Literary society reveals programme for the winter

A former Moderator of the Church of Scotland opened Cove & Kilcreggan Literary Society’s 2012-13 programme this week.

John Christie talked about the Ex-Moderator’s Musings on October 8, while next week Ailsa Turner will discuss the Renaissance painter Benozzo Gozzoli.

Maria Callas As I Knew Her is the title of Robert Sutherland’s talk on October 22, followed by James McCreadie on Adapting a Story for a Film Script.

All meetings start at 8pm on Mondays in Cove Burgh Hall, except for the December 10 Christmas party and musical entertainment which starts at 7.30.

The programme looks as varied as ever, with other speakers ranging from Ian Nicolson on Yachts and Yachting People (November 26) to Colonel R Steele on The Royal Regiment of Scotland (November 19).

Other speakers before Christmas are May Nicholson (Miracles from Mayhem, November 5); Debbie Fleming (Life on Townhead Farm, November 12); Roger Kinns (the Clockwork Universe, December 3).

Richard Reeve opens the new year, talking about the history of the Peninsula churches.

He is followed by Jamie Taggart (Vietnamese plant collecting adventure, January 14); Steve Chadwin (the deep south of Scotland, January 21) and Julian Calvert (Here is the news – the past, present and future of newspapers, January 28).

Helen Harris comes next (Edward Payson Weston – a man in a hurry, February 4); followed by Lesley Carruthers (Sculpture – how to look at it, February 11); Dr Ralph Moffat (Weapons as trophies from the Celtic fringe, February 18) and Susanna Blackshaw (The needlework of Mary Queen of Scots, February 25).

Th final speaker is Louise Bustard (Artefacts of plant origin, March 4) is the final speaker before the season closes with the AGM and members’ evening on March 11.