Events

February 2021

25 February: Marjorie’s Journey – Ailie Cleghorn in Conversation

Front cover for Marjorie's Journey, On a Mission of Her Own
Marjorie’s Journey

Where: YouTube, scotlandstreetpress.com: https://youtu.be/kU-vM5b0c2s

When: 25 February 2021 at 5pm GMT

Tickets: Free – This is a no-ticket event

Join author Ailie Cleghorn for the launch of her memoir, Marjorie’s Journey On A Mission Of Her Own.

Against the frightening backdrop of World War II, a young Scottish woman took ten children by ship through the waters of the Atlantic from Scotland to South Africa. Here, she set up a home for them called Bairnshaven. This biography is an unusual portrayal of motherhood, nuclear family and love. Marjorie’s story comes to life through diary pages, letters, telegrams and photographs. 

This is a pre-recorded event that will be available on YouTube on 25 February. If you’d like to send a question to the author, email your question at info@scotlandstreetpress.com

January 2021

21 January: History Happy Hour: 66 and 1600An event with John D. O. Fulton

66 The House that Viewed the World

Where: Online

When: Thursday 21 January at 5.30 pm

Tickets: Free. RSVP here

The man who built the White House; a hero of the Napoleonic Wars; the romantic Highlander invented by Sir Walter Scott; a murderer who inspired Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde; a poem by Andrew Carnegie; a decadent society hostess….. 66 Queen Street, Edinburgh, Scotland has held the stories of extraordinary people and events since the late 18th century to the present day, among them connections to a burgeoning United States of America.

Author John D. O. Fulton joins us to share more about the fascinating stories from inside 66 Queen Street. Learn more about Fulton’s book here.

History Happy Hour is a biweekly virtual program hosted by the White House Historical Association. Join us as experts weigh in on a variety of historical topics, share their insights, answer audience questions, and enjoy presidential-inspired libations. RSVP HereWhite House Historical Association Home

December 2020

10 December: Born with an oar in her hands – Jean Findlay will talk about Ann Scott-Moncrieff

Ann Scott Moncrieff Author photo

Where: Online – Zoom

When: Thursday 10 December, 5 to 5.45pm

Tickets: email gmbfellows@gmail.com to get access to the Zoom link and click here to access the Facebook page.

This year’s George Mackay Brown Memorial lecture will be about the Orkney writer Ann Scott-Moncrieff.

The lecture will be given by Ann’s granddaughter, writer and publisher Jean Findlay. Born and christened Agnes Shearer in the year in which World War 1 began, Ann did not live to see the conclusion of World War 2, dying in Morayshire in 1943 aged just twenty-nine. This lecture is supported by the George Mackay Brown Fellowship.

November 2020

19 November: Language in Times of Change – Translators in Conversation

Alindarka’s Children, published September 2020

Where: Online

When: 19 November 2020, 6-7pm

Tickets: Free. Register here.

Join translators Jim Dingley and Petra Reid as they discuss translating Scotland Street Press’ latest publication Alindarka’s Children, by Alhierd Bacharevič in this Book Week Scotland digital event.

Originally written in Russian and Belarusian, Alindarka’s Children tells the story of a brother and sister running away from a camp where they are forced to forget their native tongue. Gritty and contemporary, this novel has won the PEN Translates award in 2019 thanks to the innovative decision to translate it into English and Scots. Available in English for the very first time, Scotland Street Press brings Bacharevič’s work to an international audience.

Jim and Petra will be the protagonists of a lively discussion about the challenges they faced while translating, the choice of using both English and Scots and the future of the Scots language in relation to education. Interspersed with readings from the book, both translators will bring awareness to the importance of language and national identity. At the end of the discussion, the audience will be able to ask questions.

If you didn’t make it to the event you can see the recording of it here.

April 2020

6 April: Declarations on Freedom for Writers and Readers

Where: Hospitafield House, Arbroath, DD11 2LR

When: Monday 6 April 2020, 6.00-8.00pm

About: This is a Scottish PEN event with Professor Sir Tom Devine to mark the 700th anniversary of the Declaration of Arbroath, launching the poetry and prose anthology Declarations on Freedom for Writers and Readers, published by Scotland Street Press with Scottish PEN. Three selected prize-winners of the Scottish PEN Declarations awards will be announced. The event will feature readings and songs from special musical guest Christine Kydd.

March 2020

18 March: Wilson’s Ornithology and Burds in Scots

When: Wednesday 18 March 2020, 5.00-6.30pm

Where: National Library of Scotland, George IV Bridge, Eh11 1EW

About: You are invited to attend the launch of Wilson’s Ornithology and Burds in Scots at the National Library of Scotland. The speakers at will be Paul Walton, Head of Habitats and Species, RSPB and the author Hamish MacDonald

The event will have a maximum capacity of about 50 people, so please RSVP by emailing scotlandstreetpress@gmail.com. An additional launch may be organised.

Follow this link to the National Library of Scotland events page.

