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  9th – 11th SEPTEMBER 2016
Augustine United Church, 41 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh

All talks take place at the Augustine United Church - some in the Sanctuary, some in the Studio

 
 Friday 9th September 2016

 

Andrew Hosken Empire of Fear Inside the Islamic State

Andrew Hosken
Empire of Fear: Inside the Islamic State
Friday 9th September 11.30 – 12.45  
 
In June 2014, Islamic State launched an astonishing blitzkrieg which saw them seize control of an area in the Middle East the size of Britain. The news was soon filled with their relentless acts of savagery.Yet nobody seemed to know who they were or where they had come from. Now BBC reporter Andrew Hosken delivers the inside story on Islamic State. Through extensive first-hand reporting, Hosken builds a comprehensive picture of IS, their brutal ideology and methods of extermination. Equally compelling and horrifying, Empire of Fear reveals how Islamic State came to be, explores how they might be defeated and asks a frightening question - if they were brought down, could we stop another group emerging to replace them?
 
Andrew Hosken is one of the BBC’s most experienced correspondents. He reported on the 9/11 attacks from New York and on the 7/7 attacks from London. Over the course of his career he has covered numerous Middle East conflicts and their aftermaths, including the Arab Spring, the fall of Gaddafi, and the rise of the Islamic State. In 2003, he won the One World Media Award for his series on Algerian terrorism.
 
A Q&A session will follow.
 
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Daphne Selfe The Way We Wore
Daphne Selfe
The Way We Wore
Friday 9th September 11.30 – 12.45 
 
Daphne Selfe has been photographed by Mario Testino, Nick Knight and David Bailey. She has modelled for Dolce and Gabbana, Red or Dead and high-street chains such as TK Maxx and regularly appears in newspaper fashion pages and glossy magazines. She is one of Britain's most in-demand supermodels and has worked non-stop for almost twenty years. But what makes her really rather extraordinary is that she is now in her late eighties.
 
Daphne grew up in an age when dresses were lovingly run up for you by your mother and when needlework for even the most basic outfit was an art form. Perhaps as a result, she has had a lifelong love affair with clothes and fashion. This is a heart-warming account of that love affair, taking readers from the organdie party frocks of a 1930s childhood to the pages of Vogue.
 
Daphne shares a wealth of anecdotes from her peripatetic childhood, following her teacher-father from school to school, from her modelling career, which began as a department store house model, and from her long and happy marriage.
 
A Q&A session will follow.
 
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Ken Livingstone

Ken Livingstone
Being Red: A Politics for the Future
Friday 9th September 13.15 – 14.30 
 
How should the left govern? In the wake of a huge surge of interest in the Labour Party, Livingstone serves up an insider's account of the Party and its future, at a pivotal moment in its history. At a time when many are now looking to revive Labour's potential, Livingstone has form. His account takes us from the self-proclaimed ‘radical socialism’ of the Greater London Council, to his controversial independent candidacy that saw him branded as ‘dangerous’ by the Blairites, to the political battles against privatisation and pollution that characterised his time as Mayor. At each point, he suggests possible lessons for those who would seek to follow or improve on his achievements today.
 
Having spent years at the head of the GLC, serving two terms as London Mayor and having gone head to head with Boris Johnson, Livingstone offers a clear-sighted study of the left's possibilities and limitations, with reflections on the current state of the Labour Party.
 
A Q&A session will follow.
 
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Peter Hanington
Peter Hanington 
A Dying Breed
Friday 9th September 15.00 - 16.15  
CANCELLED
 

 

 

Mona Siddiqui

Mona Siddiqui
My Way: A Muslim Woman’s Journey
Friday 9th September 15.00 - 16.15
 
Debates about 'Islam' and 'the West' are now so common that it is easy to forget how damaging they can be. The vast majority of Muslims do not wish to see Islam used as a divisive force within the largely secular societies in which they live. How then can Muslim stereotyping be challenged? Siddiqui is one of the foremost Western authorities on the reconciliation of 21st-century life and Islamic custom. She looks at issues such as wearing the veil within society at large. She also asks: Who are we? How do we cope with growing older? What kind of world will we leave to our children? Placing her rich personal journey in a wider context, the author is able to explore love and sex, multiculturalism and diversity, ageing and death. She shows why she is one of the most vital thinkers of our age.
 
