£13.50/£7.95) and introducing Marion Smith ofMilngavic. who features in the book. (SBF). I PAISLEY BOOK FESTIVAL Paisley Tow n Hall. Gauze Street. 887 2468. Thurs 1-Sun 4 £1 (free). Over 30 events over the four days. with novelists. playwrights. journalists. children‘s authors, poets. publishers. sundry ‘pcrsonalities’ and lots more. The packed programme includes readings. talks. demonstrations. exhibitions and workshops. For more information contact Jill McKee or Malcolm .‘vlachill . 887 2468/4407/6322. I PAISLEY TOWN HALL Gauze Street. 887 2468. Fri 2 7.30pm. Discover Glasgow‘s history with Carl Mcoougall. author of Glasgow is Glasgow: The Words and The Stones (The Words and The Stones. £16.95) (SBF). I PICKERING AND INGLIS 26 Bothwell Street. 2218913. Thurst. 1-2pm. Jean Faley signing copies of Up ()or Close (White (.‘ockadc.£l3.50 h/b. £7.95 p/b) (SBF). I ROBIN ANDERSON THEATRE Scottish Ballet. 261 West Princes Street. Sat 3 8pm (John Smith bookstall open 7.30pm.)Tickets £3.50 (£2.50) from all John Smith and Son bookshops. A multi-media stage production. e ntitled A Woman ofGlencoe. inspired by the book Glencoe Monarch of Glens (( ‘olin Baxter Photography. £16.95). an exploration of the glen in words and photographs by Colin Baxter and Jim Crumley. The authors will be present at the show to sign copies of the book. (SBF). I SPRINOBURN CENTRE Ayr Street. 557 0160. Fri 2 and Sat 3 10am. Jean Faley givesan illustrated talk and introduces some ofthe people from Springburn who feature in her new book Up ()or Close (W'hite Coekade.£13.50h/b. £7.95 p b) (SBF). I WATERSTONES 132 Union Street. 221 (1890. Wed 31 7pm. The much-acclaimed Iain Banks reads from his new novel The Use of Weapons (MacDonald. £12.95) (SBF).


I ASSEMBLY ROOMS George Street. information 225 4495.

Fri 26 and Sat 27 8pm (James Thin bookstall open 7.30pm) Tickets £3.50 (£2.50) from all Edinburgh James Thin bookshops. A multi-media stage production. entitled Woman of Glencoe inspired by the book Glencoe - Monarch of Glens (Colin Baxter Photography. £16.95). an exploration of the glen in words and photographs by Colin Baxterand Jim Crumley. who will be present at the show to sign copies. (SBF).

I DAVID HUME TOWER Lecture Hall B. George Square. information 667 1(11 1 . ext 6326.

Sat 27 4.45pm. Free tickets from the Italian Cultural Institute. 82 Nicholson Street. Italian writer Francesca Duranli will give a lecture on ‘The Italian Novel Today: Historical or Contemporary”.". The Italian President Francesco Cossiga will introduce and address the event.

I DREGHORN HALL Dreghorn Loan. Colinton.

Wed 31 7.30pm.

Mairi MacArthur describes the

economic and social history of Iona in an illustrated talk based on her book Iona: The Living Memory of a Crafting Community (Edinburgh University Press. £14.95). (SBF).

I GLOWWDRM 7 Main Street. Balerno. 449 4644.

Sat 3 11am. Joan Llngard talks about her

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work and signs copies of her new book for the over Ills. Glad Rags (Hamish Hamilton Children's Books. £8.50). (SBF).

I JAMES THIN 53—59 South Bridge. 556 6743.

Tue 30 7pm. David Craig travelled thousands or miles across the Highlands and lslandsto Canada collecting stories lrom the descendants ol crotters. The result is his new book On The (.‘rofters' Trail (Jonathan Cape. £14.99) from which he will be reading. Refreshments. (SBF).

Thurst 7pm. Alexander McCall Smith. Margaret Elphlnstone and EsterWoolrson are three of the contributors to A Roomful oflitra's (Collins. £12.95 IL b. £5.99 p/b). a new collection of Scottish short stories. They will be reading and discussing their work. Wine. (SBF).

I LEITH LIBRARY 28—31) Ferry Road. 554 5507.

Fri 25 7pm.

Professor Archie Roy. author ofA Sense ofSomet/ting Strange (Dog 8; Bone. £7.50) considers poltergeists. hauntings. precognition and other paranormal phenomena. (SBF).

Fri 2 7pm. Free tickets from Leith Library or ( 'entral library. 225 5584. Celebrate Scottish food and the people who make it with Claire MacDonald. author 01 Claire .1tacl)onali1's Scotland (Little. Brown & Co. £17.95). (SBF).

I MACDONALD ROAD LIBRARY 2 .‘vlacDonald Road. 556 5630.

Tue 30 7pm. Free tickets from MacDonald Road Library or Central Library. 225 5584. lain Banks talks about his new space adventure The Use of Weapons (MacDonald. £12.95). (SBF).

I MORNINGSIDE LIBRARY 184 Morningside Road. 447 1180.

Tue 30 8.30pm. Free tickets from Morningside Library or Central Library. 225 5584. An illustrated talk by Donald Clements. author of Edinburgh By Night (Lochar Publishing. £14.95) (SBF).

I POETRY ASSOCIATION OF SCOTLAND 27. George Square. information 334 5241. Wed 31 7.45pm. £1 (free). Reading and

. discussion with Carole Satyamutti.widely

travelled English poet

I PDRTOBELLO LIBRARY 14 Roscficld Avenue. 669 51 15.

Wed 31 7pm. Free tickets from Portobello Library or Central Library. 225 5584. Set in 1950s Glasgow . A Taste of Too Much (Corgi £2.99) combines a love story. a comedy and a family chronicle. Author Cliltord Hanley reads lrom his work and talks about ‘the permanent problem otbelng young‘. (SBF).

