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Kamila Shamsie

Kamila Shamsie, the Orange shortlisted author of Burnt Shadows comes to Bloomsbury to discuss her stunning new novel, A God in Every Stone, with her editor Alexandra Pringle.

Bloomsbury Institute, London WC1B

Thu 24 Apr

£10; £25 inc/ book

  • 18:30 – 19:45

Sir Ranulph Fiennes: Living Dangerously: Talk

The explorer discusses his record-breaking experiences and expedition to attempt the first ever trans-Antarctic winter crossing.

Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells

Mon 9 Jun

£20 (£18) / 01892 530613

  • 19:30

Fri 4 Jul

£30 (£18) / 01892 530613

  • 19:30

Cambridge Corn Exchange

Fri 13 Jun

£10–£18 / 01223 357851

  • 20:00

City Hall, Salisbury

Thu 12 Jun

£19 / 01722 434434

  • 19:30

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Benny Lewis: Fluent in 3 Months

The blogger talks about how anyone can learn any language without leaving their home, using a simple toolkit and the Internet.

Waterstones West End, Edinburgh

Thu 17 Apr

Free / 0131 226 2666

  • 18:00

Live Canon

A performance of poetry from memory, inspired by Scarborough's history.

Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

Sat 19 Apr

£10 / 01723 370541

  • 15:00

40 Years of Scottish Publishing: 1974–2014

Publishing Scotland (previously the Scottish Publishers Association) turns 40 this year, and this exhibition celebrates all the highs of Scotland's publishing history. In conjunction with Napier University and Dundee University.

Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh

Fri 16 May

Free / 0131 556 9579

  • 10:00 – 18:00

Sat 17 May

Free / 0131 556 9579

  • 10:00 – 18:00

Mon 19 May

Free / 0131 556 9579

  • 10:00 – 18:00
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Ban This Filth!

Bissett plays 'himself' telling stories from his own life, and Andrea Dworkin, one of the most controversial women in history, who has a few things to say to him.

Burgh Hall, Dunoon

Thu 17 Apr

£6 / 01369 703302

  • 19:00

Strathpeffer Pavilion

Sat 19 Apr

Prices to be confirmed / 01997 420124

Barry McGovern Reads Samuel Beckett

Take in a selection Beckett's prose along with a few of his lesser-known poems, with Irish Beckett interpreter Barry McGovern delivering the readings.

Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Sat 19 Apr

£10–£12.50 / 0131 228 1404

Part of John Calder Festival.

  • 20:00 – 21:00

Enterprise Apps World

Enterprise Apps Conference and Event: The two day show, with expo, hackathon and workshops will look at all the implications of going mobile in the workplace and how enterprise apps can help.

Olympia, London W14

Tue 17 Jun

£295 / 020 7385 1200

  • 09:00 – 17:00

Wed 18 Jun

£295 / 020 7385 1200

  • 09:00 – 17:00
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Norbury Theatre, Droitwich Spa

Thu 8 May

£10 (£9) / 01905 770154

  • 19:30

Fri 9 May

£10 (£9) / 01905 770154

  • 19:30

Sat 10 May

£10 (£9) / 01905 770154

  • 19:30
…and 7 more dates until 17 May

Foggy And Whit: Givin It Gas: The 2014 UK Chat Show Tour

Carl and James will provide insight into today's world of racing, recall former glories and disasters, and discuss the burning issues of the day on and off-track.

Palace Theatre, Paignton

Wed 14 May

£20 / 01803 665800

  • 19:30

Neu! Reekie!

Avant-garde spoken word, film and music fusion night describing itself as 'playing host to the sinister and the sanguine'.

Summerhall, Edinburgh

Fri 25 Apr

£8.50 / 0845 874 3001

This edition, Michael Pedersen and Kevin Williamson host Fife folktronica act the Pitctish Trail; poet and short story writer Salena Godden; and the launch of a collection from the late Tom McGrath, read by 'assorted cultural bigwigs'; plus more names to be announced.

The RTP Downsized – Live

Celebrating the centenary of Robert Tressell's seminal working class novel 'The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists', the RTP foundation presents an afternoon of live readings from Martin Chomsky's graphic novel 'The RTP Downsized.' The cast will feature award-winning Southside actors and a Q&A with the author. Directed…

The Bungo Bar & Kitchen, Glasgow

Sun 18 May

£3 per adult/ 5 per family (2 adults & 2 kids) Kids go FREE Fringe HQ and on door (Subject to availability) / 0141 423 0023

Part of Southside Fringe.

