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Alison Moore: Book Launch

The 2012 Man Booker Prize shortlisted author discusses and signs copies of her book He Wants.

Waterstones, Nottingham

Fri 15 Aug

£3 / 0843 290 8525

  • 19:00

Guid Crack Club

Regular storytelling club involving song and music aplenty.

Waverley Bar, Edinburgh

Fri 25 Jul

£3 suggested donation / 0131 557 1050

Tonight, Frances Logan shares 'A Common Wealth of Stories'.

  • 19:30

Fri 29 Aug

£3 suggested donation / 0131 557 1050

This month, stories from Britain's highest village in 'Head in the Cloud', with Jean Edmiston.

  • 19:30

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.

Babbacombe Theatre, Torquay

Sat 27 Sep

£22.50 / 01803 328385

  • 19:30 – 21:30

Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Wed 5 Nov

£20.75 (£18.75) / 02476 553055

  • 19:45

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Edinburgh Book Fringe

Taking place in radical bookshop Word Power, the Edinburgh Book Fringe brings together writers and activists from around the world for a host of daily readings and discussions, all of which are free.

Word Power Bookshop, Edinburgh

Fri 8 Aug

Free / 0131 662 9112

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 9 Aug

Free / 0131 662 9112

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 10 Aug

Free / 0131 662 9112

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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Blofeld and Baxter – Memories of Test Match Special

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

Lyric Theatre, London W1D

Mon 22 Sep

Prices to be confirmed / 0844 482 9674

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

Brandon Sanderson Signing Words Of Radiance

New York Times bestselling author Sanderson will be singing copies of his latest book Words Of Radiance, the sequel to fantasy novel The Way Of Kings.

Forbidden Planet, London WC2H

Mon 4 Aug

Free / 020 7420 3666

  • 18:00 – 19:00

Duncan Barrett Men Of Letters Launch Event

Join The Sunday Times Bestselling Author Duncan Barrett to launch his new WW1 book Men of Letters at Newham Books.

Newham Bookshop, London E13

Mon 4 Aug

Free

  • 18:00 – 20:00

Michèle Forbes & Donal Ryan

Sebastian Barry described Ghost Moth by Michèle Forbes as ‘a stellar debut’. Set in Northern Ireland in the late 1960s, it follows an ordinary couple living through troubled times. Donal Ryan presents his much-anticipated follow-up to Guardian First Book Award-winning debut, The Spinning Heart. Set against a backdrop of…

Charlotte Square Gardens, Edinburgh

Mon 18 Aug

£7 (£5) / 0845 373 5888

Part of Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Queen of Chat: Valerie Maclennan

'Queen of Chat' Valerie Maclennan talks about her motivational beliefs.

The National Piping Centre, Glasgow

Thu 7 Aug

£7 / 07749 629637

  • 12:00 – 14:00
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Tubespotting with Geoff Marshall

The tale of one man's rocky relationship with the tube.

Electric Circus, Edinburgh

Thu 14 Aug

Main Space

Free / 0131 226 4224

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

Fri 15 Aug

Main Space

Free / 0131 226 4224

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

Mon 18 Aug

Main Space

Free / 0131 226 4224

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

…and 4 more dates until 22 Aug

Blackwell's Writers at the Fringe

Blackwell's Bookshop. Now in its sixth year, Blackwell's Bookshop is hosting a weekly series of performances as part of our Blackwell's Writers at the Fringe programme. As new and unpublished works of literary art stand alongside established performers, get ready to experience everything from Scottish poetry to Tartan…

Blackwell's, Edinburgh

Thu 31 Jul

Free / 0131 622 8218

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 7 Aug

Free / 0131 622 8218

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 14 Aug

Free / 0131 622 8218

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 2 more dates until 28 Aug

Breaking Down Barriers to Books and Reading

Young people with dyslexia can struggle to access the written word. In this event, Mairi Kidd from specialist children’s publisher Barrington Stoke joins Lucy Juckes, literary agent and parent of a dyslexic youngster, to explore some of the very real barriers that can prevent dyslexic children engaging with text, and the…

Charlotte Square Gardens, Edinburgh

Tue 19 Aug

£7 (£5) / 0845 373 5888

Part of Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Christiane Dorion: How Animals Live

Christiane Dorion introduces her latest book, How Animals Live, which encourages children to think about the balance of the ecosystem.

