What to book at Edinburgh Science Festival

Edinburgh Science Festival is not just for kids. On 8 April at Dynamic Earth there is an event called Innovation Late which is suitable for those aged 18 and over.

During the evening you can:

  • Listen to artist Ted Humble-Smith talk about his innovative new photography exhibition
  • Experience the Neurobright light and sound wearable device, designed to help ease anxiety
  • Programme robots and manoeuvre over a Martian landscape
  • Encounter the latest in kidney dialysis technology with Quanta Dialysis Technologies
  • Build a hovercraft
  • Test your construction skills on our earthquake table
  • Make a light theremin and a pencil organ with the adorable bumblebeeps
  • Find out how Renzor are preventing brain injuries in sport
  • Contribute to a poetical version of the Forth Rail Bridge
  • Meet the AI reincarnation of trailblazing geologist Lady MacRobert
  • Enjoy a welcome drink (included in the ticket price) while listening to a varied talks programme celebrating all things innovative.
Dynamic Earth. Photo © 2023 Martin P. McAdam www.martinmcadam.com

Scottish Book Trust looking for stories

Scottish Book Trust is calling for members of the public to submit a real-life story based on the theme of hope, as part of their annual non-fiction writing opportunity that supports and encourages people from across Scotland to use their creativity to share their own experience.

Scotland’s Stories, hosted by Scotland’s national book charity, is now in its sixteenth year. It gives anyone, regular writers and those telling their story for the first time, the chance to have their non-fiction pieces published online. Some will also be selected to appear in a free book, to be distributed during Book Week Scotland (19 to 24 November, 2024), Scotland’s national celebration of books and reading.

This year’s theme of hope ties in with studies that show that creative writing can support mental health and wellbeing, increase happiness, and can even delay or reduce symptoms of dementia.

Alongside appealing for stories to be submitted from the public, Scottish Book Trust has commissioned pieces from Scotland’s Scriever Susi Briggs, Ever Dundas and Alycia Pirmohamed, who will also be taking part in workshops. 

Marc Lambert, CEO of Scottish Book Trust, said: “Scotland’s Stories is one of the highlights of Scottish Book Trust’s work, giving a platform to people all over Scotland, no matter their experience as writers.

“It’s a privilege to collect and share these stories from Scotland’s unique and varied voices on the theme of hope, and we’d love to see as many people as possible enjoy the positive benefits of writing for pleasure.”

The opportunity is open to everyone in Scotland, whether they write regularly or haven’t penned anything since school. These real-life stories can be about little everyday moments of hope or life-changing experiences. Submissions of up to 1,000 words can be made in English, Scots or Gaelic in any form, such as a written story, poem, comic strip, play or letter. Audio and video formats are also welcomed.

Stories should be submitted by 7 June 2024 via scottishbooktrust.com/about-scotlands-stories or by post to: Scotland’s Stories, Scottish Book Trust, Sandeman House, Trunk’s Close, 55 High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1SR.

University International Women’s Group need volunteers

Can you help?
The International Women’s Group seeks female volunteers for roles like English teaching, childcare assistance, event setup, and hospitality.

Join the group to support international families in Edinburgh by emailing IWC@ed.ac.uk

University of Edinburgh George Square Library

Scotland’s Heritage Hub Project

The Society of Antiquaries of Scotland are planning to open Scotland’s Heritage Hub which will be a new “meeting place for people, ideas and cultural heritage”.

The body is looking for ideas on how they can shape the hub and they will hold an in person workshop at Augustine United Church on 19 April 2024 from 10am to 4pm. The event is free but sign up here.

There are also online workshops for heritage and related organisations on 9 and 10 April. Full details can be found on the Society’s website.

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