Martyrdom: A Very Short Introduction

Martyrdom is not only a sharply contested term and act, but it has a long history of provoking controversy. One person's 'martyr' is another's 'terrorist', and one person's 'martyrdom operation' is another's 'suicide bombing'. Suicide attacks have made recurring questions about martyrdom more pertinent to current discussions. What is martyrdom? Why are some people drawn towards giving up their lives as martyrs? What place does religion play in inciting and creating martyrs? How are martyrs made? Why are some martyrs and martyrdoms remembered more than others? How helpful is the distinction between active and passive martyrdoms? In order both to answer such questions and to understand the contemporary debates about martyrdom, it is helpful to consider its diverse roots.
Jolyon Mitchell provides a historical analysis to shed light on how the concept and practice of martyrdom has evolved, as well as the different ways in which it is used today.
Speaker : Jolyon Mitchell

ticket : £4
Book online at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/martyrdom-a-very-short-introduction-tickets-19051943877 Tickets will be available on the door
28 York Pl,
Edinburgh EH1 3EP,


Warriston Cemetery

Guided tour by the Friends of Warriston Cemetery around parts of the newly-revealed heritage.
Please book via friendsofwarristoncemetery@gmail.com Meet inside Main Gate at the end of Warriston Gardens Ticket : £4

Warriston Cemetery,
36 Warriston Rd,
Midlothian EH7 4HW,
United Kingdom


Rope dancers, courtesans and killers - Scotland's women

Susan Morrison is a comedian, writer and broadcaster who has made a series of radio documentaries for BBC Radio Scotland about 'Women with a past'. Alongside her fantastic radio producer, Dr Louise Yeoman, she has presented the stories of Jessie King, the last woman to be hanged in Edinburgh, Christian Caddell, the cross dressing counterfeit witch pricker, Lady Grange, kidnapped and dragged to exile on St Kilda by a fearful husband and the delicious Ladies of Pleasure of Edinburgh.
Spend an hour in Susan's company as she takes you through the lives of these incredible women in a told with verve, panache and wit. She promises to let you out after an hour. We made her put that bit in writing....
Speaker : Susan Morrison

£4 https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/scottish-women-tickets-19052203654 Tickets will be available on the door
28 York Place,
York Pl,
Midlothian EH1 3EP,
United Kingdom


Josephine Tey : A Life

Josephine Tey was the pen-name of Elizabeth MacKintosh (1896-1952). Born in Inverness, MacKintosh lived several 'lives': best known as Golden Age Crime Fiction writer 'Josephine Tey', she was also successful novelist and playwright 'Gordon Daviot'. Tey's novels include The Franchise Affair, Brat Farrar, and the unique Richard III mystery, The Daughter of Time - once voted the best crime novel of all time.
Her work was adapted for radio, TV and film, most notably by Alfred Hitchcock. Meanwhile, as 'Gordon Daviot', she wrote smash-hit play Richard of Bordeaux, making a star out of her leading man, John Gielgud. She worked with actors such as Laurence Olivier, and was friends with many of the stars of London's 1930s Theatreland. At one point, she had plays on simultaneously in the West End in London and on Broadway, and even wrote for Hollywood - all from her home in the north of Scotland.
Romantic yet practical, Josephine Tey was a fascinating woman who led a life full of contrasts. Genuinely modest, the full scale of her achievements, and her significance to Scottish fiction, has not been recognised until now.
Speaker : Jennifer Morag Henderson

FREE but registration essential
Book online: http://josephinetey.eventbrite.co.uk
Blackwells Bookshop Edinburgh South Bridge,
53-59 South Bridge,
Edinburgh EH1 1YS,
United Kingdom


The Flyting

Crude and offensive? Or a stunning showcase for the Scots language? William Dunbar and Walter Kennedy, makars at the court of James IV, squared up to each other in around about 1508 to give each other a verbal battering. The verse is sublime, the insults are grotesque and the swearing is genuine. This couldn't be more Scottish if it tried. You, the audience, get to judge the winner of this poetic pyrotechnic - who goes home victorious? Dunbar? Kennedy? Ultimately, it’s the Scots language itself!

Ticket : £10.00
The Storytelling Centre,
43-45 High Street Edinburgh EH1 1SR UK


1707: What Really Happened?

It was the historic vote that changed the course of Scotland's history. Some were passionate ‘Yes’ supporters - other were equally vehement on the ‘No’ side. Now, 308 years after the vote that led to the Union of Parliaments, it is time to put those differences to one side and discuss what happened and why. A lively discussion between historian and journalist Michael Fry, Professor Murray Pittock, Professor Christopher Whatley, and playwrights Tim Barrow and Jen McGregor chaired by journalist and writer Jackie Kemp. 7.45 to 9.15pm, 28 York Place. Free, booking here https://1707.eventbrite.co.uk

28 York Place,
York Pl,
Midlothian EH1 3EP,
United Kingdom