Anster Nicht: The Ancient Greeks and the Sea

Date: 18th November 2021

Time: 19:30

Location: Dreel Halls

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The Mediterranean sea dominated the experience and imagination of the ancient Greeks. This talk will focus on the community and culture of classical Athens (500-300 BC) to reveal an engagement with the sea and seafaring which was both complicated and exciting.  Dr Jon Hesk, who teachers Greek and Classical Studies at the University of St Andrews, will provide some amazing stories from myth and history: pirates and kidnappings; shape-shifting sea gods; dolphins coming to the rescue; a mighty invading navy destroyed by guile and skill.  He will also reveal how Athens’ status as a coastal city-state shaped its politics and empire, and how both the dangers and fruits of the sea affected the lives of ordinary Athenian citizens and their slaves.

A resident of Anstruther since 2000, Dr Jon Hesk has published books and articles on Homeric epic, Greek drama, Athenian oratory and rhetoric, and the politics and culture of classical Athens.  He has an occasional blog called ‘Ancient and Modern Rhetoric’ which explores the similarities and differences between ancient Greek and Roman culture and life in the 21st century.

Members and non-members are welcome to attend our public talks in Anstruther. If you are not yet a member of the AIA you can attend individual Anster Nichts for £3 per event. Membership is £10 per year and will allow you to attend all three Anster Nichts of the season, our Christmas social and to receive advance information about our events and activities. For more information on membership please visit our Membership page.

Anster Nicht: East Neuk Community Emergency Planning Team

Date: 21st October 2021

Time: 19:30

Location: Dreel Halls

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The East Neuk Community Emergency Planning Team was established in 2019 to help communities and individuals in the East Neuk prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies in a way that complements the work of the Emergency Services and promotes safety to the most vulnerable. During the various lockdowns in 2020 and 2021, ENCEPT played a critical role in our community.

ENCEPT’s Gillian Duncan will talk about its formation, its purpose, achievements to date and future plans. She will also give an insight into dealing with the COVID crisis and a brief demonstration showing what ENCEPT may be faced with during an activation of the Emergency Plan.

Members and non-members are welcome to attend our public talks in Anstruther. If you are not yet a member of the AIA you can attend individual Anster Nichts for £3 per event. Membership is £10 per year and will allow you to attend all six Anster Nichts of the season. For more information on membership please visit our Membership page.

Anster Nicht: West Braes Project

Date: 16th September 2021

Time: 19:30

Location: Dreel Halls

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The West Braes Project was founded in 2016 and is run by a group of Pittenweem residents. The Project is focused on regenerating The West Braes Park in Pittenweem, renovating the 19th Century tidal pool and creating a sensory garden. The Project has successfully engaged the Pittenweem community, with residents fundraising and getting involved at all levels of the operation, from running the crazy golf to taking on Trustee roles. Last month saw the Grand Opening of the Pittenweem Pool, attended by a real mermaid! Trustee and Founder, David Thomson, will talk us through the formation of the West Braes Project, the hard work behind-the-scenes to make things happen, the pool renovation and the Project's future plans. 

Members and non-members are welcome to attend our public talks in Anstruther. If you are not yet a member of the AIA you can attend individual Anster Nichts for £3 per event. Membership is £10 per year and will allow you to attend all six Anster Nichts of the season. For more information on membership please visit our Membership page.

Anster Nicht: An Exploration of the Gansey – CANCELLED

Date: 15th March 2020

Time: 19:30

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As a lifelong knitter with a special interest in Gansey knitting, Di Gilpin and her working partner, Sheila Greenwell, will be taking a journey through the history and special knitting details of these fascinating garments. There is a huge story to tell and a lot of history to discover: tensions, stitch counts, patterns, construction details, yarns, colours and motifs. They will share these special details and qualities with us on the evening and show how they use them in their fashion work internationally. Di is Creative Director of Di Gilpin Ltd, specialising in hand knitting, pattern writing and design. Sheila Greenwell is Production Manager at the company with a life time’s experience in hand knitting.

