Mrs Mash the Storytelling Cook: stories, songs and participative fun for Portobello’s youngest residents. 10.30-11am, The Skylark, 241-243 Portobello High Street.
Toddler Time: Poppy Cat. Join fabulous feline Poppy Cat on her adventures through magical lands with her colourful group of friends. Each story is a celebration of imaginative play and problem solving; three 11 minute programmes will be shown. Poppy is voiced by Joanna Page and based on the award-winning books by Lara Jones. Toddler Time is for pre-school children and their parents and carers only. 11-11.33am, Cameo Cinema, 38 Home Street, Tollcross. £3 per child, babies under 1 year free, accompanying adults free provided they become members of Toddler Time (free membership – ask at Box Office or call 0871 902 5747.)
Inspired by Dutch Still Life: a practical workshop and tour suitable for community groups, including care homes and those with dementia. Explore the National Gallery, work with artists and create a beautiful art work inspired by Dutch Still Life. Wheelchair users welcome – please note there will be some moving between the gallery and the workshop area. 10am-12 noon or 2-4pm, Clore 1, Scottish National Gallery, The Mound. Free: to book places call 0131 624 6560. Part of Luminate: Scotland’s Creative Aging Festival. Also available at same times every day until Friday 10th October.
What Next for Scotland? the Referendum result has raised question for both the medium and the long-term future of Scotland and the rest of the UK. Experts from the Scottish Centre for Constitutional Change will offer some answers, looking at what happened on 18th September and what might happen in the weeks, months and years ahead, and highlighting research by some of the UK’s most respected academics. 9am-12.30pm, Our Dynamic Earth, Holyrood Gait. Free tickets should be booked via eventbrite. A University of Edinburgh event chaired by the Rt Hon Henry McLeish.
Blackwell’s Edinburgh presents The Monthly Book Quiz: if you know your Waugh from your Peace and your Meyer from your Heyer, try Blackwell’s monthly book quiz. Teams of up to five welcome. 6-7.15pm, Caffe Nero, Blackwell’s, South Bridge. Free and unticketed but arrive early as space is limited. For more information contact Ann Landmann on 0131 622 8216 or email email@example.com
Tricolour: monthly night showcasing three different poetry and spoken word talents. Three different voices, three different styles, three different takes on life. This month: Diana Hendry, Hamish White and Kate Hendry. 6.30pm, National Library of Scotland, George IV Bridge. Free but places should be booked here or by calling 0131 623 3734.
For Crying Out Loud: special screenings for carers and their babies (under 12 months). This week: Woody Allen’s Magic in the Moonlight (12A) featuring Colin Firth, Emma Stone and Eileen Atkins. 11am, The Filmhouse, 88 Lothian Road. £4.50/£3.50 per adult (max. 2 adults per baby.) Baby changing, bottle warming and buggy parking facilities available.
Exposure: a thought-provoking exhibition as part of Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival. Through the medium of photography, young people with experience of mental ill health explore issues of living with social anxiety, depression, OCD and isolation. 10am-5pm today and every day until Friday 10th October 2014, Out of The Blue Drill Hall, 36 Dalmeny Street. Free.
Firhill Art Group Exhibition: the group returns to the Undercroft Cafe with a mixed exhibition of work curated by Alex Lodge. Today until 1st November 2014, Undercroft Cafe, St Andrew’s and St George’s West Church, 13 George Street.
A Scottish Architect Abroad: Robert Lorimer’s work in England and further afield. Simon Green will explore this topic to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Lorimer’s birth. 6.30-8.30pm, St Andrew’s and St George’s West Church, 13 George Street. A talk in the Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland’s winter lecture series. £5 (students £2.50), non-members warmly welcomed.
Oh What a Lovely War! Based on the celebrated anti-war stage piece by Joan Littlewood’s Theatre Workshop, this film (made in 1969) chronicles the various madnesses of the First World War. Shown as part of Gorgie War Memorial’s commemoration of the start of the war. 6.30-8.45pm, St Bride’s Centre, Orwell Road. Free: certificate PG.
Conflict, War and Climate Change: the need to act now. A short film produced by the Move for the Abolition of War, aiming to convince people that climate change and conflict are linked and can be tackled together by ordinary people, communities and governments. To be followed by a discussion. 7.30-9pm, Quaker Meeting House, 7 Victoria Terrace. All welcome. Presented by the Campaign Against the Arms Trade. Part of Edinburgh World Justice Festival 2014.