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A Life in Music: Jimmy Page

Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page talks about his life, career and new book with Guardian music editor, Michael Hann. His autobiography – Jimmy Page – discusses his life in the world-famous band, as well as his life off-stage and is illustrated by personal photographs.

Cadogan Hall, London SW1X

Wed 15 Oct

£20 / 020 7730 4500

An Evening With Kevin Pietersen

The South African batsman will discuss his successful cricket career and read excerpts from his autobiography.

The Monastery, Manchester

Tue 7 Oct

£22

  • 19:00 – 21:00

An Evening With Yotam Ottolenghi

Chef and food writer Yotam Ottolenghi discusses his new cookbook, Plenty More. Yotam is also signing copies of the book after the event.

Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh

Mon 10 Nov

Times to be confirmed / £12.50 / 0131 248 4848

Naomi Klein: This Changes Everything – Capitalism Vs The Climate

In her provocative new book Klein argues that radical political change is needed in the fight against climate change. She is in conversation with columnist and writer Owen Jones.

Maxima Forum, Cheltenham

Sat 11 Oct

£10

Part of Cheltenham Literature Festival.

Westminster Central Hall, London SW1H

Mon 6 Oct

Hispanic Festival

The Hispanic Festival celebrates its tenth year with a month of events showcasing Spanish and Latin American culture, curated by people who are authentically Spanish and Latin American. Watch out for the Flamenco performances, for which this festival is renowned.

Various venues, Edinburgh

Thu 2 Oct

Times & prices vary / 07813 159823

Fri 3 Oct

Times & prices vary / 07813 159823

Sat 4 Oct

Times & prices vary / 07813 159823

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Michael Longley: Remembering War

Michael Longley reads and talks about war poetry with SPL Director Robyn Marsack.

National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh

Thu 2 Oct

£7 (£5) / 0131 623 3734

  • 18:30

Kevin Bridges in Conversation

Does what it says on the tin – comedian Kevin Bridges, you guessed it, in conversation.

Cheltenham Town Hall

Sun 12 Oct

£16 / 0844 576 2210

Part of Cheltenham Literature Festival.

  • 20:45 – 22:00

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

Sat 11 Oct

£23 / 0141 353 8000

With Colin Murray.

  • 12:30

Les Barker

Folky monologues, music, poems and parodies.

The Cabbage Patch, London TW1

Sun 14 Dec

Phone for prices / 020 8892 3874

  • 19:45 – 22:30
  • 19:45 – 22:30

Croydon Folk Club

Mon 8 Dec

Prices to be confirmed / 020 8660 5919

  • 19:30

Shoulder of Mutton, Swadlincote

Sun 21 Dec

£10 / 01530 272305

  • 20:00

Margaret Atwood And Ana Maria Machado: Talk

The former President of the prestigious Brazilian Academy of Letters, herself the author of many books for adults and children, chats with the high-profile Canadian author.

Snape Maltings Concert Hall

Sun 5 Oct

Britten Studio

£14

  • 13:30

Monty Don: Talk

The gardening writer and presenter talks about his life and work, including his travels to gardens all over the world and what really happens behind the scenes when filming.

The Hawth, Crawley

Fri 31 Oct

£16.50 (£15) / 01293 553636

  • 19:30
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Plant Consciousness Conference

An Event That Will Revolutionise Our Relationship With Plants.

Regents University, London NW1

Sat 4 Oct

£64; £45

  • 09:00 – 17:30

Sun 5 Oct

£64; £45

  • 09:00 – 17:30

Beverley Minster

Sat 11 Oct

£10.50 / 01482 868540

Part of Beverley Literature Festival.

  • 19:30 – 20:30

London School Of Economics, WC2A

Wed 10 Dec

Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House

Free / 020 7955 6043

  • 18:30 – 20:00

Twenty Years of Slam!

Celebrate 20 years of Europe’s grandest poetry slam with a line-up of past winners and present day qualifiers. Marcus Moore and Sara-Jane Arbury are Master and Mistress of Ceremonies as our contestants compete with nerve and verve on the front line of performance poetry. Expect power-fuelled poems and rapid-fire rhythms…

The Salon, Cheltenham

Sat 11 Oct

£7

Part of Cheltenham Literature Festival.

Water Voles, Hero Dogs And The Dark Wild

Sarah Lean, author of A Dog Called Homeless, joins Tom Moorhouse, water vole expert and author of The River Singers and its sequel The Rising. Together with Piers Torday, creator of The Last Wild trilogy, they will talk about how they transformed their passion for conservation and connection with animals into their…

The Studio, Cheltenham

Sun 5 Oct

£5

Part of Cheltenham Literature Festival.