November 2019

26 November: 66, The House that Viewed the World, Book Launch

When: 26 November 2019 at 5pm

Where: The Signet Library, Parliament Square, Edinburgh, EH1 1RF.

About: Set in 66 Queen Street, a house in Edinburgh’s New Town, this book tells the story of the people and events associated with the house over 210 years from 1790. Their lives were empowered by the Scottish Enlightenment. The diverse characters range from heroes to villains, and from people of conscience to subjects of tabloid scandal and moral prurience.

John D. O. Fulton is a retired lawyer who for seventeen years worked in the building at No 66 Queen Street. This is his first book, and it reflects his lifelong interest and curiosity in the interaction between people and events.

Please RSVP here.

26 November: Mrs Winchester’s Gun Club, Book Launch

When: 26 November 2019 at 6.30pm

Where: Blackwell’s Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

About: A gripping novel based on the true tale of an old woman’s conscience. Left a fortune by her husband’s invention of the Winchester Rifle, Sarah is visited by the deaths of people who have been shot. Mired in her grief following the death of her husband and child, receives no solace, only confirmation of her family’s wrong-doing, and so goes west.

Douglas Bruton has been writing for thirty years. He is widely published in short story anthologies and he has won many prizes for his writing in the last eight years, including the Neil Gunn Prize and the William Soutar Prize. He is also published in many literary magazines including Northwords Now, Interpreter’s House, Transmission and Bare Fiction Magazine.

RSVP here.

25 November: Inside & Out, in conversation with Gerda Stevenson

When: 25 November 2019 at 7pm

Where: St Albert’s Catholic Chaplaincy, 23-24 George Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9LD

About: This beautiful volume, 108 pages of exquisite art work in full colour, photographed by Jim Pratt, and designed by Simon Fraser, includes a biographical introduction by the writer Gerda Stevenson (a close friend of the artist’s daughter), and photos of Christian and her family from different periods of her long life. Woven in and out of the paintings are poems by Gerda, and Christian’s thoughts in prose as imagined with poignant eloquence by her daughter Jenny Alldridge.

The event is free of charge. Just come along and enjoy the evening!

October 2019

October 23-27: Polish Cultural Institute at the Krakow Book Festival

When: 23-27 October 2019

Where: Krakow Book Fair

About: Scotland Street Press was recently awarded a Go-See grant given to high quality publishers by Publishing Scotland. This grant will be used to promote From Corsets to Communism by Jenny Robertson at the Krakow Book Fair.

October 4: Jenny Roberston’s From Corsets to Communism

When: 4 October 2019 at 7pm

Where: Polish Hearth Club, London

About: Witness to two world wars and Poland’s struggle for independence, Zofia Nalkowska’s commitment to telling unspeakable tales is her gift to European literature. Come along to hear Jean Findlay, Scotland Street Press publisher, in conversation with renowned scholar, Ursula Phillips.

August 2019

August 16: Gerda Stevenson in conversation with Bill Hare

When: 16 August 2019 at 12pm

Where: Edinburgh International Book Festival, Spiegel Tent

About: In Inside & Out, poet and actor Gerda Stevenson writes tenderly about little-known watercolour artist Christian Small, reflecting on the expectations of post-war women. She comes together with Art historian Bill Hare to examine Scottish history through the lens of art.

August 23: Jenny Robertson in conversation with George Szirtes

When: 23 August 2019 at 11am

Where: Edinburgh International Book Festival, Garden Theatre

About: The impacts of Nazi and Soviet rule on women are explored in this event. Jenny Robertson’s From Corsets to Communism charts the life and ideas of Zofia Nałkowska, a pioneering Polish writer who witnessed brutal atrocities.

For both events tickets are sold at the festival venue or on the EIBF website, which can be reached here.

June 2019

June 25: Aspects of Edinburgh Book Launch

When: 25th June, 6.30pm-8pm

Where: Blackwell’s Bookshop, EH1 1YS

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June 27: Auntie Robbo book launch and Q+A with Jean Findlay

When: 27th June, 6.30pm-8pm

Where: Edinburgh Bookshop, EH10 4DH

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May 2019

May 16: Reading of MacSonnetries at the York International Shakespeare Festival

When: Thursday, 16 May 2019 at 13.00, 15.00, & 17.00

Where: York International Shakespeare Festival

Listen to Petra Reid perform from MacSonnetries, a feminist take on Shakespeare’s sonnets.

And take a sneak peek at her work below:

May 23: From Corsets to Communism with Jenny Robertson

From Corsets to Communism, by Jenny Robertson

When: Thursday, 23 May 2019 at 18.30

Where: Blackwell’s Bookshop Edinburgh (EH1 1YS)

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Witness to two world wars and Poland’s struggle for independence, Zofia Nalkowska’s commitment to telling unspeakable tales is her gift to European literature.

Join us for the book launch of From Corsets to Communism, Jenny Robertson’s biography celebrating the achievements of a pioneering, pivotal female writer whose love of life gave her the courage to witness atrocity.

Even though the event is free of charge, we would appreciate it if you registered for a ticket, so that the bookshop is aware of the number of guests attending. You can do so here.