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David Mitchell: The Bone Clocks

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

Assembly Roxy, Edinburgh

Thu 11 Sep

£8 (£5) / 0131 623 3030

Tickets through Waterstones West End.

OPEN, Norwich

Thu 4 Sep

£8 / 01603 763111

  • 18:30

Sheffield Theatres

Mon 1 Sep

£10 / 0114 249 6000

  • 19:30

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Haruki Murakami

When it first appeared in English in 1997, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle instantly established Haruki Murakami as a major figure in world literature. Involving a trademark mix of Tokyo urban landscapes and dream imagery, the novel remains one of the Japanese writer’s most brilliant literary achievements. Murakami discusses…

Charlotte Square Gardens, Edinburgh

Sat 23 Aug

£10 (£8) / 0845 373 5888

Part of Edinburgh International Book Festival.

All Back to Bowie’s

David Greig and The Barnett Consequentials David Bowie said ‘Scotland, stay with us’. At the Fringe, a group of Scottish artists take him up on his kind invitation. So pull up a futon, it’s all back to Bowie’s for an #indyref mix of politics, poetry, polemic and pop. Different guests every day make for an hour of…

Stand in the Square, Edinburgh

Sat 23 Aug

£8 (£6)

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 24 Aug

£8 (£6)

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Dame Diana Rigg: No Turn Unstoned

Emma Brünjes Productions Ltd A history and anecdotes of life in the theatre. A scholarly, insightful and highly entertaining reflection of the worst theatrical reviews in history and a celebration of the actors who survive. Hear stories from her many friends in theatre and film and a history of theatre criticism with…

Assembly Checkpoint, Edinburgh

Sat 23 Aug

£15 (£13) / 0131 225 7053

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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Haruki Murakami: Book Signing

Haruki Murakami signs his latest book Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki And His Years Of Pilgrimage which is due to be released in August.

Waterstones, London W1J

Sat 30 Aug

Free / 020 7851 2400

  • 11:00

Lesley Riddoch: Blossom – What Scotland Needs to Flourish

The journalist and commentator takes her new book, Blossom: What Scotland Needs to Flourish, on the road and discusses the impending referendum.

The Glad Café, Glasgow

Sat 23 Aug

Over-18s only

£5 / 0141 636 6119

A Glad Academy event.

  • 16:00

Monkey Poet: Shit Flinging

Veteran fringe performer returns, loaded…."Irreverent, fast, furious and fun. Not to be missed" ★★★★★ THREE WEEKS. "Uncaged wit and passion…the revolutionary figure Russell Brand could only dream of becoming" ★★★★ PUBLIC REVIEWS. "Sublime Genius" ★★★★ BROADWAY BABY

The Banshee Labyrinth, Edinburgh

Sat 23 Aug

Cinema

Free / 0131 558 8209

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & PBH's Free Fringe.

Sun 24 Aug

Cinema

Free / 0131 558 8209

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & PBH's Free Fringe.

Shame

John Berkavitch Everyone has something they’re ashamed of. That thing you wish you hadn't done. That thing you will always regret. These moments add up and it's the mistakes of our past that make us who we are today. In this new work of spoken word hip-hop theatre, John Berkavitch is joined by some of the country’s…

Underbelly, Edinburgh

Sat 23 Aug

Big Belly

£10.50 (£9.50) / 08445 458252

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 24 Aug

Big Belly

£10.50 (£9.50) / 08445 458252

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Yeti

Gary From Leeds / PBH's Free Fringe Get on board for a close encounter with an antisocial species. Performance poet Gary From Leeds, from Leeds, presents 50 minutes of comic verse and silliness about finding the yeti within, and without, in Leeds and other places. This is not your average poetry show. ‘Totally out…

The Royal Oak, Edinburgh

Sat 23 Aug

The Royal Oak

Free / 0131 557 2976

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & PBH's Free Fringe.

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Alexis Dubus: Cars and Girls

Alexis Dubus The award-winning UK comedian's poetic tales of travel and heartbreak. Contains traces of UFOs, truckers, bean festivals and the Dutch. From the creator of international hit show A R ddy Brief History of Swearing. ‘An hour of compelling raconteurship… a series of finely drawn escapades and rich characters…

The Stand Comedy Club V, Edinburgh

Sat 23 Aug

£8 (£7) / 0131 558 7272

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 24 Aug

£8 (£7) / 0131 558 7272

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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

Brian Keenan In Conversation With Glenn Patterson

The Belfast-born author discusses his work including An Evil Cradling and latest book, I'll Tell Me Ma.

The Strand, Belfast

Sat 23 Aug

£5 (£4) / 028 90655830

  • 15:00 – 16:30

Hand-Made in China: Moons, Migration and Messages

An evening of myth and modern tales, with Dumpling Dreams Theatre and Migration Project and Hua Dan, in celebration of the Night of the Moon Festival. Performed in English and Mandarin.

