“Scotland Lives” programme of events
The Scotland Lives auditorium, located within the Highland Games at Holyrood Park, will be the setting for an eclectic mix of talks on Scottish culture featuring everything from DNA and heraldry, to whisky and photography. Highlights of the programme include the world-famous authors Alexander McCall Smith and Diana Gabaldon who will be entertaining their audience with stories from their globally popular fictional novels, whilst photographer Andy Hall will present the best of his stunning landscape photography.
You can now register online for these talks please click the following link to register: http://clangathering.org/eventbooking/events.php
The full two-day programme has now been released:
SCOTLAND LIVES AUDITORIUM - Saturday
09.00 - 09.45
Elizabeth Roads MVO, Lyon Clerk and Keeper of the Records: "The Development of Scottish Heraldry"
11.00 - 11.45 ScotlandsPeople, Expert panel chaired by Keeper of the Records of Scotland, George MacKenzie, with Q&A session: "Tracing your Scottish Ancestors - Meet the Experts"
12.00 - 13.00 Diana Gabaldon: Author of the Outlander series
13.15 - 14.00 Roderick Graham: An Accidental Tragedy: The Life of Mary, Queen of Scots
14.15 - 15.15 Charles MacLean: Charles MacLean's Whiskypedia
15.30 - 16.30 Alistair Moffat: Author of The Reivers
16.45 - 17.45 Bennett Greenspan and Max Blankfeld, Family Tree DNA: "Genetic Genealogy - The DNA of the Scots"
SCOTLAND LIVES AUDITORIUM - Sunday
09.15 - 10.00 Bill Lawson: Talk on emigration from Outer Hebrides, areas to which islanders went and tracing Hebridean roots
10.15 - 11.00 ScotlandsPeople: "Tracing your Scottish Ancestors - Meet the Experts". Expert panel chaired by Keeper of the Records of Scotland, George MacKenzie, with Q&A session
11.15 - 12.15 Ian Hamilton: Author of, Stone of Destiny
12.30 - 13.15 Elizabeth Roads MVO, Lyon Clerk and Keeper of the Records: Talk on "Heraldry and Scottish Families"
13.30 - 14.15 Andy Hall: Photographer, Touched by Robert Burns
14.30 - 15.30 Diana Gabaldon: Author of the Outlander series
15.45 - 16.30 Bennett Greenspan and Max Blankfeld, Family Tree DNA: "Genetic Genealogy - The DNA of the Scots"
16.45 - 17.45 Alexander McCall Smith: Author of No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Scotland Street series, The Comfort of Saturdays, and Corduroy Mansions.
Please remember that you will need to add a photo (passport size or similar) to your Gathering Passport and write your name (in whichever format you would like) in the box. Once this is done, remove the white backing sheet from the self-adhesive laminate and seal the Passport.
Please ensure your passport is ready and sealed before arrival at Holyrood Park. If you have chosen to collect your passport at the event then please bring a photo with you, but if you forget to bring one, worry not as we will have a camera at the box office.
The Pageant - Aisling’s Children: Tales of the Homecoming
Rehearsals are well underway for our one-off drama, which will unfold on Edinburgh Castle Esplanade on the night of the 25th July. Under the watchful eye of the director Mark Murphy, the cast are being put through their paces and rehearsing what promises to be an unforgettable and moving piece of Scottish theatre. If you have friends and relatives who are not passport holders but who would like to get a taste of the occasion then a limited number of tickets are available for the dress rehearsal on the Castle Esplanade the night before the pageant on the 24th July. Tickets for the dress rehearsal are £10 and are available from www.hubtickets.co.uk.