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Moomin Summer Fun

A celebration of the centenary since the birth of Moomin creator Tove Marika Jansson. A weekend of fun, live music, story reading, face painting, puppet shows, 'real Moomins' (?) and more.

Covent Garden Market, London WC2E

Sat 9 Aug

Free / 020 7554 0172

  • 11:00 – 17:30

Sun 10 Aug

Free / 020 7554 0172

  • 11:00 – 16:00

Wednesday Walkthrough: Carol Rama & Danh Vo

Irene Aristizabal, the Curator of the exhibition discusses the process of bringing the two artists together.

Nottingham Contemporary

Wed 20 Aug

Free / 0115 948 9750

  • 12:00 – 12:45

Alexis Dubus: Cars and Girls

Alexis Dubus The award-winning UK comedian's poetic tales of travel and heartbreak. Contains traces of UFOs, truckers, bean festivals and the Dutch. From the creator of international hit show A R ddy Brief History of Swearing. ‘An hour of compelling raconteurship… a series of finely drawn escapades and rich characters…

The Stand Comedy Club V, Edinburgh

Fri 1 Aug

£8 (£7) / 0131 558 7272

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 2 Aug

£8 (£7) / 0131 558 7272

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 3 Aug

£8 (£7) / 0131 558 7272

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 20 more dates until 24 Aug

An Evening with Pam Ayres

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

Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh

Fri 8 Aug

The Music Hall

£15 / 0131 220 4348

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 9 Aug

The Music Hall

£15 / 0131 220 4348

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 10 Aug

The Music Hall

£15 / 0131 220 4348

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

CAST, Doncaster

Sun 16 Nov

£20 / 01302 303959

  • 17:00

Ferneham Hall, Fareham

Sun 26 Oct

£22.50 / 01329 231942

  • 17:00

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Haruki Murakami

When it first appeared in English in 1997, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle instantly established Haruki Murakami as a major figure in world literature. Involving a trademark mix of Tokyo urban landscapes and dream imagery, the novel remains one of the Japanese writer’s most brilliant literary achievements. Murakami discusses…

Charlotte Square Gardens, Edinburgh

Sat 23 Aug

£10 (£8) / 0845 373 5888

Part of Edinburgh International Book Festival.

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Aliens Love Underpants

  • Directed by: Adam Bampton-Smith
  • Written by: Adam Bampton-Smith

A close encounter of the 'pantastic' kind.

Leicester Square Theatre, London WC2H

Fri 1 Aug

Main House

£15 / 0844 873 3433

Sat 2 Aug

Main House

£15 / 0844 873 3433

Sun 3 Aug

Main House

£15 / 0844 873 3433

…and 8 more dates until 31 Aug

All Back to Bowie’s

David Greig and The Barnett Consequentials David Bowie said ‘Scotland, stay with us’. At the Fringe, a group of Scottish artists take him up on his kind invitation. So pull up a futon, it’s all back to Bowie’s for an #indyref mix of politics, poetry, polemic and pop. Different guests every day make for an hour of…

Stand in the Square, Edinburgh

Fri 1 Aug

£8 (£6)

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 2 Aug

£8 (£6)

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 3 Aug

£8 (£6)

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 21 more dates until 24 Aug

Bloomin' Rubbish

Frances Priest is an Edinburgh based artist who gets everyone involved in creating a garden of colourful interactive blooms made from recyclable plastics. Pop in, meet Frances and her garden gnome who tells blooming brilliant stories, and help the garden grow. Presented in association with Craft Scotland.

Charlotte Square Gardens, Edinburgh

Sat 16 Aug

Free / 0845 373 5888

Part of Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Custard Pies and Smelly Socks, it's Alex T Smith

Join Alex T Smith and learn how to draw Claude, the custard-pie-throwing dog and his smelly sidekick, Sir Bobblysock. He'll also introduce you to his exciting new series, Foxy Tales, which is bursting with ridiculous scrapes and slapstick humour that will keep you laughing for weeks.

Charlotte Square Gardens, Edinburgh

Sun 24 Aug

£4.50 / 0845 373 5888

Part of Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Dame Diana Rigg: No Turn Unstoned

Emma Brünjes Productions Ltd A history and anecdotes of life in the theatre. A scholarly, insightful and highly entertaining reflection of the worst theatrical reviews in history and a celebration of the actors who survive. Hear stories from her many friends in theatre and film and a history of theatre criticism with…

Assembly Checkpoint, Edinburgh

Thu 14 Aug

£12.50 (£10) / 0131 225 7053

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 15 Aug

£15 (£13) / 0131 225 7053

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 16 Aug

£15 (£13) / 0131 225 7053

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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Dinosaurs with Keiron Pim

Think you know all there is to know about dinosaurs? Think again. Armed with a host of stunning recent discoveries, Keiron Pim reintroduces these mind-boggling creatures in mesmerising detail. Say hello to the giganotosaurus, the velociraptor, and tyrannosaurus rex. Ready yourself for the deadly horns of the zuniceratops…

Charlotte Square Gardens, Edinburgh

Mon 11 Aug

£4.50 / 0845 373 5888

Part of Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Tue 12 Aug

£4.50 / 0845 373 5888

Part of Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats with Philip Ardagh & Axel Scheffler

Cats! Some are sane, some are mad and some are good and some are bad. Join author Philip Ardagh and illustrator Axel Scheffler for a fun-filled look back at the poems of T S Eliot. Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats has inspired the imaginations of children and grown-ups for generations, including Axel whose fantastic…

Charlotte Square Gardens, Edinburgh

Tue 12 Aug

£4.50 / 0845 373 5888

Part of Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Open Mic

Fancy yourself as the next Kevin Bridges or Paolo Nutini? If you have any talent worth showing off then book yourself onto the Open Mic stage and show us what you can do.

