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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

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

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

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

Les Barker

Folky monologues, music, poems and parodies.

The Blue Anchor, Byfleet

Thu 5 Jun

£8 / 01932 346301

  • 19:30

Brent's Tavern, Faversham

Wed 18 Jun

£7–£8 / 01795 532 282

  • 20:00

Croydon Folk Club

Mon 8 Dec

Prices to be confirmed / 020 8660 5919

  • 19:30

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I Wish I Was Lonely

An interactive performance about contact, presented by Hannah Walker and Chris Thorpe, using poetry, storytelling and live intervention.

The Albany, London SE8

Wed 4 Jun

£10 (£8) / 020 8692 4446

  • 19:00
  • 20:45

ARC: Stockton Arts Centre, Stockton-on-Tees

Wed 11 Jun

£12 (£10) / 01642 525199

  • 19:00

Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal

Thu 29 May

£12 (Children £11 under 16s) / 01539 725 133

  • 20:00

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Bookbug Session

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

Castlemilk Community Centre, Glasgow

Tue 20 May

Free / 0141 634 2233

  • 10:00 – 11:00

Eastwood Park Theatre, Glasgow

Mon 28 Apr

Gallery

Free / 0141 577 4956

  • 11:00

Geoff Shaw Community Centre, Glasgow

Mon 19 May

Free

  • 10:00 – 11:00

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St Mungo's Mirrorball

A showcase of the finest poetry talent on the Glasgow scene.

CCA, Glasgow

Thu 1 May

Free / 0141 352 4900

Tonight's verse comes courtesy of Gerrie Fellows (Window for a Small Blue Child) and Jacob Polley (The Havocs).

  • 19:00

Thu 8 May

Free / 0141 352 4900

Tonight's featured poet is Belfast's Miriam Gamble, with her Clydebuilt mentees – Susan Mansfield, Jane Hartshorn, Julie Martis and Tracy Patrick – also taking the stage.

  • 19:00

Geoff Tristram: 40 Years Watching Paint Dry

Paintings, prints, drawings, cartoon jigsaws, greetings cards and novels by the artist, cartoonist and comedy writer, celebrating his 60th birthday.

Himley Hall And Country Park, Dudley

Mon 21 Apr

Free / 01902 326665

  • 14:00 – 17:00

Tue 22 Apr

Free / 01902 326665

  • 14:00 – 17:00

Wed 23 Apr

Free / 01902 326665

  • 14:00 – 17:00
…and 121 more dates until 7 Sep

Weegie Wednesdays

Monthly forum offering writers, poets, publishers, booksellers, librarians, creative writing students or anyone else with a literary interest the chance to get together socially to talk about books and publishing. First timers, please contact the organisers via the website.

CCA, Glasgow

Wed 23 Apr

Free / 0141 352 4900

Guest speakers TBC.

  • 19:30
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Andy McNab: Talk

The writer and former SAS sergeant discusses his books Fortress and The Good Psychopath.

Waterstones, Staines

Fri 6 Jun

£3 / 01784 490404

  • 19:00

Waterstones, Deansgate, Manchester

Tue 3 Jun

£5 ( £3) / 0161 837 3000

  • 19:00

Gaelic Writing Group

Series of workshops for writing in Gaelic or Scots and English, with facilitator Catriona Lexy-Campbell. Ages 16+.

CCA, Glasgow

Mon 21 Apr

Free / 0141 352 4900

  • 19:00

Mon 5 May

Free / 0141 352 4900

  • 19:00

Mon 19 May

Free / 0141 352 4900

  • 19:00

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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Natural Born Storytellers

An evening of one of the oldest form of entertainment in the world – storytelling.

The Camden Head, London NW1

Wed 21 May

Free (donations welcome) / 020 7485 4019

  • 20:00 – 22:00

Wed 18 Jun

Free (donations welcome) / 020 7485 4019

  • 20:00 – 22:00

Wed 16 Jul

Free (donations welcome) / 020 7485 4019

  • 20:00 – 22:00

Scots/English Writing Group

A twice monthly group offering critique of its members' submitted works, with two pieces getting the once-over each session. Ages 16+.

CCA, Glasgow

Mon 28 Apr

Free / 0141 352 4900

  • 19:00

Mon 12 May

Free / 0141 352 4900

  • 19:00

Mon 26 May

Free / 0141 352 4900

  • 19:00
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Sick Sick Sick: The Books of Ornery Women

A reading group to get into the nitty gritty of the online Alt-Lit scene, looking at the writing of emerging female writers. Organised by MAP magazine, with meetings every six to eight weeks.

CCA, Glasgow

Thu 24 Apr

Free / 0141 352 4900

This month's discussion focuses on Beatriz Preciado's Testo Junkie.

