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Kevin Bridges: We Need to Talk About …

The Glaswegian comedian signs copies of his new book, We Need To Talk about … Kevin Bridges.

ASDA, Edinburgh

Thu 18 Dec

Free / 0131 669 9151

Waterstones, Yeovil

Thu 30 Oct

Free / 01935 479832

WHSmith, Manchester

Fri 24 Oct

Free / 0161 834 8300

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Your Questions Discussed In The Light Of Spiritual Science: Talk

Discussion with Adrian Hotten about using the tool of the outlook of Anthroposophy to better understand what is really happening in the world around us.

Rudolf Steiner House, London NW1

Wed 29 Oct

£3.50 (£1) / 020 7723 4400

Wed 12 Nov

£3.50 (£1) / 020 7723 4400

Wed 26 Nov

£3.50 (£1) / 020 7723 4400

Wed 10 Dec

£3.50 (£1) / 020 7723 4400

Waterstones Liverpool One

Tue 11 Nov

Free / 0151 709 9820

London Sports Writing Festival 2014

Legendary sports personalities discuss their literary works, with readings and discussions by Roy Keane, Gareth Thomas, Trevor Brooking and many more.

Lord's Cricket Ground, London NW8

Thu 23 Oct

£10 Single Session; £35 Masterclass

Fri 24 Oct

£10 Single Session; £35 Masterclass

Sat 25 Oct

£10 Single Session; £35 Masterclass

Sun 26 Oct

£10 Single Session; £35 Masterclass

Chris O’Dowd and Nick Murphy

Director Nick Murphy and writer/funny man Chris O'Dowd discuss their new book, Moone Boy.

Dulwich Books, London SE21

Tue 28 Oct

£6 entry and a copy of the book (Entry only £3) / 020 8670 1920

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Bookbug Session

Rhymes, stories and songs to stimulate and delight wee ones. Suitable for under threes. Booking is essential.

Balerno Library, Edinburgh

Fri 24 Oct

Free / 0131 529 5500

Fri 31 Oct

Free / 0131 529 5500

Fri 7 Nov

Free / 0131 529 5500

…and 4 more dates until 5 Dec

Blackhall Library, Edinburgh

Fri 24 Oct

Free / 0131 529 5595

Fri 31 Oct

Free / 0131 529 5595

Fri 7 Nov

Free / 0131 529 5595

…and 4 more dates until 5 Dec

Colinton Library, Edinburgh

Fri 24 Oct

Free / 0131 529 5603

Tue 28 Oct

Free / 0131 529 5603

Fri 31 Oct

Free / 0131 529 5603

…and 11 more dates until 9 Dec

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…and at 3 other places

Bow-Tow: A Newhaven Story

Storytelling, theatre and traditional music from Newhaven residents. Also featuring Jed Milroy, Hamish Moore and the new Newhaven Community Choir.

Various venues, Edinburgh

Fri 24 Oct

Free

Sat 25 Oct

Free

Welch Fishmongers, Edinburgh

Fri 24 Oct

Free / 0131 552 5883

Sat 25 Oct

Free / 0131 552 5883

Phil Taylor: Staying Power – A Year in My Life

Darts man Phil 'The Power' Taylor signs copies of his new book, Staying Power – A Year in My Life.

Waterstones West End, Edinburgh

Mon 3 Nov

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 226 2666

David Mitchell: Thinking About it Only Makes it Worse

The comedian, TV star, writer and actor talks about his latest book Thinking About it Only Makes it Worse which is a look at the absurdities of modern living.

Conway Hall, London WC1R

Wed 12 Nov

£12.84–£16.05 / 020 7242 8032

De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea

Sat 22 Nov

£22 / 01424 229111

Royal Geographical Society (With The Institute Of British Geographers), London SW7

Wed 12 Nov

£20 / 020 7591 3000

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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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The History of Fighting Fantasy and Adventure Gamebooks

Jonathan Green tells the story of how Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone's The Warlock of Firetop Mountain did something truly magical – kick start a literary revolution as the first ever adventure game book. The author of The Warlock of Firetop Mountain also discusses how You Are The Hero, a history of Fighting Fantasy…

North London Tavern, NW6

Sun 2 Nov

£10 / 07941 962356

Part of Kilburn Literary Festival.

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

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

The Atkinson, Southport

Sun 1 Feb 2015

£16 (£14) / 01704 533333

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

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Simon Singh: The Simpsons And Their Mathematical Secrets

Everyone loves The Simpsons, but few people realise that its mathematically gifted team of scriptwriters have used the series to explore everything, from pi to primes, from calculus to geometry, from infinitesimals to infinity.