  • 14:00 – 16:30

The Glad Café, Glasgow

Wed 21 May

£3 / 2 concession Fringe HQ / 0141 636 6119

Part of Southside Fringe.

  • 19:30 – 22:30

Where Did Zionism Come From, Where Is Zionism Going?: Talk

Clive Lawton discusses the potential future of the Jewish ideology.

London Jewish Cultural Centre, NW11

Tue 6 May

£35 adv booking required; £30 adv, adv booking required / 020 8457 5000

  • 10:30 – 15:30
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Aliens Love Underpants

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

A close encounter of the 'pantastic' kind.

Artrix, Bromsgrove

Mon 21 Apr

£12.50 ( £46) / 01527 577330

  • 13:30
  • 15:30

Tue 22 Apr

£12.50 ( £46) / 01527 577330

  • 11:00
  • 14:00

City Hall, Salisbury

Sat 3 May

£12.50 / 01722 434434

  • 13:30

Sun 4 May

£12.50 / 01722 434434

  • 11:00
  • 14:00

The Corn Exchange, Newbury

Thu 17 Apr

£12.50 / 01635 522 733

  • 14:00

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Arthur Conan Doyle Experience

Learn more about the great writer.

The Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Centre, Edinburgh

Tue 12 Aug

£8 / 0131 625 0700

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 14 Aug

£8 / 0131 625 0700

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Tue 19 Aug

£8 / 0131 625 0700

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 2 more dates until 26 Aug

Artie's Tartan Tales

The Singing Kettle 's Artie takes the spirit of the popular kids' show to his storytelling sessions – kids are encouraged to jump around and shout their way through the games, rhymes and songs.

Regal Community Theatre, Bathgate

Thu 17 Apr

£4 / 01506 630085

  • 14:00

Dive!

Eclectic underground queer party, blending spoken word, live music and comedy with a kaleidoscopic soundtrack and a filthy disco to finish.

Henry's Cellar Bar, Edinburgh

Sun 27 Apr

£7 (£5) / 0131 629 4101

Promising music, drag, live art, performance and dancing until the drag queen is dead! Hosted by singer, video/live artist, compere and general weirdo Miss Annabel Sings, plus 'sing-and-fling' show grrrl Cherryfox and performance and party fluffing from the Dive Performance Cartel: Michelle Ma Belle, Mistress Chipz, Shapeshifter and the flawless BANANAWOMAN! Punk-fuelled soundtrack and disco, house and electronica from the Dive resident DJs.

  • 21:00 – 03:00

Sun 25 May

£7 (£5) / 0131 629 4101

As the embers of Spring start to fade, let us lead you into the fiery depths of Hell with the usual devilishly-eclectic, anything-goes queer party – but with no school in the morning, hell yes!

With your infernal host: singer, video/live artist, compere and general weirdo Miss Annabel Sings.

Sinful performance and party fluffing from Dive resident 'sing-and-fling' show grrrl Cherryfox and the Dive Performance Cartel: Michelle Ma Belle, Mistress Chipz and Shapeshifter.

Disco inferno, hot house and underworld electronica until 3am.

  • 21:00 – 03:00

Henry Marsh: Talk

The documentary-maker discusses his memoir Do No Harm.

Daunt Books, Marylebone, London W1U

Tue 22 Apr

£8 / 020 7224 2295

  • 19:00

Mark Z Danielewski: Talk

The American horror writer discusses the influences behind his decompositional style.

Waterstones, London W1J

Thu 17 Apr

Free, ticketed / 020 7851 2400

  • 19:00

Three Poets & Some Seed: Alec Finlay, Gerry Loose and Andrew Schelling

The three poets share work inspired by a walk, planting seeds along the John Muir Way.

Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh

Sat 26 Apr

Over-14s only

Free / 0131 248 2909

  • 15:30 – 17:30

Alexander Moffat and Alan Riach: Arts of Independence

The pair talk about an important – but neglected – aspect of Scotland's bid for independence.

Blackwell's, Edinburgh

Wed 30 Apr

Free / 0131 623 3734

Part of TradFest.

Arrest That Poet!

Danny Chivers / PBH's Free Fringe Have you ever climbed up a power station, D-locked yourself to a construction company’s staircase or been sued for £5 million? Until recently, slam poet Danny Chivers certainly hadn’t. So how did a quiet boy from Bristol end up dodging security guards, battling criminal charges and…

Assembly St Marks, Edinburgh

Sat 2 Aug

Main Space

Free / 0131 623 3030

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 3 Aug

Main Space

Free / 0131 623 3030

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Mon 4 Aug

Main Space

Free / 0131 623 3030

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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