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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

An Evening with Pam Ayres

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

Electric Palace Bridport

Mon 30 Mar 2015

£24.50; £22.50 adv / 01308 428 354

Hertford Theatre

Thu 16 Apr 2015

£22.50 / 01992 531500

Hull New Theatre

Sat 14 Feb 2015

£20 / 01482 226655

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Listen With Alexei: Author Event

Author, comedian and actor Alexei Sayle reads excerpts from his memoirs and short stories, followed by a question and answer session and a book signing.

Merlin Theatre, Frome

Tue 3 Feb 2015

£13 (£11) / 01373 465949

Five O'Clock Verses

Two of Britain’s most exciting up-and-coming poets come together in today’s Five O’Clock Verses event. Liz Berry won an Eric Gregory Award in 2009. Her debut collection ‘Black Country’ (Chatto & Windus) appeared in August 2014 and won the Forward Prize for Best First Collection. It was also a Poetry Book Society…

Parliament Hall, St Andrews

Fri 6 Mar 2015

£5.75 (£3.75)

Part of StAnza: Scotland's Poetry Festival.

George The Poet

George Szirtes TS Eliot prize-winner 2005 and shortlisted 2009 is just the absolute bees knees. Kayo Chingonyi - With beat-style poetry about the likes of Sheffield and Roots Manuva, how could you resist? The MeMeMes - This Cardiff duo rather rock. Not just a little, but a lot. Anna Mae Selby - Returning to wordPLAY by…

Berkeley Suite, Glasgow

Thu 19 Feb 2015

£8 / 0141 237 3235

The Haunt, Brighton

Wed 25 Feb 2015


Fri 27 Feb 2015


O2 Academy Birmingham

Sat 21 Feb 2015

£8 / 0121 622 8250

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Amplify Your Potential

There's no limit to our potential. Are you ready to expand your horizons?

The Pirate Castle, London NW1

Sun 11 Jan 2015

Free, registration essential / 020 7267 6605

Iain Sinclair Talk

Ecstatic Truth: venturing around motorways, back rivers and railways, in the spirit of WG Sebald, John Clare, Werner Herzog and other visionary tramps and foot soldiers.

Tonbridge School

Thu 5 Feb 2015


John Cooper Clarke

The legendary Mancunian punk poet, who is a spiritual godfather to the likes of Mike Skinner and Plan B hauls his insatiable laconic wit on tour.

Bingley Arts Centre

Thu 19 Mar 2015

£19.50 / 01274 567983

The Frazer Theatre, Knaresborough

Wed 18 Mar 2015


With Mike Garry.

O2 Apollo Manchester

Sat 3 Jan 2015

£27.50–£32.50 / 0844 477 7677

Sat 21 Mar 2015

£27.50–£32.50 / 0844 477 7677

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Jonathan Dimbleby: Destiny In The Desert

Join Jonathan Dimbleby for this enlightening exploration of his book Destiny in the Desert.

Huntingdon Hall, Worcester

Wed 11 Mar 2015

£14–£15 / 01905 611427

The Playhouse, Weston-super-Mare

Thu 5 Mar 2015

£15.50 (£13.50) / 01934 645544

Pocklington Arts Centre

Wed 28 Jan 2015

£14 / 01759 301547

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Monty Don: Talk

The gardening writer and presenter talks about his life and work, including his travels to gardens all over the world and what really happens behind the scenes when filming.

Capitol, Horsham

Sat 24 Jan 2015

£18 (£17) / 01403 750 220

Exeter Corn Exchange

Sun 8 Mar 2015

£16 / 01392 665938

Hertford Theatre

Fri 20 Mar 2015

£18 / 01992 531500

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Rick Wakeman: Unplugged

The keyboard player for The Strawbs, Yes and solo projects talks about his life and varied career.

Grand Pavilion, Porthcawl

Fri 6 Feb 2015

£25 (Children £24; £24) / 01656 815995

St George's Hall, Bradford

Sun 1 Feb 2015

£26.50 / 01274 432000

5 O'Clock Verses

This year’s series of Five O’Clock Verses events will be opened by poets Anne Stevenson and Sheenagh Pugh. Anne Stevenson is an American-British poet. In addition to numerous collections of poetry, she has written literary criticism and essays. She gained a Lannan Lifetime Achievement Award and was awarded an Honorary…

Parliament Hall, St Andrews

Thu 5 Mar 2015

£5.75 (£3.75)

Part of StAnza: Scotland's Poetry Festival.

