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Waterstones Liverpool One

Tue 11 Nov

Free / 0151 709 9820

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

Thu 23 Oct

£10 Single Session; £35 Masterclass

Fri 24 Oct

£10 Single Session; £35 Masterclass

Sat 25 Oct

£10 Single Session; £35 Masterclass

Sun 26 Oct

£10 Single Session; £35 Masterclass

Dr John Bevan: Book Launch

Launch of Dr John Bevan new book, Commander Crabb What Really Happened? with conversation and signing.

Gosport Discovery Centre

Sat 8 Nov

Free / 08456 035 631

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, Manchester

Fri 24 Oct

Free / 0161 834 8300

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Rudolf Steiner’s Lectures On The Gospel Of Saint Mark

Lucine Nazikian discusses the relevance of the original lecture.

Rudolf Steiner House, London NW1

Mon 27 Oct

£1 / 020 7723 4400

Mon 10 Nov

£1 / 020 7723 4400

Mon 24 Nov

£1 / 020 7723 4400

Mon 8 Dec

£1 / 020 7723 4400

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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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Jung Chang – Empress Dowager Cixi: The Concubine Who Launched Modern China

The internationally bestselling author of Wild Swans and Mao: The Unknown Story talks about her most recent book Empress Dowager Cixi: The Concubine Who Launched Modern China, a biography of the woman who ruled 19th century China for 50 years.

Leeds University

Thu 23 Oct

Free / 0113 343 2778

Imprint Writing Awards Presentation

The winners of the fourth Imprint Writing Award are announced.

Dick Institute Museum and Art Gallery, Kilmarnock

Fri 28 Nov

£5 / 01563 554902

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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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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Waterstones, Manchester

Tue 28 Oct

Free / 0161 749 8623

National Trust: Bateman's, Etchingham

Mon 3 Nov

£25 adv booking essential / 01435 882302

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

Rosie Broadley: Talk

Curator Rosie Broadley considers why some portraits are not in the public view and shares stories of these 'lost' works.

Malvern Theatres

Sat 25 Oct

Colwall Village Hall

£7 / 01684 892 277

Andy Miller: Read Yourself Fitter

The author discusses his quest to read all the books he's claimed to have read.

Pavilion Arts Centre, Buxton

Fri 31 Oct

£10 / 0845 127 2190

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Bernard Cornwell: Book Signing

The author signs copies of his books The Empty Throne Waterloo: The History Of Four Days, Three Armies And Three Battles.

Waterstones Trafalgar Square, London WC2N

Wed 22 Oct

Free / 0843 290 8651

The Commercial UAV Show

The first large scale conference and exhibition for current and future commercial UAV.

Olympia, London W14

Tue 21 Oct

£2000 Two Days; £200 Evening Party / 02073 851200

Wed 22 Oct

£2000 Two Days; £200 Evening Party / 02073 851200

Dylan Jones: A Bird Flew By

An exhibition of bird poems by Dylan Jones. Each poem is creatively set in a font based on the C17 'Fell Types' and is presented as an A2 print.

Aberystwyth Arts Centre

Tue 21 Oct

Cage Gallery

Free / 01970 623 232

Wed 22 Oct

Cage Gallery

Free / 01970 623 232

Thu 23 Oct

Cage Gallery

Free / 01970 623 232

…and 30 more dates until 22 Nov

The Ever-Elusive Erhu: Talk

Dr Colin Huehns presents a performance lecture illuminating the history of the Chinese musical instrument through its occasional mentions in literary works such as The Monkey King, The Golden Lotus, The Studio For Talking, Histories Outside The Confucian Academies, The Little Fiddle and novels by Zhang Henshui.

Royal Academy Of Music, London NW1

Fri 31 Oct

Concert Room

Free / 020 7873 7300

National Trust: Little Moreton Hall, Congleton

Sat 25 Oct

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

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

Sun 26 Oct

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

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

Mon 27 Oct

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

  • 11:00 – 17:00 Hallowtide National Trust: Little Moreton Hall, Congleton
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Lari Don & Roy Gill: Teen thrillers

Mind Blind is Lari Don’s first book for teen readers - a thriller, with death, crime, a bit of swearing, betrayal and chases! Ciaran Bane is a criminal with a very useful talent: he can read minds. But his skill comes at a price… In Werewolf Parallel, the fur-raising sequel to dark supernatural fantasy Daemon Parallel…

Bonar Hall, Dundee

Sat 25 Oct

Free but ticketed / 01382 434940

Part of Dundee Literary Festival.

Michel Faber: The Book of Strange New Things

The man behind Under the Skin and The Crimson Petal and the White talks about his brand new book The Book of Strange New Things, a typically unpredictable tale of a man who goes on a dangerous journey with a Christian missionary.

Bonar Hall, Dundee

Sat 25 Oct

£5 (£3) / 01382 434940

Part of Dundee Literary Festival.

Tales of a Grandson

Storyteller Andy Cannon shares and listens to stories in an interactive performance for kids, parents, carers and grandparents. The story is presented in three parts – The Dig, The Feast, and The Hooly. Stay for the day, join in the feast and the hooly and help Andy in his quest to tell Scotland’s great story.

Edinburgh Festival Theatre

Sat 25 Oct

The Studio / Over-6s only

£15 (£10) / 0131 529 6000

Part of Scottish International Storytelling Festival.

Sun 26 Oct

The Studio / Over-6s only

£15 (£10) / 0131 529 6000

Part of Scottish International Storytelling Festival.

TEDxBrighton 2014 - Many Hands

TEDxBrighton is a volunteer-organised event exploring ideas worth sharing. Best-selling crime author Peter James and political activist Sam Roddick are confirmed speakers for 2014. The event will run at the Brighton Dome on 31 October.

Brighton Dome

Fri 31 Oct

£30 (£20) / 01273 709709

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

Sat 22 Nov

Free / 01475 715624

Mon 24 Nov

Free / 01475 715624

Tue 25 Nov

Free / 01475 715624

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