which she is ill-prepared and the plays gives a perceptive voice to her thoughts and feelings.

Best known for her poetry and work in theatre. Liz Lochhead has also worked in film and tv but had not. hitherto. written a radio play. Producer Marilyn lmrie finally persuaded her and her first radio play. Fancy you Minding That is broadcast Sun 30 Nov 2.30pm. It is a very well constructed piece about a grandmother. mother and daughter who relate more to the role than the person in their response to each other. It shows the width ofthe real gap between them in spite oftheir apparent closeness and how each is shaped by her relationship with a man (none of whom appear). In a simple structure it covers a complexity of feeling that is neatly drawn and well-observed.

City Whitelight by John McKenzie is the Monday play during the Scottish week on l Dec.8. 15pm and isa complete re-write of the book. It is a tough political allegory. set in an anarchic and terrorised city and produced by Patrick Rayner who also produced About Last Night. by Robert Forrest. Tues 2 Dec. 3pm. Taking as its subject the nuclear threat and people's response to it. it mirrors a private. personal violence and a wider external one in what might be the very last night ofall.

Colin Douglas. style as ‘Marchmont‘s greatest living writer‘ is the author of The Houseman 's Tale soon to be broadcast as a mini—series on BBC iv. Betterto Breakyour Neck. Thurs 4 Dec. 3pm is his first radio play. a poignant and all to familiar story of a Miss Macinnes. retired schoolmistress and NHS patient. who‘s case develops tragic complications.

()utwith the Scottish Drama Week a number of other productions from the Edinburgh drama studios are currently being networked which show the strength and high quality of their output. Programmes include the last drama in Radio 3‘s Russian Season. A Man with Connections. R3. 28 Nov. 7pm. by Alexander Gelrnan. It explores the personal and inter-personal moral dilemmas for a married couple who's private and professional life has fused beyond the point where they can extricate their feelings. Bill Paterson and Phyllis Logan make a convincing Scots couple within its recognisably Soviet parameters. Stephen Mulrine. lecturer at Glasgow School of Art. translates and Marilyn lmrie produces.

Bill Paterson also reads Radio 4‘s new Book at Bedtime. The Fall of Kelvin Walker. December 3- 12 and Neveriand by Frances Gray is a deserved joint winner ofthe Radio Times 1985 Drama Award. produced by Marilyn lmrie. Aged thirty eight. unmarried and long-time supporter of a woman‘s right to choose. Lesley suddenly finds she is pregnant. Finally. even a Scottish tribute from Radio 3: Music ior Strite and Sorrow Sun 30 Nov. is the first of three short programmes on battle music and laments from the Scottish gaelic tradition.

o The Open List is a free listings service for all cultural, educational, political and other events that do not fall into The List's other listings categories.

SATURDAY 29 Glasgow

0 Anti-Fascist, Anti-Racist March Meet Blythswood Square at 1pm to rally at Glasgow University. This demonstration is being organised in response to The British National Party rally on the same day and is co-ordinated by Scottish Asian Action Committee. 537 Sauchiehall Street. Glasgow. 041 248 5033.

o Polaris Watch, Glasgow (information: Faslane Peace Camp. Shandon. Ilelensburgh. 0436 820901). A mock convoy of nuclear warheads is being driven from Coulport to Glasgow along routes the real convoys take. CND will be rallying at Erskine Bridge. Charing Cross and Easterhouse.

0 Glasgow Buddhist Centre Open Day 36‘) Sauchiehall Street. Glasgow G2. 333 0524. Slides and videos outlining the activities ofthe centre.


0 Water, WaterEverywhere Edinburgh Theosophical Centre. 28 Great King Street. Edinburgh. Talk on dowsing by F. Middleton.

SUNDAY 30 Edinburgh

0 Poetry Reading Christopher North House Hotel. Gloucester Place. Edinburgh (Information from the Scottish Poetry Library. 031 557 2876). 5pm. John McGoughey. Rita Mitchell and Norman Kreitman read their work.

0 St Andrew’s Day Waterstone's. 114-116 George Street. 225 3436. The shop will be open till 10pm. and to complement the books. some traditional Scottish hospitality. music and poetry.

MONDAY 1 Edinburgh

0 Carnival National Museums of Scotland. Lecture Theatre. Chambers Street. 1.55pm. Free. The autumn lectures on the theme of ‘Festivals‘ continue with a talk by Katriana Hazell.


