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SEA CREATURE SUPERPOWERS

Phoenix Cinema, Pickaquoy, Kirkwall

Marine biophysicist Dr Russell Arnott describes how a whole plethora of marine animals use the laws of physics to survive and thrive in all parts of the ocean. Marine biology meets physics in a range of examples, from the acoustic properties of whales to the tiny shrimp that packs a supersonic punch.

£4 – £6

WORKSHOP: CRITICAL MINERALS FOR CLEAN ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES

Cromarty Hall, St Margaret’s Hope, South Ronaldsay

New clean-energy technologies require a lot of materials and metals. Where will they be sourced, and how can the mining be managed? Dr Sue Struthers of Skapa Mining Services outlines the challenge and opens a discussion.

£6 – £8

WORKSHOP: PAINTING TO SOUND

Pier Arts Centre, Stromness

How do you transform sound into visual imagery? Artist Orla Stevens works with the musicians of Nordic Viola and the composers they feature to provide a flow of images that interweave with the music. She shows how to do it in this practical workshop which includes mixed media drawing, mark making and colour, to create expressive abstract paintings inspired by landscape and sound.

£30

RECYCLING OCEAN PLASTIC

Phoenix Cinema, Pickaquoy, Kirkwall

Ocean plastic is cluttering beaches and killing marine life. One approach, says Dr Katharina Vones of the Royal College of Art, is to turn it into a resource. She describes a tabletop-scale process which schools and communities can develop, with a shredder and extruder that converts it into filament for 3D printing – and hence into whatever design anyone wants to 3D-print.

£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 Dr Beatrice Garvie, North Ronaldsay’s doctor in the 1930s, who took many photographs of the island and its people. It is given by Fiona Sanderson.

TO SAVE LIVES AT SEA

Phoenix Cinema, Pickaquoy, Kirkwall

Through storm and darkness the lifeboats have answered the maroons for 200 years. Naval architect Dennis Davidson and former seaman Len Wilson look back to the earliest designs and the seagoing disasters that led to the RNLI's founding. They describe the establishment of the Orkney stations, the men who crewed the boats, and some of the hazardous and daring service they provided.

£4 – £6

WORKSHOP: THE SMALL THINGS THAT GROW

King Street Halls, Kirkwall

We can all make a difference with plants, says Victoria Bennett, and when we do, we can find that we make a difference for ourselves. She outlines the story told in her book All My Wild Mothers, how in the rubble of a former industrial site she and her young son began to grow a wild apothecary garden: daisy, for resilience; dandelion, for strength against adversity; sow thistle, to life melancholy; and borage, to bring hope in dark and difficult times. ..

£8

KELVIN AND THE CABLES

Phoenix Cinema, Pickaquoy, Kirkwall

The first transatlantic cable, laid in 1858, soon failed, and it was only ten years later that Brunel’s steamship Great Eastern was able to go back with a strong enough cable and a safe enough underwater route. And as Dr Alan Walker of Edinburgh University explains, a key role in the project was played by the Scottish scientist Lord Kelvin, born 200 years ago.

£4 – £6

THE BEST GOODS WE CAN BUY

Orkney Theatre, KGS, Kirkwall

In 1847 a young man in poverty found a way to open a small shop in Blackpool. Today the Booths chain, with stores across the north-west of England, continually seeks to encourage local suppliers and takes a pride in its staff. The company’s chairman, Edwin J. Booth, describes how his great-great-grandfather's values continue to make sound business sense.

£4 – £6

THE FUTURE OF FORENSICS

Orkney Theatre, KGS, Kirkwall

Despite the many developments in forensic science, there are areas where more advances are needed, says Prof. Niamh Nic Daeid of the University of Dundee - and with each advance there can be risks and challenges. She looks ahead to new and more sensitive methods of detecting DNA, the increased use of AI, and the development of virtual reality to recreate crime scenes.

£4 – £6

GAAN TAE THE BANKS

The Orkney Club, Harbour Street, Kirkwall

“Only those can know it intimately who do something on it,” wrote Robert Rendall in Orkney Shore, “harvest tangles, catch fish, gather whelks, study nature, or even comb the beach for driftwood.” Dr Tom Rendall explores the many delights of the book while Dr Sarah Jane Gibbon reads from the writing of her grandmother Bessie Skea.

£8

THE CLOSING CEILIDH

Peedie Kirk Hall, Palace Road, Kirkwall

with the Craig Mainland Band, for would-be and why-not dancers of all ages. A light supper is included in the ticket.

£10
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