Exhibition events series starts

Environmentalist and author Sir John Lister-Kaye features in the first in a series of talks and discussions to complement the National Library of Scotland's summer exhibition, 'Wish you were here'. The programme of events runs from July until October, and, with the title 'As Others See Us', centres on people who have come to Scotland and who now know it well. Sponsored by BAA Scottish Airports, the series also includes two events with a different focus — one on holiday films of the 20th century and the other on the social history of tourism.

Under the heading of 'Song of the Rolling Earth', Sir John will converse with BBC Radio Scotland producer Anna Magnusson about why he chose to live in Scotland and devote himself to the country and its environment. He will also sign copies of his latest book. The event is free, but ticketed: to book, email us at events@nls.uk, phone the ticket line (0131-622 4807) or visit the Library shop.

Among later contributors to the series are Bashir Maan, President of the National Association of British Pakistanis, American novelist Todd McEwen, and a former Scotland rugby internationalist, New-Zealand-born Sean Lineen. Full details will be published online next week.

3 July 2003

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