Scottish Seabird Centre, North Berwick

Sat 26 Jul

Included in admission / 01620 890202

Signing and workshop.

  • 11:00 – 12:00

Sun 27 Jul

Included in admission / 01620 890202

Signing and workshop.

  • 11:00 – 12:00

David Mitchell: The Bone Clocks

The award-winning author details his new novel The Bone Clocks. Spanning decades, the story follows the turbulent life of Holly Sykes.

Assembly Roxy, Edinburgh

Thu 11 Sep

£8 (£5) / 0131 623 3030

Tickets through Waterstones West End.

OPEN, Norwich

Thu 4 Sep

£8 / 01603 763111

  • 18:30

Sheffield Theatres

Mon 1 Sep

£10 / 0114 249 6000

  • 19:30

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An Evening With Tony Jacklin: Talk

The Lincolnshire-born golfer discusses his career from captaining the European Ryder Cup team to appearing on BBC One's Strictly Come Dancing.

The Camberley Theatre

Wed 15 Oct

£25; £22 theatre club / 01276 707600

  • 19:30

Newcastle City Hall, Newcastle upon Tyne

Wed 8 Oct

£21 / 0191 261 2606

Octagon Theatre, Yeovil

Sun 7 Sep

£20 ( £18.50) / 01935 422884

  • 19:30

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Experimental: The Show That Plays With Your Mind

Richard Wiseman / PBH's Free Fringe An interactive experience like no other as you take part in live mind-blowing experiments that will make you laugh, scream and gasp. There's no performer. It's just you and the unknown.

The Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh

Sun 17 Aug

Ballroom

Free / 0131 556 7060

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

Mon 18 Aug

Ballroom

Free / 0131 556 7060

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

Tue 19 Aug

Ballroom

Free / 0131 556 7060

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

…and 5 more dates until 24 Aug

Jonathan Meades: A Stroll Down False Memory Lane

Lakin McCarthy / The Assembly Rooms 'Forensically, mordantly, occasionally lovingly, Meades deconstructs the 1950s. They will never look quite the same again' (David Kynaston on An Encyclopaedia of Myself). Meades discusses of memory's vagaries, indiscriminacy and mutability. All seating is unreserved. Late comers…

Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh

Wed 20 Aug

The Music Hall

£10 / 0131 220 4348

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Journal: Workshop: My Culture, My London

Taking inspiration from the Journal exhibition and from a piece of research into young Londoners' relationship with arts and culture, this is a two-part workshop for 16-25 year olds.

ICA, London SW1Y

Tue 29 Jul

Free / 020 7930 3647

  • 11:00 – 17:00

LOUD Poets

Slam-style poetry devoid of pretension. Ages 15+.

Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh

Fri 1 Aug

The Netherbow Theatre at Fringe

£8 / 0131 556 9579

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & just Festival.

Sat 2 Aug

The Netherbow Theatre at Fringe

£8 / 0131 556 9579

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & just Festival.

Sun 3 Aug

The Netherbow Theatre at Fringe

£8 / 0131 556 9579

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & just Festival.

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MacDiarmid Festival

One day festival focusing on Langholm poet Hugh MacDiarmid with readings, walks, music, art and film.

Buccleuch Centre, Langholm

Sat 13 Sep

£10 / 01387 381196

  • 14:00 – 23:30

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.

The Hawth, Crawley

Fri 31 Oct

£16.50 (£15) / 01293 553636

  • 19:30

Pat Mills on War Comics

Our reading workshops take a close look at a classic text, literary star or genre. Today, Pat Mills explores the representation of the First World War in comics and graphic novels using his own well-known comic creation, Charley’s War, which depicts the experiences of a teenage soldier in the trenches. Expect an open…

Charlotte Square Gardens, Edinburgh

Fri 22 Aug

£15 (£12) / 0845 373 5888

Part of Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Alan Warner

A new Alan Warner novel is always cause for celebration. The man who wrote The Sopranos, Morvern Callar and prize-winning The Deadman’s Pedal returns to Edinburgh to launch Their Lips Talk of Mischief. Set in 1980s London, it centres on two struggling writers penning calendar captions and trashy novels in an effort to eke…

Charlotte Square Gardens, Edinburgh

Thu 21 Aug

£10 (£8) / 0845 373 5888

Part of Edinburgh International Book Festival.

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