Before 3am, Books

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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

An Evening with Pam Ayres

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

Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh

Fri 8 Aug

The Music Hall

£15 / 0131 220 4348

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 9 Aug

The Music Hall

£15 / 0131 220 4348

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 10 Aug

The Music Hall

£15 / 0131 220 4348

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Babbacombe Theatre, Torquay

Sat 27 Sep

£22.50 / 01803 328385

  • 19:30 – 21:30

Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Wed 5 Nov

£20.75 (£18.75) / 02476 553055

  • 19:45

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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.

Sat 9 Aug

Free / 0131 662 9112

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 10 Aug

Free / 0131 662 9112

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 13 more dates until 23 Aug

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

St John's Episcopal Church, Edinburgh

Fri 15 Aug

Church

£8 (£6) / 0131 229 7565

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & just Festival.

Fri 22 Aug

Church

£8 (£6) / 0131 229 7565

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & just Festival.

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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Wednesday Walkthrough: Carol Rama & Danh Vo

Irene Aristizabal, the Curator of the exhibition discusses the process of bringing the two artists together.

Nottingham Contemporary

Wed 20 Aug

Free / 0115 948 9750

  • 12:00 – 12:45

The Gruffalo's Birthday

Come and meet the Gruffalo at his 15th birthday party where there's lots of activities for little ones.

Waterstones, Edinburgh

Sun 27 Jul

Free / 0131 554 7732

  • 11:00 – 15:00

Experimental: The Show That Plays With Your Mind

Richard Wiseman / PBH's Free Fringe An interactive experience like no other as you take part in live mind-blowing experiments that will make you laugh, scream and gasp. There's no performer. It's just you and the unknown.

The Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh

Sun 17 Aug

Ballroom

Free / 0131 556 7060

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

Mon 18 Aug

Ballroom

Free / 0131 556 7060

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

Tue 19 Aug

Ballroom

Free / 0131 556 7060

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

…and 5 more dates until 24 Aug

Young Leaders Festival

This 5-day Festival for 13-17 year olds builds understanding of relationships; health; emotions; developing ideas; wealth and richness of life and community. At the end of the festival you will know how to make leadership your lifestyle.

The Hop Farm Country Park, Paddock Wood, Tonbridge

Mon 4 Aug

£72 / 01622 872068

  • 08:00 – 22:00

Tue 5 Aug

£72 / 01622 872068

  • 08:00 – 22:00

Wed 6 Aug

£72 / 01622 872068

  • 08:00 – 22:00
…and 2 more dates until 8 Aug

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

Newcastle City Hall, Newcastle upon Tyne

Wed 8 Oct

£21 / 0191 261 2606

Octagon Theatre, Yeovil

Sun 7 Sep

£20 ( £18.50) / 01935 422884

  • 19:30

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Shame

John Berkavitch Everyone has something they’re ashamed of. That thing you wish you hadn't done. That thing you will always regret. These moments add up and it's the mistakes of our past that make us who we are today. In this new work of spoken word hip-hop theatre, John Berkavitch is joined by some of the country’s…

Underbelly, Edinburgh

Thu 31 Jul

Big Belly

£6 / 08445 458252

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 1 Aug

Big Belly

£6 / 08445 458252

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 2 Aug

Big Belly

£9.50 (£8.50) / 08445 458252

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 19 more dates until 24 Aug

Tanya Byron: The Skeleton Cupboard: The Making of a Clinical Psychologist

Lakin McCarthy / The Assembly Rooms Tanya Byron shares powerful stories from her years of training as a clinical psychologist and highlights the struggles of patients and staff alike on the journey from chaos to clarity. All seating is unreserved. Late comers may not be admitted. Age category: PG

Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh

Fri 8 Aug

The Music Hall

£10 / 0131 220 4348

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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

Guildhall, Gloucester

Fri 20 Feb 2015

£16 (£14) / 01452 503050

  • 19:30

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Owen Jones: The Establishment

Lakin McCarthy / The Assembly Rooms Behind our democracy lurks a powerful but unaccountable network of people who wield massive power and reap huge profits in the process. Owen Jones offers a biting critique of the British Establishment and a passionate plea for democracy. All seating is unreserved. Late comers may…

Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh

Fri 15 Aug

The Music Hall

£10 / 0131 220 4348

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Owen O’Neill: Red Noise

Owen O'Neill Red-headed fiery poet Owen O’Neill would like to meet affluent professional audiences with GSOH for an afternoon of bittersweet poetry and funny stories. ‘O’Neill is a master of the poetry performance because he is not only a poet, but also a stand-up comedian and actor, and uses these skills to great…

Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh

Thu 31 Jul

Studio One

£9 (£8) / 0131 220 4348

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 1 Aug

Studio One

£10 (£9) / 0131 220 4348

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 2 Aug

Studio One

£10 (£9) / 0131 220 4348

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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Alice Finbow: An Attempt at Exhausting a Place in Edinburgh

In 1974, French writer Georges Perec (Life A User's Manual) sat in a café in Paris for three days and created a description of everything he could see and hear. The result, Tentative d'épuisement d'un lieu parisien, is one of his enduring celebrations of what he called the 'endotic', the opposite of the exotic. Filmmaker…

The Manna House, Edinburgh

Mon 11 Aug

Free / 0131 652 2349

Part of Edinburgh Art Festival.

