The tall ship at Glasgow Harbour, the Glenlee, moored alongside the Riverside Museum (pictured), is the subject of one of the Literary Society's weekly talks on Monday nights in Cove Burgh Hall, 8pm. Giving the talk ‘The Heroes who built the Glenlee’ on 6th November will be well-known local boat expert Ian Nicolson.
This is just one of a fascinating and eclectic series of talks which not only brings in experts from afar, but taps into the local pool of talent as well. For instance on October 16th our very own musical star Stephen Adam will be helping the Society to celebrate its 70th anniversary. Carol Rowe of Kilarden, Rosneath, widely acknowledged for her knowledge and expertise on rhododendrons, will be sharing her thoughts and enthusiasm for these stunning plants on November 13th.
There will be more local talent to the fore when Kilcreggan’s TV-presenting antiques expert Arusha Irvine will speak about antiques in a January meeting of the Society.
Perhaps the most dominant theme in the series is boats. Two weeks after Ian Nicolson's talk, Nick and Rachel Walker will be talking about a very different type of boat - the puffer, in particular the VIC32, and its chequered history. More boats in the new year with a look into sailing history: journalist Iain McAllister will be discussing Scottish yacht designer William Fife and America’s Cup.
Literary topics don't figure prominently in the Society's programme but on October 23, Derek Hall will speak about the poet McGonagall - widely hailed as the writer of the worst poetry in the English language!
And there is also art with Ailsa Turner discussing the pre-Raphaelite painter John Everett Millais.
A local example of the work of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, the Mackintosh Club Rooms in Helensburgh, will be the subject of a talk in February.
And there is much more. For a list of all the talks in the programme go to the Literary Society page here.