Professor Mona Siddiqui is a regular commentator on Radio 4 and BBC Scotland’s ‘Thought for the Day’. She also chairs the Islam and Interreligious Studies Department at Edinburgh University.
 
A Q&A session will follow.
 
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Dermot Turing

Dermot Turing 
Alan Turing Decoded
Friday 9th September 16.45 – 18.00 
 
Alan Turing was an extraordinary man who crammed into a life of only 42 years the careers of mathematician, codebreaker, computer scientist and biologist. He is widely regarded as a war hero who was grossly mistreated by his unappreciative country and it has become hard to disentangle the real man from the story. It is easy to cast him as a misfit, the stereotypical professor. But actually Alan Turing was never a professor, and his nickname ‘Prof’ was given by his codebreaking friends at Bletchley Park.
 
Now, his nephew, Dermot Turing, has taken a fresh look at the influences on Alan Turing’s life and creativity and the later creation of a legend. For the first time it is possible to disclose the real character behind the cipher-text. What was his wartime work after 1942 and why was it kept even more secret than the Enigma story? What is the truth about Alan Turing’s conviction for gross indecency and did he commit suicide? What is the significance of the Royal Pardon granted in 2013? In Dermot’s own style he takes a vibrant and entertaining approach to the life and work of a true genius. 
 
Sir John Dermot Turing gained a doctorate in Genetics before moving into the legal profession, working first for HM Treasury Solicitor’s Department and now as a consultant for Clifford Chance.
 
A Q&A session will follow.
 
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Tam Dalyell

Ewen Cameron interviews Tam Dalyell
The Question of Scotland: Devolution and After
Friday 9th September 16.45 – 18.00  
 
In September 2014, with the Scottish independence referendum, the United Kingdom came close to being broken apart after three centuries as one of the most successful political unions in history. Yet despite a conclusive No vote, the SNP took almost every seat in Scotland at the 2015 general election and another independence referendum is on the cards. In this talk Tam Dalyell offers a personal reflection on why the UK is on the brink of the most serious constitutional crisis in its history. But this is not just a history of why we have ended up where we are. Dalyell also offers sage advice and suggests ways forward which will inform debate as the UK moves into a new post-Brexit political era.
 
Sir Thomas Dalyell known as Tam Dalyell was a Scottish Labour Party MP from 1962 to 2005. He was Father of the House of Commons and proposed the ‘West Lothian Question’.
 
Ewen Cameron is the Sir William Fraser Professor of Scottish History at Edinburgh University.
 
A Q&A session will follow.
 
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Alan Taylor Updated

Alan Taylor 
Glasgow - The Autobiography 
Friday 9th September 18.30 - 19.45  
CANCELLED

 

 

Nicci French

Nicci French 
Saturday Requiem
Friday 9th September 18.30 - 19.45  
CANCELLED

 

 

Brooke Magnanti

Brooke Magnanti 
The Turning Tide
Friday 9th September 20.15 – 21.30
CANCELLED

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 Saturday 10th September 2016

 

Ian Deary

Ian Deary 
Understanding Healthy Cognitive Ageing: Scotland's Unique Contribution 
Saturday 10th September 10.00 – 11.15 
 
In June 1932 almost every Scottish school pupil born in 1921 sat the same IQ test, the Moray House Test No. 12. In June 1947 almost every school pupil born in 1936 sat that same IQ test. These 'Scottish Mental Surveys' are the most complete studies of population intelligence ever conducted. This talk will tell you why. And it will describe how some of the children have been traced and re-contacted in older age to find out why some people's brains and thinking skills aged better than others. Find out whether your genes, your health, your lifestyle, or your luck play a part in helping you to ‘bear the whips and scorns of time’. 
 
