Wednesday October 9th at 7pm
Join us as we welcome Dr. Eddy Graham (@eddy_weather), award winning UHI lecturer and editor of The Royal Meteorological Society's Weather Journal.
We are delighted to be hosting Eddy in association with The University of Highlands and Islands.
Tickets for this event are available through Eventbrite and are priced at £5 per person (includes a drink on arrival and £2 off any book purchases on the night). Students can attend this event for FREE on production of a valid student card.
Please note this event will be hosted in our upstairs event space.
Friday October 25th at 7pm
In this Wild Words event, you will hear from published authors Anna Fleming and Amanda Thomson as we explore the nature of landscape and language - how art, poetry and prose are shaped by landscape and nature.
Afterwards, we want to hear your voice! Bring along your poetry and prose in an open mic session after the talk.
There will also be promotion of Canongate's new edition of Nan Shepherd's TheWaymaking Living Mountain.
Your ticket will get you access to the event, a chance to read your work, discounts off the authors' books, refreshments and a discounted John Muir Trust membership.
About the speakers:
Anna Fleming is a writer, climber and outdoor enthusiast based in Scotland. Her non-fiction writing about environment, ecologies and adventure has been published in Waymaking and Caught by the River. She works for the Cairngorms National Park Authority where she is managing a creative writing project and editing a new anthology of Cairngorms inspired work. You can follow her thoughts and adventures on thegranitesea.wordpress.com.
Amanda Thomson is a lecturer at the Glasgow School of Art, and is the author of A Scots Dictionary of Nature. Originally a printmaker, Amanda focuses on how we locate ourselves in landscape, our ideas of place and belonging. A lot of her work - in art and writing - is about nature, flora and fauna, and rooted in the highlands of Scotland.
Tuesday November 26th at 7pm
We are excited to host James Hunter as he joins us to discuss his new book Insurrection: Scotland's Famine Winter.
When Scotland’s 1846 potato crop was wiped out by blight, the country was plunged into crisis. In the Hebrides and the West Highlands a huge relief effort came too late to prevent starvation and death. Further east, meanwhile, towns and villages from Aberdeen to Wick and Thurso, rose up in protest at the cost of the oatmeal that replaced potatoes as people’s basic foodstuff.
Oatmeal’s soaring price was blamed on the export of grain by farmers and landlords cashing in on even higher prices elsewhere. As a bitter winter gripped and families feared a repeat of the calamitous famine then ravaging Ireland, grain carts were seized, ships boarded, harbours blockaded, a jail forced open, the military confronted. The army fired on one set of rioters. Savage sentences were imposed on others. But thousands-strong crowds also gained key concessions. Above all they won cheaper food.
Those dramatic events have long been ignored or forgotten. Now, in James Hunter, they have their historian. The story he tells is, by turns, moving, anger-making and inspiring. In an era of food banks and growing poverty, it is also very timely.
James Hunter is Emeritus Professor of History at the University of the Highlands and Islands and was its first Director of the Centre for History. The author of eleven books about the Highlands and Islands, he has also been active in the public life of the area for many years. He is the author of the award-winning Set Adrift Upon the World (Birlinn, 2016).
Tickets for this event are £5 which includes a drink on arrival and £5 off a copy of Insurrection.