for film writers, directors and actors for development and feedback on the third Monday of every month. Register interest at writecameraaction@hotmail.co.uk. Observers are also welcome. Ages 18+. Sushi Making Class Tue 17 Nov, 5.30pm. £7.50. i-full Coffee, 531 Sauchiehall Street, 222 2848. See Hitlist. To book email roz@ifullcoffee.co.uk

Edinburgh Activities and Events FREE Fanzine Sunday Sun 8 & 15 Nov, 11am–5pm. Collective Gallery, 22–28 Cockburn Street, 220 1260. Collective will be open for young publishers, emergent writers and artists to go into the gallery to produce new work. Supernatural History Tours Sat 7 & 14 Nov, 6–9pm. £10.50 (£9.50; children £6). The Real Mary King’s Close, 2 Warriston’s Close, High Street, 0845 070 6244. Visit one of Scotland’s most haunted locations for paranormal activity and gruesome history. Tours run every 20 minutes. Meadowbank Fireworks Display Thu 5 Nov, 6.30pm. £4.50. Meadowbank Sports Centre, 139 London Road, 661 5351. The pyrotechnics start at 7.30pm, with pre-show entertainment from 6.30pm featuring Big Al. Homage to Hamish Thu 5 Nov, 7.30pm. £8 (£6). Scottish Storytelling Centre, 43–45 High Street, 556 9579. Nancy Nicolson hosts a night dedicated to the influence of Scottish folky Hamish Henderson. Part of the Carrying Stream Festival. Dr Sketchy’s Birthday Boudoir Fri 6 Nov, 8pm–3am. £10 (£8). Cabaret Voltaire, 36–38 Blair Street, 220 6176. The burlesque life drawing classes celebrates by taking over the Cab’s Speakeasy for a night of decadent cabaret and burlesque with Madame Myfanwy, Sakura Tsui, Captain Edric and more. Tickets from www.drsketchyedinburgh.com Edinburgh Zoo Quiz Night Fri 6 Nov, 7.30–10.30pm. £16 per team. Edinburgh Zoo, Corstorphine Road, 314 0350. Get together with zoo staff to test your general knowledge and win prizes. Teams up to four. Booking essential. It’s Funtime Sat 14 Nov, 7–9pm. £5 per player. The Bongo Club, Moray House, 37 Holyrood Road, 558 7604. Another round of the razzmatazz game show / pub quiz hybrid. Register at www.its- funtime.com FREE Hill Fort Hike Sun 15 Nov, 10am–1pm. Holyrood Park Education Centre, 1 Queen’s Drive, 652 8150. Learn about the people that lived in Holyrood Park over 2000 years ago on this ranger- guided walk. Booking essential. FREE Service of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims Sun 15 Nov, 2.15pm. St Andrew’s and St George’s Church, 13 George Street, 225 3847. A special service of remembrance for all families and friends of road traffic victims supported by the UK charity RoadPeace. FREE The Golden Hour Wed 18 Nov, 8pm. Forest Café, 3 Bristo Place, 220 4538. See Hitlist. FREE Smoke & Mirrors Paul & Joe Evening @ Bohemia Thu 19 Nov, 6.30–9pm. Bohemia, 17 Roseneath Street, 447 2630. Take a look at the new Paul & Joe Beaute range in an evening of free makeovers with a glass of bubbly. Fairs J & J Antique and Collectors Fair Sat 7 Nov, 10am. £1.50. Freemasons Hall, 96 George Street, 225 5304. A variety of stalls with clocks, coins, stamps, silver, plate, china, paintings, gold, silver, costumes and jewellery. Working Breeds Dog Show Sat 7 & Sun 8 Nov, 7am–6pm. £2 (£1). Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston, 335 6200. Working pups compete at this dog show. FREE Eco Crafts Market Fri 13 & Sat 14 Nov, 10am–4pm. Loretto Gallery, 3 High Street, Musselburgh, 653 4432.

Around Town

Dr Sketchy’s Birthday Boudoir The Dr Sketchy’s organisers have informed us, with perfectly straight faces, that this is their first birthday party. Now, we hate

to quibble when a lady tells us her age, but we’re pretty sure we’ve been covering Dr Sketchy in this here publication since at least early 2007 . . . oh, what the hey. Any excuse for a party, and the Sketchettes have certainly pulled out all the stops this time. As well as the usual decadent burlescapades, this time round with added comedy from Madame Myfanwy, music from Freemoore, cocktails, cupcakes and the Lush staff on hand to dispense skincare goodies and massages. Oh yeah, and a drawing class. Cabaret Voltaire’s Speakeasy, Edinburgh, Fri 6 Nov.

Frugal Cool present a three-day eco crafts market with work by craft-makers and designers. Email frugalcool@hotmail.co.uk for further details. FREE Gundog Show Sat 14 Nov, 7am–6pm. Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston, 335 6200. Annual dog show. Antique & Collectors Fair Sat 14 & Sun 15 Nov, 10am–4pm. £2.50–£5. Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston, 335 6200. Browse stalls laden with jewellery, coins, linen, medals and antiques as dealers from around Scotland lay out their wares. Sport Scotland vs Fiji Sat 14 Nov, 2.30pm. £10–£20 (£5–£10). Murrayfield Stadium, Roseburn Street, Murrayfield, 0844 335 3933. Scottish Rugby’s Autumn Tests bring a Fijian team to Scotland’s home turf.

