Before 5pm, Books

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An Evening with Pam Ayres

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

Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells

Sun 29 Jun

£19.50 / 01892 530613

  • 17:00

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.

Ferneham Hall, Fareham

Sun 26 Oct

£22.50 / 01329 231942

  • 17:00

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Bosham Business Networking Meetup

This is an event for anyone interested in starting a business but don't know where to start or have started a business but 'stuck'. I started this event because I want to help people to 'Be all They Can Be' I want to help people in business meet up.

Bosham Inn, Chichester

Fri 30 May

£5

  • 11:00 – 13:00

Poetry Workshop With Pascale Petit And Astrid Alben

Develop writing skills in an intensive weekend course whilst learning about animals and conservation issues.

ZSL London Zoo, NW1

Sat 26 Apr

£200 adv booking essential / 020 7722 3333

  • 10:00 – 17:00

Sun 27 Apr

£200 adv booking essential / 020 7722 3333

  • 10:00 – 17:00

The Business

An expert panel explores the business side of writing (that'd be publishing), followed by a round of student readings. With novelist Jenni Fagan, agent Jenny Brown, publisher Chris Emry, editor Francis Bickmore, critic Stuart Kelly, Scottish Book Trust's Claire Askew, Dundee Literary Festival's Peggy Hughes and Neu!

The Pleasance, Edinburgh

Thu 15 May

Free / 0131 650 4673

  • 14:00 – 18:00

David Edwards: The Black Hand Gang

David Edwards tours his free ebook and electronic game, an adventure fiction which aims to change the way children read and use Facebook.

The Printworks, Manchester

Fri 25 Apr

Free

  • 14:00 – 15:00
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Doug Allan: In the Company of Giants

Illustrated talk from the award-winning cameraman, who has worked on the shows Blue Planet, Planet Earth and Ocean Giants.

The Kenton Theatre, Henley-on-Thames

Sat 3 May

£16 (£14) / 01491 575698

  • 14:30

Blofeld and Baxter – Memories of Test Match Special

The cricket commentators talk about their careers and stories from their trips around the world.

Pleasance Dome, Edinburgh

Wed 30 Jul

QueenDome

£9 / 0131 556 6550

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 31 Jul

QueenDome

£9 / 0131 556 6550

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 1 Aug

QueenDome

£9 / 0131 556 6550

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 23 more dates until 24 Aug

Seven Arts Centre, Leeds

Thu 1 May

£6 / 0113 262 6777

  • 10:30 – 12:30

Thu 8 May

£6 / 0113 262 6777

  • 10:30 – 12:30

Thu 15 May

£6 / 0113 262 6777

  • 10:30 – 12:30
…and 6 more dates until 26 Jun

A Sporting Lunch With Alastair Cook

Come and hear Alastair Cook speak at this exclusive lunch about his experiences on the last Ashes tour and this summer's test series. The lunch ticket includes a Champagne reception, 3 course lunch and Q&A, hosted by Gladstone Small.

Boisdales Of Canary Wharf, London E14

Thu 15 May

£99 inc meal / 020 7715 5818

  • 12:30 – 16:00
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The Adventures Of Andy Kershaw

The former BBC Radio 1 DJ discusses his controversial life and career.

Beverley Racecourse

Sat 21 Jun

£12

  • 12:00 – 15:00

Alasdair Gray and Frankétienne

Paintings by Alasdair Gray and Frankétienne, who also performs some of his poems and songs accompanied by Mark Mulholland on guitar.

The Hidden Lane Gallery, Glasgow

Thu 24 Apr

Free / 07760 669011

  • 11:00 – 17:00

Fri 25 Apr

Free / 07760 669011

  • 11:00 – 17:00

Sat 26 Apr

Free / 07760 669011

  • 11:00 – 17:00
…and 15 more dates until 17 May

Aliens Love Underpants

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

A close encounter of the 'pantastic' kind.

City Hall, Salisbury

Sat 3 May

£12.50 / 01722 434434

  • 13:30

Sun 4 May

£12.50 / 01722 434434

  • 11:00
  • 14:00

Corn Exchange, King's Lynn

Tue 29 Apr

£12.50 ( £46) / 01553 764864

  • 13:30
  • 16:30

Wed 30 Apr

£12.50 ( £46) / 01553 764864

  • 10:30
  • 16:30

Derby Assembly Rooms

Sat 26 Apr

Great Hall

£12.50 / 01332 255529

  • 13:30
  • 15:30

Sun 27 Apr

Great Hall

£12.50 / 01332 255529

  • 11:00
  • 14:00

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North Kensington Library, London W11

Tue 29 Apr

Free / 020 7361 4154

  • 14:00 – 16:00

Tue 6 May

Free / 020 7361 4154

  • 14:00 – 16:00

Tue 13 May

Free / 020 7361 4154

  • 14:00 – 16:00
…and 2 more dates until 27 May

Bookbug Session

Rhymes, stories and songs to stimulate and delight wee ones. Suitable for under threes. Booking is essential.

