Book Signing

The Attack of the 50Ft. Women – Gender Equality

Date: Friday 20 October

Time: 11:00 to 12:30

Cost: £6.00/£4.00

Sponsored by The Centre for South Asian Studies, University of Edinburgh   In a world where fewer than 10% of world leaders are women, progress towards gender equality appears to have stalled.  Journalist, author and co-founder of the Women’s Equality Party, Catherine Mayer (pictured) hopes to fight back with her ideal of ‘Equalia’, a truly gender […]

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Harriet Harman MP – A Woman’s Work

Date: Friday 20 October

Time: 13:00 to 14:30

Cost: £8.00/£6.00

As one of Britain’s most prominent campaigning politicians, twice deputising as leader of the Labour Party and the country’s longest-serving female MP, Rt Hon Harriet Harman QC MP, has had a distinguished career whilst also bringing women’s issues to the heart of the Labour Party and fighting for equality and respect for all women.  Join […]

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George Monbiot – Out of the Wreckage

Date: Friday 20 October

Time: 15:30 to 17:00

Cost: £8.00/£6.00

With his new book, Out of the Wreckage, George Monbiot offers hope and a vision to politically re-engage people in a world of environmental collapse, civic breakdown and anti-politics.  Join George and the Presiding Officer as they discuss a world where politics inspire, advancement doesn’t cost the earth and communities thrive.  Sign up and discover […]

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The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

Date: Friday 20 October

Time: 16:30 to 18:00

Cost: £6.00/£4.00

Twenty years ago, with no tweeting, texting, selfies or snapchats, news came from TV programmes like Newsround.  Nowadays, Generation Z has the world at its fingers and fame just a million clicks away.  But what is the real impact of this virtually connected world?  Join Chair Sheryl Garratt, writer and former editor of The Face […]

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From Pillar to Post: Communicating Religious Change in 500 Years

Date: Thursday 19 October

Time: 18:00 to 19:30

Cost: £6.00/£4.00

Five hundred years ago, the Reformation paved the way towards our current freedoms, diversities and rights. The new printing press, the ‘internet’ of its day, allowed for the copying and sharing of Luther’s doctrine across Europe and revolution soon followed.  Join our panel of experts including Professor Alec Ryrie, University of Durham; Professor Andrew Pettegree, […]

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The Summer of Love’s Legacy

Date: Saturday 21 October

Time: 11:00 to 12:30

Cost: £6.00/£4.00

In 1967, free love, free speech and free spirits were the basis of a counter culture of change.  Amidst the protest, the songs and the politics, critics have slated the culture of sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll as self-indulgent and corrupted by the capitalistic materialist society it originally opposed.  Join our panel of celebrants […]

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The Romanovs: Rise and Decline of a Dynasty

Date: Saturday 21 October

Time: 11:15 to 12:45

Cost: £6.00/£4.00

In 1917, the Bolsheviks came to power and Tsar Nicholas II lost his reign, freedom and ultimately along with his immediate family, his life.  The brutal execution of the Romanovs concluded a 300-year-old imperial dynasty of absolute power.  Join our panel including Professor Robert Service, historian and author of The Last of the Tsars; and […]

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Evan Davis – The Post-Truth Toolkit

Date: Saturday 21 October

Time: 11:30 to 13:00

Cost: £8.00/£6.00

Sponsored by The Open University in Scotland   As a broadcaster, Evan Davis has seen and heard it all, from Newsnight to Dragons’ Den and Radio 4’s Today programme. Join Evan in conversation with the Presiding Officer as they discuss his new book, Post-Truth: Why We Have Reached Peak Bullshit and What We Can Do […]

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Das Kapital: Karl Marx Lecture with Professor Gareth Stedman Jones

Date: Saturday 21 October

Time: 13:00 to 14:30

Cost: £6.00/£4.00

In partnership with The British Academy In 1867, Karl Marx published his world-changing magnum opus, Das Kapital.  Join our lecture by revered British historian and Professor of the History of Ideas, Queen Mary, University of London, Professor Gareth Stedman Jones, author of Karl Marx: Greatness and Illusion, a book hailed as “the definitive biography of […]

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No Pasaran! – Scots and the Spanish Civil War

Date: Saturday 21 October

Time: 13:00 to 14:30

Cost: £6.00/£4.00

The Spanish Civil War was a call to arms for the 549 Scots who volunteered to fight for The International Brigade on the side of the elected Republican government against General Franco and the fascists.  In this anniversary year, join our panel including Daniel Gray, author of Homage to Caledonia; and Professor Willy Maley, University […]

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Lenin’s 21st Century Revolution

Date: Saturday 21 October

Time: 15:45 to 17:15

Cost: £6.00/£4.00

Do the revolutionary concepts of the Russian communist, revolutionary, politician and political theorist, Vladimir Lenin, have any significance for a 21st century global capitalist world?  Does Lenin’s theory on politics being concentrated economics still resonate today and can imperial wars ever be supported or the seizing of power justified? Join our panel including Professor Robert […]

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Kenneth Clarke MP – Kind of Blue

Date: Saturday 21 October

Time: 17:00 to 18:30

Cost: £8.00/£6.00

The Rt Hon Kenneth Clarke MP is one of the genuine heavyweights of the UK political world with almost 50 years of serving as an MP at the heart of government under three Prime Ministers.  Perceived as being on the left of the Conservative Party, his memorable Brexit speech is a reminder why he remains […]

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