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Indie Author Fair at the Chorleywood Lit Fest

Meet 40 writers at a pop-up bookshop showcasing the ground-breaking, genre-crossing, exciting world of indie publishing. Hear works read by the authors themselves. Join in with children's story time. Browse the books while having afternoon tea.

Chorleywood Memorial Hall, Rickmansworth

Sun 16 Nov

Free

Waterstones Liverpool One

Tue 11 Nov

Free / 0151 709 9820

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, Cardiff

Thu 30 Oct

Free / 029 2039 0088

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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

Sat 25 Oct

£10 Single Session; £35 Masterclass

Sun 26 Oct

£10 Single Session; £35 Masterclass

An Evening with Pam Ayres

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

CAST, Doncaster

Sun 16 Nov

£20 / 01302 303959

Ferneham Hall, Fareham

Sun 26 Oct

£22.50 / 01329 231942

Grand Theatre, Blackpool

Sun 9 Nov

£20 ( £15) / 01253 290190

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Rally & Broad

A literary-flavoured cabaret night, boasting spoken word, 'live literature', new music and dancing into the wee small hours. Hosted by Jenny Lindsay and Rachel McCrum.

Stereo, Glasgow

Sun 26 Oct

Prices to be confirmed / 07989 508436

With Rachel Amey, A New International, Kieran Hurley, Leyla Josephine and Declan Welsh.

Tales of a Granny

Storytelling sessions designed to introduce under 5s, parents and carers to the riches of Scotland’s story.

National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

Sat 25 Oct

Over-3s only

Free / 0300 123 6789

Part of Scottish International Storytelling Festival.

Sun 26 Oct

Over-3s only

Free / 0300 123 6789

Part of Scottish International Storytelling Festival.

Harizanos And Bartok: Collaborations For Unaccompanied Violin: Bartok

  • Written by: Bartok

George Zacharias presents the premiere performances of five preludes and fugues for unaccompanied violin by Nickos Harizanos. Composer and performer will discuss their creative collaboration in these works, each one of which explores different instrumental and compositional techniques.

Royal Academy Of Music, London NW1

Fri 14 Nov

Recital Room

Free / 020 7873 7300

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

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.

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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

City Showcase: Finding The Future

City Showcase announces 'Finding the Future' music seminar at Apple Store, Regent Street, London, 13-15 November 2014.

Apple Store, London W1B

Thu 13 Nov

Free / 020 7153 9000

Fri 14 Nov

Free / 020 7153 9000

A Critical History Of Design: Dr Graham Whitham

Talk focusing on important developments in design and how it responds to changing technologies, social conditions, taste, and market forces, illustrated by well-known and lesser known examples.

De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea

Thu 6 Nov

£13 / 01424 229111

Thu 13 Nov

£13 / 01424 229111

Thu 20 Nov

£13 / 01424 229111

…and 3 more dates until 11 Dec

Ben Okri In Conversation

The award-winning author discusses his career with lecturer Tim Cribb.

Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge

Sat 25 Oct

Free, ticketed / 01223 330033

Bluesfest Daytime Schedule

Today's line-up includes Andy Fairweather Low & The Low Riders, The Hoax, Dr Feelgood, Danny Bryant, Paddy Milner's Londonola, The Motives featuring Matt Taylor, Never The Bride, Mike Sanchez and The Bad Apples plus discussions, workshops hosted by Jason Rebello and storytelling sessions for children.

Royal Albert Hall, London SW7

Wed 29 Oct

£20 / 020 7589 8212

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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 31 Oct

Free / 0131 529 5500

Fri 7 Nov

Free / 0131 529 5500

Fri 14 Nov

Free / 0131 529 5500

…and 3 more dates until 5 Dec

Blackhall Library, Edinburgh

Fri 31 Oct

Free / 0131 529 5595

Fri 7 Nov

Free / 0131 529 5595

Fri 14 Nov

Free / 0131 529 5595

…and 3 more dates until 5 Dec

Colinton Library, Edinburgh

Tue 28 Oct

Free / 0131 529 5603

Fri 31 Oct

Free / 0131 529 5603

Tue 4 Nov

Free / 0131 529 5603

…and 10 more dates until 9 Dec

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Holly Hagan: Not Quite a Geordie

Geordie Shore star Holly Hagan signs copies of her book, Not Quite a Geordie.

WH Smith, Essex

Thu 30 Oct

01708 869175

WH Smith, Leeds

Sat 1 Nov

0113 277 2990

WH Smith, Doncaster

Sat 1 Nov

01302 321511

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1914-1918, From Home Front To Western Front: Symposium

Talks to compliment the Goodbye Piccadilly exhibition, which look at the themes of the display in more detail.

London Transport Museum, WC2E

Sat 15 Nov

£40 (£35; £20) / 020 7379 6344

The Belligerent Bishop: Winnington: Ingram And The Great War

Miranda Poliakoff talks about her research into the man and the role he played during the Great War.

Fulham Palace, London SW6

Mon 1 Dec

£8 (£5) / 020 7736 8140

David Fairclough: Book Signing

The Liverpool FC legend signs copies of his book Liverpool: The Complete Record.

Waterstones Liverpool One

Sat 25 Oct

Free / 0151 709 9820

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Freemasons: Port Sunlight: Talk

This talk will tell the story of the Port Sunlight Lodges and William Hesketh Lever's personal involvement in Freemasonry.

Lady Lever Art Gallery, Wirral

Thu 27 Nov

Free / 0151 478 4136

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.

Millionaire Mind Intensive

The Millionaire Mind Intensive is a T Harv Eker Signature program. It is a weekend event that will change your financial life forever.

Hotel IBIS Earls Court, London SW6

Fri 31 Oct

£97; £197 VIP

Sat 1 Nov

£97; £197 VIP

Sun 2 Nov

£97; £197 VIP

MMA Forum London

The MMA's EMEA Forum in London will have a packed agenda focusing in three key areas - Building Mobile Capability, Demonstrating the Impact of Mobile and Cultivating Inspiration and Innovation.

Etc Venues, London EC2M

Mon 10 Nov

£575 ( £550)

Borderlands And Boundaries: Forms Of Identity At The Frontier: Talk

Dr Sunil Purushottam, Dr Berenice Guyot-Rechard and Dr Jagjeet Lally discuss how geographical restrictions affect the people who live with in them.

Alison Richard Building, University of Cambridge

Sat 25 Oct

Free, ticketed / 01223 354 790

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