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IN SEARCH OF DR GARVIE

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ONLINE For fifteen years in the 1930s and 40s, Beatrice Garvie was the doctor on the island of North Ronaldsay. She was also a photographer, and captured the lives of the people in great detail during her time there; and she always gave her subjects copies of their photographs, not a common practice of the time. One of the earliest women doctors, she worked in India, London, Sheffield and Glasgow before moving to North Ronaldsay. On her death, Bessie Muir and Annie Scott asked if her albums and lantern slides could be

OUTING AND WALK: 2 BAYS WALK

Another of my favourite walks on my local patch, and an extension to the shorter Orphir Bay walk on Saturday 3rd September. This walk follows the coastline along Scapa Flow taking in both Orphir and Swanbister bays. We will move through a range of habitats including farmland, heath, coastal, rocky shores and even a small pocket of woodland. There is a huge variety of wildlife to see including waders, ducks, wildflowers and insects. Medium 5 hours, Medium, £60pp The Festival ticket system is kindly provided by e-availability, Forres and Inverness. Megan’s aim with the Festival

SMALL SCHOOLS, SEAS AND FAR HORIZONS

Phoenix Cinema, Pickaquoy, Kirkwall

Phoenix Cinema, Pickaquoy, Kirkwall Youngeens fae the primary schools in North Ronaldsay and Papay have been working together to explore and celebrate their island culture. Exploring both land and sea, on foot and tall ship (the Swan), the pupils have worked with local musicians (Jen Austin and Eric Linklater) and film maker (Mark Jenkins) in order to be able to share their exploration more widely. They will describe their adventures through a combination of video, presentation and live performance. This session will also serve to highlight the unique learning experiences that small

MORE TREES INDEED, BUT WHERE AND HOW?

Phoenix Cinema, Pickaquoy, Kirkwall

Phoenix Cinema, Pickaquoy, Kirkwall Eoin F. Scott Lecture We’re told that a big planting of trees is needed in the Highlands and Islands to combat climate change. But what trees, should be used, and where should they be planted? The decisions, says Prof. Roger Crofts, have to be thought through very carefully to avoid some of the problems which have occurred in the past with poor soil management and the use of the wrong species of trees. He gives examples of good and bad practice from around Scotland and from Washington State

AFTERNOON TEAS

Peedie Kirk Hall, Kirkwall

Peedie Kirk Hall, Kirkwall The Peedie Kirk are back in action and look forward to welcoming you. Come along and enjoy the company and the opportunity to catch up, with a story as well at 3.30 pm. Admission £8.

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FORENSIC SCIENCE IN PRACTICE

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ONLINE Join Professor Niamh Nic Daéid from the Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science at the University of Dundee for a talk and discussion about forensic science in practice and how the field is developing with new technology (and the challenges it brings). She will share how research at LRCFS is tackling some of the current limitations in forensic science and looking to the future, testing new high-tech equipment and techniques for use from the crime scene to the court room.

NEW LIFE FOR THE LAND AND WILDLIFE AND PEOPLE

Orkney Theatre, KGS, Kirkwall

Orkney Theatre, KGS, Kirkwall The arguments have long continued about competing uses for land in the Highlands and Islands: conservation or development? Two Scottish biologists take a very different approach: compartmentalisation and institutional thinking, they say, is blocking fresh solutions. Derek Pretswell and Ron Greer have built on the ideas of earlier Scottish ecologists and drawn on theory and practice from the Nordic countries today. Their approach is sometimes called Restoration Ecology, because they look at the whole ecosystem of land and wildlife and people, and work to regenerate it and all

CONCERT: THE MUSIC OF THE STARS

St Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall

St Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall He discovered infrared radiation, the planet Uranus and two of its moons, two moons of Saturn, and the seasonal variation of the polar caps of Mars. And he built his own reflecting telescopes, casting, grinding and polishing the mirrors. But he began as a musician and he composed 24 symphonies, along with concertos, sonatas, fugues and church music. Astronomer Dr Anne-Marie Weijmans of St Andrews University – who like him plays the oboe – tells the story of the remarkable Sir William Herschel, who died 200 years ago,

VAVILOV’S DREAM

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ONLINE The Russian biologist Nikolai Vavilov had a dream: to amass a world seed bank for crops to feed the planet. And so from 1916 he travelled the world to collect hundreds of thousands of seed samples from 60 countries, from Iran and Afghanistan to Colombia and Costa Rica. He mastered a dozen languages, to learn from local farmers about the plants he studied. But Stalin’s Russia promoted a different form of genetics and in 1940 Vavilov was arrested. His team continued to look after the massive seedbank in Leningrad, through the

FALL OR WARNESS, GRAVITY BASE, THE HAMMARS HILL WALTZ AND THE KITCHEN SINK

The Orkney Club, Harbour Street, Kirkwall

The Orkney Club, Harbour Street, Kirkwall Underwater hydrophones at the Fall of Warness. The wind driving the turbines on Hammars Hill. Building a tidal machine at Leask Marine’s workshop. An electric car and a home air to water heating system. As part of RGU’s Northwords project, Brian Cromarty has used field recordings to compose four pieces of music inspired by Orkney’s energy story. He will introduce his recordings and tell the story of how they developed, and there’s time to ask him more about the process.

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