O COLLINS GALLERY University of Strathclyde. 22 Richmond Street. Mon—Fri 10am-5pm: Sat noon-4pm.


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O HAGGS CASTLE 100 St Andrews Drive. Pollokshields. 427 2725. Mon—Sat 10am—5pm; Sun 2—5pm. From Cauldron to Cooker Until 18 Jan. Lots ofold fashioned but familiar household items including an early TV.

Mary Queen of Scots Semi-permanent exhibition. Children ages 8— 12 years can dress up as a few of the 16th century figures from Mary‘s colourful times.

Mini exhibition Small but intriguing exhibition of knitted sculpture and pictures. including a very colourful and unusual six foot snake.


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Paisley. The Greatest Show on Strings Mon 15—Sat 20. 7.30pm (all mats SOLD OUT). £3.50. £3m £2.50. £2. A puppet extravaganza on strings from the Black Box Puppet Theatre Co. The theme is the circus with a difference. Johnny Pearson (Top of the Pops musical director for 16 years) has composed the music and Jocelyn Stevenson. who wrote TVs Fraggle Rock, has written the script. 0 THIRD EYE CENTRE 350 Sauchiehall Street. 332 7521. The Scottish Tale Tellers Sat 13 Dec. 2.30pm. 50p/£l adults. More traditional Scottish folk tales from the Theatre Seanachaidh. told in English and full ofwit. wisdom. fun and magic. For 5 years plus.

EDINBURGH Activities and Fun

0 EDINBURGH FESTIVAL FRINGE POSTER DESIGN COMPETITION 1987 Entry forms and details available very soon for the next Festival Fringe Poster Competition. Sponsored by the Life Association of Scotland. last year there wereover 2 1/2 thousand entries! The winning design will be printed and used as the Official Fringe poster. and there is a total of over £2000 worth of prizes to be won. including cash prizes for the pupils and art materials for the school. Open to any one at school in Scotland. Closing date 27 Feb. Entry forms and details from The Festival Fringe Society. 170 High Street. Edinburgh EH1 108. 225 5257/5259. 0 EDINBURGH ZOO Corstorphine Road, 334 9171. Open every day of the year, including Christmas Day. 9am—4.30pm (Suns open 9.30am). £2.50 (£1 .25). O GLOWWORM BOOKSHOP 7 Main Street, Balerno. 449 4644. Aileen Patterson and Maisie the Kitten Sat 13 Dec. 10.30am. Aileen Patterson will be reading. and drawing Maisie stories. Santa 2.30-4.30pm. Children can go along and meet Santa and get a present!

Both the competition and her novel share the same title, Quest for a Kelpie. This was not an imaginative ruse, but a coincidental mix-up. Her mother, who passed the information on to her, confused the title of the competition with the book they were looking for.

If set Frances Hendry looking for a kelpie herself. She had already written a pantomime lorthe local drama group on the subject her book came to cover. Ittells the tale of a fisherfamily in Nairn atthe time ofCulloden. She re-thought the story, piecing together the bits of Culloden and characters from the time (1745) during the course of a month's research. The book was written over a period of two months, and revised over a third.

Twenty-three years as a teacher had taught herthat children prefer dialogue to description, and like action and

Storytime Day Sat 20 Dec. 10.30am. Stories on tape plus videos and readings toentertain the children while the parents stteak off to do some quiet shopping in the Bookshop. (NB Parents tttust rtot leave the Bookshop). Santa Sat 20 2.30—4.30pm. Santa again! Computer Booklist livery Sat 9am—5pm. Still time for children and adults to consult the book computer for ideas for Christntas. It asks for children’s interests and ages. attd designs them a booklist accordingly. 0 THINS SATURDAY CLUB 53-5‘) South Bridge. 556 (17-13. 10.30am-11.30am. Christmas Party Sat 20 from l0am. The club‘s Christntas party with lots of food fun attd games. 0 ROYAL MUSEUM OF SCOTLAND Chambers Street attd Queen Street. 225 7534. Christmas Crackers Workshop Chambers Street. Sat 20 Dec. l0am—noon. Make your own Christmas crackers. Young Museum Chambers Street. Activities continue at the museum on Sat mornings for 8— 1—1 year-olds. Admission is free. but it is advisable o book in advance. Programmes and booking forttts front the information Desk at the museum. The current series looks at festivals front all over the world. Booking starts Sat 27 Dec for Celebrate Carnival Sat 10 Jan. Christmas Art Competition 2231 Dec in Chambers Street. 27—301)ecin Queen Street. The museum‘s annual art competition has been extended this year to ()APs as well as children up to 16 years. Paper. pencils (and rubbers) are provided. take your own paints crayons artd draw something from the huge attd varied collection. Cash prizes in each group (children‘s section will be divided by age) and the winning entry from Queen Street will be used as the printed poster to publicise the Scottish Collection.

humour. She therefore put the story into the first person to give the impression of colloquialism, put the sense oftime passing into the conversation, kept description to a minimum and included plenty of drama. It was a winning combination.