Ian Deary is Professor of Differential Psychology at the University of Edinburgh and Director of the university’s Centre for Cognitive Ageing.
 
A Q&A session will follow
 
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John Plender Capitalism Money Morals and Markets

John Plender
Capitalism: Money, Morals and Markets
Saturday 10th September 11.45 - 13.00  
 
In the West, capitalism has lifted millions out of poverty. The trail blazed by Japan is being followed by other emerging market countries across the globe, creating prosperity on a breath-taking scale. Yet capitalism is unloved and voices compete to point out that the system allows powerful elites to grab an ever larger share of the collective wealth.
 
Plender explores the paradoxes inherent in this mechanism. Taking us on a journey from the Venetian merchants of the Middle Ages to the gleaming temples of commerce in 21st-century Canary Wharf, via the South Sea Bubble, Dutch tulip mania and manic-depressive gambling addicts, Plender shows us our economic creation. Along the way, he delves into the ethics of debt, reveals the truth about the artistic giants who pioneered copyrighting and examines why entrepreneurs may be perceived as greedy, unethical opportunists, while manufacturing, by contrast, is considered innately virtuous.
 
John Plender has been a senior editorial writer at the Financial Times since 1981 and a broadcaster for the BBC and Channel Four.
 
A Q&A session will follow.
 
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Johanna Holtan
Johanna Holtan
CycleHack
Saturday 10th September 11.45 – 13.00 
CANCELLED

 

 

 

 

Ian Fraser
Ian Fraser 
Shredded - Inside RBS - The Bank That Broke Britain 
Saturday 10th September 13.30 – 14.45 
 
The Royal Bank of Scotland was once one of the most successful and profitable financial institutions in the world; revered, admired and trusted by millions of savers and investors. A trusted employer for tens of thousands of people, with branches on nearly every high street in the land. Now, the very mention of the bank’s name causes fury and resentment, and the former CEO, Fred Goodwin, is regarded by many as the one of the principal culprits of the worst financial crash since 1929. Now, for the first time, award-winning financial journalist Ian Fraser reveals how the ‘light touch, limited touch’ approach to financial regulation of New Labour and the aggressive, confrontational, autocratic and reckless style of Fred Goodwin led to disaster, not just for the Royal Bank of Scotland, but for everyone in the UK.
 
Ian Fraser has worked as a journalist for 25 years, writing for The Economist, Financial Times, Sunday Times, Guardian, Independent, Reuters, Dow Jones, Daily Mail, Herald and Sunday Herald. Since 2008, he has focused on covering the unfolding banking crisis, working on seven BBC documentaries including the Bafta-nominated ‘RBS: Inside The Bank That Ran Out of Money’.
 
A Q&A session will follow.
 
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David Torrance
David Torrance 
Nicola Sturgeon: A Political Life
Saturday 10th September 15.15 – 16.30  
 
Born in Irvine in 1970, Nicola Sturgeon joined the SNP aged only 16 and devoted her teenage years to Glasgow University’s Scottish Nationalist Association. After graduating in law she worked as a solicitor before becoming the party’s Youth Affairs Vice Convener and Publicity Vice Convener. She first stood for Parliament at the 1992 general election - Scotland’s youngest parliamentary candidate. In 1997 she contested Glasgow Govan and, ten years later, won the constituency from Labour. In the same year, 2007, Sturgeon became Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing but it was during the referendum negotiations of 2012 and the subsequent independence campaign that her reputation grew. She is now First Minister of Scotland and leader of the SNP, brokering a continued European path for her country in the aftermath of Brexit.
 
David Torrance was born and brought up in Edinburgh. He was formerly a lecturer at Dundee University, a political reporter for STV and is now a freelance writer, journalist and broadcaster.
 
A Q&A session will follow.
 
