Scotland House Writers Series – 20 February
On 20 February, Scotland House welcomed Booker Prize shortlisted author Graeme Macrae Burnet for the latest instalment of the Scottish Writers Series. During the event which was moderated by Lynsey Rogers from The Scottish Book Trust, Graeme spoke to a busy lunchtime audience about his writing methods and the extensive archive-based research involved in writing his novels, particularly His Bloody Project, as well as his experience collaborating with translators when his books are published in different languages. The audience also enjoyed a question and answer session in which Graeme addressed questions on writing style, historical accuracy and the importance of literary prizes. The event was followed by a book signing session.
Scotland House Burns Concert – 23 January
Scotland House hosted its annual Burns Concert. The event was hosted by the Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop, and welcomed around 150 guests from the EU Institutions, country and regional representations and wider Brussels stakeholders. To celebrate Scotland's 2018 Year of Young People, the event invited talented young students from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland who gave an excellent concert and entertained the audience with performances of Burns' works as well as a reading from 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stane' in Scots.
The event also served as the official launch of the latest Scotland House exhibition provided by Historic Environment Scotland, with Alex Paterson, CEO of Historic Environment Scotland, there to speak about the exhibition and its link with the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018. Following the speeches and performances, guests were invited to a reception dishing up traditional food and drink specialties.
Burns Supper – 22 January
The Scottish Government EU Office held its 11th annual Burns Supper at the Residence of the UK Permanent Representative to the EU. The supper was hosted by Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop, and provided an opportunity to welcome the new Presidencies of the Council of the EU - Bulgaria and Austria. The supper was attended by the Bulgarian PSC Ambassador and senior officials from the Bulgarian and Austrian Permanent Representations, as well as other high level Brussels contacts. Students from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland entertained the guests with music and performances of some of Burns' best-loved works.