5 O'Clock Verses

StAnza’s final Five O’Clock Verses for 2015 brings together acclaimed poets from the US and the UK. Ilya Kaminsky was born in the former USSR and arrived in America in the early nineties, where his family was granted asylum. His collection ‘Dancing in Odessa’ received numerous honours and was translated into over a dozen…

Parliament Hall, St Andrews

Sat 7 Mar 2015

£5.75 (£3.75)

Part of StAnza: Scotland's Poetry Festival.

Berber Government: The Kabyle Polity In Pre-Colonial Algeria: Lecture

Professor Hugh Roberts discusses the role of the Kabyles in Algerian political life, the focus of his book Berber Government: The Kabyle Polity In Pre-colonial Algeria.

London School Of Economics, WC2A

Mon 12 Jan 2015

Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building

Free / 020 7955 6043

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Beyond Endurance

An exhibition commemorating 100 years since Sir Ernest Shackleton's ship Endurance sailed to Antarctica. On display is the personal collection of books and papers of expedition geologist Sir James Mann Wordie.

National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh

Tue 23 Dec

Free / 0131 623 3734

Sat 3 Jan 2015

Free / 0131 623 3734

Sun 4 Jan 2015

Free / 0131 623 3734

…and 24 more dates until 28 Jan 2015

New Edinburgh Writers

This group do everything from writing exercises to reading new material at this weekly meeting.

Fountainbridge Library, Edinburgh

Wed 24 Dec

£0.50 / 0131 529 5616

Wed 31 Dec

£0.50 / 0131 529 5616

No Turn Unstoned: An Evening With Dame Diana Rigg: Talk

The actress talks about her stage and screen career, including James Bond, the Muppets, the RSC and the West End, the Avengers and Game Of Thrones, and her book No Turn Unstoned, followed by a Q&A session.

Tristan Bates Theatre, The Actors Centre, London WC2H

Wed 11 Feb 2015

£17.50 / 020 7240 6283

Owen Jones:Talk

The critically acclaimed author of Chavs: The Demonization Of The Working Class talks about his journey into the heart of our Establishment, from the lobbies of Westminster to the newsrooms, boardrooms and trading rooms of Fleet Street and the City.

Black Box, Belfast

Tue 13 Jan 2015


Peter May: Runaway

Peter May discusses his latest standalone novel, Runaway.

Central Library, Edinburgh

Thu 22 Jan 2015

Free / 0131 242 8100

Mitchell Library, Glasgow

Mon 19 Jan 2015

£3 / 0141 287 2999

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Rally & Broad

A literary-flavoured cabaret night, boasting spoken word, 'live literature', new music and dancing into the wee small hours. Hosted by Jenny Lindsay and Rachel McCrum.

Counting House, Edinburgh

Sat 17 Jan 2015

£5 / 07989 508436

What difference does it make? With Don Paterson, Leo Condie, Rebecca Green, The Craic Where the Light Gets In, and Carly Brown.

Stereo, Glasgow

Sun 28 Dec

£5 / 07989 508436

The hangover special, with nic-e melville, Zara Gladman & the Wee Terrors, Leo Glaister, Sam Small and Becci Wallace.

Round Table

Restricted to twelve tickets only, early booking is essential for our final round table event, an intimate reading in the company of the celebrated poet from New Zealand, Bill Manhire. Bill Manhire has published a number of collections of poetry and was his country’s inaugural poet laureate. His most recent collections…

St Mary's Hall, St Andrews

Sun 8 Mar 2015

£5.75 (£3.75)

Sponsored by St Leonards School Part of StAnza: Scotland's Poetry Festival.

  • 15:45 – 16:30 Round Table St Mary's Hall, St Andrews

Winter Words Festival

The eleventh Winter Words Festival focuses on journalism and the outdoors, with BBC Security Correspondent Frank Gardner talking about the Middle East, and Kirsty Wark and James Naughtie discussing their recent novels. Huw Lewis-Jones gives an illustrated talk on Shackleton's ill-fated Endurance expedition, and Alan Rowan…

Pitlochry Festival Theatre

Fri 13 Feb 2015

£0–£23.50 / 01796 484 626

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

Tue 23 Dec

Reid Gallery

Free / 0141 353 4500

Part of The Alasdair Gray Season.

Mon 5 Jan 2015

Free / 0141 353 4500

Part of The Alasdair Gray Season.

Tue 6 Jan 2015

Free / 0141 353 4500

Part of The Alasdair Gray Season.

…and 19 more dates until 25 Jan 2015

David Bussey: George Skipper, Architect Of Edwardian Norwich: Lecture

Bussey talks about the man behind the architecture that has shaped the Norwich cityscape.

Norwich Cathedral

Thu 12 Feb 2015

Weston Room, Hostry

£6 ( £4) / 01603 630000

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