FREE Bill Bollinger: Curator’s Talk Fri 28 Oct, 3pm. Fruitmarket Gallery, 45 Market Street, 225 2383. Christiane Meyer-Stoll of the Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein discusses the work of Bill Bollinger. FREE SSHoP Annual Lecture: Karen Knorr Fri 28 Oct, 6–7.30pm. Scottish National Gallery, The Mound, 624 6200. The Scottish Society for the History of Photography’s annual lecture is given by Karen Knorr. The Night Sky in November Mon 31 Oct, 7.30–8.30pm. £3 (£1.50). Royal Observatory Visitor Centre, Blackford Hill, 668 8404. Find out what to look out for with expert Russell Eberst. FREE The Internal Game: On Titles and Titling in Tony Cragg’s Sculpture Tue 1 Nov, 12.45–1.30pm. Scottish National Gallery, The Mound, 624 6200. Dr Jon Wood looks at the

importance of language in the work of Tony Cragg. Café Art: Alfred Sisley Wed 2 Nov, 5.30–7pm. £8. Institut Français d’Ecosse, 13 Randolph Crescent, 225 5366. A talk in French by Agnès Ness about the lesser known impressionist artist Alfred Sisley. Coup Red’s Select Wed 2 Nov, 6.30–8pm. Sofi’s, 65 Henderson Street Leith, 555 1979. A discussion of new art. Café Histoire: Good King Henry the Fourth Mon 7 Nov, 5.30–7pm. £8. Institut Français d’Ecosse, 13 Randolph Crescent, 225 5366. A talk, delivered in French, by Patrick Landri. Charley Boorman Mon 7 Nov, 7.30pm. £16. The Queen’s Hall, 87–89 Clerk Street, 668 2019. Boorman recalls his trips around the world in a talk supplemented with unseen video footage. FREE Perspectives on the Scottish Nation Mon 7 Nov, 7.30pm. Surgeons’ Hall Museum, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, Nicolson Street, 527 1630. Professor Tom Devine explores 1832 Scotland, on the brink of modernity, but not in control of its own destiny. Booking essential. Dark Sky Places Mon 14 Nov, 7.30pm. £3 (£1.50). Royal Observatory Visitor Centre, Blackford Hill, 668 8404. Steve Owens gives a talk on dark sky tourism and his recent travels to North America’s remote astronomy spots. Workshops New Looks: Sound Design Course Fri 21–Sun 23 Oct, 1.30–4.30pm. £24. National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, 0300 123 6789. Work with musician and composer Victor Gama. No experience necessary. Ages 16+. Making a Difference: A Literary Day with Edinburgh University Fri 21 Oct, 1.30–7pm. £3. Sanctuary, Augustine United Church, 41-43 George


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48 THE LIST 20 Oct–17 Nov 2011

Indian festival of light

Diwali means ‘festival of light’ in Hindi and is a staple calendar event for the Hindu and Sikh communities, highlighting old associated legends of hope, retribution and wealth. This public celebration is being held in many city squares across the country, including Trafalgar Square in London. A family-friendly day that will include food, jewellery and clothes stalls, as well as interactive Bollywood dance sessions and local DJs. George Square, Glasgow, 6 Nov, 12–8pm.

IV Bridge, Explore the role played in life by dreams, nightmares and other sleep-related issues. Part of the Scottish Mental Health Arts & Film Festival. Illustrating for Children with Sara Ogilvie: Masterclass Sat 22 & Sun 23 Oct, 10.30am–12.30pm. £12 (£10). Scottish National Gallery, The Mound, 624 6560. Illustrator Sara Ogilvie (Dogs Don’t Do Ballet) gives an insight into her inspirations and working methods. Booking essential. FREE Energy Efficiency DIY Workshops Sat 22 Oct, 2–5pm. Greenworks, 20 Graham Street, 220 7734. Part of a series of workshops aimed at helping you reduce both bills and your carbon footprint. This time: loft insulation.

