2014_04_24 CastleTHURSDAY – it’s the busiest day again

Untaught to Shine – see Friday.  Ticketed performance at 7.30pm only today (ie no free pop-up): prices and contact details as Friday. National Portrait Gallery, Queen Street.

Portrait Gallery

Portrait Gallery Insights: Making History.  Imogen Gibbon.  5.30-6pm at the National Portrait Gallery.  Free but limited places, so booking essential on 0131 624 6560

The Drawing Room: Artist-led workshop exploring contemporary drawing practice.  Booking required: 0131 624 6410 or email education@nationalgalleries.org   5.30-6.45pm, Gallery of Modern Art ONE.

Tradfest and Blackwell’s Edinburgh present Dilys Rose: Pelmanism.  Dilys Rose, Scottish poet, fiction writer and teacher of Creative Writing at Edinburgh University introduces her new novel, Pelmanisn – ‘a razor-sharp portrait of mental illness and its impact on those around you.’  To obtain your free ticket, visit Blackwell’s front desk or call 0131 622 8218.

At Looking Glass BooksAnnie Donovan, prize winning author of Buddha Da, will introduce her new novel, Gone Are The Leaves, ‘an enchanting story of friendship, betrayal and growing up.’  6.30pm.  More details from the bookshop on 0131 229 2902.

Local singer/songwriter Catherine Lomax plays folk & acoustic covers plus her own original material.  Part of Tradfest. 7-10.15 pm at the Ensign Ewart Bar, 52-523 Lawnmarket.  Free and unticketed.

A Lovely Way to Burn.  Louise Welsh discusses her latest novel with the BBC’s Serena Field.  A Lovely Way to Burn is the first book of The Plague Trilogy and takes the reader on a terrifying journey into the depths of London in the grips of a pandemic.  6pm at the National Library of Scotland, George IV Bridge.  Booking essential: call 0131 623 3734 or visit www.nls.uk/events/booking.

University of Edinburgh Centre for South Asian Studies: ‘Seeing Like a Feminist.’  A public lecture by Professor Nivedita Menon (Jawaharial Nehru University, New Delhi and Singhvi Visiting Professor, University of Edinburgh).  4-6pm, Conference Room, David Hume Tower, George Square.

Reporting Europe’ – University of Edinburgh Europa Institute (supported by the Office of the European Commission in Scotland): a panel of journalists (Lesley Riddoch, Alex Massie, Paul Gillespie, Dr Simon Usherwood and John Palmer) will discuss the role and responsibility of the media when it comes to ‘reporting Europe.’ 6-7.30pm, St Cecilia’s Hall, Niddry Street.  Free but booking essential via eventbrite.

For other events this week read our full list here.