Summerhall, Edinburgh

Letters Home

A verbal, visual and musical journey in and around Charlotte Square Gardens. Working in partnership with multi award-winning Scottish theatre company Grid Iron, Edinburgh International Book Festival commissioned four writers to produce brand new pieces of short fiction in the form of letters which have been adapted…

Charlotte Square Gardens, Edinburgh

Sat 23 Aug

£15 (£12) / 0845 373 5888

Part of Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Sun 24 Aug

£15 (£12) / 0845 373 5888

Part of Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Mon 25 Aug

£15 (£12) / 0845 373 5888

Part of Edinburgh International Book Festival.

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LOUD Poets

Slam-style poetry devoid of pretension. Ages 15+.

Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh

Sun 24 Aug

The Netherbow Theatre at Fringe

£8 (£6) / 0131 556 9579

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Lucy Ayrton: The Splitting of the Mermaid

Tea Fuelled Is there anything you want so much you'd tear yourself apart? May longs for a baby, but mermaids don't have wombs. When she's offered that chance, in exchange for her voice, her body and her culture, should she take it? Updating The Little Mermaid to post-industrial Hull, PBH’s Free Fringe Spoken Word…

Underbelly, Edinburgh

Sat 23 Aug

Delhi Belly

£10 (£9) / 08445 458252

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 24 Aug

Delhi Belly

£10 (£9) / 08445 458252

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Mary Beard: He-he-he! What Made the Ancient Romans Laugh?

Lakin McCarthy / The Assembly Rooms Laughter takes us right to the heart of a civilisation. Mary Beard takes a look at Roman jokes, tickles and giggles and asks what they tell us about Roman culture, fears and anxieties. All seating is unreserved. Late comers may not be admitted. Age category: PG

Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh

Sat 23 Aug

The Music Hall

£10 / 0131 220 4348

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

The Moth

To celebrate the UK launch of their first book, which collects together 50 of their best stories, we invited The Moth, the legendary US storytelling organisation, to create a special one-off evening of stories inspired by our strand of events, Conversations with Ourselves. Join an eclectic cast of storytellers from around…

Charlotte Square Gardens, Edinburgh

Sat 23 Aug

£10 (£8) / 0845 373 5888

Part of Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Other Voice Spoken Word Cabaret

Other Voices / PBH's Free Fringe We bring you open-hearted open mic featuring sets from spoken word stars and special guests daily with a sumptuous cabaret vibe. Every show showcases a whirlwind of wit and panache. You’ll laugh, sigh, groan and dance with delight. And there will be open mic spots just for you - book in…

The Banshee Labyrinth, Edinburgh

Sat 23 Aug

Banqueting Hall

Free / 0131 558 8209

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & PBH's Free Fringe.

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Phil Kay: The Wholly Viable

Unpredictable stand-up and energetic improvisations as the stand-up launches his memoirs.

Heroes @ Bob & Miss Behave's Bookshop, Edinburgh

Sat 23 Aug

Bookshop

£5

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 24 Aug

Bookshop

£5

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Mon 25 Aug

Bookshop

£5

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

The Philosorap Cabaret

Charlie Dupré / PBH's Free Fringe Join Immanuel as he takes you on a colourful journey in rap through the history of thought. Featuring Descartes with the rationalistic hip-hop, David Hume avoiding the attentions of an abandoned self, young Arthur’s heartbroken plea to reality, a chicken who comes a cropper to his…

The Banshee Labyrinth, Edinburgh

Sat 23 Aug

Banqueting Hall

Free / 07771 747303

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & PBH's Free Fringe.

Sun 24 Aug

Banqueting Hall

Free / 07771 747303

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & PBH's Free Fringe.

Richard Tyrone Jones: Crap Time Lord

@rtjpoet / 'Utter!' Spoken Word / PBH's Free Fringe Like Doctor Who, @rtjpoet has two hearts and a cancelled BBC series. Unlike Doctor Who, this is due to heart failure. And he doesn't have a doctorate. Humorous, poetic, scientific musings on cardiocybernetics, companionship and regeneration. Sequel to Big Heart, Radio…

Pilgrim, Edinburgh

Sat 23 Aug

Main Bar

Free / 0131 557 3768

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & PBH's Free Fringe.

Siân Robinson Davies: No Sweat

Spoken performance from Siân Robinson Davies promising maybe a little bit of humour or something.

CCA, Glasgow

Sun 24 Aug

Over-14s only

Free / 0141 352 4900

  • 19:00

The Word Café

Matt Harvey, Kate Fox, Julie Mullen. The Pleasance Take two Radio 4 poets, Matt Harvey: ‘…not only funny but tender and true’ (Guardian), and Kate Fox: ‘funny and endearing with enough journalistic cynicism to cut through the whimsy’ (Sunday Telegraph), mix well with Liverpool poet Julie Mullen: ‘does for sprouts what…

Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

Sat 23 Aug

Bunker One

£10 (£8.50) / 0131 556 6550

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 24 Aug

Bunker One

£10 (£8.50) / 0131 556 6550

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Mon 25 Aug

Bunker One

£8.50 (£7) / 0131 556 6550

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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