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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

Weegie Wednesdays

Monthly forum offering writers, poets, publishers, booksellers, librarians, creative writing students or anyone else with a literary interest the chance to get together socially to talk about books and publishing. First timers, please contact the organisers via the website.

CCA, Glasgow

Wed 23 Apr

Free / 0141 352 4900

Guest speakers TBC.

  • 19:30

Gaelic Writing Group

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

CCA, Glasgow

Mon 21 Apr

Free / 0141 352 4900

  • 19:00

Mon 5 May

Free / 0141 352 4900

  • 19:00

Mon 19 May

Free / 0141 352 4900

  • 19:00

Natural Born Storytellers

An evening of one of the oldest form of entertainment in the world – storytelling.

The Camden Head, London NW1

Wed 21 May

Free (donations welcome) / 020 7485 4019

  • 20:00 – 22:00

Wed 18 Jun

Free (donations welcome) / 020 7485 4019

  • 20:00 – 22:00

Wed 16 Jul

Free (donations welcome) / 020 7485 4019

  • 20:00 – 22:00

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
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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

Blackwell's Book Group

Share the reading experience with a group of fellow booklovers, with an evening of friendly discussion.

Blackwell's, Edinburgh

Mon 28 Apr

Free / 0131 622 8222

This month's read is The Tin Drum by Gunther Grass.

  • 18:00

Mon 19 May

Free / 0131 622 8222

This month, it's Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

  • 18:00

Blackwell's Children's Book Group

An hour of friendly chat about books for 8–11 year olds, every month.

Blackwell's, Edinburgh

Mon 12 May

Free / 0131 622 8222

This session's book is T Traynor’s Nicking Time.

  • 18:00

Great & Good

An evening of poetry, comedy and music.

Govan Old Parish Church, Glasgow

Sat 26 Apr

Free / 0141 440 2466

  • 19:00 – 21:00

Mike McInne: The Honey Diet

Nutrition expert and chemist Mike McInne share wisdom from his book The Honey Diet, which examines the benefits of the sticky stuff, especially in comparison to refined sugars. Booking is essential.

National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh

Thu 12 Jun

Free / 0131 623 3734

  • 18:00
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Torotrak: Lecture

With Brian Donohoe, Product Manager, Off-Highway, Torotrack Plc, Leyland.

The Forum, Barrow-in-Furness

Wed 30 Apr

Free / 01229 820000

  • 19:30

World Book Night Book Giving

Pick up a free copy of a book provided by Culture Warrington.

Pyramid & Parr Hall, Warrington

Wed 23 Apr

Pyramid

Free / 01925 442345

  • 17:00

Gaie Sebold: Book Signing

The author signs copies of her latest book, Shanghai Sparrow, a tale of espionage, warring empires and thrilling exploits with a dynamic heroine, which takes Steampunk out of England and into the Far East.

Forbidden Planet, London WC2H

Thu 8 May

Free / 020 7420 3666

  • 18:00 – 19:00

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

Bernard Rands In Conversation

The conductor talks to director Clark Rundell about his life in the UK and in America.

Royal Northern College Of Music, Manchester

Tue 17 Jun

Carole Nash Recital Room

Free / 0161 907 5555

  • 17:30
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Underbelly, London N1

Tue 29 Apr

Free / 020 7837 4412

  • 18:00

Waterstones, London W1J

Tue 29 Apr

Free, ticketed / 020 7851 2400

  • 18:30

John Rutter: Talk

The composer discusses his discovery of the original version of Faure's Requiem in the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris.

Kings Place, London N1

Sat 20 Dec

Hall One

Free, ticketed / 020 7520 1490

  • 18:00

Jump Writing For Theatre: Course

Learn new skills and develop creativity on this course led by Ben Mellor.

The Edge, Manchester

Wed 23 Apr

Free, ticketed / 0161 282 9776

  • 19:00 – 21:00

Kayhan Kalhor Q&A

The Iranian kamancheh player discusses his music and inspirations with Simon Broughton.

Kings Place, London N1

Sat 7 Jun

St Pancras Room

Free, ticketed / 020 7520 1490

  • 18:15
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The Lufthansa Lecture: Tess Knighton

Tess Knighton considers the challenges of festival programming and takes a look back over the venue's own 30-year history.

St John's Smith Square, London SW1P

Sat 17 May

Free, ticketed / 020 7222 1061

  • 18:15

Poetry Platform

Poetry and spoken word open mic session.

The Railway, Winchester

Tue 29 Apr

Free / 01962 867795

  • 20:30

Tue 27 May

Free / 01962 867795

  • 20:30

RCP Public Lectures: Professor Robert Winston 'The Desire To Take Medicine'

Britain's best-known reproductive health expert, presenter of award-winning TV and radio programmes and author of 20 books, Robert Winston explores the history of our desire to take medicine in the first of a new series of public lectures.

Royal College of Physicians Museum, London NW1

Wed 18 Jun

Free / 020 3075 1649

  • 18:30 – 20:00

The Camden Head, London NW1

Mon 5 May

Free / 020 7485 4019

  • 19:30

Arg London: Zenele: A Letter For My Daughter

The book club discusses J Nozipo Maraire's novel, which employs the lyrical African tradition of dialogue through storytelling to tell the tale of a mother whose daughter is about to leave home and go overseas.

Book & Kitchen, London W11

Sat 3 May

Free / 020 3417 8266

  • 17:30 – 19:30
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