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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

  • 17:00

Ferneham Hall, Fareham

Sun 26 Oct

£22.50 / 01329 231942

  • 17:00

Grand Theatre, Blackpool

Sun 9 Nov

£20 ( £15) / 01253 290190

  • 17:00

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Aidan Moffat: The Lavender Blue Dress

Arab Strap's Aidan Moffat signs copies of his first book, The Lavender Blue Dress.

Waterstones, Glasgow

Sat 11 Oct

Free / 0141 248 4814

  • 14:00 – 14:30

Waterstones West End, Edinburgh

Thu 9 Oct

Free / 0131 226 2666

  • 12:30

SEEP II: Mirrors & Mires

Visual art, poetry, performance and hair-cutting in this multi-disciplinary event.

Patriothall Gallery, Edinburgh

Tue 23 Sep

Free

  • 14:00 – 20:00

Wed 24 Sep

Free

  • 14:00 – 20:00

Thu 25 Sep

Free

  • 14:00 – 20:00
…and 4 more dates until 29 Sep

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

  • 14:30 – 16:00

Anatomy Minis

Variety show for families with babies and toddlers ages 0–3.

Summerhall, Edinburgh

Sun 5 Oct

Free / 0131 560 1581

  • 11:00 – 12:00
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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

  • 12:30

WH Smith, Leeds

Sat 1 Nov

0113 277 2990

  • 12:00

WH Smith, Doncaster

Sat 1 Nov

01302 321511

  • 15:00

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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

  • 13:00

Overgate, Dundee

Fri 10 Oct

Free

  • 16:30

Waterstones, London E14

Thu 16 Oct

Free / 0843 290 8209

  • 12:30

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Not About Heroes

  • Written by: Stephen MacDonald

Stephen MacDonald's play about the encounter between WWI poets Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen in Edinburgh's Craiglockhart War Hospital and their burgeoning friendship in the turmoil of warfare.

Adam Smith Theatre, Kirkcaldy

Fri 31 Oct

£12.50 (£10.50; Children £10.50) / 01592 583302

The Anvil, Basingstoke

Thu 2 Oct

£17 ( £11; Children £11 under 16s) / 01256 844244

  • 14:00 – 16:00

Arlington Arts Centre, Mary Hare, Newbury

Fri 14 Nov

£11–£13.20 / 01635 244246

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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

  • 10:00 – 16:00

The Arts & Humanities Festival 2014: Underground

A host of guests will give talks and performances as part of the festival. Highlights include author and IT Crowd actor Richard Ayoade discussing his latest film, comedian Rob Newman presenting his latest show, and theologian Dr Rowan Williams discussing excerpts from the four gospels.

King's College, London WC2R

Thu 16 Oct

Free / 020 7836 5454

  • 16:00 – 22:00

Fri 17 Oct

Free / 020 7836 5454

  • 13:00 – 00:00

Sat 18 Oct

Free / 020 7836 5454

  • 09:00 – 22:00
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Axel Scheffler: Meet The Creator Of The Gruffalo: Workshop

Meet the illustrator behind the Gruffalo and have copies of the Gruffalo books signed. Artist Axel Scheffler will be reading excerpts from the books and answering your questions.

Cartwright Hall Art Gallery, Bradford

Sat 8 Nov

£5 adv / 01274 431212

  • 12:00 – 13:00
  • 14:00 – 15:30

Ben Macintyre: A Spy Among Friends

Ben Macintyre takes on the story of the Infamous defector Kim Philby in his latest book, A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal.

Maxima Forum, Cheltenham

Sat 4 Oct

£8

Part of Cheltenham Literature Festival.

Book Club

An informal talk about the selected book of the month.

Idea Store Whitechapel, London E1

Mon 29 Sep

Free / 020 7364 4332

  • 16:00

Tue 30 Sep

Free / 020 7364 4332

  • 16:00

Mon 6 Oct

Free / 020 7364 4332

  • 16:00
…and 7 more dates until 28 Oct

Landmark Arts Centre, Teddington

Fri 26 Sep

£5 (£3.50) / 020 8977 7558

  • 13:00 – 14:00

Otley Courthouse

Wed 24 Sep

Phone for prices / 01943 467466

  • 10:30 – 12:00

Wed 29 Oct

Phone for prices / 01943 467466

  • 10:30 – 12:00

Book Signing: Peter F. Hamilton

Sci-Fi author signs new hardback which is the first part of the Chronicle of Fallers, set in the same fictional Universe as his Void Trilogy.

Waterstones, Colchester

Fri 17 Oct

Free / 01206 561307

  • 13:00

Celebrate The Launch Of Opal Plumstead, The 100th Novel By Jacqueline Wilson

Talk and Q & A with the best-selling author, includes the opportunity to purchase a pre-signed copy of her latest book.

Waterstones, Manchester

Sun 19 Oct

£10 (Children £6) / 0161 832 8563

  • 11:00
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Colm Toibin: Launching Nora Webster

The author talks about and reads from his new novel that is set in the 1960s, that tells of a widow trying to forge a new life with her two young sons on the east coast of Ireland.

Snape Maltings Concert Hall

Sat 4 Oct

Britten Studio

£14

  • 13:30

Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

Wed 15 Oct

Gallery 13

Free / 01223 332900

  • 13:15 – 14:00

Drama Queens: Play Reading for Pleasure

Join in play reading, featuring some all-women plays. No acting skills required, just sit with a cup of tea and muck in. Or just pop along and listen.

Glasgow Women's Library

Wed 24 Sep

£0–£2 / 0141 550 2267

  • 14:30

Wed 26 Nov

£0–£2 / 0141 550 2267

  • 14:30

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.

Newcastle City Hall, Newcastle upon Tyne

Wed 8 Oct

£21 / 0191 261 2606

Explore Learning – Literacy Workshops

Literacy workshops for kids using popular children's books including Harry Potter, Horrid Henry and the Gruffalo. Booking is essential.

Waterstones, Aberdeen

Mon 20 Oct

Children free / 01224 213667

  • 11:00 – 15:00
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Faber Crime Proof Party

Join debut crime writers Cal Moriarty (The Killing of Bobbi Lomax) and Kate Hamer (The Girl in the Red Coat) in conversation with their editors, for tea and a preview of their eagerly anticipated crime novels to be published in 2015. Programmed in partnership with Faber.

Spiegeltent, Cheltenham

Tue 7 Oct

£15

Part of Cheltenham Literature Festival.

Flipside Family: Book Reading With Socorro Acioli

Family book reading in relation to the Brazilian themed festival Flipside.

Snape Maltings Concert Hall

Sun 5 Oct

Free

  • 11:00

Flipside Fringe: Diogo Mainardi: From The Personal To The Page: Talk

The Brazilian author of In The Fall, a poignant mix of memoir and essay, recounts how he gave new meaning to personal tragedy when bringing up a son with cerebral palsy.

Snape Maltings Concert Hall

Sun 5 Oct

£8

  • 15:00

Frank Williams: More Tea Vicar?

Frank Williams, one of the only remaining cast members of the classic series Dad's Army, reveals some of the secrets behind one of the most popular TV successes of all time

The Savoy Theatre, Monmouth

Sun 28 Sep

£12 / 01600 772467

  • 16:00

FT 8th Annual Property Summit 2014

Join the Financial Times 8th annual Property Summit for an exciting and thought provoking day to discuss, learn from, and network with the decision makers shaping the UK's property landscape.

Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London SW1X

Tue 2 Dec

£799–£999 / 020 7201 3773

  • 08:00 – 18:00
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