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The World of Norm: May Need Rebooting!

One for the wee ones, as they hear about the latest exploits of Jonathan Meres' down-trodden hero, Norm.

Buckhaven Theatre

Thu 27 Nov

Prices to be confirmed / 01592 715577

Rothes Halls, Glenrothes

Thu 27 Nov

Prices to be confirmed / 01592 611101

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, Nottingham

Sat 6 Dec

Free / 0115 947 0772

WHSmith, North West England

Fri 19 Dec

Free / 0151 707 6606

Waterstones Liverpool One

Tue 11 Nov

Free / 0151 709 9820

Michael Palin At You Magazine Book Day

The comedian, actor and travel journalist - best known for his role in The Monty Python - signs copies of his latest book.

The Lancaster Hotel, London WC1B

Sat 1 Nov

£64

Poetry for the Palace: Poets Laureate from Dryden to Duffy

An exhibition looking at the role of the Poet Laureate across the centuries and celebrating the work of the current Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, at the midpoint of laureateship. With presentation volumes, original manuscripts and images of poets including Dryden, Wordsworth, Tennyson, Betjeman and Hughes, among others, it's…

The Queen's Gallery, Edinburgh

Sat 1 Nov

Included in admission / 0131 556 5100

Sun 2 Nov

Included in admission / 0131 556 5100

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Cockenzie House Book Festival

The first of its kind in Cockenzie and Port Seton, this book festival features international and East Lothian authors from a variety of genres and styles.

Cockenzie House & Gardens

Sat 1 Nov

£10–£35 / 01875 819456

Sun 2 Nov

£10–£35 / 01875 819456

Holly Hagan: Not Quite a Geordie

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

WH Smith, Leeds

Sat 1 Nov

0113 277 2990

WH Smith, Doncaster

Sat 1 Nov

01302 321511

WHSmith, Manchester

Sun 2 Nov

0161 834 8300

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Diane Von Furstenberg: Journey Of A Dress: Talk

Talk and book-signing with the designer about her 40 years as a groundbreaking designer and fashion icon and the dress that started it all.

Victoria & Albert Museum, London SW7

Thu 6 Nov

The Lydia & Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre

£9 (£7) / 020 7942 2000

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

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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.

Arlington Arts Centre, Mary Hare, Newbury

Fri 14 Nov

£11–£13.20 / 01635 244246

Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne

Wed 26 Nov

£15.50–£20 / 01323 412000

Trafalgar Studios, London SW1A

Thu 13 Nov

£15–£25 / 0844 871 7627

Sat 15 Nov

£15–£25 / 0844 871 7627

Thu 20 Nov

£15–£25 / 0844 871 7627

…and 5 more dates until 6 Dec

Alasdair Gray: Spheres of Influence II

A review of the work of Alasdair Gray as seen through the prism of work by other artists, but also featuring a selection of pieces from Gray's personal archive.

Reid Building, Glasgow

Sat 22 Nov

Reid Gallery

Free / 0141 353 4500

Part of The Alasdair Gray Season.

Sun 23 Nov

Reid Gallery

Free / 0141 353 4500

Part of The Alasdair Gray Season.

Mon 24 Nov

Reid Gallery

Free / 0141 353 4500

Part of The Alasdair Gray Season.

…and 62 more dates until 25 Jan 2015

Aldeburgh Poetry Festival 2014

A poetry festival featuring over 60 events across 10 venues, with poets including Finuala Dowling, Thomas Lux, Adelia Prado, Brian Patten, Selima Hill, Dan O'Brien, and Tom Pickard.

Various Venues, Aldeburgh

Fri 7 Nov

Free-£20

Sat 8 Nov

Free-£20

Sun 9 Nov

Free-£20

Curating Conflicts: Disobedient Objects: Conference

A conference which brings together academics, social activists, artists, museum staff and designers to explore how to archive and curate objects relating to political conflict. Speakers include Josh McPhee, Jen Hoyer, Michael MacMillan, Pogus Caesar, Jonathan Barnbrook, Ruth Morrow and Carrie Reichardt.

Victoria & Albert Museum, London SW7

Sat 8 Nov

Seminar Room Three

£25 (£20; £15) / 020 7942 2000

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

Sat 1 Nov

£97; £197 VIP

Sun 2 Nov

£97; £197 VIP

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'Dylan Thomas Day' Off The Shelf Literature Festival, Sheffield

John Goodby will be talking about the forthcoming reissue of 'Dylan Thomas's Collected Poetry' as well as Thomas in a wider context.

Various Venues, Sheffield

Sat 1 Nov

Prices vary

The Glasgow Comic Mart

Get your paws on comics, memorabilia, collectibles and original artwork.

Britannia Panopticon Music Hall, Glasgow

Sat 1 Nov

Free (donations welcome) / 0141 553 0840

National Trust: Little Moreton Hall, Congleton

Sat 1 Nov

Free, plus admission £8.15, child £4.05, family £20 / 01260 272018

  • 11:00 – 17:00 Hallowtide National Trust: Little Moreton Hall, Congleton

Sun 2 Nov

Free, plus admission £8.15, child £4.05, family £20 / 01260 272018

  • 11:00 – 17:00 Hallowtide National Trust: Little Moreton Hall, Congleton

Jo Shapcott and Neil Astley - A celebration of Rosemary Tonks

Between 1963 and 1974 Rosemary Tonks published two 'epoch defining' and widely admired poetry collections.

Woodstock Methodist Church

Sun 16 Nov

James Knox Whittet And Margaret Bathgate

Artworks resulting from a collaboration between the poet and the artist-photographer, presenting an intimate portrait of Islay's community and landscape.

Aldeburgh Gallery

Thu 6 Nov

Free / 01728 452772

Fri 7 Nov

Free / 01728 452772

Sat 8 Nov

Free / 01728 452772

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Lab Innovations 2014

Lab Innovations provides a forum for laboratory buyers and laboratory suppliers to meet.

NEC, Birmingham

Wed 5 Nov

Phone for prices / 0121 780 4141

Thu 6 Nov

Phone for prices / 0121 780 4141

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

Marilynne Robinson: Lila

Acclaimed novelist Marilynne Robinson discusses her new novel, Lila.

Assembly Roxy, Edinburgh

Sun 16 Nov

£9 / 0131 623 3030

Music, Poetry And The Trauma Of War: Conference

A one-day conference discussing the science and emotion of the arts in wartime, with sessions on cognitive neuroscience, psychotherapy in conflict situations, military music in operational theatres and a talk by Andrew Motion, former Poet Laureate.

LSO St Luke's, London EC1V

Sun 2 Nov

£80 / 020 7638 8891

National Trust: Bateman's, Etchingham

Tue 11 Nov

£25 adv booking essential / 01435 882302

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