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Film Screening: Charlie Chaplin’s The Kid Charlie Chaplin’s The Kid @ Grassmarket Community Project
Dec 27 @ 11:00 am
Film Screening: Charlie Chaplin's The Kid Charlie Chaplin’s The Kid @ Grassmarket Community Project | Edinburgh | Scotland | United Kingdom

Chaplin’s first full-length feature is a silent masterpiece about a little tramp who discovers a little orphan and brings him up but is left desolate when the orphanage reclaims him. Chaplin directed, produced and starred in the film, as well as composed the score.

Considered one of Charlie Chaplin’s best films, The Kid also made a star of little Jackie Coogan, who plays the boy cared for by The Tramp. When his mother, Edna, later has a change of heart and aches to be reunited with her son, she finds him and wrests him from The Tramp, making what turns out be one of the most heart-wrenching scenes ever included in a comedy film.

“In the modern age of voice-over and extreme close-ups, the silent medium offers a refreshing take on filmmaking, and viewers willing to try something they’re not used to will be paid back in full.” Common Sense Media

“Some wonderful comic sequences and Coogan’s cherubic charm that makes this very special.”  Empire Magazine



Constipation, Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Food Intolerances @ The Marriott Hotel
Jan 28 @ 9:30 am – 10:45 am
Constipation, Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Food Intolerances @ The Marriott Hotel   | Scotland | United Kingdom

Spire Murrayfield Hospital is holding a talk all about constipation, IBS and other Gastrointestinal complaints. Bowel symptoms are common causes of health concerns today. Some symptoms are signs of serious health problems such as colon cancer and need to be investigated as a matter or urgency. Other symptoms may be more suggestive of irritable bowel syndrome. Whilst this is common and relatively less serious, these symptoms are often very disturbing and worrying nevertheless.

Careful assessment of these symptoms will allow the most appropriate investigation to be chosen and a plan of treatment started that will bring benefit to all with gut symptoms. Consultant Gastroenterologist Dr Chris Fraser will talk around these issues, alongside Dr Fred Pender – Dietician. There will be ample opportunity to ask questions after the presentation.

Brian Catling: The Erstwhile @ Blackwell's Bookshop Edinburgh
Mar 17 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Brian Catling: The Erstwhile @ Blackwell's Bookshop Edinburgh | Scotland | United Kingdom

Blackwell’s Bookshop is extremely excited to welcome Brian Catling, who will be in store to chat about his forthcoming book The Erstwhile, the second in The Vorrh series.

Brian will be in conversation with literary critic and fellow writer Stuart Kelly.

About the Book

In London and Germany, strange beings are reanimating themselves. They are the Erstwhile, the angels that failed to protect the Tree of Knowledge, and their reawakening will have major consequences.

In Africa, the colonial town of Essenwald has fallen into disarray because the timber workforce has disappeared into the Vorrh. Now a team of specialists are dispatched to find them. Led by Ishmael, the former cyclops, they enter the forest, but the Vorrh will not give them back so easily.

To make matters worse, an ancient guardian of the forest has plans for Ishmael and his crew. Meanwhile a child of mixed race has been found abandoned in a remote cottage. Her origins are unknown, but she has powers beyond her own understanding. Conflict is coming, as the old and new, human and inhuman are set on a collision course.

Once again blending the real and the imagined, The Erstwhile brings historical figures such as William Blake and places such as the Bedlam Asylum, as well as ingenious creations such as The Kin (a family of robots) together to create unforgettable novel of births and burials, excavations and disappearances.

About the Author

Brian Catling RA is an English sculptor, poet, novelist, film maker and performance artist. He was educated at North East London Polytechnic and the Royal College of Art. He now holds the post of Professor of Fine Art at The Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, Oxford and is a fellow of Linacre College.He has been exhibiting his work internationally since the 1970s. In 2001 he co founded the international performance collective WitW. He has published poetic works, including one compendium, A Court of Miracles, in 2009. His first prose book Bobby Awl was published in 2007. Currently he is writing novels and has just completed The Vorrh trilogy.

For more information or if you would like a signed copy because you can’t make it to the event, please contact Ellie Wixon on 0131 622 8229 or [email protected]