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10:00 am

BLACK HOLE AT THE GALAXY’S HEART

September 7 → 10:00 am11:00 am
King Street Halls, Kirkwall
£3 - £5

Most large galaxies, like our own, seem to contain a supermassive black hole, and some of these, called Active Galaxies, give out so much energy they outshine all the stars. Prof. Ian Robson of the Royal Observatory of Edinburgh tells all.

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11:30 am

EVOLUTION: COMPETING OR COLLABORATING?

September 7 → 11:30 am12:30 pm
King Street Halls, Kirkwall
£3 - £5

Does selfishness drive evolution, in a struggle where the strong survive? Or is evolution more about a diverse interacting web of life? Molecular biologist Prof. Ford Doolittle of Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia, opens up the possibility of bringing together the two approaches.

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2:00 pm

THE ORIGINS OF LIFE ON EARTH

September 7 → 2:00 pm3:00 pm
King Street Halls, Kirkwall
£3 - £5

John D. Mackay Memorial Lecture The first living creatures can be traced back to more than 3 billion years ago. But how did they form? Prof. Karim Labib of the University of Dundee looks at the latest evidence.

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3:30 pm

THE STARLINGS’ SONG

September 7 → 3:30 pm4:30 pm
King Street Halls, Kirkwall
£3 - £5
Starling Pierre Selim

Messy, friendly, bully... threatened? How much do you really know about the common starling? Conservationist and writer Rachel Dowse explores these birds with an award-winning talk from the Hay-on-Wye Festival. In collaboration with ASLE - the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment

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5:15 pm

BUT OH MY LOVE! THE CHAIN OF TIME

September 7 → 5:15 pm6:15 pm
Orkney Theatre, KGS, Kirkwall
£3 - £5

The 19th-century Irish mathematician Sir William Rowan Hamilton reformulated Newton’s dynamics in a visionary way that would fit modern quantum theory – and great influences on his life ranged from Coleridge’s poetry to lost love. Howie Firth tells his story with music from the Lorcán Mac Mathúna Quartet and readings […]

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7:00 pm

HOY EVENING

September 7 → 7:00 pm9:30 pm
Hoy Kirk

Take the 5.45 pm ferry from Stromness to Hoy to hear about the art and science of brewing and distilling. Plus stargazing (weather permitting), and supper as well. Admission free. Friday evening ferry from Stromness 5.45 pm, back from Moaness in Hoy 10 pm, book from Orkney Ferries 01856 872044.

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7:30 pm

IN SHACKLETON’S FOOTSTEPS

September 7 → 7:30 pm8:30 pm
Orkney Theatre, KGS, Kirkwall
£3 - £5

He led his men through the harshest conditions of Antarctic seas and brought every one to safety. Polar historian Dr Maria Pia Casarini tells the story of Sir Ernest Shackleton, and Martin Gray and Dr Alison McLure show scenes of places on his route.

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9:00 pm

MUSIC FOR MEADOWS AND STORMY SHORES

September 7 → 9:00 pm10:00 pm
Orkney Theatre, KGS, Kirkwall
£5 - £8

St Andrews New Music Ensemble with music for the natural world – from Hildegard of Bingen and Gabrieli, Handel and Haydn, Schubert and Liszt, to Malcolm Arnold and a new work by Emily Doolittle. With accompanying images from Orkney shores to Newfoundland waters and polar ice. Tickets £8 & £5.

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9 – 11.30 pm Meet up at the Festival Club at The Reel

September 7 → 9:00 pm11:30 pm
The Reel, Kirkwall
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