0 SANTA'S GROTTO West Iintrance to iiast Princes Street (iardens. Ijntil Wed 24 Dec 1 lant----Ipm; Sats

l lant —(tpm. ()pen every day except Stttt 14 Dec.

Sleigh Rides l lam—3pm. Free balloons attd a Lucky Dip for all children visiting the (irotto. attd sleigh rides on Santa‘s horse-drawn sledge through the (iardens.

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0 FILMHOUSE Lothian Road. 228 2088.

Asterix the Gaul ( t ') (France. 1907) ()5 mins. i’itts Congrats It’s Pink witlt the

Pink Panther. 20 mitts. More takesof

the animated hero on firte conquering fornt.

Breaking Awayti’titttSA. W79) 100 mins. Comedy iit which a teenager dreams of becoming an ltaliatt cycle racer.

Saturday JuniorMatinées rc-start l0 .latt 1987.

O ROYAL MUSEUM OF SCOTLAND Chambers Street. Lecture Theatre. All films start at 2pm artd are free. For approx 8 years plus and adults. Tales of Beatrix Potter Mon 2‘) Dec ((iB. 107] ) ()0 mins. Attractive balletic interpretation oftbe stories danced by Royal Ballet behind animal masks.

Street to the Isles, Night of the final, Dolphins Tue 30 Dec. Three shorts with natural history theme.

The Railway Children Wed 31 Dee ((iB. W70) lflbmins. Family film about three iidwardian children who help to prove the innocence of their fatltcr. accused of being a spy.

Take the Rhino Run, On the Twelfth Day, Towed in a Hole, Mussel Beach Tom Mon 4.1an. Four shorts. mainly Cilfl()()liS.

The Captain‘s Christmas, Holiday, Wild Highlands, Busy Bodies Tue (1

Jill]. i:()lir sitttrts.

Music 0 WATERSTONES 1 1-1—1 16 (ieorge

Street. 225 3436.

need for tolerance and the sense of the waste of war are implied, not preached.

The competition was launched by BBC Scotland and the Scottish Library Association, in association with Canongate, the publishers. It was one of eighty entries and next March it will appearas a Kelpie paperback.

It is to be broadcoast on Radio Scotland next year, an adaptation Frances Hendry has approached with typical practicality. She has reduced further the description, halved the speech and cut some of the minor characters. She makes it sound very easy. Not surprisingly she already has a second book the Maid of Norway (again for 8—12 year-olds) underway. (Sally Kinnes)

Quest for a Kelpie, Frances Hendry is published by Canongate, Edinburgh, £6.95.

Carol Singing Sun 14 Dec. 2pm. School children will be singing carols in the shop in aid ofcharity.


School Concert to Dec. 7.30pm. £3. £1.50(£l .50. {l ). Tickets from school. 22‘) 7203. (ieorge lieriots School Concert. mainly carols. bttt a rttixed programme.

Carol Concert 17 Dee. 7.30pm. Tickets front Box ()ffice. 228 l 155. £5. £4. £3. £1.50. Annual Christmas carol concert in aid of the Malcolm Sargent Cancer Fund for Children.


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0 CHURCHILL THEATRE Morningsidc Road. Tickets frortt Cruikshanks the Newsagents. opp the Theatre. or Usher 1 Tail.

The Imperial Nightingale Until Sat 13 Dec. 7.30pm. Sat also 2.30pm. £2. £1.50concs. and £1 children. The Harts Christian Anderson fairytale about a nightingale and its lack of song when kept iii a golden cage by

the Emperor ofChina. Performed by

the Mercators in an adaptation by Nicholas Stuart (iray.

O PLAYHOUSE (ireenside Place. Box Office 557 2590. Mon—Sat 10am—6pm.

The Muppets Live on Stage 30 Dee-4 Jan. 2pm attd 7pm. Wed 31 and Sttrt 4 at 2.30pm only. £5. £4. £3. children urtder 14 £1 off all prices. Kermit. Miss Piggy clul. ‘Iive‘ on stage. on tour and on fornt. It‘s the Muppets first tour and no expense has been spared itt sets. costumes and lighting! Authentic ntuppet character voices have been pre-recorded to go with the autltentic people who play the puppets!


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