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Kirsty Logan: The Rental Heart and Other Fairytales

Glasgow author (and List Books Editor) Kirsty Logan launches her award-winning debut book, The Rental Heart and Other Fairytales, with some stories, chat and wine.

Looking Glass Books, Edinburgh

Thu 24 Apr

Free / 0131 229 2902

  • 18:30

UKIP Conference & Nigel Farage

The UK Independence Party Conference along with political talks from elected leader Nigel Farage.

The Guildhall, Portsmouth

Mon 28 Apr

Free / 023 9282 4355

  • 19:30

Chris Bambery: A People's History of Scotland

Ahead of the referendum, writer and broadcaster Bambery delves into the history of Scotland with his new book.

Word Power Bookshop, Edinburgh

Wed 18 Jun

Free / 0131 662 9112

  • 18:30

St Mungo's Mirrorball

A showcase of the finest poetry talent on the Glasgow scene.

CCA, Glasgow

Thu 1 May

Free / 0141 352 4900

Tonight's verse comes courtesy of Gerrie Fellows (Window for a Small Blue Child) and Jacob Polley (The Havocs).

  • 19:00

Thu 8 May

Free / 0141 352 4900

Tonight's featured poet is Belfast's Miriam Gamble, with her Clydebuilt mentees – Susan Mansfield, Jane Hartshorn, Julie Martis and Tracy Patrick – also taking the stage.

  • 19:00

Peter Ross: Daunderlust – Dispatches from Unreported Scotland

The Scotland on Sunday columnist releases a collections of his best pieces.

Waterstones, Glasgow

Thu 24 Apr

Free / 0141 248 4814

  • 19:00 – 20:30

Sick Sick Sick: The Books of Ornery Women

A reading group to get into the nitty gritty of the online Alt-Lit scene, looking at the writing of emerging female writers. Organised by MAP magazine, with meetings every six to eight weeks.

CCA, Glasgow

Thu 24 Apr

Free / 0141 352 4900

This month's discussion focuses on Beatriz Preciado's Testo Junkie.

  • 18:30

Thu 29 May

Free / 0141 352 4900

This month's reading to be announced.

  • 18:30

Chelsea Library, London SW3

Mon 28 Apr

Free / 020 7361 3010

  • 18:15 – 19:45

Mon 5 May

Free / 020 7361 3010

  • 18:15 – 19:45

Mon 12 May

Free / 020 7361 3010

  • 18:15 – 19:45
…and 2 more dates until 26 May

Careless People: Murder, Mayhem And The Invention Of The Great Gatsby: Lecture

The broadcaster and literary critic, Professor Sarah Churchwell, talks about the events of 1922 and how they became the backdrop for F Scott Fitzgerald's novel The Great Gatsby.

Herschal Building, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne

Thu 1 May

Curtis Auditorium

Free / 0191 222 6000

  • 17:30 – 18:30

Waterstones, London W1J

Thu 24 Apr

Free, ticketed / 020 7851 2400

  • 18:30
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Cosmic Rays: Talk

David Smith discusses what we know, why they are important and demonstrates their detection.

Highgate Literary & Scientific Institution, London N6

Thu 5 Jun

Free / 020 8340 3343

  • 20:00 – 21:30

Gaelic Writing Group

Series of workshops for writing in Gaelic or Scots and English, with facilitator Catriona Lexy-Campbell. Ages 16+.

CCA, Glasgow

Mon 5 May

Free / 0141 352 4900

  • 19:00

Mon 19 May

Free / 0141 352 4900

  • 19:00

Golden Hare Book Group

Get your book on with some fellow bibliophiles at this monthly book group.

Golden Hare, Edinburgh

Mon 28 Apr

Free / 0131 629 1396

This month's read is Jamie Mason's Three Graves Full.

  • 18:30

Mon 26 May

Free / 0131 629 1396

  • 18:30

Mon 30 Jun

Free / 0131 629 1396

  • 18:30
…and 5 more dates until 24 Nov

Hillary Rohde: The Other Side

Rohde launches her autobiography, sketching her life from South Africa to the Scottish Highlands.

Word Power Bookshop, Edinburgh

Wed 30 Apr

Free / 0131 662 9112

  • 18:30

Ian Gow: Scotland's Lost Houses

National Trust of Scotland curator Ian Gow looks to the photographic record to talk about the grand houses lost to dry rot, mining subsidence, lack of funds, and fire.

Central Library, Edinburgh

Wed 7 May

Free (ticketed) / 0131 242 8100

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James Kelman at NLS

James Kelman discusses his literary and political archive, which is now held at the NLS. In discussion with Neu! Reekie!'s Kevin Williamson. Booking is essential.

National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh

Wed 11 Jun

Free / 0131 623 3734

  • 18:00

Lindsey Davis: Historical Whodunnist!

Historical novelist Davis talks about her long writing career (with 20 novels under her belt), including her latest, Enemies at Home.

Central Library, Edinburgh

Thu 1 May

Free (ticketed) / 0131 242 8100

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

Scots/English Writing Group

A twice monthly group offering critique of its members' submitted works, with two pieces getting the once-over each session. Ages 16+.

CCA, Glasgow

Mon 28 Apr

Free / 0141 352 4900

  • 19:00

Mon 12 May

Free / 0141 352 4900

  • 19:00

Mon 26 May

Free / 0141 352 4900

  • 19:00

The Squat Pen

A Poetry Night with a Difference.

No Alibis Bookshop, Belfast

Thu 24 Apr

Free

  • 18:30 – 20:00
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Stranger Than Fiction

Friendly, monthly Edinburgh writers' group for those interested in writing non-fiction. Most months there's discussion of a chapter or two of something a member has written, but it's always a social occasion with plenty of opportunity for literary chat.

The Jolly Judge, Edinburgh

Thu 24 Apr

Free / 0131 225 2669

  • 19:00

Thu 22 May

Free / 0131 225 2669

  • 19:00

Thu 19 Jun

Free / 0131 225 2669

  • 19:00

Tom Pow: In Another World

Tom Pow speaks about his book In Another World: Among Europe's Dying Villages, which explores the impact of population change through essays, stories, photographs and poems.

National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh

Tue 13 May

Free / 0131 623 3734

  • 18:00 – 19:00

The Travelling Talesman - Away With The Fairies

Expect a fun evening of gripping yarns as The Talesman recounts stories of Norse Gods, Dragon Slayers and more.

Good Intent, Rochester

Fri 9 May

Free / 01634 843111

  • 19:30

Adele Parks: Talk

Acclaimed author Adele will talk at Chipping Barnet Library about her book "Spare Brides". Four extraordinary women have to pick up the pieces of their lives in the scarred, glamorous 1920's.

Chipping Barnet Library

Tue 29 Apr

Free

  • 18:30 – 20:00

Adult Reading Groups

A chance to share opinions and thoughts on the latest books.

Peckham Library, London SE15

Sun 27 Apr

Free / 020 7525 2000

  • 18:30 – 20:00

Tue 29 Apr

Free / 020 7525 2000

  • 18:30 – 20:00

Wanstead Library, London E11

Wed 28 May

Free / 020 8708 7400

  • 18:30 – 20:00
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