✽✽ Printing Tales Sun 23 Oct, 1.30–5.30pm. £18 (£16). Edinburgh Printmakers, 23 Union Street, 557 2479. An introduction to visual storytelling via the work of Cypriot artist Hambis Tsangaris, and a chance to create your own linocut, inspired by Cypriot myths. Ages 16+. Part of the Scottish International Storytelling Festival. Stork’s Beak School of Historical Swordsmanship Sundays until 18 Dec, 2pm. £7 (£4). Kirk O’Field Parish Church, Brown Street Pleasance, 332 2758. Practise techniques based on historical combat manuals from the 15th to early 20th centuries. Edinburgh Seven-Week Taiko Drumming Course Mondays, 24 Oct–5 Dec, 7–8.30pm. £90 (under 30s £60) for the seven weeks. St John’s Church, Princes Street, 01357 522 008. Learn the exciting art of Taiko drumming with tutors from the Mugenkyo ensemble. Ages 16+. St Andrew Speakers Forum Tue 25 Oct & 8 Nov, 7.30pm. £3. Boroughmuir Rugby Club, Meggetland, Colinton Road, 07960 141570. Forum for learning and practising public speaking. FREE Edible Gardening at Hallowe’en Sat 29 & Sun 30 Oct, 1–4pm. John Hope Gateway Centre, Royal Botanic Garden, 20a Inverleith Row, 552 7171. A workshop in growing your own vegetables, with special tips about garlic, particularly useful at this time of year for purposes of anti-vampire protection. FREE Artists’ Books in Focus Thu

3 Nov, 11.30am–12.30pm. Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art Two, 73 Belford Road, 624 6268. Monthly sessions looking at artists’ books, this time focusing on intaglio printmaking including work by Picasso and Stanley William Hayter. Booking essential. Peter Arnott Playwriting Workshop: Documents and Drama Sat 5 Nov, 10.30am–4.30pm. £16 (£8). Traverse Theatre, Cambridge Street, 228 1404. The Traverse’s Resident Playwright presents a workshop focusing on finding the little dramas amid the big stories of the day. Saturday Life Drawing Class Sat 12 Nov, 10.30am–12.30pm & 2–4pm. £12 (£10). Scottish National Gallery, The Mound, 624 6560. Practical class led by artist Graham Flack. Materials supplied. Christmas Collage Sun 13 Nov, 10.30am–3.30pm. £18. Lauriston Castle, 2a Cramond Road South, 529 3963. Make Christmas cards and fabric bags using a cornucopia of textures. FREE Writers’ Night Wed 16 Nov, 7–10pm. Sofi’s, 65 Henderson Street Leith, 555 1979. Friendly reading and feedback night for those struggling to draw out the novel inside, with occasional guest speakers.

OUTSIDE THE CITIES Ghosts of Traquair Fri 21 & Sat 22 Oct; Fri 28 & Sat 29 Oct, 7pm & 9pm. £10 (children £8). Traquair House, Innerleithen, 01896 830323. An eerie tour of the 18th-century house followed by mulled wine. See feature, page 22. Fright Night Ghost Walk Fri 21 & Sat 22 Oct, 7.30pm & 9.15pm. £10. Linlithgow Palace, Kirkgate, Linlithgow, 01506 842896. The United Ghosts of Linlithgow Yore (or UGLY for short) lead a twisted tour. See feature, page 22. Ghost Tour of the Lady Vic Fri 28 Oct, 7–8.15pm. £10. Scottish Mining Museum, Lady Victoria Colliery, Newtongrange, 663 7519. An evening of chills and thrills with Aggie McGhee, a Victorian coal sorter at the Lady Vic. Includes wine and nibbles. NEoN Sat 5–Sat 12 Nov, times vary. Prices vary. Various venues, Dundee, International digital arts festival featuring moving image, performance, music and technology driven arts. See news, page 10.