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Neu! Reekie!

Avant-garde spoken word, film and music fusion night describing itself as 'playing host to the sinister and the sanguine'.

Summerhall, Edinburgh

Fri 25 Apr

£8.50 / 0845 874 3001

This edition, Michael Pedersen and Kevin Williamson host Fife folktronica act the Pitctish Trail; poet and short story writer Salena Godden; and the launch of a collection from the late Tom McGrath, read by 'assorted cultural bigwigs'; plus more names to be announced.

Book Group

New members welcome.

Alexandra Park Library, London N22

Wed 23 Apr

Free / 020 8489 8770

  • 15:45 – 16:45

Wed 30 Apr

Free / 020 8489 8770

  • 15:45 – 16:45

Wed 7 May

Free / 020 8489 8770

  • 15:45 – 16:45
…and 3 more dates until 28 May

Bronte Parsonage Museum, Keighley

Wed 23 Apr

Free / 01535 642323

  • 19:00 – 20:30

Idea Store Whitechapel, London E1

Thu 8 May

Phone for prices, phone for prices / 020 7364 4332

  • 18:30 – 20:00

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Kamila Shamsie

Kamila Shamsie, the Orange shortlisted author of Burnt Shadows comes to Bloomsbury to discuss her stunning new novel, A God in Every Stone, with her editor Alexandra Pringle.

Bloomsbury Institute, London WC1B

Thu 24 Apr

£10; £25 inc/ book

  • 18:30 – 19:45

Show'N'Tell: Mangroves

UCL PhD student Clare Duncan will be joining us to discuss her research on one of the planet's most ecologically and economically important habitats, mangroves.

Grant Museum Of Zoology, London WC1E

Fri 27 Jun

Free / 020 3106 2052

  • 13:00 – 14:00
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Show’N’Tell: Okavango

Luca Marazzi will be joining us after having rummaged through the drawers and cupboards to find his object. Find out more about Luca's research on the diversity of life in one of Africa's largest wetlands, the Okavango delta.

Grant Museum Of Zoology, London WC1E

Fri 25 Jul

Free / 020 3106 2052

  • 13:00 – 14:00

The British Magical Renaissance 1888-1910: Talk

Oxford University graduate PR Jennings discusses the ideas in his book WB Yeats And The Secret Masters Of The World, exploring the magical subcultures that flourished during the late-19th and early-20th centuries.

Treadwell's, London WC1E

Mon 5 May

£7 / 020 7419 8507

  • 19:30 – 21:00

Meet The Komodo Dragon Keeper: Talk

Learn about the large lizard from an expert handler.

Colchester Zoo

Wed 23 Apr

Phone for prices / 01206 331292

  • 12:00

Thu 24 Apr

Phone for prices / 01206 331292

  • 12:00

Fri 25 Apr

Phone for prices / 01206 331292

  • 12:00
…and 66 more dates until 30 Jun

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.

Cheltenham Town Hall

Sun 20 Jul

£18 / 0844 576 2210

  • 19:30

Gala, Durham

Sat 26 Apr

£18 ( £16) / 0191 332 4041

  • 19:30

Harrogate Theatre

Fri 25 Apr

Main House

£16.50 / 01423 502116

  • 19:30

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Russell Morris Exhibition: All The Days She Could Spare

Drawings, monoprints and poetry documenting Russell's experiences of caring for his mother who suffered from Alzheimer's.

Chester Cathedral

Wed 23 Apr

Free donations welcome / 01244 324756

  • 09:00 – 17:00

Thu 24 Apr

Free donations welcome / 01244 324756

  • 09:00 – 17:00

Fri 25 Apr

Free donations welcome / 01244 324756

  • 09:00 – 17:00
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John Pilkington: A Balkan Adventure: Talk

Pilkington discusses his experiences of travelling the Balkan Mountains from Trieste to Istanbul over five months in 2013.

Hiltingbury Community Centre, Eastleigh

Fri 13 Jun

£6 / 023 8027 1609

  • 19:30

Giraffe Talk

A keeper gives a talk about the animals.

ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, Dunstable

Wed 23 Apr

Phone for prices / 01582 872171

  • 12:15

Thu 24 Apr

Phone for prices / 01582 872171

  • 12:15

Fri 25 Apr

Phone for prices / 01582 872171

  • 12:15
…and 36 more dates until 31 May

Buxton Opera House

Sun 20 Jul

£12 / 0845 127 2190

  • 10:30

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

James Runcie: Sidney Chambers and the Problem of Evil

Writer, script writer and filmmaker James Runcie introduces his newest book, the third in his Grantchester Mysteries, which is currently in development for a TV series.

