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Alison Moore: Book Launch

The 2012 Man Booker Prize shortlisted author discusses and signs copies of her book He Wants.

Waterstones, Nottingham

Fri 15 Aug

£3 / 0843 290 8525

  • 19:00

Edinburgh Book Fringe

Taking place in radical bookshop Word Power, the Edinburgh Book Fringe brings together writers and activists from around the world for a host of daily readings and discussions, all of which are free.

Word Power Bookshop, Edinburgh

Fri 8 Aug

Free / 0131 662 9112

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

David Mitchell: The Bone Clocks

The award-winning author details his new novel The Bone Clocks. Spanning decades, the story follows the turbulent life of Holly Sykes.

Assembly Roxy, Edinburgh

Thu 11 Sep

£8 (£5) / 0131 623 3030

Tickets through Waterstones West End.

OPEN, Norwich

Thu 4 Sep

£8 / 01603 763111

  • 18:30

Sheffield Theatres

Mon 1 Sep

£10 / 0114 249 6000

  • 19:30

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Paxo

Anita Land (ABCo)/Anna Murphy (Feather Productions) Director: Sarah Esdaile The broadcaster, author and Spitting Image puppet probes pogonophobia, underpants and the human condition. With surprises galore and your opportunity to quiz the grand inquisitor, Paxo unstuffs the man ranked by GQ Magazine as 'Britain's 26th…

Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

Mon 18 Aug

Cabaret Bar

£15 / 0131 556 6550

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Tue 19 Aug

Cabaret Bar

£15 / 0131 556 6550

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Wed 20 Aug

Cabaret Bar

£15 / 0131 556 6550

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 5 more dates until 25 Aug

Pleasance Theatre, London N7

Thu 14 Aug

£9–£10 / 020 7609 1800

  • 19:30 – 20:30

Fri 15 Aug

£9–£10 / 020 7609 1800

  • 19:30 – 20:30
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An Audience With Michael Portillo: Talk

The politician, TV documentary maker and steam railway enthusiast sheds light on his experiences and career, which includes a 13 year stint as Conservative MP for Enfield Southgate that ended with a controversial election defeat in 1997.

The Milton Rooms, Malton

Fri 7 Nov

£18 / 01653 600048

  • 19:30

Princes Hall, Aldershot

Sat 25 Oct

£19 / 01252 329155

  • 19:45

The Tivoli Theatre, Wimborne Minster

Fri 19 Sep

£18 / 01202 885566

  • 19:30

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Conversations at The Mill: Girls Night Out

Four female authors share the secrets of their success.

Theatre At The Mill, Newtownabbey

Thu 16 Oct

£12 (£10) / 028 9034 0202

  • 19:00

An Evening With Tony Jacklin: Talk

The Lincolnshire-born golfer discusses his career from captaining the European Ryder Cup team to appearing on BBC One's Strictly Come Dancing.

The Camberley Theatre

Wed 15 Oct

£25; £22 theatre club / 01276 707600

  • 19:30

Octagon Theatre, Yeovil

Sun 7 Sep

£20 ( £18.50) / 01935 422884

  • 19:30

Regent Centre, Christchurch

Thu 9 Oct

£22.50 / 01202 499199

  • 19:30

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LOUD Poets

Slam-style poetry devoid of pretension. Ages 15+.

Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh

Fri 1 Aug

The Netherbow Theatre at Fringe

£8 / 0131 556 9579

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & just Festival.

Sat 2 Aug

The Netherbow Theatre at Fringe

£8 / 0131 556 9579

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & just Festival.

Sun 3 Aug

The Netherbow Theatre at Fringe

£8 / 0131 556 9579

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & just Festival.

…and 9 more dates until 24 Aug

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.

The Hawth, Crawley

Fri 31 Oct

£16.50 (£15) / 01293 553636

  • 19:30
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Waqas Khan In Conversation: Talk

The Pakistani artist speaks to Salma Tuqan.

Drawing Room, London SE1

Thu 11 Dec

£7.50 (£5) / 020 7394 5657

  • 19:00 – 20:30

Why Are We So Afraid Of Outspoken Women:Lecture

Classicist Mary Beard and writer Laurie Penny discuss the question why are we so afraid of outspoken women? Looking from Ancient Rome to modern day Twitter and exploring the female right to freedom of speech.

Conway Hall, London WC1R

Wed 30 Jul

£15 (£7.50) / 020 7242 8032

  • 18:30

Bernardo Atxaga & Margaret Jull Costa

Drafting his novels in his native Euskera language, the celebrated Basque novelist Bernardo Atxaga then translates his own work into Spanish to allow them a wider readership. Atxaga’s novels, including Obabakoak and Seven Houses in France, have been translated into many other languages and won literary prizes around the…

Charlotte Square Gardens, Edinburgh

Sat 16 Aug

£10 (£8) / 0845 373 5888

Part of Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Blofeld and Baxter – Memories of Test Match Special

The cricket commentators talk about their careers and stories from their trips around the world.

