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Hello All,

The BEA programme from now until the end of December 2020 is available on our new website and Eventbrite. Bookings have been steady but we have had reports of occasional difficulty in accessing our lectures on zoom through the invitations on Eventbrite. If this has happened to you please let us know as we are continuing to investigate any problems. You can email us at

For those who missed the two lectures on the Circular Economy by Catherine Weetman these are now available for free on our website here. Do check out Catherine's own website for more information on this timely topic
BEA's latest Annual Report has just been added to the website. If you would like to know more about our previous year, our second as a charity, you can view the report here.

The following online lectures and courses are available for booking either as single sessions or full courses on Eventbrite, or by going to our website

Prof Maria Chester's series of lectures on the Americas, 'American Civilisations: before 1491 and after 1493', continues on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4pm until the 5th November.

'Autumn Astronomy' with Dr Adrian Jannetta begins on the 31st October for five weeks. The lectures are on Saturday mornings and include practical observing tips as well as fascinating information on the universe.

We are introducing the literature of Latin America in a new short course with Prof Maria Chester, beginning with the life and work of Argentinian writer Julio Cortazar on Nov 10th. Week one will introduce his life and work, and the following three weeks will analyse four of his most famous short stories, placing them in the context of contemporary politics and culture in France and Argentina in particular. For those who want to read the stories in advance they are available on the BEA website here. If the course is popular we will take a look at other well known 'giants' of Latin American literature next year, so do join us if you can.

In December, Maria returns with more of her popular art history lectures, with four sessions dedicated to the lives and works of the Scottish Colourists.

Please book on Eventbrite or by going to our website

There will be an online lecture from Berwick Visual Arts on the Glasgow Girl, Maggie Hamilton by Dr Jo Meacock, Curator at Glasgow Museums on 28th October at 2pm. Tickets cost £3 and can be booked via the Maltings' website

We will be taking a break in January 2021, and the online programme will resume in February 2021. We don't expect to be back in the classroom before September 2021, but will try to be as flexible as the situation allows throughout the year. As always, we are looking for new ideas and lecturers able to deliver online talks, so do get in touch if you have any suggestions. We would particularly like to hear from volunteers interested in helping us introduce more science subjects into our programme. We would also welcome anyone interested in taking on the voluntary role of BEA Treasurer - please do get in touch for further details if this could be you!

Very Best Wishes
Andrea Butler


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