Diary

Words of War Book Festival

21 and 22 September 2019

The Black Watch Castle and Museum in Perth is holding a book festival on 21st and 22nd September. They have attracted a wide range of authors who will present fourteen talks over the two days. Authors include such well known names as Lord Robertson of Port Ellan and Trevor Royle and they will cover Scottish military history from the Jacobite rebellions to the Cold War. For full details and to book tickets please follow the link.

The Piper of Tobruk

We recently received this invitation to a Book Event in Kirkcaldy.

Thursday, 29 August 2019, 7pm, Waterstones, 175 High St. Kirkcaldy, KY1 1JA

Pipe Major Robert Roy is a legendary figure in The Black Watch. In November 1941, during the battle for the relief of the Tobruk Garrison, he “displayed the most exceptional and outstanding gallantry and devotion to duty” for which he was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal. Months earlier, he had been involved in the defence of Crete, escaped from a POW camp and made his way to Syria to re-join his battalion. Post-war, Robert Roy continued to live a remarkable life. Alice Soper will talk about her memoir of her father, which tells the story of a courageous and inspiring soldier who, in peacetime and in war, was not afraid to stand up for his convictions.

 Tippermuir Books & Waterstones Kirkcaldy are delighted to host an evening with Alice Soper (former Kirkcaldy councillor) author of The Piper of Tobruk based around the publication of this important and timely life of Pipe Major Robert Roy, MBE, DCM a ‘hero in wartime and peacetime’ who made Kirkcaldy his home ‘a book for anyone who is interested in the power of the human spirit over adversity and danger

Refreshments Provided ~ Free Event

RSVP if possible moc.liamgnull@eatrahcmahargnhoj

Alice will also be appearing at ‘Words of War’ the Perth Book festival – https://theblackwatch.co.uk/events/words-of-war-book-festival/

The Incredible History of Fife..

Friday 21st June, 7pm

Dunfermline Abbey

Gordon Brown and Alasdair Moffat talk about their new book – “Fife A History from Earliest Times to the Present Day”.

September 2019 Meeting

19th September 2019

Dunfermline Historical Society, 7:30pm

Professor Sir Geoff Palmer, “Scotland and the Slave Trade”

Sir Godfrey Henry Palmer OBE is Professor Emeritus in the School of Life Sciences at Heriot-Watt University and a human rights activist. In his academic career as a botanist, he specialised in grain science and brewing and has been honoured with multiple honorary degrees and scientific awards.

Sir Geoff is also deeply involved in charity work and the promotion of human rights. He has written many newspaper articles on education and race relations and a book on the history of slavery, The Enlightenment Abolished: Citizens of Britishness. He is the Honorary President of the Edinburgh and Lothians Regional Equality Council. In 1989, he became the first black professor in Scotland, becoming a professor emeritus after he retired in 2005. He was knighted in the 2014 New Year Honours List.

As usual we meet in the Abbey Church Halls for the first meeting of our new session, and welcome all members, new members and visitors.

May 2019 Meeting

16th May 2019

Dunfermline Historical Society, 7:30pm

Sam Foster, Dunfermline Town Planning

Sam is an architect in Dunfermline specialising in contemporary ecological architecture. As a member of “Friends of Dunfermline” he is involved in work to regenerate the former Pilmuir Works and the town centre more generally. It should be fascinating to hear about the history of Dunfermline from Sam’s perspective.

As usual we meet in the Abbey Church Halls for our last meeting of this session, and welcome all members and visitors.

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