Black Box, Belfast

Fri 24 Oct

£6 (£3)

Tales of a Grandson

Storyteller Andy Cannon shares and listens to stories in an interactive performance for kids, parents, carers and grandparents. The story is presented in three parts – The Dig, The Feast, and The Hooly. Stay for the day, join in the feast and the hooly and help Andy in his quest to tell Scotland’s great story.

Edinburgh Festival Theatre

Sat 25 Oct

The Studio / Over-6s only

£15 (£10) / 0131 529 6000

Part of Scottish International Storytelling Festival.

Sun 26 Oct

The Studio / Over-6s only

£15 (£10) / 0131 529 6000

Part of Scottish International Storytelling Festival.

Clare Twomey - Lecture

Join Claire Twomey, one of the UK's leading ceramic artists, for a fascinating lecture.

Yorkshire Museum

Sat 1 Nov

Free / 01904 687687

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Who shot Bob Marley?

A night of Jamaican culture with Marlon James and Chris Salewicz.

Waterstones, London W1J

Thu 23 Oct

Free / 020 7851 2400

Becca Fitzpatrick: Book Signing

Meet the author of the best-selling Hush Hush series as she signs copies of her latest work Black Ice.

Waterstones, Bluewater West, Greenhithe

Sun 16 Nov

Free / 01322 624831

Cockenzie House Book Festival

The first of its kind in Cockenzie and Port Seton, this book festival features international and East Lothian authors from a variety of genres and styles.

Cockenzie House & Gardens

Sat 1 Nov

£10–£35 / 01875 819456

Sun 2 Nov

£10–£35 / 01875 819456

Down at the Farm

Storyteller Rosie Mapplebeck shares some animal tales amid the cows, sheep, pigs and ducks.

Gorgie City Farm, Edinburgh

Sun 26 Oct

Free (donations welcome) / 0131 337 4202

Part of Scottish International Storytelling Festival.

An Evening With James Ellroy

L.A Confidential writer James Ellroy discusses his latest novel, Perfidia.

Mitchell Theatre, Glasgow

Thu 6 Nov

£5 / 0141 287 2999

Part of Aye Write!.

The Royal Institution Of Great Britain, London W1S

Mon 3 Nov

£20 / 020 7409 2992

Waterstones, Manchester

Wed 5 Nov

Free / 0161 832 8563

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Laydeez Do Comics

A worldwide graphic novel forum led by women, open to all, with a focus on topics of the domestic and the everyday.

Pearce Institute, Glasgow

Mon 10 Nov

£2 / 0141 445 6007

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

NaCOT – Poetry on the Border

A different line up of engaging, accessible and inspiring poets each time.

The Drill Hall, Chepstow

Sat 25 Oct

£12 (£10) / 01291 638807

Featuring Helen Dunmore and Pascale Petit

Open Hearth

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

Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh

Sat 25 Oct

£10 (£8) / 0131 556 9579

Hosted by Donald Smith, with Judy Turner, Neil Adam, Grace Taylor, Tusiata Avia and Bea Ferguson.

  • 20:00 Open Hearth Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh

Sun 26 Oct

£10 (£8) / 0131 556 9579

Hosted by Bob Pegg, with Dennis Marita, Rhonna Marita and David Francis.

  • 20:00 Open Hearth Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh

Tue 28 Oct

£10 (£8) / 0131 556 9579

Hosted by Margaret Bennett, with Gary West, Domhnall Uilleam Stiůbhart and James MacDonald Reid.

  • 20:00 Open Hearth Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh
…and 3 more dates until 2 Nov

The Affordable Art Fair 2014

More than 100 galleries from the UK and abroad showcase original paintings, prints, sculpture and photography by over 1100 artists, costing between £40 and £4000, plus talks, workshops and children's activities.

The Battersea Evolution, Battersea Park, London SW11

Thu 23 Oct

£12 11.30am-5.30pm & 11am-6pm; £12 11.30am-5.30pm & 11am-6pm; £20 5.30pm-9.30pm; £12 advance; £12 11.30am-5.30pm & 11am-6pm; £12 11.30am-5.30pm…

Fri 24 Oct

£12 11.30am-5.30pm & 11am-6pm; £12 11.30am-5.30pm & 11am-6pm; £20 5.30pm-9.30pm; £12 advance; £12 11.30am-5.30pm & 11am-6pm; £12 11.30am-5.30pm…

Sat 25 Oct

£12 11.30am-5.30pm & 11am-6pm; £12 11.30am-5.30pm & 11am-6pm; £20 5.30pm-9.30pm; £12 advance; £12 11.30am-5.30pm & 11am-6pm; £12 11.30am-5.30pm…

Sun 26 Oct

£12 11.30am-5.30pm & 11am-6pm; £12 11.30am-5.30pm & 11am-6pm; £20 5.30pm-9.30pm; £12 advance; £12 11.30am-5.30pm & 11am-6pm; £12 11.30am-5.30pm…

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