Castlemilk Community Centre, Glasgow

Tue 20 May

Free / 0141 634 2233

  • 10:00 – 11:00

Eastwood Park Theatre, Glasgow

Mon 28 Apr

Gallery

Free / 0141 577 4956

  • 11:00

Geoff Shaw Community Centre, Glasgow

Mon 19 May

Free

  • 10:00 – 11:00

Also on at:

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Children's Writing Workshop with Lari Don

Children's and YA author Lari Don runs these workshops for aspiring young writers, with one session for kids aged 8–10 (10am) and one for kids aged 11–14 (2pm).

Jupiter Artland, Wilkieston

Sat 3 May

£15–£26 / 01506 889900

  • 10:00 – 13:00
  • 14:00 – 17:00

Choose Your Own Documentary

Stand-up, spoken word and film based on a 1980s phenomenon.

Soho Theatre, London W1D

Sat 31 May

Soho Upstairs

£15; £12.50 disabled; £12.50 under 26s ( £12.50; £12.50; £12.50) / 020 7478 0100

  • 15:30

Sun 1 Jun

Soho Upstairs

£15; £12.50 disabled; £12.50 under 26s ( £12.50; £12.50; £12.50) / 020 7478 0100

  • 15:30

Coffee And Crime Book Club

An informal group where readers discuss the book they have all read.

St Ives Library

Tue 13 May

Phone for prices / 01872 322005

  • 11:00 – 12:00

Cullercoats Men's Club

We meet on Wednesday throughout the year for a Talk/Show that is given by a guest speaker.

Cullercoats Methodist Church, North Shields

Wed 30 Apr

Free / 01912 515 801

  • 10:30 – 12:00

Wed 7 May

Free / 01912 515 801

  • 10:30 – 12:00

Wed 14 May

Free / 01912 515 801

  • 10:30 – 12:00
…and 30 more dates until 10 Dec

A Cultural History Of The World Cup: Conference

Speakers, including David Goldblatt, Matthew Brown, Matthew Taylor, Richard Holt, John Hughson, Martin Polley, Stacey Pope, Kevin Marston and Kevin Moore, talk about the material culture, history and globalisation of the competition.

The British Library, London NW1

Fri 23 May

Conference Centre

£30 inc meal & refreshments (£15 inc meal & refreshments) / 0843 208 1144

  • 10:00 – 17:00
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Digital Storytelling Festival

Start your summer with the 'Digital Storytelling Festival'- a full day event where 3D artists, scriptwriters, actors and programmers get together and try to make the best animated short film, or game demo they can in one day.

Shoreditch Village Hall, London N1

Sat 7 Jun

£30; £25 adv; £50 VIP / 020 3542 6421

  • 09:00 – 20:00

Discovering Music: Talk

The Bristol Ensemble's conductor, Jonathan James, gives a talk about the themes and ideas of different programmes of music.

Colston Hall, Bristol

Sat 3 May

The Lantern

£5.38 / 0117 922 3686

  • 11:00

De Montfort Hall, Leicester

Thu 29 May

Victoria Suite

£6 / 0116 233 3111

  • 12:30

Fri 4 Jul

Victoria Suite

£6 / 0116 233 3111

  • 12:30

Folk Weekend Oxford

Annual folk music event featuring appearances from on Friday Bellowhead, Maclaine Colston & Saul Rose, Telling The Bees, Oxford Waits, The Craic Addicts, Kuridza Mbira, Joanne Louise Parker and Scarecrow. Saturday features Cara Dillon, Megan Henwood, Demon Barber Roadshow, Torvaki, Luke Daniels & Sam Proctor, The…

Old Fire Station, Oxford

Sat 26 Apr

£45–£49 / 01865 263980

  • 10:00 – 00:00

Sun 27 Apr

£45–£49 Many more ticket types and options online / 01865 263980

  • 10:00 – 00:00

Friends Coffee Morning

Enjoy a beverage and a chat, with guest speaker Barry Band.

Grand Theatre, Blackpool

Thu 15 May

£3 / 01253 290190

  • 10:30
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