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The World of Norm: May Need Rebooting!

One for the wee ones, as they hear about the latest exploits of Jonathan Meres' down-trodden hero, Norm.

Rothes Halls, Glenrothes

Thu 27 Nov

Prices to be confirmed / 01592 611101

Kevin Bridges: We Need to Talk About …

The Glaswegian comedian signs copies of his new book, We Need To Talk about … Kevin Bridges.

ASDA, Edinburgh

Thu 18 Dec

Free / 0131 669 9151

WHSmith, Nottingham

Sat 6 Dec

Free / 0115 947 0772

WHSmith, North West England

Fri 19 Dec

Free / 0151 707 6606

Waterstones Liverpool One

Tue 11 Nov

Free / 0151 709 9820

Michael Palin At You Magazine Book Day

The comedian, actor and travel journalist - best known for his role in The Monty Python - signs copies of his latest book.

The Lancaster Hotel, London WC1B

Sat 1 Nov


Cockenzie House Book Festival

The first of its kind in Cockenzie and Port Seton, this book festival features international and East Lothian authors from a variety of genres and styles.

Cockenzie House & Gardens

Sun 2 Nov

£10–£35 / 01875 819456

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Diane Von Furstenberg: Journey Of A Dress: Talk

Talk and book-signing with the designer about her 40 years as a groundbreaking designer and fashion icon and the dress that started it all.

Victoria & Albert Museum, London SW7

Thu 6 Nov

The Lydia & Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre

£9 (£7) / 020 7942 2000

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

Holly Hagan: Not Quite a Geordie

Geordie Shore star Holly Hagan signs copies of her book, Not Quite a Geordie.

WH Smith, Leeds

Sat 1 Nov

0113 277 2990

WH Smith, Doncaster

Sat 1 Nov

01302 321511

WHSmith, Manchester

Sun 2 Nov

0161 834 8300

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Aldeburgh Poetry Festival 2014

A poetry festival featuring over 60 events across 10 venues, with poets including Finuala Dowling, Thomas Lux, Adelia Prado, Brian Patten, Selima Hill, Dan O'Brien, and Tom Pickard.

Various Venues, Aldeburgh

Fri 7 Nov


Jo Shapcott and Neil Astley - A celebration of Rosemary Tonks

Between 1963 and 1974 Rosemary Tonks published two 'epoch defining' and widely admired poetry collections.

Woodstock Methodist Church

Sun 16 Nov

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The London Modernist Literary Event

An afternoon of Mod related authors talking about their books and inspirations behind their work.

The Cockpit, London NW8

Sat 7 Feb 2015

£15 / 020 7258 2925

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.

Arlington Arts Centre, Mary Hare, Newbury

Fri 14 Nov

£11–£13.20 / 01635 244246

Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne

Wed 26 Nov

£15.50–£20 / 01323 412000

Trafalgar Studios, London SW1A

Thu 13 Nov

£15–£25 / 0844 871 7627

Sat 15 Nov

£15–£25 / 0844 871 7627

Thu 20 Nov

£15–£25 / 0844 871 7627

…and 5 more dates until 6 Dec

Art In Focus: Talk

A Tate guide gives a talk on artwork from the collection. Discover more about Nathaniel Bacon's Cookmaid With Still Life Of Vegetables And Fruit 1620-25.

Tate Britain, London SW1P

Tue 4 Nov

Free / 020 7887 8888

Thu 6 Nov

Free / 020 7887 8888

Sat 8 Nov

Free / 020 7887 8888

…and 9 more dates until 29 Nov

Book Circle

The group discuss the selected books for the month.

Riverside Arts Centre, Sunbury-on-Thames

Thu 20 Nov

Phone for prices

  • 14:00 Book Circle Riverside Arts Centre, Sunbury-on-Thames

Bookbug Session

Rhymes, stories and songs to stimulate and delight wee ones. Suitable for under threes. Booking is essential.

Colinton Library, Edinburgh

Tue 4 Nov

Free / 0131 529 5603

Tue 11 Nov

Free / 0131 529 5603

Tue 18 Nov

Free / 0131 529 5603

…and 3 more dates until 9 Dec

Newington Library, Edinburgh

Wed 5 Nov

Free / 0131 529 5536

Wed 12 Nov

Free / 0131 529 5536

Wed 19 Nov

Free / 0131 529 5536

…and 2 more dates until 3 Dec

Piershill Library, Edinburgh

Wed 5 Nov

Free / 0131 529 5685

Wed 12 Nov

Free / 0131 529 5685

Wed 19 Nov

Free / 0131 529 5685

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Chris Hadfield: You Are Here

Canadian astronaut Hadfield is probably best known for singing Bowie's 'Space Oddity' in the International Space Station which made him a viral star. His new book is the best of photographs of the earth from space.

Royal Geographical Society (With The Institute Of British Geographers), London SW7

Sun 7 Dec

£15 / 020 7591 3000

Dr. Anthony Phillips: The Bible’s Creation Accounts: Theology Or Science?: Talk

Dr Phillips will examine the Bible's account of the origins of creation. The so-called seven day creation account has been used to reject the theory of evolution. He will put this creation account into the context of the older Eden narrative and will explain how it fits into the development of the emergent history of…

The Poly, Falmouth

Fri 7 Nov

Early Travellers In The Pyrenees: Alexander Maitland: Talk

A talk about some adventurous 19th-century travellers, including Lady Fortescue, Thomas Clifton Paris and Count Henry Russell.

Royal Geographical Society (With The Institute Of British Geographers), London SW7

Mon 10 Nov

£5 adv booking required / 020 7591 3000

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

Grand Theatre, Blackpool

Sun 9 Nov

£20 ( £15) / 01253 290190

Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

Sun 29 Mar 2015

£22 / 023 8071 1811

Gerry Durkin: Tales and Songs

An hour of stories and songs with Gerry Durkin.

Knightswood Library, Glasgow

Mon 24 Nov

Free / 0141 276 1555

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Jodi Picoult: Book Signing

Come along and meet the internationally bestselling author who will be signing copies of her compulsive novel Leaving Time.

Waterstones, Manchester

Mon 10 Nov

Free / 0161 832 8563

None Will Remain: Five Lost Manchester Churches By Richard McEwen

Author Richard McEwan and speaker Canon David Wyatt, Rector of St. Paul's, Salford discuss the new, two volume study of five former Anglo-Catholic churches in Manchester.

Manchester Cathedral

Mon 3 Nov

Phone for prices / 0161 833 2220

Shia Identity And The Arab Spring

The 'Arab Spring'; how Arab is it? This panel addresses questions about inter- and intra-sectarian conflict in the Middle East, the primordial or novel nature of sectarian divide, the Syrian Civil War, and Shia identity in the context of the Arab Spring. Speakers Professor Faleh Abdul Jabar (Iraqi Institute for Strategic…

Little Hall, University Of Cambridge

Sat 1 Nov


Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

With a script written by Dr E.J. Yeaman and presented by actor Steve Douglas, an interesting and entertaining afternoon awaits fans of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Scottish physician and writer and creator of one of our best loved detectives, Sherlock Holmes.

Kirriemuir Library, Angus

Tue 25 Nov

Free ticketed / 01575 572357

Part of Book Week Scotland.

World War One Poetry: Readings And Panel Discussion

The poets Cynthia Greenwood and Jim Taylor explore the art form and its relevance to the conflict, with museum director, John Sculley.

Salford Museum and Art Gallery

Mon 17 Nov

Free / 0161 778 0800

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