Browsers Bookshop, Woodbridge

Wed 14 May

£6

  • 19:30 – 21:30
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Keeper Talks: Tigers

A talk about the predatory cats, including what food they eat and how they are looked after.

Flamingo Land Theme Park and Zoo, Malton

Wed 23 Apr

Free / 0871 911 8000

  • 13:00

Thu 24 Apr

Free / 0871 911 8000

  • 13:00

Fri 25 Apr

Free / 0871 911 8000

  • 13:00
…and 36 more dates until 31 May

The East Surrey Regiment In The First World War: Talk

Ian Chatfield discusses the experiences and fate of the regiment during the conflict.

Kingston Museum, Kingston upon Thames

Thu 18 Sep

Free / 020 8547 6460

  • 19:00 – 20:00

An Evening With Alan Johnson

The politician discusses his life and career from being a postman to the present day.

Ritz and Connaught Cinema, Worthing

Wed 23 Apr

Studio

£12.50 (£10.50) / 01903 206206

  • 19:30

An Evening With Jo Nesbo: Talk

The author of the Harry Hole crime fiction novels discusses the books and his thriller The Son.

Nottingham Playhouse

Wed 30 Apr

£11 / 0115 941 9419

  • 19:45

David Edwards: The Black Hand Gang

David Edwards tours his free ebook and electronic game, an adventure fiction which aims to change the way children read and use Facebook.

Lyceum Theatre, London WC2E

Wed 23 Apr

Free / 0844 871 3000

  • 14:00 – 15:00

The Printworks, Manchester

Fri 25 Apr

Free

  • 14:00 – 15:00
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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 Apr

£7 (£5) / 0131 629 4101

Promising music, drag, live art, performance and dancing until the drag queen is dead! Hosted by singer, video/live artist, compere and general weirdo Miss Annabel Sings, plus 'sing-and-fling' show grrrl Cherryfox and performance and party fluffing from the Dive Performance Cartel: Michelle Ma Belle, Mistress Chipz, Shapeshifter and the flawless BANANAWOMAN! Punk-fuelled soundtrack and disco, house and electronica from the Dive resident DJs.

  • 21:00 – 03:00

Sun 25 May

£7 (£5) / 0131 629 4101

As the embers of Spring start to fade, let us lead you into the fiery depths of Hell with the usual devilishly-eclectic, anything-goes queer party – but with no school in the morning, hell yes!

With your infernal host: singer, video/live artist, compere and general weirdo Miss Annabel Sings.

Sinful performance and party fluffing from Dive resident 'sing-and-fling' show grrrl Cherryfox and the Dive Performance Cartel: Michelle Ma Belle, Mistress Chipz and Shapeshifter.

Disco inferno, hot house and underworld electronica until 3am.

  • 21:00 – 03:00

A Squash And A Squeeze: Sharing Stories With Julia Donaldson

Interactive installations and drawings providing an insight into how the former Children's Laureate wrote modern classics such as The Gruffalo, Room on the Broom and The Troll.

The Historic Dockyard, Chatham

Wed 23 Apr

£17.50; £47 (£15; Children £11) / 01634 823800

  • 10:00

Thu 24 Apr

£17.50; £47 (£15; Children £11) / 01634 823800

  • 10:00

Fri 25 Apr

£17.50; £47 (£15; Children £11) / 01634 823800

  • 10:00
…and 37 more dates until 1 Jun

Barcelona Red

A performance exploring the psychology of fashion, inspired the clothing designs of Alexander McQueen. Includes post-performance analysis.

DanceCity, Newcastle upon Tyne

Sat 3 May

£5 / 0191 261 0505

  • 20:00

A Brief History Of The Royal Observatory

An exploration into the history of the observatory used for astronomy and navigation purpose's, and some of the people who have worked there.

London Jewish Cultural Centre, NW11

Tue 10 Jun

£91 / 020 8457 5000

  • 10:30 – 12:30

Daytime Play Reading

A reading of William Shakespeare's The Taming Of The Shrew.

Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

Wed 23 Apr

£6 / 01723 370541

  • 11:30 – 13:00
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