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Kenny MacAskill
Kenny MacAskill 
The Lockerbie Bombing
Saturday 10th September 15.15 – 16.30
 
On 21 December 1988, Pan Am flight 103 departed London Heathrow for New York. Shortly after take-off, a bomb detonated, killing all aboard and devastating the small Scottish town of Lockerbie below. Only one man has ever been convicted of the crime: Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, though few believe that he acted alone. In 2009, following a request for the prisoner's release on compassionate grounds, the decision to grant or deny that request fell on Scottish cabinet member Kenny MacAskill.
 
Detailing the build-up to the atrocity and the carnage left in its wake, MacAskill narrates the international investigation that followed and the diplomatic intrigue that saw a Scottish court convened in the Netherlands. He describes the controversial release of al-Megrahi, answers how and why it happened - and who was really responsible for the worst terrorist attack to have occurred on British soil before or since.
 
After practising law, Kenny MacAskill became an SNP politician and Member of the Scottish Parliament 1999−2016, serving as Scotland’s Justice Secretary from 2007 to 2014.
 
A Q&A session will follow.
 
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Zakia Moulaoui
Zakia Moulaoui and Biffy 
Invisible Edinburgh
Saturday 10th September 17.00 – 18.15
CANCELLED

 

 

 

 

Alex Bell
Alex Bell
Of Land and Water 
Saturday 10th September 17.00 - 18.15
CANCELLED

 

 

 

 

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Charles MacLean
Whiskypedia
Saturday 10th September 18.45 - 20.00 
CANCELLED

 

 

 

 

Yrsa Sigurdadottir
Yrsa Sigurdadottir
The Silence of the Sea
Saturday 10th September 20.30 – 21.45
CANCELLED

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Sunday 24th July 2016

 

RuthDavidsonMSP
Ruth Davidson
The Books That Made Me
Sunday 11th September 18.00 – 19.15  
 
Ruth Davidson is one of the most influential and well-loved Tory politicians in Britain today. After leading the Conservatives to finish ahead of Labour in the Scottish election, she went on to play a starring role in the BBC EU referendum debate. This ‘most-watched’ event in the politics of 2016 gained her a new audience in Britain and a new presence on a global political stage. In the aftermath of the referendum results, Davidson is poised to help shape the future of the Conservative party. She will be discussing the books that have made a big impact on her life.
 
Ruth Davidson joined the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party in 2009 after working as a journalist at the BBC and signaller in the Territorial Army. She became Party Leader and Member of the Scottish Parliament for the Glasgow regional list in 2011.
 
A Q&A session will follow.
 
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Anne Beetham
Kirstein Rummery
The Women’s Equality Party Scotland
Sunday 11th September 19.45 – 21.00  
 
The Women’s Equality Party (WE), formed last year by Sandi Toksvig and Catherine Mayer, launched its Holyrood manifesto in April this year.
Kirstein Rummery is a founder member of the party and has been fighting for women's equality personally and professionally from a very early age.  Driving women's opportunities to have a fair say in how legislation is made,  seek policy change in six key areas: equal pay, equal representation, equal parenting and caregiving, equal education, equal media treatment and an end to violence against women and girls.
 
Professor in the department of Sociology, Social Pollicy and Criminology at Stirling university,Kirstein also works with the project of Policy Challenges and the Future of Scotland, with the Centre on Constitutional Change. She asks whether and how gender equality can be at the core of a new political model for Scotland.
 
A Q&A session will follow.
 
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Simeon Gatev Jazz
Simeon Gatev
Speakers Festival Jazz
Sunday 11th September 20.30 – 22.30  
 
Simeon Gatev's musical career as a pianist started at the age of five when a family friend, one of the most renowned jazzmen in Bulgaria, became his music teacher. Alongside playing the classics, this maestro was also head of the 'Gabrovo Jazz Band'. While only ten years old, Simeon followed in his footsteps as pianist of the 'Junior Jazz Band'. Since that moment, jazz has been his ‘partner in crime and companion in life’. Simeon invites his audience to quaff an 'amazing jazzy draught of music'.
 
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