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Michael Palin: Travelling To Work

To celebrate his third volume of diaries being published, Palin looks back on 25 years of travelling the world and almost 50 years of popping up on radio, TV and film. Palin is best known for Monty Python with John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Terry Gilliam and the late Graham Chapman. Between movies, he also…

Alban Arena, St Albans

Mon 8 Sep

£29.50 / 01727 844488

  • 19:30

Colston Hall, Bristol

Mon 22 Sep

£31.71 / 0117 922 3686

  • 19:30

Eden Court Theatre, Inverness

Sun 14 Sep

£29.50 / 01463 234234

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…and at 2 other places

Kamila Shamsie

Kamila Shamsie, the Orange shortlisted author of Burnt Shadows comes to Bloomsbury to discuss her stunning new novel, A God in Every Stone, with her editor Alexandra Pringle.

Bloomsbury Institute, London WC1B

Thu 24 Apr

£10; £25 inc/ book

  • 18:30 – 19:45

The British Magical Renaissance 1888-1910: Talk

Oxford University graduate PR Jennings discusses the ideas in his book WB Yeats And The Secret Masters Of The World, exploring the magical subcultures that flourished during the late-19th and early-20th centuries.

Treadwell's, London WC1E

Mon 5 May

£7 / 020 7419 8507

  • 19:30 – 21:00

Show'N'Tell: Mangroves

UCL PhD student Clare Duncan will be joining us to discuss her research on one of the planet's most ecologically and economically important habitats, mangroves.

Grant Museum Of Zoology, London WC1E

Fri 27 Jun

Free / 020 3106 2052

  • 13:00 – 14:00
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Show’N’Tell: Okavango

Luca Marazzi will be joining us after having rummaged through the drawers and cupboards to find his object. Find out more about Luca's research on the diversity of life in one of Africa's largest wetlands, the Okavango delta.

Grant Museum Of Zoology, London WC1E

Fri 25 Jul

Free / 020 3106 2052

  • 13:00 – 14:00

Mike McGear McCartney

The performing artist, musician and rock photographer talks about his life and career, and probably big bro Paul.

Assembly Rooms, Tamworth

Fri 23 May

£16 / 01827 709618

  • 19:30

City Varieties Music Hall, Leeds

Sat 19 Apr

£19.50–£22.50 ( £17.50) / 0113 243 0808

  • 19:30

Fairfield Halls, Croydon

Thu 15 May

£16 / 020 8688 9291

  • 20:00

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Jo Nesbo: Author Event

The Norwegian crime author signs copies of his novel The Son.

Scarborough Spa

Mon 28 Apr

£9 / 01723 376774

  • 19:30

Waterstones, York

Mon 28 Apr

Free / 01904 628740

  • 13:00

Waterstones, Leadenhall Market, London EC3V

Tue 29 Apr

£4.50 / 020 7220 7882

  • 13:00

Historical Tours

Join a tour of all the public rooms to hear secrets and stories.

Fulham Palace, London SW6

Sun 27 Apr

£5 / 020 7736 8140

  • 14:00

Irish Linen Centre, Lisburn

Sat 19 Apr

Free / 028 9266 3377

  • 08:00 – 20:00

Mon 21 Apr

Free / 028 9266 3377

  • 08:00 – 20:00

Tue 22 Apr

Free / 028 9266 3377

  • 08:00 – 20:00
…and 34 more dates until 31 May

Peterborough Museum And Art Gallery

Sun 27 Apr

£5 (£3) / 01733 343329

  • 14:00

Sun 4 May

£5 (£3) / 01733 343329

  • 14:00

Sun 11 May

£5 (£3) / 01733 343329

  • 14:00
…and 2 more dates until 25 May

Guid Crack Club

Regular storytelling club involving song and music aplenty.

Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh

Fri 27 Jun

Suggested donation £3 / 0131 556 9579

  • 19:30

Waverley Bar, Edinburgh

Fri 25 Apr

Suggested donation £3 / 0131 557 1050

Tongiht, Andy Hunter and Claire Druett tell stories from both sides of the border for 'Crossing Borders: Scotland & England'.

  • 19:30 – 22:00

Fri 30 May

Suggested donation £3 / 0131 557 1050

Lindsey Gibb leads a night of improvised stories!

  • 19:30 – 22:00

Fri 27 Jun

Suggested donation £3 / 0131 557 1050

It's time to 'Span the World with Stories' as storyteller Jackie Carothers shares stories from a range of countries.

  • 19:30 – 22:00
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Alasdair Gray and Frankétienne

Paintings by Alasdair Gray and Frankétienne, who also performs some of his poems and songs accompanied by Mark Mulholland on guitar.

The Hidden Lane Gallery, Glasgow

Sat 19 Apr

Free / 07760 669011

  • 11:00 – 17:00

Tue 22 Apr

Free / 07760 669011

  • 11:00 – 17:00

Wed 23 Apr

Free / 07760 669011

  • 11:00 – 17:00
…and 18 more dates until 17 May

Neil Gaiman: The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains

In a revolutionary new concept of synchronised multi-media storytelling, Neil Gaiman will read aloud his story The Truth Is A Cave In The Black Mountains. The renowned artist Eddie Campbell (From Hell) has illustrated the story and FourPlay String Quartet have created an entirely new underscore to the piece.

Barbican Centre, London EC2Y

Fri 4 Jul

Prices to be confirmed / 020 7638 8891

Sat 5 Jul

Prices to be confirmed / 020 7638 8891

Usher Hall, Edinburgh

Sun 6 Jul

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 228 1155

Louise Welsh: A Lovely Way to Burn

The Scottish crime literature stalwart releases her latest novel, the first in her new Plague Times trilogy, which begins as a global plague called 'the Sweats' sweeps across London.

National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh

Thu 8 May

Free / 0131 623 3734

  • 18:00 – 19:00

Gozo Yoshimasu: As Though Tattooing On My Mind

Photography, engravings, videos and writings by the Japanese poet and visual artist, spanning 50 years and featuring works in response to the Fukushima disaster.

The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation, London NW1

Mon 21 Apr

Free / 020 7486 4348

  • 09:30 – 17:00

Tue 22 Apr

Free / 020 7486 4348

  • 09:30 – 17:00

Wed 23 Apr

Free / 020 7486 4348

  • 09:30 – 17:00
…and 14 more dates until 13 May

John Calder Festival

Festival celebrating the life of publisher John Calder featuring performances from the Hebrides Ensemble and Barry McGovern, plus Calder in conversation with Alan Taylor and Derek Watson.

Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Sat 19 Apr

Times & prices vary / 0131 228 1404

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The Pastel Society Of Ireland Exhibition

The exhibition will mark the 25th anniversary of the Society. Started in 1988, the Pastel Society of Ireland was founded by a number of dedicated artists who felt there was a clear need to establish a forum where artists could meet to discuss and promote their works.

Titanic Belfast

Sat 19 Apr

£14.75; £14.75 (Children £7.25; Children £7.25; £9.75; £9.75; £10.50; £37; £9.75; £9.75; £12.50; £37) / 02890 766399

  • 09:00 – 19:00

Mon 21 Apr

£14.75; £14.75 (Children £7.25; Children £7.25; £9.75; £9.75; £10.50; £37; £9.75; £9.75; £12.50; £37) / 02890 766399

  • 09:00 – 19:00

Tue 22 Apr

£14.75; £14.75 (Children £7.25; Children £7.25; £9.75; £9.75; £10.50; £37; £9.75; £9.75; £12.50; £37) / 02890 766399

  • 09:00 – 19:00
…and 12 more dates until 6 May

Paul Potts: Book Signing

The tenor and Britain's Got Talent winner signs copies of his memoir Once Chance.