Ideal Spiegeltent, North Berwick

Sat 9 Aug

Free / 07510 69599

Part of Fringe by the Sea.

  • 13:00

Phill Jupitus is Porky the Poet in Juplicity

Off The Kerb Productions / PBH's Free Fringe Stand-up and Never Mind the Buzzcocks star Phill Jupitus appears as his word-slinging alter ego Porky the Poet, bringing a brand new hour of poetry and chat to the Jam House. This year his pencil is sharpened in the direction of religion, dieting, politics, hate, hipsters…

The Jam House, Edinburgh

Sat 2 Aug

Main Stage Area

Free / 0131 226 4380

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & PBH's Free Fringe.

Sun 3 Aug

Main Stage Area

Free / 0131 226 4380

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & PBH's Free Fringe.

Mon 4 Aug

Main Stage Area

Free / 0131 226 4380

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & PBH's Free Fringe.

…and 18 more dates until 23 Aug

United Reformed Church, St Albans

Thu 7 Aug

Back Hall

Phone for prices

  • 14:00 – 15:30

Thu 14 Aug

Back Hall

Phone for prices

  • 14:00 – 15:30

Thu 21 Aug

Back Hall

Phone for prices

  • 14:00 – 15:30
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Cocaine: Between White Lines

Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas Scotland has the highest per-head consumption of cocaine on the planet, and it damages more than just our health. The inhabitants of wealthy nations pay a high price for their drug consumption, but it‘s nowhere near high enough. The illicit production of cocaine has serious environmental and…

Stand in the Square, Edinburgh

Sat 2 Aug

£5

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Douglas Newton & David Olusoga

Accounts of the First World War often portray it as a righteous conflict. Sydney-based professor of history Douglas Newton’s The Darkest Days presents an examination of the British Government’s ‘dishonesty and wilful belligerence’ in its choice for war. David Olusoga’s The World’s War presents eyewitness accounts from…

Charlotte Square Gardens, Edinburgh

Fri 22 Aug

£10 (£8) / 0845 373 5888

Part of Edinburgh International Book Festival.

I Know What You Ate Last Summer

Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas Your supermarket loyalty card says a lot about you. What if this information was used for more than targeted advertising and money off vouchers? Researchers in universities and governmental departments could use it to study patterns in consumption, design public health policies or target…

Stand in the Square, Edinburgh

Fri 15 Aug

£5

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

International Armoured Reservists Symposium

The Royal Wessex Yeomanry (RWxY) and Defence IQ will be hosting the first International Armoured Reserves Symposium (IARS).

The Tank Museum, Bovington, Wareham

Sat 18 Oct

£999 / 01929 405096

  • 08:00 – 17:00

Sun 19 Oct

£999 / 01929 405096

  • 08:00 – 17:00

Mon 20 Oct

£999 / 01929 405096

  • 08:00 – 17:00
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Jump Up and Join In with Carrie Grant & David Grant

After a barn-storming appearance at last year's Book Festival, Carrie and David Grant, from hit CBeebies show Popshop, are back with another foot-stomping event. Their picture book series, Jump Up and Join In, teaches young children about many aspects of music-making through the clever use of loveable animal characters.

Charlotte Square Gardens, Edinburgh

Mon 11 Aug

£4.50 / 0845 373 5888

Part of Edinburgh International Book Festival.

A L Kennedy

Tender, bleak, honest and hilarious, A L Kennedy’s short stories have been described as ‘laugh-out-loud sad’. All the Rage, a wondrous new collection that includes one story she wrote especially for the Book Festival, maps the delicious oddness of human relationships. Upbeat and heartbreaking at the same time, Kennedy’s…

Charlotte Square Gardens, Edinburgh

Thu 14 Aug

£10 (£8) / 0845 373 5888

Part of Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Victoria Art Gallery, Bath

Mon 8 Sep

Phone for prices / 01225 477233

  • 10:30 – 12:00

1001 Arabian Nights with James Mayhew

Come and discover the mysterious tales of the Arabian Nights, stories originally compiled in Arabic during the time of the Islamic Golden Age. Our Illustrator in Residence, James Mayhew, takes you on an unforgettable journey as he recounts some of the 1001 tales, drawing as he goes to the evocative sound of Scheherazade…

Charlotte Square Gardens, Edinburgh

Thu 14 Aug

£4.50 / 0845 373 5888

Part of Edinburgh International Book Festival.

101 Ways To Die On Lark Hill Place: Tour For Heritage Open Days

Learn about the life and death in Victorian Salford, and how public health changed over the century.

Salford Museum and Art Gallery

Thu 11 Sep

Free / 0161 778 0800

  • 10:30
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