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Mention 1918 and we usually fast-forward to the Armistice, jumping over the climactic battles that brought the First World War to an end. Peter Hart, oral historian at the Imperial War Museum, and author of Gallipoli and other acclaimed books on 1914-18, brings to life the forgotten voices from the front as he narrates the Great War's dramatic endgame. Chaired by David Reynolds, festival patron and Professor of International History, University of CambridgeRead More
Join bestselling TV historians Mary Beard and David Olusoga as they examine history through the lens of global culture. Three years in the making, and filmed in 31 countries and on six continents, the BBC's Civilisations series questions what lies at the heart of identity - and what makes us human. Civilisations presenters Beard and Olusoga will discuss the ideas underlying their respective contributions to the series to uncover what we now think 'civilisation' is, and our stake in the very idea of it. Chaired by Mark Jones, former Director of the Victoria & Albert MuseumRead More
Mary Shelley, daughter of feminist Mary Wollstonecraft and revolutionary philosopher William Godwin, grew up in a house full of radicals. At sixteen she eloped with Percy Bysshe Shelley, embarking on a passionate relationship lived on the move across Britain and Europe. Before her early widowhood, Mary had already experienced debt, infidelity, orphanhood, and the deaths of three of her children. It was against this dramatic backdrop - and while she was still a teenager - that she composed the cultural landmark that is Frankenstein. In the process she created two of today's most enduring archetypes. Published to mark Frankenstein's bicentenary, Fiona Sampson's critically acclaimed new biography, In Search of Mary Shelley, sifts the evidence to find the real person behind the clich├ęs. Fiona Sampson is a prizewinning poet and writer published in more than thirty languages. Her honours include an MBE for services to literature.Read More
Award-winning writer and doctor Gavin Francis considers the transformations in mind and body that continue across the arc of human life. We can't avoid puberty, the menopause, or our hair turning grey. Others may be welcome milestones along our path - a much-wanted pregnancy, a cancer cured, or a long-awaited transition to another gender. We may find ourselves turning down dark paths, towards the cruel distortions of anorexia, or the shifting sands of memory loss. Francis draws on history, art, literature, myth and magic to show how the very essence of being human is change.Read More
In a special talk for Glasgow Skeptics, science writer Gavin Francis considers the transformations in mind and body that continue across the arc of human life. We can't avoid puberty, the menopause, or our hair turning grey. Others may be welcome milestones along our path - a much-wanted pregnancy, a cancer cured, or a long-awaited transition to another gender. We may find ourselves turning down dark paths, towards the cruel distortions of anorexia, or the shifting sands of memory loss. Francis draws on history, art, literature, and myth to show how the very essence of being human is change. This event comes you to in association with our friends at Waterstones on Sauchiehall Street, who will ensure that Gavin's books will be on display and available for purchase. You will most probably be able to persuade Gavin to sign your copy as well. About the speaker: Gavin Francis qualified in medicine from Edinburgh in 1999, then spent ten years travelling, visiting all seven continents. He is the author of three books: True North, Travels in Arctic Europe (2008, 2010), Empire Antarctica, Ice, Silence & Emperor Penguins (2012) which was Scottish Book of the Year 2013 and shortlisted for the Costa, Ondaatje, Banff, & Saltire Prizes, & Adventures in Human Being (2015), which won Saltire Non-Fiction Book of the Year 2015, was the Observer's Science Book of the Year, and was a winner in the BMA Book Awards. He is a member of the Royal College of General Practitioners and the Royal College of Emergency Medicine, and lives and practises medicine in Edinburgh.Read More
TThe runaway Goth At 16 she ran away with a married poet; at 21 she wrote Frankenstein, the definitive Gothic novel that spawned a whole new genre. The romance and tragedy of Mary Shelley's short life are well known, but what do we know of the woman herself? Through letters, diaries and records Fiona Sampson reveals the real woman behind the story. She uncovers a complex, generous character - friend, intellectual, lover and mother - trying to fulfil a passionate commitment to writing when to be a woman writer was an extraordinary and costly anomaly. Frankenstein 200. Book for any two of the following: Gavin Francis (15 July), Miranda Seymour (17 July) or Fiona Sampson (18 July) and receive a 25% discount on the second talk.Read More
Mary Shelley's life story is well-known. But who was the woman who lived it? She's left plenty of evidence, and in this fascinating dialogue with the past, Fiona Sampson sifts through letters, diaries and records to find the real woman behind the story. She uncovers a complex, generous character - friend, intellectual, lover and mother - trying to fulfil her own passionate commitment to writing at a time when to be a woman writer was an extraordinary and costly anomaly.Read More

Nairin Book & Arts Festival

Date: 15 Sep 2018

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