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Edinburgh is known as one of the most haunted cities in Europe, with a past of murders, witchcraft and plague. Its wynds and closes have witnessed the two sides of the city: beauty and horror.
Edinburgh’s dark side also included body snatching, public executions, gruesome jails and tortures. Come to the FREE 1.5 hour Ghost Tour and hear ghostly tales and sinister stories that will transport you back to the terrifying past of old Edinburgh as we walk spooky shadows and haunted alleyways.
On the 99th anniversary of Dame Muriel Spark’s birthday, hear a panel of guests led by Dr Colin McIlroy, Muriel Spark Project Curator at the Library. Staff and students from the University of Edinburgh talk about how Spark’s work has influenced them. This begins a series of events building up to Spark’s 100th birthday.
Wednesday 1 February
Free. Book the Muriel Spark event on Eventbrite or phone 0131 623 3734
Scotland aspires to being a Circular Economy Nation – what does this mean for our economy, our civil society and citizens? How can we contribute? What impact might this approach have in reducing carbon emissions? What initiatives are leading the way?
The following speakers will set the scene followed by an opportunity for participants to set the agenda / explore ways forward.
- Sophie Unwin, Remade in Edinburgh
- Ylva Haglund, Zero Waste Scotland
- Mike Turner / Fran Hutchinson, Swap & Reuse Hub (SHRUB) Co-operative.
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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]
Come along to The Castle Hotel (66 Oldham St, Manchester M4 1LE) from 7pm. Come along for a bite of food, a chance to socialise and learn in an informal setting. The event is free and there are two talks separated by a break…
Universities as Anchor Institutes – University of Manchester and Brunswick estate, a socially just model by Dr Carl Emery
Anchor institutions, also known as Eds and Meds (education and medical establishments), are generally understood as large geographically place based organisations that have been located in the community for generations and provide economic, social and cultural benefits to the locality in which they reside In this talk I will be setting the background of this initiative and examining some of the challenges and questions it raises. Why should the university adopt this role and if it does what are its motivations? Furthermore, how does this impact on issues of local democracy and accountability. Is there a danger that the university is simply propagating a neoliberal enterprise agenda and supporting the further privation of public services and spaces?
– Then there will be a break where we share food, fill our glasses and have some conversation before our second talk of the evening. Everyone is invited to bring an item of food to put on the table to share, and help take away the food at the end of the evening so nothing goes to waste –
This is an activity involving mobile phones to capture photographs and video of objects in the room, or things which individuals have brought. Using a variety of analytical approaches, we will explore together the nature of objects and how they mediate the conversations we have and the ways in which we construct meaning in the world. We cannot imagine a world without objects – but what are they? and what are we that we recognise them? Objects illuminate the conversations we have with one another, and through our interactions with objects we learn about each other. How does this work? Since technology allows us to capture objects in various ways – through photographs, recordings, etc. we can collect objects together, explore their nature, and understand more about each other in the process.
All Ragged University events are free and open to everyone. They are informal and relaxed, and you can come and go as you please
You are invited to the open event at The Castle Hotel (66 Oldham St, Manchester, M4 1LE) on the 5th June 2018 from 7pm to 10pm to enjoy a talk, some food and some music. It is an open door event, no tickets required; just come along, put your feet up and bring your friends. Hugh Peters will be taking us on a journey through the history of music…
Music, mathematics and the harmony of the spheres by Hugh Peters
The Scientific Revolution, occurring in very broad terms between 1550 and 1750, is generally regarded as leading to the replacement of ‘magical thinking’ by the ‘scientific method’. This can however be seen as a much more ambivalent process, in which beliefs fluctuated and co-existed with each other, even in the minds of major scientists such as Newton and Hooke. Both these thinkers were profoundly influenced by the traditions of alchemy, astrology and the idea of sympathetic resonances throughout nature.
While mathematics certainly came to the fore in this period as the ‘language’ of science, this happened partly because of the ‘mystical’ belief persisting from the time of Pythagoras that numbers underlay the structure of everything in the cosmos. Further, music, in the form of ‘harmonic theory’, was a major factor in both practical investigations of and theorising about matter and material phenomena.
In this entertaining and non-technical talk, Hugh Peters explores 16th and 17th century thought, drawing on the work of Newton, Hooke and others and addresses the subjects of the ‘music of the spheres’ and the origins of Newton’s Principia. The speaker is an accomplished musician and will illustrate some of the concepts on the classical guitar.
The talk will cover:
- The transition from ‘magical thinking’ to ‘empirical science’ 16th to 18th centuries.
- The role of ‘harmonic theory’ in stimulating scientific practice and theory.
- How innovation in music paralleled scientific developments.
- How tuning and temperament, harmony and dissonance work.
- Major scientists like Newton and Hooke dallied with music, and magical thinking informed Newton’s magnum opus, the Principia Mathematica.
A few paragraphs about Hugh:
I am a musician and mathematician who has worked for some time in community arts, further and higher education and as a gigging musician in the northwest of England. I am based in Manchester. I have performed with my own projects at the Manchester Jazz Festival in 2010 and 2016, the latter project being called Zamani. I currently work as an academic support tutor in the school of computing and engineering at the University of Huddersfield.
My interests include many kinds of music, the arts in general and science past, present and future. I am very interested in the common ground between artists and scientists in terms of observing nature accurately and applying creativity to what we observe. I am interested in promoting better public understanding of science in general and awareness of climate change in particular.
I am an experienced guitarist in various styles, especially classical guitar and jazz. Favourite guitarists include Julian Bream, George Benson, Pat Metheny and Jonathan Butler. I also play electric bass and piano. I compose music which combines elements of jazz, contemporary African influences and orchestral music.
Come along to The Lighthouse bookshop (43-45 W Nicolson St, Edinburgh EH8 9DB) at 7.30pm to watch the lecture by Prof Kevin Anderson and to discuss climate change…
Climate Change and the Need to Change Behaviour in the West by Prof Kevin Anderson; Screening and Discussion
We are watching a lecture by Prof Kevin Anderson
We will have a discussion on the points he raises in his talk
We will be exploring what issues matter to people
We will be exploring what differences people can make
Climate change is about how the way that human beings collectively are impacting the ecology of the world, in particular via burning fossil fuels which produce carbon dioxide and practices that increase greenhouse gases that result in changes in temperature and weather patterns. Climate change is one of the most significant problems which the world faces yet because of its massive and diffuse nature approaches to dealing with it are caught in a miasma of differal and avoidance.
Join us at the Practitioner Enquiry – Professional Values and Learning for Sustainability Seminar
We have pleasure in inviting your participation in the Practitioner Enquiry- Professional Values and Learning for Sustainability seminar to be held on Thursday 21st June 2018, 15:00 (for 15:30 start) – 18:00, in Paterson’s Land 1.21, Moray House, University of Edinburgh.
Values and Learning for Sustainability are key themes, along with leadership, throughout the GTCS Professional Standards. The purpose of this seminar is to explore the impact of school-based Practitioner Enquiries around a Values and Learning for Sustainability theme recently undertaken by a group of newly qualified teachers from across Scotland. This programme was developed by the GTCS and Learning for Sustainability Scotland and supported by the Gordon Cook Foundation.
We hope you will be able to join us, please register to confirm your attendance.
This programme was developed by the GTCS and Learning for Sustainability Scotland and supported by the Gordon Cook Foundation.