Anster Nicht: Two Crail Men and KY10

Date: 20th February 2020

Time: 19:30

Location: Anstruther Parish Church

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Well-kent local beardy and hat-wearing dads Kenny "King Creosote" Anderson and Keny "East Neuk Stained Glass" Drew talk about how the alchemy of their creative humors flowed into the veins of comic character KY10 and how their current individual musical and artistic output is shaped by life on the banks of the River Forth.

Anster Nicht: My Life and Loaves

Date: 16th January 2020

Time: 19:30

Location: Anstruther Parish Church

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Andrew Whitley started the organic Village Bakery in Cumbria in the '70s and is founder of Bread Matters Ltd. He wrote the seminal Bread Matters and the best-selling Do Sourdough. He has an MSc in Food Policy from City University London and is credited with ‘changing the way we think about bread’ (BBC Food & Farming Awards). He is now chair of Scotland The Bread, an action research and training charity that grows and mills diverse, nutrientdense cereals in the East Neuk with the aim of creating a healthy, fair and sustainable grain and bread supply. Andrew will take us on his life’s journey with bread. His fascination with Russian language and literature led to life as an artisan baker, organic grower, campaigner for real bread and champion of diversity against monocultures of minds and grains.

Anster Nicht: 50 Years of the Scottish Fisheries Museum

Date: 21st November 2019

Time: 19:30

Location: Anstruther Parish Church

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Anstruther’s national museum, founded by a Charitable Trust and opened in July 1969, celebrates its golden anniversary this year. Starting life as a relatively small site based around a historic courtyard, it has gradually spread to take in various other buildings, including a former boatyard and even a pub. Along the way, many talented and dedicated people, both staff and volunteers, have ensured that the Museum and its activities have grown and flourished. The collections are now recognised as a Nationally Significant Collection and the Museum is a hub for many community activities including coastal rowing, boat-building, exhibitions and events. In this talk Linda Fitzpatrick, Curator, will review the developments of the last 50 years and look forward to some exciting plans for the future.

Anster Nicht: A Global Perspective through Investigative Journalism

Date: 17th October 2019

Time: 19:30

Location: Anstruther Parish Church

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[This public talk will be preceded by the AIA’s AGM at 7pm]

Billy Briggs is a freelance investigative journalist whose reports have been published by The Sunday Times, The Guardian, Scotland On Sunday, Al Jazeera and the BBC, among other media across the world. He focuses on human rights issues and has reported from more than 20 countries including Syria, Pakistan, India and Haiti. He is co-founder of The Ferret, Scotland's first not-for-profit media focusing on public interest journalism. Billy will talk about the type of longform journalism he produces, in partnership with photographer Angela Catlin, and some of their trips abroad including investigations into femicide in Guatemala, human trafficking in West Africa, and neo-nazism in Russia, Austria, Greece and the UK.

Anster Nicht: Anster Revisited

Date: 19th September 2019

Time: 19:30

Location: Anstruther Parish Church

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Johnny Cunningham will take us on a walk down memory lane, or rather Rodger Street and beyond! This will be an illustrated talk describing Anstruther in Johnny’s childhood, in the '50s and '60s.

Threads: An Introduction to the Clothing of Scottish Fisherfolk

Date: 21st March 2019

Time: 19:30

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Jen Gordon is Assistant Curator at the Scottish Fisheries Museum where among other things she helps care for, research and engage the Museum’s audience with a collection of historic clothing representing the traditional Work Wear, Sunday Best and Gala Dress of the Scottish Fishing Community. The collection has been recognised as having national significance but, more importantly, reveals the skill of the makers and the personal stories of the owners of these practical, yet also often beautiful, garments. With this talk, Jen invites you to join her as she unlocks the museum ‘kist’ and unravel the yarns within.