  • 08:00 – 18:00

Tue 12 Aug

Free / 0131 652 2349

Part of Edinburgh Art Festival.

  • 08:00 – 18:00

Wed 13 Aug

Free / 0131 652 2349

Part of Edinburgh Art Festival.

  • 08:00 – 18:00
…and 18 more dates until 31 Aug

Anthony King: Talk

The Political scientist, Anthony King investigates the policies that are considered blunders and how these policies reflect a flawed government and the need for fool-proofing in future.

Pavilion Arts Centre, Buxton

Wed 23 Jul

£22.50–£24.50 / 0845 127 2190

  • 14:00

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

Pleasance Dome, Edinburgh

Wed 30 Jul

QueenDome

£9 / 0131 556 6550

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 31 Jul

QueenDome

£9 / 0131 556 6550

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 1 Aug

QueenDome

£9 / 0131 556 6550

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 23 more dates until 24 Aug

Caro Ramsay: The Night Hunter

Glasgow author Caro Ramsay launches her latest Anderson and Costello thriller, The Night Hunter.

Eden Court Theatre and Cinema, Inverness

Sat 23 Aug

£7 (£6) / 01463 234234

Interviewed by journalist and novelist Tony Black. Part of Inverness Book Festival.

Primavera Bistro, Newton Mearns

Wed 30 Jul

Free / 0141 639 8092

Tickets from Waterstones, Newton Mearns.

  • 19:00 – 20:30

Colour And Perception: Lecture

Professor Anya Hurlbert, Director of the Institute of Neuroscience at Newcastle University talks about the colour constancy experiment that forms part of 'Making Colour'.

The National Gallery, London WC2N

Fri 25 Jul

Sainsbury Wing Theatre

£6 (£4) / 020 7747 2885

  • 18:30 – 19:30
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Edinburgh Traditional Building Festival - Georgian Edinburgh Before the New Town

Edinburgh Traditional Building Forum The Edinburgh Traditional Building Festival celebrates Edinburgh's traditional buildings, offering everyone an opportunity to learn about the skills and materials used to build and maintain them for future generations. Traditional skills are the crafts and techniques used to work…

Acheson House, Edinburgh

Tue 12 Aug

Free

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Jacqueline Wilson

Jacqueline Wilson’s gift for writing has won her legions of fans. This year she introduces Paws and Whiskers, a special collection of stories about cats and dogs. It includes Leonie's Pet Cat, a brand new story by Jacqueline, plus extracts from treasured classics and personal pieces from well known writers about their own…

Charlotte Square Gardens, Edinburgh

Sun 10 Aug

£4.50 / 0845 373 5888

Part of Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Rolling around Like Gorillas On The Incline: Opening The Imaginary In Architecture And The Arts: Talk

This event takes architect Claude Parent's Twelve Subversive Acts to Dodge the System as the starting point to discuss what it means to be modern; the disruption of the everyday; the deconstruction of established systems; the impact of architecture on the dynamics between people; what it means to 'open the imaginary' in…

Tate Liverpool

Fri 26 Sep

Auditorium

£15 adv booking essential (£10 adv booking essential) / 0151 702 7400

  • 10:00 – 17:00

The Trial of Chimpanzee Jack

Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas You are summoned for jury service. Jack and his gang killed a member of another gang. He is now on trial for murder. But this trial has a difference - Jack is a chimpanzee. As a chimp, does Jack understand that others are like him? Can he predict what will happen when he attacks another…

Stand in the Square, Edinburgh

Sun 10 Aug

£5

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Alain de Botton

What impact is the 24 hour bombardment of news having on us? Philosopher Alain de Botton answers this question in his intriguing book The News: A User’s Manual. Taking a series of archetypal news stories – a disaster, a celebrity interview, a political scandal – he provides an incisive analysis of the ingredients of…

Charlotte Square Gardens, Edinburgh

Sun 10 Aug

£10 (£8) / 0845 373 5888

Part of Edinburgh International Book Festival.

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