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The Hidden Lives of Early Scottish Children’s Books @ Lauriston Castle
Sep 24 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
The Hidden Lives of Early Scottish Children's Books @ Lauriston Castle

This talk by 3 speakers will explore the hidden history of Scotland’s children’s literature, based on the book archive holdings of Edinburgh’s Museum of Childhood and the work of the SELCIE (Scotland’s Early Literature for Children Initiative) team at Edinburgh University. Discover a rich forgotten heritage of chapbooks, fairy tales, fables, and more, as well as stories about the little readers who once held them in their hands. Sarah Dunnigan teaches at Edinburgh University, writes about diverse aspects of Scottish literary history, including women’s writing, medieval, traditional, and children’s literature. Danielle Howarth is a PhD candidate in Medieval Studies at Edinburgh University and principal research assistant on the SELCIE project. Lyn Stephens is curator at Museum of Childhood.

All events in our lecture series include an opportunity to meet the guest lecturer, coffee and cakes and a special tour of the Castle.

Photography into Art @ City Art Centre
Oct 20 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Photography into Art @ City Art Centre

To complement our In Focus: Scottish Photography exhibition. Photography has influenced artists for decades. Erik Petrie is an artist who uses photography in every aspect of his paintings depicting the changing landscape and seasons. Join Erik for a talk outlining his journey as an artist and how photography influences him.

Free event, but booking essential.

Next steps for transport in Scotland – infrastructure, decarbonisation and promoting economic growth @ Central Edinburgh
Nov 20 all-day

This seminar will be a timely opportunity for policymakers and stakeholders to discuss the key issues for Scotland’s transport system ahead of the expected publication of The Scottish Government’s first draft of a new National Transport Strategy in early 2019.

Delegates will consider policy priorities needed from the new National Transport Strategy to improve delivery of transport infrastructure, with reference to proposed changes to the planning system within the Planning Bill, and build a transport system capable of supporting the aims of The Scottish Government’s Economic Strategy.

They will also discuss next steps for taking forward policy proposals designed to build on the current National Transport Strategy’s aim of reducing transport emissions and meet targets in The Scottish Government’s Climate Change Plan of a 66% reduction in emissions by 2032.

Further sessions will consider key issues surrounding the implementation of Low Emission Zones, including their likely effectiveness in reducing emissions and improving air quality as well as their potential impact on businesses and motorists.

The agenda also looks at the potential impact of The Scottish Government’s £60m Low-Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme in improving uptake of low emission and ultra-low emission vehicles.

Ann Cleeves (author of BBC One’s Shetland & ITV’s VERA) @ Loch Leven Community Campus
Nov 22 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Ann Cleeves (author of BBC One's Shetland & ITV's VERA) @ Loch Leven Community Campus

Ann Cleeves, the international best-selling author of BBC One’s Shetland & ITV’s VERA, will be discussing the final book in the series: Wild Fire. The Jimmy Perez series has won awards and fans worldwide, both on screen and on the page, but what will happen to our beloved detective?

Ann will be in conversation and books will be available to purchase and to be signed on the night.

Tickets (£5) available from Macbeth Currie Estate Agent’s in Kinross or Light Up Your Heart in Milnahort or online through TicketWeb