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Upcoming Events


Pasta Grannies

Friday 15 November, 6.30pm

Through the Pasta Grannies YouTube channel, Vicky Bennison shares the stories and recipes of Italian grandmothers with the world. At this event, she will bring them all the way to Portobello.

About this event

Pasta Grannies is a gorgeous collection of time-perfected Italian recipes from the people who have spent a lifetime cooking for love, not a living: Italian grandmothers. More than just a compendium of dishes, the book tells the extraordinary stories of these ordinary women and shows you that with the right know-how, truly authentic Italian cooking is simple, beautiful and entirely achievable.

Vicky Bennison is the creator of the Pasta Grannies YouTube channel which has amassed over 400,000 subscribers and 170k on Instagram. She started the channel to help these remarkable women pass down their skills and knowledge for future generations, as she saw an essential need to keep their traditions alive.

Vicky will be in conversation with Street Food Scotland author Ailidh Forlan (Plate Expectations) discussing the Pasta Grannies journey, followed by a short cooking demonstration with the chance to try the pasta at the end. Tickets here.

This Golden Fleece book talk and knitting extravaganza

Thursday 21 November, 6.30pm

Bring your knitting along to this author event with a difference.

About this event

Esther Rutter has traveled the length of the British Isles, unravelling the history of knitting and wool, and its influence on our landscape and culture. Her new book, This Golden Fleece, tells the story of wool’s long history. Join us for an interactive discussion around the book and your own knitting projects. Should you be inspired to start a new project - or take up the knitting needles for the first time - there will be a pop-up yarn stall on the night thanks to Ginger Twist Studio! Tickets here.

Cloudspotting for Beginners with Gavin Pretor-Pinney

Thursday 28 November, 6.30pm

About this event

Join Gavin Pretor-Pinney, founder of the Cloud Appreciation Society and author of A Cloud A Day (Batsford), as he takes you on an illustrated tour of the sky. In this enlightening and entertaining talk, he will show how to recognise many of the varied and beautiful cloud formations, from the fair-weather cotton tufts of Cumulus to the UFO shapes of lenticularis clouds and the surreal undulations of fluctus clouds. Gavin will explain why clouds look the way they do and how they reveal the invisible movements of our atmosphere. You will learn why clouds are the most evocative and poetic aspect of nature, how cloudspotting is the perfect antidote to the pressures of the digital world, and why spending a few moments each day with your head in the clouds will help you keep your feet on the ground. Looking up will never be the same again! Tickets here.