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The Open University in Scotland hosts and supports a range of events throughout the year with partners across the country.

Aug 11

Masterclass: Writing Fiction with Daniel Shand - at Edinburgh International Book Festival 2019

Sunday, August 11, 2019 - 14:00 to 16:30

Kimpton Charlotte Square Hotel, 38 Charlotte Square, Edinburgh EH2 4HQ

Join prize-winning author, former OU Arts Faculty staff member and current Edinburgh Napier University lecturer Daniel Shand, as he delivers a masterclass guiding you through the techniques that will help you get to know your characters and bring them to life. Part of The OU 50th Anniversary Series at Edinburgh International Book Festival 2019. SOLD OUT

Aug 15

Val McDermid with Danny Dorling, Geetha Marcus & Joelle Taylor - at Edinburgh International Book Festival 2019

Thursday, August 15, 2019 - 11:45 to 12:45

Main Theatre, Charlotte Square Gardens, Edinburgh, EH2 4DR

This discussion led by guest selector Val McDermid, author and OU honorary graduate, explores the many forms of homelessness. Part of The OU 50th Anniversary Series at Edinburgh International Book Festival 2019. 

John Sexton with Gordon Brown - at Edinburgh International Book Festival 2019

Thursday, August 15, 2019 - 15:15 to 16:15

Main Theatre, Charlotte Square Gardens, Edinburgh, EH2 4DR

Former Prime Minister and former OU tutor Gordon Brown will interview world-leading lawyer and academic John Sexton at the Edinburgh International Book Festival 2019. Part of The OU 50th Anniversary Series at the festival. 

Aug 17

Benjamin Zephaniah - at Edinburgh International Book Festival 2019

Saturday, August 17, 2019 - 18:45 to 19:45

Main Theatre, Charlotte Square Gardens, Edinburgh, EH2 4DR

A radical poet, political visionary, popular reggae artist, and OU honorary graduate, Benjamin Zephaniah has travelled the world promoting peace, humanitarianism and animal welfare. As he shares his tale with audiences today we ask: what drives this verse superstar now? Part of The OU 50th Anniversary Series at Edinburgh International Book Festival 2019. SOLD OUT

Aug 23

Catherine Simpson - at Edinburgh International Book Festival 2019

Friday, August 23, 2019 - 16:00 to 17:00

Garden Theatre, Charlotte Square Gardens, Edinburgh, EH2 4DR

At this event author and OU creative writing alumnus Catherine Simpson will explore dealing with the difficult death of a loved one. Part of The OU 50th Anniversary Series at Edinburgh International Book Festival 2019. 

Carrie Gracie - at Edinburgh International Book Festival 2019

Friday, August 23, 2019 - 19:15 to 20:15

Spark Theatre, George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2PF

Former BBC China editor Carrie Gracie discusses her book Equal, and her campaign which resulted in British companies now being required to declare their gender pay gap. Part of The OU 50th Anniversary Series at Edinburgh International Book Festival 2019. SOLD OUT

Sep 9

Pan-Commonwealth Forum on Open Learning

Monday, September 9, 2019 - 08:00 to Thursday, September 12, 2019 - 17:00

BT Murrayfield Stadium, Roseburn St, Edinburgh, EH12 5PJ

The Open University will co-host the ninth Pan-Commonwealth Forum on Open Learning (PCF9) with the Commonwealth of Learning: Innovations for Quality Education and Lifelong Learning

Sep 28

The Cultural History of Glasgow Research Network - Workshop 3

Saturday, September 28, 2019 - 11:00 to 15:30

This is the third in a series of workshops bringing together those researching any aspect of Glasgow’s cultural history. If you are a local or family historian, research student, or experienced researcher, come along and find out how you can contribute to this project. 

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