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David Mitchell: The Bone Clocks

The author of Cloud Atlas introduces and discusses his latest novel.

Garden Theatre, Cheltenham

Fri 3 Oct

£10

Part of Cheltenham Literature Festival.

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

Fri 19 Sep

Times & prices vary / 07813 159823

Sat 20 Sep

Times & prices vary / 07813 159823

Sun 21 Sep

Times & prices vary / 07813 159823

…and 40 more dates until 31 Oct

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

Bloody Scotland

An innovative festival drawing on Scotland's love of the literary macabre and celebrating crime writing by bringing together leading Scottish and international writers, showcasing debut voices and encouraging new writers. The festival is an annual event complementing Stirling Library’s own Off the Page festival.

Various venues: Stirling

Fri 19 Sep

Times & prices vary / 01786 274000

Sat 20 Sep

Times & prices vary / 01786 274000

Sun 21 Sep

Times & prices vary / 01786 274000

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An Evening With Kathy Reichs

Illustrated talk about forensics and the US author's latest Temperance Brennan novel Bones Never Lie.

Waterstones, Manchester

Fri 19 Sep

£6 (£4) / 0161 832 8563

  • 18:30

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

Kathy Reichs chaired by Ian Rankin

Two beloved names in the genre talk about their work.

Albert Halls, Stirling

Sat 20 Sep

£9.50 (£8.50) / 01786 473544

Part of Bloody Scotland.

  • 19:15 – 20:15

ARIKA14 Episode 6: Make a Way Out of No Way

2014's series of experimental events from Arika (who were behind the Instal and Kill Your Timid Notion festivals). Each installment is designed to explore a particular theme through screenings, performances and debate.

Tramway, Glasgow

Fri 26 Sep

Times & prices vary / 0131 556 0878

A three-day exploration of performances, screenings and discussion exploring black and/or queer social forms of life and their potential for survival and resistance.

Sat 27 Sep

Times & prices vary / 0131 556 0878

A three-day exploration of performances, screenings and discussion exploring black and/or queer social forms of life and their potential for survival and resistance.

Sun 28 Sep

Times & prices vary / 0131 556 0878

A three-day exploration of performances, screenings and discussion exploring black and/or queer social forms of life and their potential for survival and resistance.

…and 3 more dates until 9 Nov

David Nicholls: Us

The One Day author launches and reads from his new book, Us, about a man whose tries to fix his relationships before his son heads off to university and his wife prepares to leave him.

Cheltenham Town Hall

Sun 5 Oct

£10 / 0844 576 2210

Part of Cheltenham Literature Festival.

Cornerhouse, Manchester

Wed 1 Oct

Cinema 1

£12 (£10; £9 mems; £11) / 0161 200 1500

  • 18:30

George Square Lecture Theatre, Edinburgh

Thu 2 Oct

£12 (£10) / 0131 651 2189

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Explore Learning – Literacy Workshops

Literacy workshops for kids using popular children's books including Harry Potter, Horrid Henry and the Gruffalo. Booking is essential.

Waterstones, Aberdeen

Mon 20 Oct

Children free / 01224 213667

  • 11:00 – 15:00

Courtroom Drama: Peter Manuel – The Beast of Birkenshaw

You, audience, are the jury in this recreation of the trial of Peter Manuel – notorious serial killer.

Stirling Sheriff Court

Sun 21 Sep

£10

Part of Bloody Scotland.

  • 12:00 – 13:00
  • 14:00 – 15:00
  • 16:00 – 17:00

Not About Heroes

  • Written by: Stephen MacDonald

Stephen MacDonald's play about the encounter between WWI poets Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen in Edinburgh's Craiglockhart War Hospital and their burgeoning friendship in the turmoil of warfare.

