pakistani cultural reflections exhibition

Pakistan Society Heritage Project presents Rural Reflections: an exhibition of rural scenery of Pakistan and Scotland. ‘Here we share the stories of ten members of the 50+ group of the Pakistan Society of Edinburgh, who began their lives in rural Pakistan before moving to the UK. Although they have lived in Edinburgh for many years, none of the group had ventured forth to the Highlands of Scotland. Their journey to find out more about rural life and the history of highland communities not only opened their eyes to a distinctive cultural heritage, it also brought to the fore their own vivid memories of growing up in rural Pakistan.’ 10am-8pm Monday to Wednesday, 10am-5pm Thursday to Saturday, CommunityRoom 2, Morningside Library, 184 Morningside Road. Free booklet available at the exhibition.

Gilmerton Writers’ Group: for everyone with an interest in writing prose, poetry or plays. 6.30pm, Gilmerton Library, 13 Newtoft Street.

Metre by Meter: Exploring Poetry in the Trenches. Learn about Siegfried Sassoon, Rupert Brooke and Wilfred Owen and discuss some of their World War One poetry. 6.30-7.30pm, Colinton Library, 14 Thorburn Road. Free: to book a place please call 0131 529 5603.

Blackwell’s Edinburgh Children’s Book Group: if you are 8 to 11 years old with a love of books and biscuits join this group for a friendly hour of books and chat! Currently reading John Fardell’s gripping adventure story The 7 Professors of the Far North. 6-7pm, Blackwell’s, South Bridge. To join just email your details to

Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom: Scottish Branch Meeting. All women welcome. 5.30 for 5.45pm start, Engender Office, 1a Haddington Place.

Blackwell’s Edinburgh Presents Ruth Bailey and Jackie Holt: Knit Your Own Broons. The authors of Knit Your Own Scotland and Knit Your Own Britain launch their latest book. 6.30-7.30pm, Blackwell’s, South Bridge. Free tickets are available from Blackwell’s front desk, by calling 0131 622 8218 or emailing

Veterans Breaking Barriers Information Day: come along and meet representatives from Veterans Scotland, Job Centre Plus, Crisis Skylight, Citizens Advice Bureau, Officers Association Scotland, The Legion Scotland, SSAFA, Combat Stress, SAMH, Regular Forces Employment Agency, The Thistle Foundation, Glasgow’s Helping Heroes, The Lothians Veterans Centre, Veterans First Point, Remploy, Drummond Education, Veterans First Point, Shelter Scotland, Timebank’s Shoulder 2 Shoulder Erskine Project and more…there will be a social area to relax and meet fellow armed forces veterans, plus a chance to watch a film made by ex-servicemen about leaving the forces (showing at 1pm and again at 3pm). 12 noon-5pm, Teviot House, 13 Bristo Square.  Free: all welcome (not just veterans!) For more information contact Caronne on 07837 040568 , email or see the Veterans Breaking Barriers Facebook page here.

Eduardo Paolozzi: Judith Collins, independent curator and writer, talks about her new book on Leith-born Paolozzi – the first full-scale historical appraisal of his work in all media. The talk will be followed by a signing. 12.45-1.30pm, Hawthornden Lecture Theatre, Scottish National Gallery, The Mound. Free and unticketed.

Victor Zhang – Huawei Technologies. Former CEO of Huawei UK and Ireland, Victor Zhang took up the post as President of the Brussels office and the West-EU Public Affairs and Communications department in June 2014. In this role he is responsible for strategic relationships between Huawei Technologies, European Institutions and the European ICT industry and West-EU Public Affairs Department. This is a joint event with the University of Edinburgh and the Confucius Institute, and forms part of the Institute’s Business Lecture Series. 6.30 (registration and coffee from 6pm) -7.45pm, Auditorium, Business School, University of Edinburgh, 29 Buccleuch Place. All welcome: book via eventbrite. Free.

image courtesy of Colin Gilmour

Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland: Studley Royal – ‘The Wonder of the North’ – past, present and future. Michael Ridsdale, Head of Landscape at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Estate, National Trust, will talk about the multi-disciplinary management of this world heritage landscape. Joint lecture with The Garden History Society in Scotland. 6.30-8.30pm, St Andrew’s and St George’s West Church, George Street. £5/£2.50 (students). Non-members warmly welcomed.

Be Arty, Be Healthy: Free Healthy Lunch and Christmas Craft Workshops. Come along and make items such as Christmas decorations and festive wreaths to sell at the Christmas Fair on 6th December. Lunch 12.30-1pm, workshop 1-4pm,  today for the next three Mondays, Craigmillar Community Arts, 58 Newcraighall Road.