Edinburgh lectures & talks

Renowned journalist and historian Neal Ascherson opens this special two-day conference examing ties between scotland and Poland with a lecture entitled "Brothers and Sisters for a' that': Rediscove

The first ever Edinburgh Festivals Open Breakfast Debate is being held on Saturday 15 August looking at ways in which Edinburgh can enhance its reputation as the "world's leading Festival City".

Catherine Lockerbie is to step down as Director of the Edinburgh International Book Festival after nine years in the post, it was announced yesterday. She moves on to an international consultancy role in culture and literature.

Carers, patients and clinicians in Edinburgh are to give the General Medical Council (GMC)
their views on new guidelines for doctors treating patients at the end of their
life.

The 150th Anniversary Celebration for Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is on Friday 22 May (7.30-10pm) and Saturday 23 May (10am-5pm) 2009. Speakers include: Andrew Lycett, Owen Dudley Edwards,
Prof Alistair Fowler and James Mavor

James Murdoch, Chairman and Chief Executive, Europe and Asia, News Corporation, and Chairman of BSkyB, will give this year's MacTaggart Lecture at the MediaGuardian Edinburgh International Television Festival.

What influenced great writers like James Hogg and Robert Louis Stevenson to create
tales of the macabre? What has been their modern-day legacy?

Over 400 folksong arrangments by Franz Joseph Haydn for three Scottish publishers

'Hu, Hei, Duncan Gray!': Scotland in the Scandinavian musical imagination is a special lecture-recital with mezzo-soprano and musicologist Dr Sally Garden and pianist Donald Hawksworth.

As their contribution to the Year of
the Homecoming, the Rotary Clubs of Midlothian invite you to a talk by writer
and broadcaster Billy Kay highlighting the influence the Scots have had on
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