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Richard Holloway to speak at University of Stirling

Richard Holloway will present From Symphonies to Sudoku: boredom and the creative imagination on Thursday 4 October in the macrobert filmhouse on the Stirling campus.

His presentation is set within the framework of the Creative Space and Socio-Economic Development project, an initiative from Stirling Management School in partnership with the Art Collection at the University, macrobert and Forth Valley College.

Roger Sugden, Head of Stirling Management School, anticipates a lively debate and says: "Richard Holloway has a unique understanding of creativity, culture and critical thinking.

“His insights on space and inspiration go to the essence of the relationship between ‘the arts’ and people’s engagement in society. We are delighted that he is visiting the University of Stirling to engage with staff, students and the wider community.”

Richard Holloway was Bishop of Edinburgh and Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church. A former Gresham Professor of Divinity and Chairman of the Joint Board of the Scottish Arts Council and Scottish Screen, he is a fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

He has written for many newspapers in Britain, including The Times, Guardian, Observer, Herald and the Scotsman, and has presented many series for BBC television and radio.

He is the author of over twenty books, the most recent of which, Leaving Alexandria: A Memoir of Faith and Doubt, was published in 2012. Also in 2012, Stirling conferred the honorary degree of Doctor of the University on Richard Holloway.

The broad aim of the Creative Space project is to focus on the relationship between art and people’s engagement, and how this contributes to individual wellbeing. The project suggests that people’s openness and access to artistic activities lead to stimulation and expression of creativity and critical thinking. This may, in turn, be conducive to wider participation in societies and economies.

A critical part of the project is the undertaking of a range of new research and learning initiatives focused on the impact of creativity, imagination and critical thinking on local socio-economic development.

The event on 4 October is free to all and all are welcome.

To register, please email gillian.geddes@stir.ac.uk or telephone Carol Ann Seath on 01786 467 415

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