The events and education team at the Library has come up with a great programme of events, talks, discussions, workshops and family activities to go with our exhibition this summer. Here's what's happening in our George IV Bridge building next week:
On Tuesday 29th July at 7pm, Chris Atton, a leading UK expert in alternative media, will be talking on Fanzines: Popular Culture and Creativity, exploring the rich history of the fanzine from its beginnings in science fiction to today's diverse subjects, focusing on popular music fanzines. This is the background from which Rebel Inc., blogged here previously, came; also on display in the exhibition are fanzines from Motherwell football supporters and Dundee Star Trek enthusiasts.
Scottish music of a different kind is the subject of Wednesday's event: Dr. Fred Freeman will be talking about the 18th-century Paisley songwriter Robert Tannahill, with musical examples from his recently released CD of Tannahill's music.
For people of all ages who would like to make some books of their own, two workshops are taking place.
On Sunday 27th, 11am-2pm, a Family Workshop on 'Family Albums' takes place: families can work together to create a beautiful hand-made album in which to treasure special memories, stories, and images. Refreshments provided.
On Thursday 31st, an Artists' Books workshop takes place at 6:30. This workshop, for adults only, offers you the chance to celebrate 500 years of printing by creating your own limited edition book. Artist Isabelle Ting will guide you through a range of simple folded book making and printmaking techniques in this inspiring workshop. No previous experience necessary (and no refreshments at this one!).
Both these workshops are in collaboration with the Owl and Lion Gallery, Edinburgh.
All events at NLS are free but booking is advised. You can find out more information on our Events webpage