Events at NLS

Browse the list below to find out about talks, workshops and more, organised by the National Library of Scotland.

Book online or phone 0131 623 3734. Places are limited, so we recommend that you book in advance. For more information, or to join the events mailing list, email nlsevents@nls.uk.

List updated: 19 August

Events take place in our George IV Bridge Building, unless we state otherwise.

 


 

August events

 

Sherlock Holmes: The hound of the Baskervilles

Sherlock Holmes silhouette

NLS Edinburgh Fringe show 2014

Ross Macfarlane directs Jack Reid in this one-man, one-hour performance' as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's famous detective investigates the mystery of a chilling family curse. The Snow Angels Theatre Company present their 2014 NLS Fringe show, following last year's successful production of Charles Dickens' tale 'The story of Little Dombey'.

11-15 August and 18-22 August
18.00
Tickets: £6; concessions: £5.
Book via Edinburgh Fringe Box Office online, by phone at 0131 226 0000, or in person at the Fringe Box Office, 180 High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1QS.


 

Guided tour of the Library

Group of people on staircase

Guided tour of the building and introduction to the Library's collections and history. The tour will last approximately 45 minutes. Numbers limited, so booking is essential. Please let us know if you have special access requirements.

20 August
10.30
Free.
This event is now fully booked.


 

Reading and identity: A conference

Pile of books

This one-day conference will enquire into the nature and purposes of reading today. It will provide an opportunity for librarians, academics, creative practitioners and others working to engage audiences with the written word, to consider why people read and how we can support different types of reading identity. The conference will take the form of presentations, discussions and performances. For further information, email the NLS Reader in Residence: k.hendry@nls.uk.

26 August
09.30-16.45
Free.
This event is now fully booked.


 

September events

 

Guided tour of the National Library of Scotland

Group of people on staircase

Guided tour of the building and introduction to the Library's collections and history. The tour will last approximately 45 minutes. Numbers limited, so booking is essential. Please let us know if you have special access requirements.

1 September
14.00
Free.
This event is now fully booked.


 

Tricolour

Photo of a microphone

The monthly night showcasing three different poetry and spoken word talents. Three different voices, three different styles, three different takes on life.

This month we are joined by Ryan Van Winkle, Kevin McLean and Jane McKie.

1 September
18.30
Free. Book online or phone 0131 623 3734.


 

Carina Contini's kitchen garden cookbook

'Kitchen garden cookbook' cover

Edinburgh restaurateur Carina Contini's first book is a glorious celebration of her Scots Italian heritage and the kitchen garden she has created to supply her restaurants and reflect her passion for food. The book charts the story of a year in the life of the garden with recipes for each season, and is interspersed with family history and experiences. Tonight Carina will share her story and her love of cooking.

4 September
18.00
Free.
This event is now fully booked.


 

A capital view: The art of Edinburgh

'A capital view' cover

Edinburgh boasts one of the largest and most diverse collections of art of any city in Britain. In this talk, Alyssa Poppiel will select highlights from Edinburgh-focused artworks within the city collection, setting them in context with lively historical and anecdotal detail.

9 September
18.00
Free
This event is now fully booked.


 

From Virgil to Tintin: Translating into Scots

BOSLIT graphic

A panel of distinguished scholars and translators will discuss the future of literary translation into Scots. Speakers, who will also read from their translations, are poet and novelist Tom Hubbard, J Derrick McClure, translator of Sorley Maclean and 'Alice in Wonderland' into Scots, and Susan Rennie, Editor of 'The Dictionary of the Scots Language' and creator of the Scots 'Tintin'. Sponsored by BOSLIT (Bibliography of Scottish Literature in Translation).

11 September
18.00
Free. Book online or phone 0131 623 3734.


 

Douglas Haig: A hero of Scotland, Britain and the Empire?

Gary Sheffield

Douglas Haig is the most controversial general in British history. He is often seen today as an incompetent 'donkey', but at his death in 1928 Haig was mourned as a national hero. In this lecture Gary Sheffield sets Haig into the context of early 20th century heroism, asks why his reputation has changed so radically, and assesses his place in Scottish, British, and Imperial history.

16 September
18.00
Free.
This event is now fully booked.

 

Guided tour of the National Library of Scotland

Group of people on staircase

Guided tour of the building and introduction to the Library's collections and history. The tour will last approximately 45 minutes. Numbers limited, so booking is essential. Please let us know if you have special access requirements.

17 September
10.30
Free. Book online or phone 0131 623 3734.


 

Jewel in the glen: Gleneagles, golf and the Ryder Cup

'Jewel in the glen' cover

The night before the Ryder Cup tees off in Gleneagles, join former Gleneagles caddy and author of 'Jewel in the glen', Ed Hodge, as he tells the intertwining stories of the Ryder Cup and of golf at Gleneagles. From the USA v GB match in 1921 that sparked a rivalry for the ages to the latest instalment of this international sporting phenomenon, Hodge paints a unique portrait of Gleneagles, Scottish golf and the history of the Ryder Cup.

22 September
18.00
Free.
This event is now fully booked.


 

World War I: Scottish tales of adventure

'World War I: Scottish tales of adventure'

Prepare for battle in ships, aircraft and field hospitals as best-selling author and historian Allan Burnett explains how he has brought the First World War vividly to life for young readers. Allan will discuss his decision to focus on how the war affected Scottish men and women, and why he chose the book-lined trenches of NLS as the headquarters of his research campaign.

23 September
18.00
Free. Book online or phone 0131 623 3734.


 

Golf on the rocks: A journey round Scotland's island courses

'Golf on the rocks' cover

Gary Sutherland will take you on an illustrated journey round some of Scotland's most far-flung golf courses, from Shetland to the Outer Hebrides. A writer from Hopeman on the Moray coast, now living in Glasgow, Gary is the author of 'Hunting grounds', 'Great balls of fire', 'Golf on the rocks' and 'Life cycle', and has written for the likes of 'Scotland on Sunday', 'Sunday Herald' and the 'Sunday Times' newspapers.

25 September
18.00
Free. Book online or phone 0131 623 3734.


 

Doors Open Day

NLS exterior with banners

Take this opportunity to see behind the scenes and learn more about the National Library's George IV Bridge building and about our collections and services. Part of Edinburgh Doors Open Day, organised by the Cockburn Association. Numbers limited, so booking is essential. If you have specific access requirements or other additional needs, please let us know when you book your place.

27 September
10.00, 11.00, 12.00, 14.00, 15.00, 16.00
Free. Book online or phone 0131 623 3734.
Tours at 10.00, 11.00 and 14.00 are fully booked.


 

Guided tour of the National Library of Scotland

Group of people on staircase

Guided tour of the building and introduction to the Library's collections and history. The tour will last approximately 45 minutes. Numbers limited, so booking is essential. Please let us know if you have special access requirements.

29 September
14.00
Free. Book online or phone 0131 623 3734.


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