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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.

An Evening with Pam Ayres

A cosy evening of poetry, stories and incredible wit from the lady herself.

CAST, Doncaster

Sun 16 Nov

£20 / 01302 303959

  • 17:00

Ferneham Hall, Fareham

Sun 26 Oct

£22.50 / 01329 231942

  • 17:00

Grand Theatre, Blackpool

Sun 9 Nov

£20 ( £15) / 01253 290190

  • 17:00

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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.

Phill Jupitus is Porky the Poet in Juplicity

Off The Kerb Productions / PBH's Free Fringe Stand-up and Never Mind the Buzzcocks star Phill Jupitus appears as his word-slinging alter ego Porky the Poet, bringing a brand new hour of poetry and chat to the Jam House. This year his pencil is sharpened in the direction of religion, dieting, politics, hate, hipsters…

The Jam House, Edinburgh

Fri 22 Aug

Main Stage Area

Free / 0131 226 4380

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

Sat 23 Aug

Main Stage Area

Free / 0131 226 4380

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

Experimental: The Show That Plays With Your Mind

Richard Wiseman / PBH's Free Fringe An interactive experience like no other as you take part in live mind-blowing experiments that will make you laugh, scream and gasp. There's no performer. It's just you and the unknown.

The Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh

Fri 22 Aug

Ballroom

Free / 0131 556 7060

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

Sat 23 Aug

Ballroom

Free / 0131 556 7060

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

Sun 24 Aug

Ballroom

Free / 0131 556 7060

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

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Synology 2015: DSM And Product Launch

Synology has announced that the next developments in its award-winning DiskStation Manager (DSM) operating system are just weeks away with a public invitation for end users and channel partners to attend the London launch event on 18th September.

Altitude, London SW1P

Thu 18 Sep

Free

  • 12:00 – 16:00

Charlaine Harris: Midnight Crossroad

Sookie Stackhouse (aka True Blood) author Charlaine Harris introduces her latest novel, Midnight Crossroad, a tale of murder in the small town Midnight, Texas.

Forbidden Planet, London WC2H

Sun 31 Aug

Free / 020 7420 3666

  • 13:00 – 14:00

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.

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.

Michael Portillo: Life: A Game Of Two Halves: Talk

The broadcaster and former politician discusses and answers questions about his career.

The Atkinson, Southport

Sun 1 Feb 2015

£16 (£14) / 01704 533333

  • 14:30 – 16:00
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Banjo Man

Quina Chapman / Free Festival Quina’s father played the banjo on a 1990s chart hit. He passed away unexpectedly in 2009. This is her tribute to him. Banjo Man is a collection of stories and memories about the late Roger Dinsdale, a musician, who had a one-hit-wonder in 1993 playing the banjo on a popular dance track.

Laughing Horse @ the Blind Poet, Edinburgh

Sat 23 Aug

Main Bar

Free / 0131 667 7533

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 24 Aug

Main Bar

Free / 0131 667 7533

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

World War One Talk: The Ballad Of Billy Unsworth

Graham Walker talks about the life of a seemingly ordinary Ordsall man who died at the Battle Of Gallipoli in 1915, and how he was inspired to write about him.

Salford Museum and Art Gallery

Mon 1 Sep

Free / 0161 778 0800

  • 14:00

1950s Afternoon Tea with Sara Sheridan

Sara Sheridan, author of The Mirabelle Bevan Mysteries, shares her insight into 1950s life, uncovered when researching her work.

The Town and County Hall, Aberdeen

Fri 5 Sep

£5

Part of 50+ Festival.

A Very Edinburgh Celebration!

Ron Butlin, Dick Lee & Anne Evans Ron Butlin (former Edinburgh Poet Laureate) and highly acclaimed musicians Dick Lee and Anne Evans return for a fourth year with a brand-new version of their sell-out, five-star show. A unique and off-beat celebration, offering an affectionate and satirical take on Edinburgh’s…

Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh

Sat 23 Aug

The Netherbow Theatre at Fringe

£10 / 0131 556 9579

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 24 Aug

The Netherbow Theatre at Fringe

£10 / 0131 556 9579

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Mon 25 Aug

The Netherbow Theatre at Fringe

£10 / 0131 556 9579

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Chris Ryan: Hunter Killer

Ryan is out promoting his new thriller, Hunter Killer.

Waterstones West End, Edinburgh

Tue 9 Sep

Free / 0131 226 2666

Book signing.

  • 12:30
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Don't Tell Him Pike

Ian Lavender and Steven McNicoll …but maybe he will! Enjoy an afternoon with Ian 'Stupid Boy' Lavender in conversation with Edinburgh's Steven McNicoll. Dad's Army was Ian's first professional job and he found himself thrown into a group of some of the best and funniest actors in the business. Dad's Army became one of…

Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh

Fri 22 Aug

Studio Two

£10 (£9) / 0131 220 4348

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 23 Aug

Studio Two

£10 (£9) / 0131 220 4348

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 24 Aug

Studio Two

£10 (£9) / 0131 220 4348

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Dylan Thomas: Return Journey

Bob Kingdom plays Thomas in this acclaimed celebration of the Welsh poet's last great lecture tour. Originally directed by actor Antony Hopkins.

The British Library, London NW1

Sat 13 Sep

£7–£10 adv booking required (£8 adv booking required) / 0843 208 1144

  • 14:30 – 16:00

Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

Sat 23 Aug

Beneath

£11 (£10) / 0131 556 6550

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 24 Aug

Beneath

£11 (£10) / 0131 556 6550

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Mon 25 Aug

Beneath

£9 (£8) / 0131 556 6550

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Hug a Thug

Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas Do you think the criminal justice system is a soft touch? Do you think that prisons make life too easy for criminals? Would you like to bring back hanging? Then this is for you! Through poetry and song, you will hear the stories of prisoners and victims, many of whom committed crimes from a…

Stand in the Square, Edinburgh

Mon 25 Aug

£5

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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

Fri 22 Aug

Cinema

Free / 0131 558 8209

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

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.

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.

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Sharing Our Orangefield Stories

Ex-pupils and teachers discuss their experiences and memories of the school.

Orangefield High School, Belfast

Fri 22 Aug

Free, ticketed

  • 16:15 – 17:45

Strange Face: Adventures with a Lost Nick Drake Recording

Michael Burdett / Free Festival Michael Burdett’s one-man show charts how he found a lost Nick Drake recording and chose to share it in an extraordinary way. Travelling across Britain with a camera, he asked strangers if they’d like to be among the first people to hear the recording in 30 years. Among the farmers…

Laughing Horse @ Jekyll & Hyde, Edinburgh

Sat 23 Aug

The Aerie

Free / 0131 225 2022

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 24 Aug

The Aerie

Free / 0131 225 2022

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Virginia Woolf: A Woman Of Fashion?: Lecture

Dr. Claire Nicholson investigates Virginia Woolf's ambivalent relationship with clothes and fashion. Virginia Woolf made extensive use of clothing imagery in her fiction to express character and to evoke modernist tensions of appearance and reality, but her own relationship to dress is usually described as one of…

National Portrait Gallery, London WC2H

Thu 4 Sep

Ondaatje Wing Theatre

Free / 020 7312 2463

  • 13:15

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.

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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