedia exploring the language and history of breath and air. Contribute your words, definitions, drawings, poems and stories - or simply relax and colour in!

Sat 19 Aug

Greenhouse 3

Free / 0845 373 5888

Part of Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Sun 20 Aug

Greenhouse 3

Free / 0845 373 5888

Part of Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Taking the Air

The EPSRC International Research Collaboration Proteus is designing and building a new bedside system for Intensive Care Units for rapid and accurate diagnosis of bacterial lung infections. Come along to their pop-up gallery showcasing some of the most beautiful and interesting images taken from Proteus science – from…

Wed 23 Aug

Greenhouse 3

Free / 0845 373 5888

Part of Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Thu 24 Aug

Greenhouse 3

Free / 0845 373 5888

Part of Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Taking the Air

The EPSRC International Research Collaboration Proteus is designing and building a new bedside system for Intensive Care Units for rapid and accurate diagnosis of bacterial lung infections. Come along to their pop-up gallery showcasing some of the most beautiful and interesting images taken from Proteus science – from…

Tue 22 Aug

Greenhouse 3

Free / 0845 373 5888

Part of Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Telling True Stories

Molly Naylor presents an engaging and fun storytelling workshop, which helps you to find and shape an anecdotal and personal true story on the theme of ‘Lost and Found’, and then gives you the confidence to share it in public. Participants are invited to perform their stories the same evening in our Spiegeltent before a…

Sun 20 Aug

Greenhouse 1

£15 (£12) / 0845 373 5888

Part of Edinburgh International Book Festival.

War Poets Collection from Craiglockhart

Drop in to see the fascinating War Poets Collection, a unique history of Edinburgh Napier University’s Craiglockhart Campus. Formerly a war hospital, the building was famously the place where poets Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon were treated during the First World War. Curator Catherine Walker is on hand to give a…

Fri 18 Aug

Greenhouse 2

Free / 0845 373 5888

Part of Edinburgh International Book Festival.

  • 12:00 – 12:30

Word-o-Mat Workshop

For those who enjoy origami precision and making tiny things, indie publisher Word-o-Mat is hosting a zine-making workshop. Learn how to make tiny books with Singer-sewn spines and help create a special collection of tiny books to take home with you.

Sat 26 Aug

Greenhouse 1

Free / 0845 373 5888

Part of Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Writing Fiction

We all have a novel in us, so the saying goes, but how many of us ever get around to writing it? Join American novelist Julie Buntin in a writing workshop to help you get started. Buntin teaches fiction writing at Marymount Manhattan College and is the director of writing programmes at Catapult. Here she guides you on the…

Wed 23 Aug

Greenhouse 3

£35 (£30) / 0845 373 5888

Part of Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Writing for Young Adults

Young adult novels are one of the major publishing success stories of recent years, with many such as Twilight and The Hunger Games becoming huge movie franchises. Join YA author and writer of tie-ins for such films as Batman V Superman and Planet of the Apes, Sharon Gosling, for an instructive workshop on how to tune…

Fri 25 Aug

Greenhouse 3

£35 (£30) / 0845 373 5888

Part of Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Writing for Young Readers

Children's books are classed as a single genre but of course they are not. They encompass a hugely diverse range of material from history to fantasy, sport and animal adventures. Former teacher, editor and publisher, Christopher Edge, who is now a highly successful children's novelist, leads an interactive workshop where…

Fri 18 Aug

Greenhouse 3

£35 (£30) / 0845 373 5888

Part of Edinburgh International Book Festival.

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