Belfast Waterfront

Thu 6 Nov

Auditorium

£28 / 028 9032 5913

  • 20:00

Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham

Sat 1 Nov

£22–£28 / 0115 989 5555

  • 19:30

Shore Poets

Regular local poetry meet, with readings of thought-provoking new verse and live music.

Henderson's @ St John's, Edinburgh

Sun 27 Apr

£5 (£3) / 0131 229 0212

It's Shore Poets' annual Open Night! Bring along a poem, and hope to grab one of the 12 open slots. Plus, the TS Eliot-prize shortlisted Alan Gillis is the evening's featured poet.

  • 19:45 – 22:00

Mason Cross: The Killing Season

Mason Cross launches his debut novel and first in his Carter Blake series.

Waterstones, Glasgow

Wed 23 Apr

Free / 0141 248 4814

  • 19:00 – 20:30

Brewin Dolphin Borders Book Festival

Taking place in the National Trust's Georgian Harmony Garden, in the heart of Melrose, the Borders Book Festival attracts world-class writers and personalities and also hosts the £25,000 Walter Scott Prize for historical fiction awards, as well as a children's programme. This year's fest sees former Prime Minister Gordon…

Harmony Garden, Melrose

Thu 12 Jun

Times & prices vary / 0844 357 1060

Fri 13 Jun

Times & prices vary / 0844 357 1060

Sat 14 Jun

Times & prices vary / 0844 357 1060

Sun 15 Jun

Times & prices vary / 0844 357 1060

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How A Steam Engine Works: Talk

An introductory talk about the mysteries of a steam engine, on one of the sectioned locomotives.

National Railway Museum, York

Sat 19 Apr

Free / 0844 815 3139

  • 16:30

Sun 20 Apr

Free / 0844 815 3139

  • 16:30

Mon 21 Apr

Free / 0844 815 3139

  • 16:10
…and 40 more dates until 31 May

Lauren Gault & Lauren Printy Currie with Spike Associates: When two or more are together and Three short works

Artists Lauren Gault and Lauren Printy Currie explored the notion of collaborating on a work, and the work is continued here by Spike Associates.

SWG3, Glasgow

Sat 19 Apr

Free / 0141 357 7246

Part of Glasgow International.

  • 10:00 – 18:00

Sun 20 Apr

Free / 0141 357 7246

Part of Glasgow International.

  • 10:00 – 18:00

Mon 21 Apr

Free / 0141 357 7246

Part of Glasgow International.

  • 10:00 – 18:00

Poetry for the Palace: Poets Laureate from Dryden to Duffy

An exhibition looking at the role of the Poet Laureate across the centuries and celebrating the work of the current Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, at the midpoint of laureateship. With presentation volumes, original manuscripts and images of poets including Dryden, Wordsworth, Tennyson, Betjeman and Hughes, among others, it's…

The Queen's Gallery, Edinburgh

Thu 7 Aug

Included in admission / 0131 556 5100

  • 09:30 – 18:00

Fri 8 Aug

Included in admission / 0131 556 5100

  • 09:30 – 18:00

Sat 9 Aug

Included in admission / 0131 556 5100

  • 09:30 – 18:00
…and 85 more dates until 2 Nov

Record Store Day at VoxBox

VoxBox celebrate Record Store Day with a mixed bill live bill featuring Stanley Odd, LAW Holt, Tuff Love, Pictish Trail (solo set) and Book Group. Plus a book launch at noon as Ian Rankin talks to Simon Goddard about his new book Simply Thrilled: The Preposterous Story of Postcard Records.

VoxBox Music, Edinburgh

Sat 19 Apr

Free / 0131 629 6775

Isabel Burt: Author Event

The local author signs copies of the first novel in her series, Toxics.

Waterstones, Market Harborough

Sat 24 May

Free / 01858 410957

  • 11:00
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