Adam Smith Theatre, Kirkcaldy

Thu 30 Oct

£12.50 (£10.50; Children £10.50) / 01592 583302

Fri 31 Oct

£12.50 (£10.50; Children £10.50) / 01592 583302

Alnwick Playhouse

Sun 26 Oct

£11 (£10; Children £8; £8) / 01665 510785

  • 19:30

The Anvil, Basingstoke

Wed 1 Oct

£17 ( £11; Children £11 under 16s) / 01256 844244

  • 19:30 – 21:30

Thu 2 Oct

£17 ( £11; Children £11 under 16s) / 01256 844244

  • 14:00 – 16:00
  • 19:30 – 21:30

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…and at 21 other places

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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Book Launch & Signing: A Thousand Years Of Coventry's Pubs

The authors John Ashby, Fred Luckett and David McGrory and guests launch the book A Thousand Years Of Coventry's Pubs, which features 200 photographs and thorough research. Includes book signing.

The Herbert, Coventry

Sat 18 Oct

Free / 024 7683 2386

  • 11:00 – 13:00
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David Boulton: Objection Overruled: Conscription And Conscience In The First World War: Lecture

A talk by the Quaker, Humanist and former head of news and current affairs at Granada TV.

Treasure House / Beverley Art Gallery

Thu 2 Oct

Treasure House

£5 adv booking essential / 01482 392780

  • 18:30 – 19:45

Everlasting Voices

  • Written by: Enda Reilly

An all-star cast presents a celebration of the poetry of Irish Nobel Laureates Seamus Heaney, WB Yeats and Samuel Beckett, interspersed with witty aphorisms by George Bernard Shaw, plus live music, song and dance. Directed by Tristan Rosenstock.

Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast

Sat 20 Sep

£10 (£8) / 028 9024 2338

  • 20:00

Sun 21 Sep

£10 (£8) / 028 9024 2338

  • 20:00

Guid Crack Club

Regular storytelling club involving song and music aplenty.

Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh

Fri 26 Sep

£3 suggested donation / 0131 556 9579

This month, it's storyteller John Wheeler with 'Promises, Pacts and Careless Oaths'.

  • 19:30

Ian Rankin

The crime writing maestro discusses his career.

Albert Halls, Stirling

Sun 21 Sep

£9.50 (£8.50) / 01786 473544

Part of Bloody Scotland.

  • 18:00 – 19:00

John Aldiss' Magnificent 7

Comedy/variety show mixed funny folks, music, spoken word, cabaret, magic and more. Catch is, each act gets precisely seven minutes.

The Griffin, Glasgow

Thu 25 Sep

Free / 0141 331 5170

  • 20:30

Thu 2 Oct

Free / 0141 331 5170

  • 20:30

Thu 9 Oct

Free / 0141 331 5170

  • 20:30
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Kate Atkinson: Life After Life

The novelist and Costa Book of the Year winner talks about her new book.

Cheltenham Town Hall

Sat 4 Oct

£10 / 0844 576 2210

Part of Cheltenham Literature Festival.

The Pleasance Sessions: Neu! Reekie! Presents …

Neu! Reekie! presents Dave Hook, Liz Lochhead, Richard Jobson, Teen Canteen and Fini Tribe (theatre).

The Pleasance, Edinburgh

Sun 12 Oct

£6.95–£9.94 / 0131 650 4673

Part of Pleasance Sessions.

Aberfeldy Festival

Community festival with film screenings, street entertainment, storytelling, workshops and fireworks alongside a bumper line-up of bands.

Various Venues, Aberfeldy

Fri 31 Oct

Times & prices vary / 01887 822997

Sat 1 Nov

Times & prices vary / 01887 822997

Allie Esiri’s Poetry Corner

Allie Esiri’s Poetry Corner presents poetry’s top twenty greatest hits – the fun and funny family event. The award-winning actor and comedian Alexander Armstrong (Pointless, Peppa Pig, Dr Who), the acclaimed theatre and TV actor Julian Ovenden (Downton Abbey, Finding Neverland) and other guest stars will perform poetry’s…

Garden Theatre, Cheltenham

Sun 12 Oct

£7

Part of Cheltenham Literature Festival.

Anatomy Minis

Variety show for families with babies and toddlers ages 0–3.

Summerhall, Edinburgh

Sun 5 Oct

Free / 0131 560 1581

  • 11:00 – 12:00
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