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12:00 pm
£4 - £7

OPENING LUNCH: THE NORTH ISLES

September 1, 2016 → 12:00 pm1:30 pm
Town Hall, Kirkwall,

Dr Marty Jopson of The One Show opens the Festival, and introduces a lunch and wildlife stories from the North Isles, with Amy Liptrot on Egilsay corncrakes, and Heather & Gavin Woodbridge on North Ronaldsay bird migrants. In addition – the launch of the Festival’s upcycling project Fashion the Future!

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2:00 pm
£2 - £4

HIDDEN LANDSCAPES, LAND AND SEA

September 1, 2016 → 2:00 pm3:00 pm
Town Hall, Kirkwall,

Geophysicist Dr Richard Bates of St Andrews University and archaeologist Caroline Wickham-Jones show how new ways of reconstructing ancient landscapes are providing fresh insight into the past and its people – from Happisburgh 800,000 years ago to Stonehenge and Orkney.

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3:30 pm
£2 - £4

THE MAN WHO PUT THE BLACKING IN THE BOTTLES

September 1, 2016 → 3:30 pm4:30 pm
Town Hall, Kirkwall,

19th-century innovators Day and Martin built the shoe polish industry from an army recipe for boot-blacking. The legal battle over Charles Day’s estate led to Charles Dickens’ Bleak House – and a family history mystery … to which Neil Price, moving to London from Orkney, has found a most unexpected

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5:15 pm
£2 - £4

THE PHYSICS OF GOLF

September 1, 2016 → 5:15 pm6:15 pm
Orkney Theatre, KGS, Kirkwall,

The swing of the shoulders, the rotation of the wrists, the dimples on the ball to build lift from backspin. With forces and motion, the game of golf is based on physics, as Prof. Tom Stevenson explains, with some practical demonstrations – the successful application is up to you!

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7:30 pm

A FITFUL SEA

September 1, 2016 → 7:30 pm9:00 pm
St Magnus Church, Birsay,

A commemoration of HMS Hampshire and all aboard, 100 years after its loss off the Birsay coast, and within sight of St Magnus Church. Written by Pam Beasant, produced by Issy Grieve, and performed by Birsay Drama Group with music by John Fraser, Kristan Harvey and Sarah Jane Gibbon.Admission by

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£2 - £4

THE BEST BROADBAND IN THE WORLD

September 1, 2016 → 7:30 pm8:30 pm
Orkney Theatre, KGS, Kirkwall,

In today’s world high-speed broadband is essential for all forms of business – but service in rural areas is all too often poor. What is the very best system available, and is there a way for Orkney to get it? Dr Ian Ritchie, who has been working in new informatics

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9:00 pm
£2 - £4

KEEPING THE SKY DARK

September 1, 2016 → 9:00 pm10:00 pm
Orkney Theatre, KGS, Kirkwall,

A starry sky on a winter’s night is a treat to enjoy – but increasing light pollution is restricting it. Lighting engineer Jim Paterson, who has guided various places to international dark skies status, from the islands of Sark and Coll to the town of Moffat, describes how it’s done

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9.00 – 11.30 pm Meet up at the Festival Club at The Reel

September 1, 2016 → 9:00 pm11:30 pm
The Reel, Kirkwall,
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