Hatchards. 51) Gordon Street ((1-11 221 0262).

Fri 28: Michael Munro signs copies of

"l‘he Patter. Another Blast'.

12.20— 1 .3()pm at Pickering and lnglis. 26 Bothwell Street ((1-11 221 8913).

Sun 30: Scottish authors reading from ‘New Writing Scotland'. Introduced by (‘arl McDougall. Edwin Morgan and Hamish Whyte. 2.3(lpm at the Third Eye Centre. 351) Sauchiehall Street ((1-11 332 7521). Mon 31: Billy Kay ("l'he Mither '1'ongue’) and Michael Munro ("I‘he Patter') examine the Scots language and local dialects. 7.30pm at

I Iatchards. as above.

Tue 1: Allan Massie reading from his biography ‘Byron's 'I‘ravels'. 7pm at John Smith. 252 Byres Road ((1-11 221 7-172).

Thurs 3: Authors (including Joan Lingard and Janette Walkinshaw) will read from a new collection of short stories ‘I (‘an Sing. Dance. Rollerskate‘. 7.3(lpm at Hatchards. as above.


Thurs 27: Michael Munro (details as above) at 7.30pm. The Edinburgh Bookshop. 57 (ieorge Street ((131 225 4-195).

Fri 28: Alastair Scott will give an illustrated talk on his new travel book ‘A Scot Goes South: A Journey From Mexico to Ayers Rock’. 7.30pm at Stockbridge Library. Hamilton Place ((131 332 2173).

Sat 29: Library Book Sale. 9am—2pm at McDonald Road Library. McDonald Road. off Leith Walk. Sat 29: William Mclllvanney will sign copies of his new book of poetry ‘In Through the Head‘. 12—2pm at James'I‘hin Penguin Bookshop. Waverley Market ((131 556 67-13). Mon 31: Dr David Weeks gives a talk on his enquiry into eccentrics. Noon at Central Library. George 1\' Bridge ((131 225 558-1).

Tue 1: Announcement of'I‘he Scotsman-sponsored Saltire Society Scottish Book of the Year and Best First Book awards.

Tue 1: Staging a Kelpie: Children's literature on stage. screen and radio. Frances Hendry. producer Pam Waddell and director Donald Smith discuss how to dramatise that elusive Kelpie— the child's imagination. 7.30pm at the Netherbow Arts Centre. 43 High Street ((131 556 9579). Admission £1.

Thurs 3: Allan—Massie (details as above) at noon. Central Library (as above).


I Ralph Steadman notorious illustratorrsatirist. will be talking about ‘The Big 1 Am'. his new book. at Hatchards at 7pm on 1 Nov (see above for address).

I Hatchards are holding their ‘1988 Autumn Preview Party" (at which their new catalogue and Michael Holroyd will be present) on 9 Nov at 7pm.


I Justo Jorge Padron Spanish poet and winner of [iuropean Prize for Literature. will read from his work at the Poetry Association of Scotland. 27 (ieorge Square on 2 Nov at 7.3llpm. For membership details and the PAS‘s programme of events. phone (131 334 5241. Admission to non-members is i; 1. Students and [iii-H) holders free.

I The Edinburgh String Quartet will tune in to celebrate the publication of the (irove (‘oncise Dictionary of Music on 31) ()ct. 7.3(lpm. at Waterstone’s (see next entry for address).

I Ralph Steadman will appear to mark the publication of his luniinously-titled book "l‘he Big 1 Am' at Waterstone's ( 1 14(ieorge Street (131 225 3436) on 31 ()ct at 7.3(lpm. Wine.

I First Friday: Poems and Pints West End Hotel. Palmerston Place. Iidinburgli. Fri 4 Nov. 8pm. 5(lp. An evening of readings and music featuring l‘alkirk Writers ('ircle. Phil Whyte. and Ken Kelly. Audience participants welcome.

I Talk: Anne Fine and Iona McGregor West & Wilde Bookshop. 25a Dundas Street. lidinburgh. ’I‘ue 8 Nov. 8pm. 'l'he talk is one in the bookshop's Women Writing. Women Reading series and the two writers will talk about their work. their methods and their career experience. Wine will be served.


The newly-launched ISIS Audio BOOKS Library‘s autumn catalogue is now available. life membership to the Library is free until December 1988. Rental charges (inc 1st ('lass post both ways) are £4 for a four-hour production and £8 for a twelve-hour one. The rental period is 14 days. (‘urrent tapes include modern classics ( ‘lhe Prime of MissJean Brodie’.‘li.\1Forster‘s (‘ollected Short Stories'). prize winners (Penelope Lively’s ‘Moon 'I‘iger‘). bestsellers et al. 'I‘apes can also be bought outright. (iood for drivers. those who love being read stories and those with reading difficulties. Phone ()865 250333 fora catalogue and furthur information.

I Lancaster Literature Festival's National Poetry Competition is on the go again. Entry cost is £1 per poem. closing date is 1‘)Jan 198‘). Phone (152-1 62166 for details.


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