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An Evening with Pam Ayres

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

Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

Sun 29 Mar 2015

£22 / 023 8071 1811

Alex Norton: There's Been A Life

The actor and founder member of 7:84 signs copies of his new autobiography.

Waterstones, Glasgow

Sat 20 Dec

Free / 0141 248 4814

The London Modernist Literary Event

An afternoon of Mod related authors talking about their books and inspirations behind their work.

The Cockpit, London NW8

Sat 7 Feb 2015

£15 / 020 7258 2925

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

WHSmith, North West England

Fri 19 Dec

Free / 0151 707 6606

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

Guildhall Arts Centre, Grantham

Sun 22 Mar 2015

£15 (£13) / 01476 406158

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An Evening with Gervase Phinn

The Yorkshire writer and radio personality talks about his life and work.

Guildhall Theatre, Derby

Sat 9 May 2015

£16 (£15) / 01332 255800

The Potter Trail

A tour of Edinburgh designed for Harry Potter fans.

Greyfriar's Bobby Statue, Edinburgh

Sat 20 Dec

Free

Wed 7 Jan 2015

Free

Wed 14 Jan 2015

Free

Wed 21 Jan 2015

Free

Alasdair Gray: Spheres of Influence I

The centrality of Alasdair Gray's work as a visual artist and writer is traceable by drawing connections between his epic work and that of the artists who've come before and after him. This exhibition looks at the influences on Gray himself, and his own influence on others, drawing on works in the Gallery's collection.

Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow

Thu 18 Dec

Free / 0141 287 3050

Part of The Alasdair Gray Season.

Fri 19 Dec

Free / 0141 287 3050

Part of The Alasdair Gray Season.

Sat 20 Dec

Free / 0141 287 3050

Part of The Alasdair Gray Season.

…and 151 more dates until 25 May 2015

Peter May: Runaway

Peter May discusses his latest standalone novel, Runaway.

Mitchell Library, Glasgow

Mon 19 Jan 2015

£3 / 0141 287 2999

Poetry And Exile: Curator's Talk

A chance to find out more about the Museum's exhibits in a talk given by staff member Venetia Porter.

British Museum, London WC1B

Wed 7 Jan 2015

Room 34

Free / 020 7323 8181

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Book Circle

The group discuss the selected books for the month.

Erin Arts Centre, Isle of Man

Wed 14 Jan 2015

Free / 01624 832662

Riverside Arts Centre, Sunbury-on-Thames

Thu 18 Dec

Phone for prices

  • 14:00 Book Circle Riverside Arts Centre, Sunbury-on-Thames

Minutes Minutes To Go And Years Apart - Readings And Conversation With Liliane Lijn And Tony White

The artist and author discuss how the work of William S Burroughs influenced them.

October Gallery, London WC1N

Sat 17 Jan 2015

£7 adv (£5) / 020 7242 7367

Scriptwriting Course - Writing For The Theatre With Simon Vinnicombe

Simon is a dramaturg, writer and director and will look at the process of page to stage. You will be guided throughout this course to write a short stage script that can be produced.

YHA London St Pancras, NW1

Sat 31 Jan 2015

Sat 7 Feb 2015

Sat 14 Feb 2015

Sat 21 Feb 2015

Winter's Tales: F. Scott Fitzgerald

Actors perform classic short stories by F Scott Fitzgerald, including The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button.

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, London SE1

Sun 4 Jan 2015

£10–£60 / 020 7401 9919

10th Annual Pandemic Planning Conference for Business and the Public Sector

Essential event for all HR professionals who need to update their pandemic policies. With the current situation regarding Ebola upon us, this is the ideal event to tackle the issues and be prepared for the future.

Danubius Hotel Regents Park, London NW8

Wed 4 Feb 2015

£450 / 020 7722 7722

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4th International Conference And Exhibition On Food Processing & Technology

Sessions include Breaking Innovations In Food Science, and Food Nanotechnology and Food Biotechnology.

Crowne Plaza London - Heathrow, West Drayton

Mon 10 Aug 2015

£799

Absent Voices: Sugar Archive

A collection of work featuring everything from paintings and photography to poetry and film, reflecting on Scotland and the sugar industry. The likes of Liz Lochhead, Alan Carlisle and Alastair Cook are just some of the artists involved in the collective.

McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Greenock

Thu 18 Dec

Free / 01475 715624

Sat 20 Dec

Free / 01475 715624

Avery F Gordon: Blackness: Ghosts Of Past, Present And Future

An afternoon looking at how we can move away from constructs of 'colour' when we are in an age that is haunted by a history of racial oppression. The keynote presentation is by Avery F Gordon, Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Camden Arts Centre, London NW3

Sat 10 Jan 2015

£7 (£5; £5) / 02074 725500

Book Signing

An opportunity to meet Jan Hunter, author or My Two Lives, a novel set at Castle Howard and get a copy of your book signed.

Castle Howard Estate, York

Thu 18 Dec

Free

Border Crossings

Our Saturday morning Border Crossings event showcases work by the Catalan poet Josep Lluís Aguiló and British poet Allison McVety. Josep Lluís Aguiló, originally from Mallorca, is the author of a number of collections written in Catalan and his work has appeared in several anthologies. His work has garnered critical…

The Undercroft, St Andrews

Sat 7 Mar 2015

£3.75 (£2.75)

Part of StAnza: Scotland's Poetry Festival.

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Eastbourne’s East End: Alan Wenham: Talk

The fascinating history of Eastbourne's East End from 1850 to 1950 is the subject of this illustrated talk.

Under Ground Theatre, Below Eastbourne Central Library

Sat 21 Feb 2015

Free / 01323 737677

Emily Mouse's Christmas Tales

Emily Winter and her friend Mouse read stories written by children's author Vivian French. There's also songs, rhymes and a dollop of Christmas fun. Suitable for babies, toddlers, pre-schoolers and their accompanying adults.

Dundee Rep

Thu 18 Dec

Prices to be confirmed / 01382 223530

Please note: The 11am session is for 0–2 years, while the 1pm session is for children aged 3–4.

Fri 19 Dec

Prices to be confirmed / 01382 223530

Please note: The 11am session is for 0–2 years, while the 1pm session is for children aged 3–4.

Sat 20 Dec

Prices to be confirmed / 01382 223530

Please note: The 11am session is for 0–2 years, while the 1pm session is for children aged 3–4.

Jewish Book Week 2015

Speakers will include award-winning author Howard Jacobson, economist Mervyn King, novelist Tracy Chevalier, food critic Jay Rayner and actress Maureen Lipman.

Kings Place, London N1

Sat 21 Feb 2015

£0-£40 / 020 7520 1490

Sun 22 Feb 2015

£0-£40 / 020 7520 1490

Mon 23 Feb 2015

£0-£40 / 020 7520 1490

…and 6 more dates until 1 Mar 2015

New Generation Operational Risk 2015

An opportunity to discuss operation risk strategies and gain expert advice.

Dexter House, London EC3N

Tue 17 Mar 2015

£1399; £999 early bird; £899 super early bird / 020 7977 5300

Wed 18 Mar 2015

£1399; £999 early bird; £899 super early bird / 020 7977 5300

Poetry Theatre

One to one encounters with poetry and dramatic monologue.

Byre Theatre, St Andrews

Sat 7 Mar 2015

Free

Part of StAnza: Scotland's Poetry Festival.

Sun 8 Mar 2015

Free

Part of StAnza: Scotland's Poetry Festival.

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