Talks FREE Annual Hamish Henderson Lecture Sat 7 Nov, 12.30pm. Edinburgh City Chambers, High Street, 529 4003. Scottish Culture Minister Mike Russell presents the annual lecture, plus music and song from Alison McMorland and Geordie McIntyre. Part of the Carrying Stream Festival. A Woman the Size of a Fly Mon 9 Nov, 10.30am. £8. Lauriston Castle, 2a Cramond Road South, 529 3963. Elizabeth Cumming gives a talk on the long and diverse career of Phoebe Anna Traquair. Book in advance. FREE Ask the Ethical Money Experts Tue 10 Nov, 3pm. The Melting Pot, 5 Rose Street, 243 2626. A panel of experts examine the intersection between being green, ethics and investment. Part of National Ethical Investment Week. Tickets from gillian.millar@uksif.org FREE Reflections on Origins Tue 10 Nov, 7pm. National Library of Scotland, George IV Bridge, 623 3918. Playwright Peter Arnott gives the Edinburgh Bibliographical Society John Murray Archive Lecture.

The Edinburgh Lectures 2009-10: ‘Making Scotland’ Panel Discussion Wed 11 Nov, 6.30pm. £3. The Hub, Castlehill, Royal Mile, 473 2000. A discussion related to Neil Oliver’s BBC series A History of Scotland. FREE Inspirations at NLS: Professor Anne Glover Thu 12 Nov, 7pm. National Library of Scotland, George IV Bridge, 623 4675. The Chief Scientific Adviser for Scotland talks about what has influenced her career. Animal Question Time Thu 12 Nov, 7.30–9pm. £6 (members £4). Edinburgh Zoo, Corstorphine Road, 314 0350. Broadcaster Professor Aubrey Manning and a panel of experts will be on hand (or should that be on paw?) to answer all your critter questions. Booking recommended. FREE QMU Conversations with Joyce McMillan Mon 16 Nov, 5.15pm. Queen Margaret University, Musselburgh, 474 0000. See Hitlist. Booking essential via Joanna Murray on jmurray1@qmu.ac.uk or 0131 474 0000. FREE Margaret Tait: Poet, Filmmaker, Beachcomber Artist Tue 17 Nov, 12.45–1.30pm. National Gallery of Scotland: Hawthornden Lecture Theatre, The Mound, 624 6200. The University of Stirling’s Sarah Neely looks at the work of filmmaker Margaret Tait. HRH Prince El Hassan bin Talal Tue 17 Nov, 6pm. £3. Royal Society of Edinburgh, 22–26 George Street, 529 3180. A talk entitled ‘Inching Towards Peace: A New International Humanitarian Order’. Part of the Edinburgh Lectures. FREE Inspirations at NLS: Peter Tatchell Tue 17 Nov, 7pm. National Library of Scotland, George IV Bridge, 623 4675. See Hitlist. A Scottish Island’s Warden Tue 17 Nov, 7.30pm. £2. Napier University, Craiglockhart Campus, 466 7163. An illustrated talk by Chris Rodger on his experiences as an RSPB warden in Orkney.

The Royal Scottish Geographical Society: The Making of STV’s Scotland Revealed Wed 18 Nov, 2.15pm. £6 (free). Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, 20a Inverleith Row, 248 2979. See Glasgow. RSGS & Stop Climate Chaos Scotland: A Green New Deal Wed 18 Nov, 7.30pm. £8 (£4–£6). University of Edinburgh, Old College, South Bridge, 311 6512. Andrew Simms gives a talk on the ‘Green New Deal’. Tickets available on the door; reservations in advance by emailing gail@stopclimatechaosscotland.org Workshops Unique Handmade Felt Jewellery Sun 8 Nov, 10.30am–3.30pm. £15. Lauriston Castle, 2a Cramond Road South, 529 3963. An introduction to feltmaking. Ages 16+. Book in advance. Danish Music Workshop with Habbadam Sun 8 Nov, 2pm. £5. The Pleasance Cabaret Bar, 60 Pleasance, 650 2458. Folk workshop led by Habbadam fiddler Ditte Mortensen. Part of the Carrying Stream Festival. The Felted Garden Sat 14 Nov, 10am–4pm. £45 (members £40.50). Royal Botanic Garden, 20a Inverleith Row, 248 2937. Use the Gardens as inspiration to explore the ancient craft of feltmaking, from 3D flower making to using fibres as ‘paint’. Book in advance. Fir Trees and Snowy Holly Landscapes Sun 15 Nov, 10.30am–3pm. £20. Lauriston Castle, 2a Cramond Road South, 529 3963. A two- day papermaking class: turn pulp into Christmas cards. Ages 16+. Book in advance. FREE Medieval Harp Maestro Sun 15 Nov, 12.45pm, 1.45pm & 2.45pm. National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, 225 7534. Join talented musician Simon Chadwick for a practical and historical workshop on the harp, and have a go at playing it yourself.

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