We’re Going On A Bear Hunt

Bring your own bear or dress up as one to join in the fun while you ‘squelch-squerch’ and ‘stumble-trip’ through one of the nation’s favourite books. With storyteller John McCraw.

The Studio, Cheltenham

Sat 4 Oct

£6

Part of Cheltenham Literature Festival.

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Zoe and Beans

Ahoy me hearties! There’s pirates and pants on the horizon! Join Chloë Inkpen for an interactive storytelling adventure with Zoe and Beans as they search for hidden treasure by the sea and get whooshed into space!

The Studio, Cheltenham

Sun 5 Oct

£5

Part of Cheltenham Literature Festival.

7 Successful Relationship Strategies

We all want to build strong relationships, but sometimes they can be tough and very complicated.

London School Of Economics, WC2A

Fri 10 Oct

Free / 020 7955 6043

  • 18:30 – 20:00

Aidan Moffat: The Lavender Blue Dress

Arab Strap's Aidan Moffat signs copies of his first book, The Lavender Blue Dress.

Waterstones, Glasgow

Fri 10 Oct

Free / 0141 248 4814

  • 19:00 – 20:30

Sat 11 Oct

Free / 0141 248 4814

  • 14:00 – 14:30

Waterstones West End, Edinburgh

Thu 9 Oct

Free / 0131 226 2666

  • 12:30

An Evening with Sheila Hancock and Michael Palin

Two stars swing by for live appearances. First up is author and actress Sheila Hancock, followed by former Monty Python star Michael Palin.

Tait Hall, Kelso

Tue 21 Oct

£14 single event (Both events £23) / 01573 224233

Please note, Sheila Hancock will be appearing at 6.15pm, and Michael Palin at 8pm. Part of Borders Book Festival.

  • 18:00 – 21:00

Andy Stanton: Author Event

Storytelling, jokes and true-life tales about being a writer with the award-winning author of the Mr Gum series.

Northcott Theatre, Exeter

Sun 26 Oct

£7 (Children £5 under 16s) / 01392 493493

  • 11:00
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The Arts and Book Festival

The Wordsworth Trust is proud to announce the return of the Arts & Book Festival in 2015. The Festival comprises a vibrant programme of talks, workshops, readings and discussions illuminating aspects of literature and the visual arts, taking place over a weekend in January.

Dove Cottage and the Wordsworth Museum, Grasmere

Fri 23 Jan 2015

Free / 01539 435544

  • 10:00 – 16:00

Sat 24 Jan 2015

Free / 01539 435544

  • 10:00 – 16:00

Sun 25 Jan 2015

Free / 01539 435544

  • 10:00 – 16:00

An Audience With Michael Portillo: Talk

The politician, TV documentary maker and steam railway enthusiast sheds light on his experiences and career, which includes a 13 year stint as Conservative MP for Enfield Southgate that ended with a controversial election defeat in 1997.

The Milton Rooms, Malton

Fri 7 Nov

£18 / 01653 600048

  • 19:30

Princes Hall, Aldershot

Sat 25 Oct

£19 / 01252 329155

  • 19:45

Wyllyotts Centre, Potters Bar

Fri 3 Oct

£16 ( £15) / 01707 645005

  • 20:00

Bibliotherapy Training

A reading group designed to engage with women and improve their wellbeing.

Glasgow Women's Library

Mon 27 Oct

£50 (£30) / 0141 550 2267

  • 10:30 – 15:15

Blofeld and Baxter – Memories of Test Match Special

The cricket commentators talk about their careers and stories from their trips around the world.

Aberystwyth Arts Centre

Wed 22 Oct

Theatre

£18.50 / 01970 623 232

  • 19:30

Burnley Mechanics

Sat 25 Oct

£18.50 (£16.50) / 01282 664400

  • 19:30

Cranleigh Arts Centre

Fri 10 Oct

£18.50 / 08456 128128

  • 20:00

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Charlotte Green

With a voice as lovely as her writing, broadcaster Charlotte Green looks back on her 27 year career at the BBC, with journalist and reviewer Alex Clark. Listen again to some of the memorable sound clips that captivated a generation of listeners.

Maxima Forum, Cheltenham

Tue 7 Oct

£8

Part of Cheltenham Literature Festival.

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