Lyric Theatre, London W1D

Mon 22 Sep

Prices to be confirmed / 0844 482 9674

Dr Simon Gage OBE: Director of the Edinburgh International Science Festival

The Edinburgh Entrepreneurship Club at the Festival The EClub, the active networking club based at the University of Edinburgh Business School, is delighted to host Simon as part of our Fringe series. After obtaining his PhD at the University of Edinburgh, Simon joined the Edinburgh International Science Festival in…

University of Edinburgh Business School

Thu 21 Aug

Business School Auditorium

Free

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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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.

Artrix, Bromsgrove

Mon 29 Sep

£16 / 01527 577330

  • 19:30

The Camberley Theatre

Mon 10 Nov

£16 / 01276 707600

  • 19:30

Gawsworth Hall, Macclesfield

Wed 6 Aug

£19.50 / 01260 223456

  • 19:30

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scRibble Creative Writing Group

Read and share a variety of written creative pieces and gain constructive feedback from other members to help install confidence within writing.

The Continental, Preston

Mon 28 Jul

Free / 01772 499425

  • 19:15 – 21:15

Stephen Bourne: Black History Month: Talk

Britain's leading historian of black history, who is also a chronicler of black and gay cinema, talks about the subjects that interest him.

The Spring, Havant

Thu 9 Oct

£6 (£4.50) / 023 9247 2700

  • 19:15

Alexander McCall Smith

Alexander McCall Smith’s events are always a good-natured riot. World-renowned for his many bestselling series, he (somehow) found time to write his recent novel, The Forever Girl. This Festival we celebrate the publication of Fatty O’Leary’s Dinner Party, look forward to the new Mma Ramotswe title, and find out more…

Charlotte Square Gardens, Edinburgh

Mon 18 Aug

£10 (£8) / 0845 373 5888

Part of Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Wed 20 Aug

£10 (£8) / 0845 373 5888

Part of Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Arrest That Poet!

Danny Chivers / PBH's Free Fringe Have you ever climbed up a power station, D-locked yourself to a construction company’s staircase or been sued for £5 million? Until recently, slam poet Danny Chivers certainly hadn’t. So how did a quiet boy from Bristol end up dodging security guards, battling criminal charges and…

Assembly St Marks, Edinburgh

Sat 2 Aug

Main Space

Free / 0131 623 3030

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & PBH's Free Fringe.

Sun 3 Aug

Main Space

Free / 0131 623 3030

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & PBH's Free Fringe.

Mon 4 Aug

Main Space

Free / 0131 623 3030

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & PBH's Free Fringe.

…and 8 more dates until 13 Aug

Stafford Centre, Edinburgh

Sat 2 Aug

Main Space

Free

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & PBH's Free Fringe.

Sun 3 Aug

Main Space

Free

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & PBH's Free Fringe.

Mon 4 Aug

Main Space

Free

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & PBH's Free Fringe.

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Best (Imaginary) Friends Forever

Remarkably, statistics show that childhood imaginary friends stay with people throughout their lives. Why do youngsters need these friends and where do they go when children grow up? Pip Jones, the author of Squishy McFluff, and Michael Marshall Smith, who has written We Are Here, reflect on the world of imaginary friends…

Charlotte Square Gardens, Edinburgh

Fri 15 Aug

£10 (£8) / 0845 373 5888

Part of Edinburgh International Book Festival.

David Peace

Yorkshire-born David Peace’s writing took an exciting turn with GB84, his ambitious novelisation of events during the miners’ strike. Later, Peace turned to football, first with The Damned United, a re-imagining of Brian Clough’s brief tenure at Leeds United, and then with Red or Dead, based on Liverpool manager Bill…

Charlotte Square Gardens, Edinburgh

Sat 16 Aug

£10 (£8) / 0845 373 5888

Part of Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Dive!

Eclectic underground queer party, blending spoken word, live music and comedy with a kaleidoscopic soundtrack and a filthy disco to finish.

Henry's Cellar Bar, Edinburgh

Sun 27 Jul

Free (bring a present instead) / 0131 629 4101

Dive! is only blimmin' one year old! Celebrate by getting in for free and dancing til you cannot stand.

  • 20:00

An Evening with Gervase Phinn

An Evening with Gervase Phinn promises to leave the audience in stitches as he shares his hilarious tales of life as a schools inspector in the Yorkshire Dales. Dubbed The James Herriot Of Schools this best-selling author, radio and TV personality offers a varied evenings entertainment. One of Britain's most popular…

Alhambra Theatre, Bradford

Tue 2 Dec

£19 / 01274 432000

  • 19:30

Alnwick Playhouse

Sat 13 Sep

£16.50 / 01665 510785

  • 19:30

The Apex, Bury St Edmunds

Tue 9 Dec

£17.50 / 01284 758000

  • 19:30

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…and at 9 other places

Frank Gardner

It’s ten years since the horrific moment when BBC reporter Frank Gardner and cameraman Simon Cumbers were confronted by gunmen while filming in Riyadh. Cumbers was shot dead, but Gardner was luckier, miraculously surviving despite suffering multiple bullet wounds. His remarkable memoir, Blood and Sand, has become a…

Charlotte Square Gardens, Edinburgh

Sat 16 Aug

£10 (£8) / 0845 373 5888

Part of Edinburgh International Book Festival.

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