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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.

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

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

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
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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.

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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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.

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

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
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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.

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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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.

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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Florian Dedio & Gunnar Dedio

Europe was irrevocably altered by the First World War and on its much heralded centenary, Gunnar and Florian Dedio, co-authors of The Great War Diaries, offer a startling and intimate view of life during wartime. A raft of extraordinary colour photographs has been collected for this book, featuring images of the front…

Charlotte Square Gardens, Edinburgh

Mon 25 Aug

£10 (£8) / 0845 373 5888

Part of Edinburgh International Book Festival.

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Jim Al-Khalili: Quantum – Still Crazy After All These Years

Lakin McCarthy / The Assembly Rooms A whirlwind tour of the quantum world, highlighting just why it is so strange and how physicists have come to terms with what it all means. All seating is unreserved. Late comers may not be admitted. Age category: PG

Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh

Tue 19 Aug

The Music Hall

£10 / 0131 220 4348

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Justin Fletcher: Author Event

The star of Cbeebies is signing copies of Justin's Rhyme Time and Justin's Chuckle Time. Arrive early to meet the man behind characters like Mr Tumble and Professor Muddles.

Waterstones, Reading Oracle

Sat 26 Jul

Free / 0118 950 3400

  • 09:00

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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Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats with Philip Ardagh & Axel Scheffler

Cats! Some are sane, some are mad and some are good and some are bad. Join author Philip Ardagh and illustrator Axel Scheffler for a fun-filled look back at the poems of T S Eliot. Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats has inspired the imaginations of children and grown-ups for generations, including Axel whose fantastic…

Charlotte Square Gardens, Edinburgh

Tue 12 Aug

£4.50 / 0845 373 5888

Part of Edinburgh International Book Festival.

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
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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.

Terry Eagleton: Talk

The literary critic and theorist discusses political themes in Samuel Beckett's work.

South West College, Enniskillen

Sun 3 Aug

£10 (£8)

  • 16:00

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.

100 Days To Victory: How The Great War Was Fought & Won 1914-1918: Talk

Military historian and broadcaster Saul David talks about the events of key days of the conflict and how they contributed to its outcome.

London Jewish Cultural Centre, NW11

Mon 15 Sep

£12 / 020 8457 5000

  • 20:30 – 21:30

1001 Arabian Nights with James Mayhew

Come and discover the mysterious tales of the Arabian Nights, stories originally compiled in Arabic during the time of the Islamic Golden Age. Our Illustrator in Residence, James Mayhew, takes you on an unforgettable journey as he recounts some of the 1001 tales, drawing as he goes to the evocative sound of Scheherazade…

Charlotte Square Gardens, Edinburgh

Thu 14 Aug

£4.50 / 0845 373 5888

Part of Edinburgh International Book Festival.

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