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A celebration of LGBTQI life stories, particularly of those who ‘came in’ to Scotland to make it their home. The event features audio recordings from OurStory Scotland‘s collection, which are archived at the National Library, alongside live accounts. Interested participants will be recorded, telling their own stories of coming in to Scotland or being elsewhere. Part of the Connecting Scotland’s Sounds programme — championing Scotland’s heritage recordings with support from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation. In partnership with OurStory Scotland and LGBT Health and Wellbeing. British Sign Language interpretation is provided.
Thursday 2 February
Free. Book ‘Coming in’ online.
Two of Scotland’s most exciting and acclaimed novelists Louise Welsh and Zoe Strachan — editor of ‘Out there: an anthology of Scottish LGBT writing’ — discuss historical and contemporary LGBT writing. With readings from works covering identity and inspiration, they explore the experiences of LGBT writers from Scotland and beyond.
Thursday 9 Februray
Free. Book ‘Out there’ on Eventbrite or phone 0131 623 3734.
A Valentine’s date-night for gay, bi and trans men (inclusive of non binary people) with a difference : you don’t have to be in a relationship to attend and there won’t be any mention of hearts or roses! Join us for coffee and games at 7pm, followed by a screening of the queer, trashy and thoroughly disgusting 1972 John Waters classic “Pink Flamingos” at 8 (featuring Divine). There’ll be nothing soppy about tonight! Optional local drinks afterwards.
An audacious workshop for LGBTQI+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex) women who want to explore themes of coming out. Coming out is a life long process that can sometimes feel just as political as it does personal.
No matter what your stage or confidence, join LGBT Health for this free, playful, reflective and confidential women only workshop for those wanting to explore coming out audaciously (its not as scary as it sounds!).
Workshop is designed for people ages 16 and over who primarily identify as women. Part of the Audacious Women Festival www.audaciouswomen.org
City Art Centre is multi level wheelchair accessible building. For any other accessability requests, please contact [email protected]
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]