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SEAWEED IN THE KITCHEN

Phoenix Cinema, Pickaquoy, Kirkwall

Fiona Bird, a former BBC MasterChef finalist and author of the book Seaweed in the Kitchen, describes the nutritional properties of seaweed and how they might contribute to a healthful diet. She looks back at uses of seaweed over the centuries and provides advice on gathering and using it.

£4 – £6

WORKSHOP: ISLANDS OF SOFTWARE DEVELOPERS?

St Magnus Centre, Palace Road, Kirkwall

There’s a worldwide shortage of software developers – with good pay and conditions, and the opportunity to work from home or anywhere with internet access. Maria Bell of Mesomorphic in Shetland joins staff from Orkney-based Kyloe Partners to see if they – and you – can come up with answers.

£6 – £8

THE MOST BEAUTIFUL BERRIES

Phoenix Cinema, Pickaquoy, Kirkwall

Salt winds can deter many plants, but not sea buckthorn. It thrives in poor sandy soil by the sea, and it can stabilise dunes and build up shelter – and it is rich in nutrition. The juice in its berries makes a healthy drink and a tasty source of flavouring. Ethnobotanical researcher Anna Canning describes its harvesting, and its possibilities for areas like Orkney.

£4 – £6

BUFFET LUNCH OF ORKNEY FARE

Peedie Kirk Hall, Palace Road, Kirkwall

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 … who …. It is given by …. Admission £10.

£10

HIGHLAND RIVER

Phoenix Cinema, Pickaquoy, Kirkwall

The Caithness author Neil Gunn dedicated his novel Highland River to his brother John, a mathematics and physics graduate. The book weaves together John’s pursuit of ideas in physics with a fisherman’s scanning of the sea to the far horizon – and also to the journey from the harbour upriver, in search of its distant source. Prof. Donna Heddle of UHI looks at the book and its setting.

£4 – £6

ASTRONOMY THROUGH THE AGES

Stromness Museum

Step back in time and discover the roots of astronomy with Dr Vassilios Spathopoulos, trying out replicas of some of the tools that charted the heavens long before modern technology. It’s a practical, informative drop-in session for anyone curious about how we’ve kept our eyes on the sky throughout history. The cost is covered by the museum entry ticket.

WORKSHOP: DATA AND ART IN ALL ITS BEAUTY

Pier Arts Centre, Stromness

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.

£6 – £8

THE DARK OF SUMMER

Phoenix Cinema, Pickaquoy, Kirkwall

One of the novels of Eric Linklater, who died 50 years ago, spans Orkney, Shetland and Faroe past and present in a fateful mood showing how chains of events can built up to tragic conclusions. But the ending has a fresh picture of the nature of Time and a feeling of hope and redemption. And that picture of Time, says Dr Howie Firth, is quite remarkably at the forefront of physics today.

£4 – £6

PERIODIC SUCCESS

Orkney Theatre, KGS, Kirkwall

Dr Jamie Gallagher takes you on a guided tour of the building blocks that make up the planets, the universe – and us. "The periodic table has been an emblem of science for over 100 years. Behind this iconic classroom poster live tales of romance, murder, greed and wonder."

£4 – £6

ORKNEY’S ARCTIC PAST – AND FUTURE?

King Street Halls, Kirkwall

In hard times past Hudson’s Bay furs and Greenland whaling helped Orkney’s economy and people to survive. Today’s changing climate and an unsettled global situation is bringing northern regions together. Could this open a new frontier for Orkney?

£4 – £6

DISENTANGLING DNA

Orkney Theatre, KGS, Kirkwall

Tinier and tinier quantities of DNA can now be detected – giving forensic scientists a problem: a crime scene may have traces of people who have never been there. To what extent can DNA be transferred from place to place, and how can different traces be sifted out? Dr Alexander Gray from the Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science in Dundee describes the challenges.

£4 – £6

SAGAS AND SEASCAPES

St Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall

Nordic Viola and Faroese ensemble Aldubáran capture the strangeness, wonder and melancholy of Norse legends in a performance of music, film and specially commissioned art. Music by Faroese, Scottish and Irish composers is accompanied on screen by video by Craig Sinclair and abstract art painted by Orla Stevens, “an artist who works from a deeply embedded sense of place.”

£8 – £10

A PATH THROUGH GAMES AND LANGUAGE

Virtual Event Virtual Event

Does our digital world mean the end of tradition and older languages? On the contrary, say Prof. Maya Chacaby (Anishinaabe, Beaver Clan) of York University and virtual learning expert Benoit Buyse of UniVirtual: technology provides fresh ways to pass on heritage to a new generation.

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The Orkney Club, Harbour Street, Kirkwall

The Orkney Club, Harbour Street, Kirkwall Details to come Numbers limited: advance booking recommended.

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