The first five meetings of the 119th session of North Bute Literary Society feature a wide range of topics by speakers each of whom is an expert in their field.
October 6 sees a talk on Orthodox Christianity by Orthodox monk and academic Father Aldea Seraphim, who is currently on a lecture tour in the USA.
On October 20, former Rothesay Academy pupil and Clyde murder mystery author Norman Deeley talks on the famous Goat Fell murder of 1889 when John Laurie was convicted of killing Edwin Rose. This story has Bute connections as both men were holidaying on Bute at the time.
Scott McMaster, manager of the National Trust for Scotland Bannockburn Centre, will talk on November 17 about the work done for the new centre and the BBC Two 2 part series ‘The Quest for Bannockburn’ which he worked on with Neil Oliver. He’ll be bringing some period weapons too!
The history of the Episcopal Church in Scotland is the subject on December 1. This talk will be given by the Very Reverend Andrew Swift, Dean of the Diocese of Argyll and the Isles, one of the seven historical dioceses of the Scottish Episcopal Church, and priest- in- charge of Holy Trinity, Dunoon and St Paul’s in Rothesay since 2010.
At the last meeting of 2015, on 15 December, Drew McKenzie will speak on Birdie Bowers, the Antarctic explorer whose life is celebrated with a small display in Rothesay Museum.
All NBLS 2015-16 meetings are at Ardbeg Baptist Church.