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David Mitchell: The Bone Clocks

The author of Cloud Atlas introduces and discusses his latest novel.

Conway Hall, London WC1R

Wed 12 Nov

£12.84–£16.05 / 020 7242 8032

Bloomsbury Book Club With Selina Hastings

Selina Hastings, acclaimed biographer of Evelyn Waugh and Nancy Mitford among others, discusses her memoir of her father, The Red Earl: The Extraordinary Life of the 16th Earl of Huntingdon, with her publisher, Robin Baird-Smith.

Bloomsbury Institute, London WC1B

Tue 4 Nov

£10; £25 inc/ copy of the book

Naked Witches

A lecture by Dr Leo Ruickbie who discusses why witches are so often depicted naked and why going 'skyclad' has become a central part of Wicca.

Treadwell's, London WC1E

Wed 5 Nov

£7 / 020 7419 8507

Why Does The Period 1400-1450 Matter In World History?: Talk

Chaired by Dora Thornton Curator of Renaissance Collections at the British Museum this discussion will examine the early 15th century from eastern and western perspectives and will include expert panellists.

British Museum, London WC1B

Fri 21 Nov

BP Lecture Theatre

£5 ( £3) / 020 7323 8181

Alan Cumming: Not My Father's Son

Actor Alan Cumming talks about his memoir, Not My Father's Son, with writer Damien Barr.

Assembly Roxy, Edinburgh

Wed 12 Nov

£8 / 0131 623 3030

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Action Hero: Hoke’s Bluff

Action Hero presents Hoke's Bluff, a show using high school storylines to find out what it means to be a winner. Suitable for all ages.

Aberystwyth Arts Centre

Tue 2 Dec

Great Hall

£12 (£10) / 01970 623 232

Brighton Dome

Sat 15 Nov

Corn Exchange

£14 (£12) / 01273 709709

Plymouth University

Wed 10 Dec

£10 / 01752 585050

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Bill Williams' Book Launch And Signing

Maidstone United's Bill Williams will be signing copies of his acclaimed autobiography Believe It Or Not in the Spitfire Lounge, Gallagher Stadium on Friday 7 November from 7.30pm. Free pint with every book!

Gallagher Stadium, Maidstone

Fri 7 Nov


The Bruker Warwick Christmas Lecture: A Room With A Boom!

A series of chemical reactions to demonstrate the amusement, beauty and importance of chemistry, plus a rare opportunity to see both a nappy and hydrochloric acid in the same lecture.

Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry

Thu 4 Dec

Free / 02476 524524

FT Weekend Interview Series - Martin Wolf

The Financial Times' chief economics commentator discusses his latest book, the financial crisis and much more.

Kings Place, London N1

Mon 24 Nov

£19; £40 inc book / 020 7520 1490

Gavin Francis: Empire Antarctica – Ice, Silence and Emperor Penguins

Although he went to Antarctica as an on-base medical doctor, Gavin Francis ended up spending a lot of time with emperor penguins during his fourteen months on the most icy and isolated of continents. Hear him talk about his life-changing experience among the birds.

Dunbar Library

Thu 27 Nov

Free ticketed / 01368 866060

Part of Book Week Scotland.

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

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

The Camberley Theatre

Mon 10 Nov

£16 / 01276 707600

The Chequer Mead Arts Centre, East Grinstead

Fri 5 Dec

£16; £14 pensioners ( £14) / 01342 302000

Guildhall, Gloucester

Fri 20 Feb 2015

£16 (£14) / 01452 503050

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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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Book Club

An informal monthly reading group for book lovers, who enjoy chewing the fat. May's text is The Family Fang by Kevin Wilson, while in June, members will discuss The Plot Against America by Philip Roth.

The Earl Ferrers Pub, London SW16

Tue 25 Nov

Free / 020 8835 8333

  • 20:00 Book Club The Earl Ferrers Pub, London

The Bosch Automotive Warwick Christmas Lecture: Marvellous Magnets And Shocking Electricity

In this electrifying lecture, Ally Caldecote from the physics department will show some of the super things that physicists can do that will spark your curiosity for science.

Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry

Fri 5 Dec

An Evening With John Cleese: Talk

Comedy legend John Cleese brings tales from his latest book So, Anyway to the stage. Cleese is best known for his roles in Monty Python and Fawlty Towers.

Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry

Tue 16 Dec

Butterworth Hall

£30 inc price of the book / 02476 524524

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An Evening with Pam Ayres

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

Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Wed 5 Nov

£21.25 (£19.25) / 02476 553055

CAST, Doncaster

Sun 16 Nov

£20 / 01302 303959

Dorking Halls

Sat 29 Nov

£23.50; £21.50 / 01306 881717

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Gallic Nights With Antoine Laurain And Helene Gestern

Award-winning french writers Antoine Laurain, author of The President's Hat, and Helene Gestern, author of The People in the Photo, bring a touch of French magic to Folkestone.

Quarterhouse, Folkestone

Mon 17 Nov

£10 (£8) / 01303 858500

How I Accidentally Became A Supervillain: Lecture

It started innocently, but using computers to store data and to track his morning commute soon led Dr Matthew Leeke to start plotting to take control of drones and other dastardly deeds.

Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry

Tue 9 Dec

Free / 02476 524524

New Edinburgh Writers

This group do everything from writing exercises to reading new material at this weekly meeting.

Fountainbridge Library, Edinburgh

Wed 5 Nov

£0.50 / 0131 529 5616

Wed 12 Nov

£0.50 / 0131 529 5616

Wed 19 Nov

£0.50 / 0131 529 5616

…and 6 more dates until 31 Dec

Open Hearth

Storytellers and musicians gather round the hearth for a relaxing, traditional session.

Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh

Sat 1 Nov

£10 (£8) / 0131 556 9579

Islands: Hosted by Ian Stephen, with George Macpherson, Tom Muir and Sarah McFadyen.

  • 20:00 Open Hearth Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh

Sun 2 Nov

£10 (£8) / 0131 556 9579

Fires of Memories: Hosted by David Campbell, with Janis Mackay and more.

  • 20:00 Open Hearth Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh
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Poems of Love & Loss

Readings and discussions on the subject.

North London Tavern, NW6

Sun 2 Nov

£6 / 07941 962356

Seeing The Noise: The Physics Of Our Senses: Lecture

Discover all about our senses and how all our senses are based on simple physics which everyone can understand.

Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry

Wed 3 Dec

Free / 02476 524524

Sleigh Bells And Decibels: Lecture

Dr John Halpin tells you how to break glass with just your voice, make music from electrical sparks and how to play Christmas carols on a carrot.

Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry

Wed 10 Dec

Free / 02476 524524

Talk Amongst Your Cells: Lecture

Learn how cells of animals and plants have to talk to each other to enable living and play ping pong and Chinese whispers to give you a cell's eye view of trying to make yourselves heard, with Dr Miriam Gifford.

Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry

Mon 8 Dec

Free / 02476 524524

Barking Blondes

Joanne Good and Anna Webb, known for their show Barking Hour, discuss how their lives were transformed by their pets.

The Tricycle Theatre, Kilburn

Mon 3 Nov

£6 / 020 7328 1000

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