  • 18:30

Mon 12 May

£4 / 0141 352 4900

Things get shaken up tonight with Remastered, a performance of Katherine Angel’s Unmastered: A Book on Desire, Most Difficult to Tell.

  • 19:00

Thu 29 May

Free / 0141 352 4900

This month's reading to be announced.

  • 18:30

SWC Writers' Hub

An afternoon of writerly chat, coffee and a chance for all writers to use the desk workspace and browse the library (SWC members can borrow books, too).

CCA, Glasgow

Thu 24 Apr

Over-16s only

Free / 0141 352 4900

  • 14:00 – 17:00

Thu 1 May

Over-16s only

Free / 0141 352 4900

  • 14:00 – 17:00

Thu 8 May

Over-16s only

Free / 0141 352 4900

  • 14:00 – 17:00
…and 7 more dates until 26 Jun

The University of Aberdeen May Festival

Aberdeen University's May Festival features music, film, literature and food-related events for the whole family.

University Of Aberdeen

Fri 9 May

£4–£10 / 01224 273233

  • 10:00 – 23:00

Sat 10 May

£4–£10 / 01224 273233

  • 10:00 – 23:00

Sun 11 May

£4–£10 / 01224 273233

  • 10:00 – 22:00

Read Aloud! Celebrating Commonwealth Women’s Writing

Help the GWL develop a new Commonwealth Women's section at the library, just in time for the Commonwealth Games, and gain some new research, reviewing and writing skills.

Glasgow Women's Library

Fri 25 Apr

Free / 0141 550 2267

  • 14:00 – 15:30

Fri 2 May

Free / 0141 550 2267

  • 14:00 – 15:30

Fri 9 May

Free / 0141 550 2267

  • 14:00 – 15:30
…and 3 more dates until 30 May

In Process with Jackie Kay

The celebrated Scottish writer talks about her long and varied writing career, from her first collection of poetry (The Adoption Papers, 1991) to her 2010 memoir Red Dust Road.

CCA, Glasgow

Tue 30 Sep

£6 (£3; SWC members free) / 0141 352 4900

Organised by Scottish Writers' Centre.

  • 19:00 – 20:30
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In Process with Lesley McDowell

Glasgow born and raised literary critic and author Lesley McDowell speaks on her life and career as a writer, including her latest novel, Unfashioned Creatures.

CCA, Glasgow

Tue 24 Jun

£6 (£3; SWC members free) / 0141 352 4900

Organised by Scottish Writers' Centre.

  • 19:00 – 20:30

Bloomsbury Postcard & Collectors Fair

Purchase a variety of postcards, autographs, sporting memorabilia, prints, programmes, photographs, stamps, magazines, books and posters.

Clerkenwell Centre, London EC1V

Sun 27 Apr

£1.50–£7 / 020 7250 1212

  • 10:00 – 16:00

Sun 25 May

£1.50–£7 / 020 7250 1212

  • 10:00 – 16:00

Sun 22 Jun

£1.50–£7 / 020 7250 1212

  • 10:00 – 16:00
…and 5 more dates until 23 Nov

John Cooper Clarke

The legendary Mancunian punk poet, who is a spiritual godfather to the likes of Mike Skinner and Plan B hauls his insatiable laconic wit on tour.

Anson Rooms, Bristol

Sat 18 Oct

£22.50

EPIC Studios, Norwich

Sat 15 Nov

£27.50 adv / 01603 766400

  • 20:00

Guildhall, Gloucester

Tue 6 May

£19.50 / 01452 503050

  • 19:30

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…and at 5 other places

Seven Arts Centre, Leeds

Thu 24 Apr

£6 / 0113 262 6777

  • 10:30 – 12:30

Thu 1 May

£6 / 0113 262 6777

  • 10:30 – 12:30

Thu 8 May

£6 / 0113 262 6777

  • 10:30 – 12:30
…and 7 more dates until 26 Jun

Aliens Love Underpants

  • Directed by: Adam Bampton-Smith
  • Written by: Adam Bampton-Smith

A close encounter of the 'pantastic' kind.

Artrix, Bromsgrove

Mon 21 Apr

£12.50 ( £46) / 01527 577330

  • 15:30

Tue 22 Apr

£12.50 ( £46) / 01527 577330

  • 11:00
  • 14:00

City Hall, Salisbury

Sat 3 May

£12.50 / 01722 434434

  • 13:30

Sun 4 May

£12.50 / 01722 434434

  • 11:00
  • 14:00

Corn Exchange, King's Lynn

Tue 29 Apr

£12.50 ( £46) / 01553 764864

  • 13:30
  • 16:30

Wed 30 Apr

£12.50 ( £46) / 01553 764864

  • 10:30
  • 16:30

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