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THE MAKING OF THE PENTLAND FIRTH

Phoenix Cinema, Pickaquoy, Kirkwall

It’s known to ships and seafarers the world over. But when did it form? And how did its coast evolve, through ice and waves and storms? Edinburgh geomorphologist Dr Adrian Hall finds out at first hand, with helpers including Katy Firth of Stromness Museum and Mara Gibb from UHI in Caithness and Sutherland. Follow them in Selena S. Kuzman’s new film as they explore the shores of Hoy and Caithness, and on to Stroma. There's time for questions afterwards, and in the tea break.

£4 – £6

VEGETABLE GARDEN WORKSHOP

UHI Orkney, East Road, Kirkwall

Join Ed Bollom, the head gardener at Gordon Castle Walled Garden, Fochabers, as he talks you through the process of creating your own vegetable garden and teaches you all the skills you need to get started.

£10

WORKSHOP: AN ISLAND ANGLE FOR AI?

St Magnus Centre, Palace Road, Kirkwall

Can we find some special aspect of AI that island communities can apply with the same success that has come from computers and the internet? Dr Matjaž Vidmar of Edinburgh University is joined by one of the staff of Orkney-based Kyloe Partners – and is looking for your ideas!

£8

SEA WIND FOR THE FUTURE

Phoenix Cinema, Pickaquoy, Kirkwall

Thistle Wind Partners are working on plans for a floating wind farm 21 km east of Deerness, with construction starting around 2029. Project director Ian Taylor describes progress and the shape of the future.

£4 – £6

BUFFET LUNCH OF ORKNEY FARE

Peedie Kirk Hall, Palace Road, Kirkwall

Meet friends old or new and enjoy the best of Orkney cheese, meat, fish and baking. The One O’Clock Toast today is in memory of George Marwick, farmer and Orkney Islands Council Convener. It is given by his daughter Dr Kareen Marwick.

£10

THE COUNCILS, THE PARLIAMENT, AND THE BLACK, BLACK OIL

Phoenix Cinema, Pickaquoy, Kirkwall

The 1974 Zetland and Orkney County Council Acts helped North Sea oil to come ashore by granting powers for local council control and setting up the reserve funds for the community. But how did the UK’s tiniest councils convince a busy Westminster to give them powers beyond any other UK local authority? Dr Tim Noble of Heriot-Watt University tells the story.

£4 – £6

WORKSHOP: MUSIC AT HOSPITAL BEDSIDES

King Street Halls, Kirkwall

Sue Carney looks at the therapeutic use of music from two perspectives – as a lifelong musician, and now in the study of sound, music and cognition at the University of Oregon. In this workshop, she describes some of the ways in which music can make a difference, with live demonstrations inviting you to imagine yourself in the position of a patient.

GREEN AND BLUE HORIZONS

Phoenix Cinema, Pickaquoy, Kirkwall

Orkney’s role as an energy exporter has continued to develop, with oil joined today by wind, tide and wave developments. What can we expect over the next 5-10 years – and what infrastructure do we need to put in place to get the maximum benefits? Neil Kermode of EMEC and Gareth Davies of Aquatera give a perspective from the heart of the ongoing developments.

£4 – £6

ARCS AND SPARKS – RECHARGED!

Orkney Theatre, KGS, Kirkwall

It’s 28 years since we first brought Arcs & Sparks to Orkney and we’re delighted to be back! If you were there and remember our first shows, do come and say hello – and if you were there as a child, maybe you’ll even be bringing your own family this time! Volunteers most definitely welcome, as we create hair-raising experiences with our giant van de Graaff generator and dim the lights for dramatic displays of indoor lightning.

£4 – £6

STORM’S EDGE

King Street Halls, Kirkwall

Prof. Peter Marshall of Warwick University, born and raised in Orkney, looks into three crucial centuries that shaped the islands of today. And though Orkney itself, as he reflects in his new book Storm’s Edge, is often seen as remote from the mainstream, the remote places are where the force of the storm can best be seen.

£4 – £6

AND IN AN INSTANT ALL WAS LIGHT

Orkney Theatre, KGS, Kirkwall

100 years ago Kirkwall got its first mains electricity when the Town Council bought a WWI generating station from the former Houton seaplane base. Bill Stevenson of Orkney Vintage Club tells the story of the power stations and the machinery within them, and Prof. Tom Stevenson of the Museum of Communication in Burntisland looks at the advances that made them possible.

£4 – £6

WORKSHOP: DATA AND ART IN ALL ITS BEAUTY

St Magnus Centre, Kirkwall

Madeleine Shepherd and Rebecca Kaye bring together data, art and mathematics in their work. The barometer on the wall by Victoria Street Church in Stromness led to Rebecca's design of a wind scarf. The pattern of flashes from Noup Head lighthouse led to an image capturing the patterns from lighthouses around the UK coast. Madeleine’s sources range from NASA image data to algorithmic pattern generation. Most recently she has been linking Fair Isle knitting traditions with computer-generated designs.

£8 – £10

THE DAM BUILDERS

Orkney Theatre, KGS, Kirkwall

Through 30 years after World War II, engineers deployed by the North of Scotland Hydro-Electric Board built some 50 major dams across the region, and over 20,000 miles of power line, and brought electricity to the Highlands and Islands. The workforce had to cope with weather and geology to turn the vision into reality. Caithness author James Miller tells their story.

£4 – £6

PUZZLES AND PINTS

The Orkney Club, Harbour Street, Kirkwall

Do you enjoy doing puzzles? And would you like the atmosphere of a pub quiz, and with extra help at times with a difficult answer? Mathematicians and puzzle fans Katie Steckles and Ben Sparks bring you a night of brain-teasing puzzles and problems to solve, with no prizes but plenty of hints and clues in case you get stuck.

£10
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