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The Great Stockbridge Bunting Bee: help make Stockfest bunting! If you’d like to take part, drop in for an evening bee, with tea, coffee and biscuits. 6-8pm, Stockbridge Library, Hamilton Place. (There will be another event on Monday 15th for children aged 9+)

Saltire poster Forbidden Planet

Saltire: book signing with Saltire Annihilation Part 1 author John Ferguson, who says ‘Saltire is an immortal being created thousands of years ago to protect Scotland and its people. He’s big, he’s blue and he’s ginger.  He has Scottish values but he’s a traditional comic book superhero with a variety of supervillains to contend with as the story progresses…’ 5-6pm, Forbidden Planet, South Bridge.

Chess Club: a new club for children and teenagers under 16. 6pm, Moredun Library, 92 Moredun Park Road.

Chatterbooks! Reading group for Primary 4s and 5s. 3.30pm, Balerno Library, 1 Main Street, Balerno. Contact the library to book your place – hurry, they go quickly!

Referendum Question Time with Richard Holloway, Sally Foster-Fulton, Dr Doug Gay and Professors Kenneth Boyd and George Newlands. An opportunity to ask questions, share in respectful debate and explore issues from a Christian perspective. 7.30pm, St Andrew’s and St George’s West Church, 13 George Street. Free but ticketed: tickets from St Andrew’s & St George’s West Church, St John’s Episcopal Church, Princes Street or St Cuthbert’s Parish Church, Lothian Road.

Lunchtime Concert: Will Pickvance: Piano Speak. 12.15pm, St Giles’ Cathedral, High Street. Free.

The Welcoming Association: Scotland for Newcomers. Conversation class with a different topic every week. 2.15-4.15pm, The Hall at St John’s Church, Princes Street. The Welcoming Association brings together refugees, asylum seekers and people from Scottish and local minority ethnic communities, with the aim of welcoming newcomers, learning together and improving English language and literacy skills. The project supports new migrants to get to know the local culture through outings, music, drama, visual arts and talks, and there are also visits from service providers in law, housing, education and employment. It runs a programme of classes and workshops: for more information click here.

The Edinburgh Reporter National Gallery BlackadderTitian in Ten: ten minute pop-up talks delivered by NGS staff.  Gain an exclusive insight as staff from across the galleries offer different perspectives on Titian’s masterpieces. 2pm, Scottish National Galllery, The Mound. Free and unticketed.

Ruskin and the Daguerreotype: Photography and the Grotesque. Gallery talk and tour by art historian Ian Jeffrey, focusing specifically on the daguerreotypes. Ruskin uses the term ‘grotesque’ in Modern Painters: Volume 3 as an aesthetic category with many subsections; he has something imperfect and uncompleted in mind.  12.45-1.30pm, Scottish National Portrait Gallery, 1 Queen Street. Free but tickets should be obtained in advance from the Information Desk at the Scottish National Galllery, The Mound.

Wiff Waff Wednesday: monthly ping-pong night for all ages with music, drink and great food available from the Drill Hall Arts Cafe.  ‘Friendship first, competition second.’ 6-10pm, Out of the Blue Drill Hall, 35 Dalmeny Street. Free.

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LGBT 50+: Stroll along the Prom, Prom, Prom! Join LGBT Age, a group for those 50+, on an outing to Portobello beach for a walk along the prom and a breath of sea air, followed by a cuppa and a chat. 12 noon-3pm, Portobello. For meeting place and more information contact Jane on 0131 523 1100 or jane@lgbthealth.org.uk  Organised by LGBT Health and Wellbeing.

LGBT Community Discussion: Ticking the other box. Are you always ticking the ‘other’ box on forms, and how does this make you feel? Hear guest speakers and have your say in a safe and inclusive space. Explore the true diversity of your community, how labels and language affect it and how organisations like LGBT Health & Wellbeing can continue to promote inclusivity. 6.30-9.30pm, venue TBC. Booking essential: click here or contact Jules via jules@lgbthealth.org.uk or call 0131 523 1104. Organised by LGBT Health and Wellbeing.

Filmhouse foyer

A Single Man: a special free screening as part of Suicide Prevention Week, in association with Choose Life. Los Angeles 1962: British professor George Falconer is struggling to find meaning in his life after the death of his long time partner Jim. Cast includes Colin Firth and Julianne Moore. Staff experienced in suicide prevention will be available for a post-film discussion. 5.45pm, Filmhouse, Lothian Road. Free tickets can be booked here or by calling the box office on 0131 228 2688.