I ROYAL MUSEUM OF SCOTLAND Lecture Theatre. Chambers Street. 225 7534 ext 219.

Tue 30 7.30pm. Tickets from the museum's Information Desk. An evening ofBurns's poetry and song. introduced by Gavin Sprott. author of Robert Burns. Farmer. Wine. (SBF).

I SCIENCE FICTION BOOKSHOP 17 West Crosscauseway. 6670426.

Thurs 8 5 ~6pm. Author of 'I’heAmtrak 11'ars. Patrick Tilley will be signing the latest volume ‘Earth Thunder‘.

I SHERRATT AND HUGHES 13—14 Princes Street. 556 3034.

Fri 26 7.30pm. Dr Morton Boyd reads from and talks about his new book The Hebrides: A Natural History (Collins. £30 h’b.£l2.95 p'b) (SBF).

Mon 29 7.30pm. David Milsted reads from his new novel Market Forces (Grafton £3.99) the sequel to Chronicles of ('raigfeith and discusses the art ofwriting comedy. Wine. (SBF).

Tue 30 7.30pm. Chinese cookery demonstration with Ken Hom who will also be signing copies of his lavishly illustrated

new book. The Taste of China (Pavilion. £20).

Wed 31 7.30pm. Alisdair Gray reads from and signs copies of his new book Something Leather (SBF).

Thurs 1 7.30pm. Comedian Gregor Fisher. star of the BBC2 series Rab C. Nesbitt. and author Ian Partisan introduce the world of Rab C. Nesbitt. Copies of Rab C. Nesbitt: The Scripts (BBC. £4.99) will be on sale. Wine. (SBF).

Fri 2 7.30pm. Winner ofthe Neil Gunn Award B088 Ross introduces her ‘village of stories' A Bit of Crack and Car Culture (Balmain Books. £7.95) accompanied by a slide show from award-winning photographer Gunnie Moberg. Wine. (SBF).

I SOUTH OUEENSFERRY LIBRARY 9. Shore Road. 331 1697.

Thurs 1 7.30pm. Free tickets from South Queensferry Library or Central Library. 225 5584. Novelist Anne Fine discusses and signs copies of her book Taking the Devil's Advice (Viking£12.99). (SBF).

I STOCKBRIDGE LIBRARY Hamilton Place. 332 2173.

Wed 31 7pm. Free tickets from Stockbridge Library or Central Library. 225 5584. An illustrated talk by Donald Clements. author of Edinburgh By Night (Lochar Publishing. £14.95) a celebration of the city's inhabitants and architecture after dark. (SBF).

Thursl 7pm. Free tickets from Stockbridge Library or Central Library. 225 5584. Stanley Roger Green reads verse from A suburb of Belsen and Prose from Whither 0 Ship.




SUNDA Y 28 OCTOBER 12.30 ~ 2PM POSY SIMMONS will demonstrate her drawing and read from

THE CHOCOLATE WEDDING (capo, £6.99) for children of all ages

MONDA Y 29 OCTOBER 7.30PM DOUGLAS ADAMS (Author of The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy etc) offers you 3 LAST CHANCE TO SEE (with Mark Carwadino. Hoinomann, £14.95)

A fascinating, alarming and very funny account or his travels amongst the threatened species of the world TUESDA Y 30 OCTOBER 1 - 2PM Tutti Frutti author JOHN BYRNE will be signing copies of

YOUR CHEATIN' HEART (880.2699) the book based on the hit TV series


Meet CATHERINE BROWN. author of BROTH TO BANNOCKS (Halo. £15.95) who will talk about the history of Scottish Cooking and produce samples of traditional scottish food (A Scottish Book Fortnight Event)

THURSDA Y 8 NOVEMBER 7.30PM PATRICK McGRATH will read from his extraordinary tst novel THE GROTESOUE (Penguin Books) It you are unable to attend and wish to reserve a signed copy please phone 031 225 3436 WA TERSTONE & 60., 114 GEORGE STREET, EDINBURGH Em 4LX


Organised by the Edinburgh Writers' Association. the competition will be judged by Liz Lochhead at the Finals Night on 7 Dec. Each entry costs £1.50; upto three entries per person. Prizes are £100. £50 and £25. and the closing date is 290ct. Information and entry forms from George Christie. 6/2 West End Place. Edinburgh, EH11 ZED. 3462212. I WATERSTONES 1 14—1 16 George Street, 225 3436. Sun 28 12.30pm. Cartoonisth Simmonds will be reading from her new book The Chocolate Wedding (Cape, £6.99) , as well as drawing and signing copies. Mon 29 7 . 30pm. Douglas Adams talks of his travels among the world‘s endangered species and signs copies of his and Hart Cantmdlne’s book Last Chance To See (Heinemann. £14.95). Tue 30 1—2pm. Tutti Frutti author John Byrne signs copies of the new book-of-the-series Your Cheatin’ Heart (BBC, £6.99) (SBF). Thurst 7.30pm. Whet your appetite with cookery writer Catherine Brown. author of Broths to Bannocks: Cooking in Scotland 1690 to the Present Day (John Murray, £15.95) (SBF).

Thurs 8 7.30pm. Patrick MoGnIh will read from and sign copies of his 'extraordinary' first novel The Grotesque (Penguin).

I WEST AND WILDE BOOKSHOP 25a Dundas Street, 556 0079.

Tue 30 8pm. Edinburgh is the setting for Queendom Come (Virago, £4.99) a ‘wickedly funny' satire on the political events of the past fifteen years. Author Ellen Gallon! will read from and sign copies of her book.

The List 26 October - 8 November 1990 BS