This section gives details of special selected events taking place within Edinburgh and Glasgow and around the Central Belt this fortnight.

Listin s are com iled by date, lace and en event. istings compi ed by Brian Donaldson.

FRIDAY 24 Glasgow Crafts Alive for Scotland SECC. Finnieston Quay. 248 3000. Until Sun 26. 9.30am. £4.10 (OAPs £3.10) children £1 (free if accompanied). The Crafts Alive movement makes the trip north once again with emphasis on both the traditional and the tnodem. ideas for Christmas (only nine weeks to go folks) and demonstrations in silk painting. ceramics, sculpture and swill basket weaving.


Scottish International Storytelling Festival Various venues. info: 556 9579/2647. Until Sat 1. Acting as part of both the Commonwealth and Scotland/Africa celebrations. this year's festival reflects cultural activity across the globe. See lioto caption. Commonwea th '97 Various venues. info: 469 3547. As the leaders of the Commonwealth hugger down for negotiations. there is an events frenzy occuring to remind us that the spirit of the Commonwealth is a bit more than a very large talking shop. Original Edinburgh Literary Pub Tour The Beehive Inn. Grassmarket. info: 226 6665. 7.30pm. £6 (£5). A great excuse to educate yourself through alcohol as the [our follows in the footsteps of Rabbie. Sir Walter. Robert Louis and Irvine across the ale houses of the city. The tour is now running Thursdays to Sundz s. Scottish Knitting and Needlecraft Fayre Royal Highland Centre. Ingliston. info: 0117 9701370. Until Sun 26. 10am. £4 (£3). children free. All your stitching

and crocheting desires fulfilled with a series of fashion shows. talks. demonstrations, workshops and. ooh, so much more.


Real Ale Festival Alloa Town Hall. Marshill. info: 01259 213131. Until Sat 25. Clackmannanshire’s finest boozefest with a wide selection of ales available allied to entertainment from local bands.

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North Lanarkshire Cultural Festival Various venues. info: 01698 267515. Until Sat 25. Three weeks of music. dance. art, theatre. workshops. competitions and open days comes to an end with the Asian Dance and Music Festival.


Renfrew 600 Various venues. info: 0141 886 1997. Until 31 Dec. This fortnight’s happenings to help the town celebrate its big year include a Songs of Praise Service (Sun 26). the Renfrew Book Festival (Sat l—25 Nov) and the Blind Dance (Sun 2). Also see Wed 5.



Grassroots Seminar Grassroots. Woodlands Road. 353 3278. Grassroots provides a series of seminars aimed at covering health and gourmet food. Today. Bernard Espouy of Edinburgh‘s Auld Alliance Bakery demonstrates luscious pastries while the next meeting on Fri 3| concentrates on allergy testing services.


Day Of Action The Mound. info. 661 0956. l lam. free. As the title suggests. a day of action in support of those fighting oppressive regimes among the Commonwealth nations. Speakers. bookstalls. refreshments. music are on offer.

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0131 556 9579/2647. Until Sat 1. A Common Wealth of Stories, reads the subtitle to this year’s festival, with events in Edinburgh, West Lothian, the Borders and Fife. The rich cultures of the Commonwealth are journeyed throu h with storytellers from New Zealand, Canada and the Caribbean all ma ing appearances. The home of the festival is Edinburgh's Netherbow Arts Centre which also contributes Faces of Africa, (above) the

FIREWORKS NIGHT Various venues. The skies of Renfrew are lit u

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Fawkes Night with a fabulous displa of fireworks accompanied y the Renfrew Burgh Band. The fun sprea 5 across the country with big events at Motherwell's Strathclyde Park, Dundee’s Lochee Park, lnverness's Bught Park, while Edinburgh’s main event is at Meadowbank and Glasgow Green plays host to the City’s top contribution. Your local tourist information centre will have the details of your nearby display. All the usual safety advice applies - keep pets at home, leave behind kids who are either afraid or overl fascinated with pyrotechnics and don't take

anyone with a dodgy tic er.

SUNDAY 26 Glasgow All Formats Computer Fair Time Capsule. Coatbridge. info: 01890 883807. 10am—3pm. £4 (£2). admission £2 after 2pm. free to disabled wheelcltair users. Savings on new and secondhand computer equipment can be a costly venture but this fair can put paid to all thoughts of imminent bankruptcy. CD ROM titles are available at less than you‘ll pay in the shops while education and business concerns can make their budgets stretch a little further.

MONDAY 27 Edinburgh International Scotch Whisky Festival Various venues. info: 556 9808. Until Sun 2. The history. colour and taste of Scotch are encompassed in this inaugural festival. Ceilidhs. concerts. films. distillery open days. visits to former illicit stills and a Whisky Nose of the Year competition are among the highlights. See International Scotch Whisky Festival. page '."?'."."?.

WEDNESDAY 29 Edinburgh Morningside Justice and Peace Group Open Door. Morningside Road. info: 445 1628/229 1020. 1030—1 1.30am. 50p. These meetings are open to all with debates on issues of local. national and international interest. The autumn season continues with Fair Trading: How [)0 We [insure It .7

rmnav 31 Edinburgh Divali Festival Hawkhill Day Centre. Hawkhill Avenue. 652 1859. Until 7 Nov. The centuries‘ old Divali Festival (Festival of Light) is celebrated by Hindus and Sikhs alike and features a week of workshops in dance. art. costume and jewellery-making and discussions on relevant topics. The week's work will be open to the public on the festival‘s final day.


From Cradle To Grave Various venues. info: 01750 23809. Until Mon 3. Fancy meeting Sir Walter Scott in a journey through space and time'.’ Ifso. this weekend break in the Borders offers the opportunity. In Kelso. Melrose and Newtown St Boswells. there are daily performances of playlets based at sites which are connected in some way to Scott's life and writings.

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Make A Difference Day Various venues. info: 0141 248 6864. A day of mass action which aims to bind communities together. Those involved include Age Concem Scotland. PHAB Scotland. Scottish Natural Heritage and COSLA. All you need are a few hours spare and a thirst for that volunteering thing.

SATURDAY 1 Glasgow

Night of a Thousand Pleasures Pearce Institute. Govan Road. info: 552 8345. 6pm. £6 (£4). Glasgow Women‘s Library has its main fundraiser of the year with an Auction of Pleasures. ceilidh and disco.


Glasgow All Formats Computer Fair Mitchell Theatre. Charing Cross. See Sun 26.

WEDNESDAY 5 Edinburgh

Morningside Justice and Peace Group Open Door. Morningside Road. info: 445 1628/229 1020. 10.30—1 1.30am. 50p. This monting‘s heated debate is entitled Sour/1 Africa 's New [)wnnvratjv.


Grand Fireworks Display Robertson Park. info: 0141 886 1997. 7pm. free. The celebrations in Renfrew have been a blast so far. Tonight folks. that is meant most sincerely. See photo caption.

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