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An Evening with Pam Ayres

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

Dorking Halls

Sat 29 Nov

£23.50; £21.50 / 01306 881717

Electric Palace Bridport

Mon 30 Mar 2015

£24.50; £22.50 adv / 01308 428 354

Hertford Theatre

Thu 16 Apr 2015

£22.50 / 01992 531500

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Hush Hour

Read books and drink cocktails – what more could you want?

The Lucky Liquor Co, Edinburgh

Tue 9 Dec

Free / 0131 226 3976

  • 19:00 Hush Hour The Lucky Liquor Co, Edinburgh

21 Revolutions: Exhibition of Writings

Glasgow Women's Library celebrates its 21st birthday by commissioning 21 women writers to make new work inspired by GWL’s library, archive and museum artefacts.

Dick Institute Museum and Art Gallery, Kilmarnock

Wed 26 Nov

Free tbc / 01563 554902

Part of Book Week Scotland.

Thu 27 Nov

Free tbc / 01563 554902

Part of Book Week Scotland.

Fri 28 Nov

Free tbc / 01563 554902

Part of Book Week Scotland.

Monty Don: Talk

The gardening writer and presenter talks about his life and work, including his travels to gardens all over the world and what really happens behind the scenes when filming.

Capitol, Horsham

Sat 24 Jan 2015

£18 (£17) / 01403 750 220

Exeter Corn Exchange

Sun 8 Mar 2015

£16 / 01392 665938

Grand Pavilion, Porthcawl

Thu 27 Nov

£17 (£16) / 01656 815995

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Sally Magnusson: Where Memories Go – Living With Dementia

Sally Magnusson talks about her mother's long struggle with dementia.

Town House, Haddington

Wed 26 Nov

The Chepstow Charivari

A variety evening hosted by William Ayot, complete with music, poetry and storytelling. The line up features the likes of Michael Harvey, Philip Wells The Fire Poet, Chepstow Châtelaines Choir, Jay Ramsay and Adam Horowitz.

The Drill Hall, Chepstow

Sat 6 Dec

£12 (£10) / 01291 638807

An Evening With Robert Wyatt

The influential, highly acclaimed musician, known as the founder of Cambridge band Soft Machine, discusses his successful career.

Southbank Centre, London SE1

Sun 23 Nov

Queen Elizabeth Hall

£12.50–£15 / 0844 875 0073

Grantchester Christmas Special: Bloomsbury Book Club with James Runcie and ITV scriptwriter Daisy Coulam

We go behind the scenes of Grantchester for a very special Bloomsbury Book Club this Christmas. Author James Runcie and scriptwriter Daisy Coulam discuss the dramatisation of the first of 'The Grantchester Mysteries' series.

Bloomsbury Institute, London WC1B

Wed 3 Dec

Imprint Writing Awards Presentation

The winners of the fourth Imprint Writing Award are announced.

Dick Institute Museum and Art Gallery, Kilmarnock

Fri 28 Nov

£5 / 01563 554902

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Jo Caulfield Presents … The Speakeasy

A relaxed evening featuring a diverse bill of artists (magicians, comedians, writers and more) telling true stories from the haunting to the hilarious live on stage, giving some unexpected insights into their worlds.

Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh

Tue 9 Dec

£6 / 0131 556 9579

John Cooper Clarke

The legendary Mancunian punk poet, who is a spiritual godfather to the likes of Mike Skinner and Plan B hauls his insatiable laconic wit on tour.

The Apex, Bury St Edmunds

Tue 2 Dec

£20 / 01284 758000

O2 Apollo Manchester

Sat 3 Jan 2015

£27.50–£32.50 / 0844 477 7677

Sat 21 Mar 2015

£27.50–£32.50 / 0844 477 7677

Jonathan Dimbleby: Destiny In The Desert

Join Jonathan Dimbleby for this enlightening exploration of his book Destiny in the Desert.

Huntingdon Hall, Worcester

Wed 11 Mar 2015

£15.68–£16.80 / 01905 611427

The Playhouse, Weston-super-Mare

Thu 5 Mar 2015

£15.50 (£13.50) / 01934 645544

Pocklington Arts Centre

Wed 28 Jan 2015

£14 / 01759 301547

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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.

Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal

Fri 5 Dec

£14 / 01539 725 133

Clwyd Theatr Cymru, Mold

Sun 23 Nov

£15 (£13) / 0845 330 3565

Mon 24 Nov

£15 (£13) / 0845 330 3565

Tue 25 Nov

£15 (£13) / 0845 330 3565

…and 4 more dates until 29 Nov

Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne

Tue 25 Nov

£15.50–£20 / 01323 412000

Wed 26 Nov

£15.50–£20 / 01323 412000

Thu 27 Nov

£15.50–£20 / 01323 412000

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New Walk Museum And Art Gallery, Leicester

Fri 28 Nov

Free, adv booking essential / 0116 225 4900

  • 18:00 – 20:00 Ron Athey: Talk New Walk Museum And Art Gallery, Leicester
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120: Spitalfields Nippers: Talk

Discover more about the photographs taken of some of the poorest people in the East End by Horace Warner in which he created relaxed, intimate images that gave dignity to his subjects and produced great photography that are without parallel in his era.

Bishopsgate Institute, London EC2M

Fri 5 Dec

Free, adv booking required / 020 7392 9200

1521: Steps In To Poetry: Course

Poetry sessions, including an introduction to new poetry, the chance to develop poetry writing skills, and the opportunity to learn how to present work on stage.

Southbank Centre, London SE1

Mon 1 Dec

Foyer Spaces

£25 / 0844 875 0073

Mon 8 Dec

Foyer Spaces

£25 / 0844 875 0073

The 1914 Christmas Truce: Talk

Author and humanitarian, Don Mullan, talks about the 1914 Christmas Truce which took place on the Western Front, where soldiers met in No Man's Land to play football, sing Christmas carols, exchanged gifts and helped to bury fallen friends.

Roe Valley Arts & Cultural Centre, Limavady

Thu 18 Dec

Free / 028 77760650

1970s Style & Design: Talk

Author Dominic Lutyens talks about the importance of creative arts in the decade and how ideas are being used in 21st-century design trends.

Fashion And Textile Museum, London SE1

Thu 12 Feb 2015

£15 inc drink; £12 teachers, inc drink / 020 7407 8664

The 2014 Liberty Human Rights Awards: Talk

Human rights and civil liberties organisation Liberty celebrates the individuals and organisations that protect and promote freedom. Hosted by Sandi Toksvig with music from Billy Bragg.

Southbank Centre, London SE1

Mon 1 Dec

Queen Elizabeth Hall

£10 (£5) / 0844 875 0073

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The 2014 Prendergast And Sutcliffe Lecture: Ron Noon & Sam Davies

A talk about the remarkable stonemason and activist Fred Bower, whose 1936 autobiography The Rolling Stonemason is to be republished by Merlin Press this year. Presented in association with North West TUC.

The Bluecoat, Liverpool

Wed 17 Dec

Free / 0151 702 5324

20th Century Art Theft: Lecture

A lecture from Rosalind Whyte about the story of two paintings by JMW Turner which travelled from London to Frankfurt for an exhibition before being stolen. An eight-year battle to find them ensued, and resulted eventually in their return to public view at Tate Britain in 2003.

Dulwich Picture Gallery, London SE21

Tue 25 Nov

£12 (£10 inc a glass of wine) / 020 8693 5254

2|1|4|1 Members' Show

Member's show and end of year party from the artist-led collective: Alexander 'Twig' Champion, Brian Cheesewright, Catriona Meighan, Frances Lightbound, Jack Farrell, Kirsty Macleod, Kenneth Davidson, Lauren McGlaughlin, Rachael Gallacher, Rachel Sharpe, Rosie Roberts and Silja Strom.

The Old Hairdressers, Glasgow

Sun 7 Dec

Free / 0141 222 2254

21st Century Historical Fiction Seminar

The Open University/Institute of English Studies are running three free seminars on 21st century fiction at Senate House. We'll be hearing from writers and publishers about new directions in the genre. Open to all, free of charge, no need to book.

Senate House, London WC1E

Tue 2 Dec

Free / 020 7664 4859

3rd Annual Floating LNG

The event will focus on current project updates and developments within the field.

Regents Park Marriott, London NW3

Wed 18 Feb 2015

£1499 / 020 7722 7711

Thu 19 Feb 2015

£1499 / 020 7722 7711

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