0 Charles Rennie Mackintosh Mackintosh Society. Queen's Cross. 870 Garscube Road. 946 6600. 12.30—2pm. In the Sixties Murray

Grigor made a documentary designed to bring Mackintosh back into focus. Here he introduces the film and discusses how attitudes have changed.

0 Philip Larkin Conference Room. Edinburgh Library. George Square. 6671011 (Brenda Moon). 5.30pm. Douglas Dunn talks about the late poet and librarian to The Friends of Edinburgh University Library open to visitors.



0 British Airways Commonwealth Poetry Prize Tour Third Eye Centre. 350 Sauchiehall Street. 7.30pm. £2 (£1 ). Poetry prize winners from the Commonwealth \"itram Seth (India). Niyi ()sundare (Africa). Lorna Goodison (Caribbean). Ian Crichton Smith (UK) and Andrew Taylor (Australia).

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- Celebrating the Winter Solstice National Museums ofScotland. Lecture Theatre. Chambers Street. Information 225 7534 ext 206. 1.55pm. Free. Jenni Calder is the speaker.


0 Planting a Future Lecture Theatre 5. Appleton Tower. University. George Square. 7.30pm. Free. Tickets from the Royal Botanic Garden (Ian Edwards). lnverleith Row. Edinburgh and the venue on the day. The inimitable David Bellamy gives a lecture to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Botanical Society of Edinburgh.

THURSDAY 4 Edinburgh

0 The Sun King Royal Museum of Scotland. Lecture Theatre. Lothian Street. Edinburgh film about the French King. Louis XIV.



0 Questioning Development The Pearce Institute. Govan. Glasgow. Information (and registration): International Voluntary Service. The Methodist Church Hall. West Tollcross. Edinburgh. 22‘) 7318.

First day Of a weekend event 5—7 Dec. £10/£7.50/£5 (weekend) £2.50/£2/£1 .50 (Sat only). A weekend of discussion and workshops on development at home and abroad tackling such topics as The Debt Crisis and Britain‘s Foreign Aid Policy.

SATURDAY 6 Edinburgh

0 Plant Sale Saughton Winter Gardens. Saughton Park. Edinburgh (info from MrsC.Vincenti.5571265 ext 217) 10am-noomn. Free sale of indoor and outdoor plants and at 11.30am a talk on Christmas Floral Arrangements'.

MONDAY 8 _ Edinburgh

0 The True Story of Santa Claus National Museums ofScotland. Lecture Theatre. Chambers Street. Information 225 7534 ext 206 (Robin Crichton). Director of Edinburgh Film Productions. quoting from The Curious Case of Santa (.‘luus, does the disillusioning. A dulls only.

WEDNESDAY 10 Edinburgh

0 ‘Making Cocoa tor Kingsley Amis’ 27 George Square. Edinburgh (Information from Robin Bell on 334 5241 ). 7.30pm. £3 (Students free). Wendy Cope reads from her collection in an event organised by the Scottish Association for the Speaking ofVerse. The reading is followed by a Christmas party.

0 The Christmas Story in Art Museums ofScotland. Lecture Theatre. Chambers Street. Information 225 7534 ext 206. 1.55pm. Sheila Brock concludes the ‘Festivals' lecture season.

0 The Snowman Waterstone‘s Bookshop. 114—116 George Street. 225 3436. Raymond Briggs‘ Snowman is in from the cold today and tomorrow. 1 lam—2pm. 3—5pm and 6-8pm.

THURSDAY 11 Edinburgh

0 Eastwood CND Open Night Thorntree Hall. Edinburgh. 7.30pm. Information: Martin Baillie. 638 3890. Annual discussion night where Eastwood CND acts host to members ofother groups.

0 Spring Fling Open Meeting Assembly Rooms. 54 George Street. 4.30pm. This year the Spring Fling grew in stature and range. Plans are now being made for 1987. This meeting is designed for anybody with ideas and particularly designed to encourage community groups to

take part. Ifyou are unable to attend. written proposals are welcomed by the Arts Outreach Team at the Assembly Rooms.

For a list otworkshops and courses currently available see City List page 43! 44!

24 The List 28 Nov— 11 Dec