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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.

…and 7 more dates until 23 Aug

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

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

Phil Kay: The Wholly Viable

Unpredictable stand-up and energetic improvisations as the stand-up launches his memoirs.

Heroes @ Bob & Miss Behave's Bookshop, Edinburgh

Sat 16 Aug

Bookshop

£5

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 17 Aug

Bookshop

£5

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Mon 18 Aug

Bookshop

£5

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 7 more dates until 25 Aug

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
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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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…and at 6 other places

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.

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

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

Are Designer Babies a Slippery Slope?

Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas Have you ever thought about what having children might mean in the future? What if you could design your own baby? Would you design your baby to have the intelligence of Stephen Hawking and the body (but not the temper) of Naomi Campbell? What features would you include in the design of your…

Stand in the Square, Edinburgh

Mon 11 Aug

£5

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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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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Don't Tell Him Pike

Ian Lavender and Steven McNicoll …but maybe he will! Enjoy an afternoon with Ian 'Stupid Boy' Lavender in conversation with Edinburgh's Steven McNicoll. Dad's Army was Ian's first professional job and he found himself thrown into a group of some of the best and funniest actors in the business. Dad's Army became one of…

Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh

Fri 1 Aug

Studio Two

£10 (£9) / 0131 220 4348

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 2 Aug

Studio Two

£10 (£9) / 0131 220 4348

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 3 Aug

Studio Two

£10 (£9) / 0131 220 4348

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 20 more dates until 24 Aug

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

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.

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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.

An Evening With Aggers And Sunny: Talk

Commentator Jonathan Agnew and former Indian cricketer Sunil Gavaskar talk about the game and answer questions from the audience.

De Montfort Hall, Leicester

Sat 6 Sep

£22 / 0116 233 3111

  • 19:30

Festival Detours: John Osborne

Writer and poet John Osborne tells stories in the surroundings of Ross Sinclair's 20 Years of Real Life exhibition. Presented in partnership with The List.

Collective Gallery, Edinburgh

Tue 12 Aug

£4 / 0131 556 1264

Part of Edinburgh Art Festival.

The Grunts with Philip Ardagh & Axel Scheffler

Philip Ardagh is back with his friend and illustrator Axel Scheffler to introduce the latest instalment of The Grunts. The superlatively silly series continues with the Grunts heading to a country fair so Mrs Grunt’s mother can enter the Jams and Jellies Competition. There’s nothing to suggest they’ll encounter sabotage…

Charlotte Square Gardens, Edinburgh

Mon 11 Aug

£4.50 / 0845 373 5888

Part of Edinburgh International Book Festival.

John O’Farrell: 25 Years of Writing Stupid Jokes

Lakin McCarthy / The Assembly Rooms A fascinating, funny look at comedy writing with John O’Farrell. From aspiring radio writer to best-selling comic novelist, via scripts for Spitting Image puppets, real life politicians and the plasticine poultry of Chicken Run. All seating is unreserved. Late comers may not be…

Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh

Sat 9 Aug

The Music Hall

£10 / 0131 220 4348

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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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.

…and 9 more dates until 24 Aug

Michael Palin: Travelling To Work

To celebrate his third volume of diaries being published, Palin looks back on 25 years of travelling the world and almost 50 years of popping up on radio, TV and film. Palin is best known for Monty Python with John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Terry Gilliam and the late Graham Chapman. Between movies, he also…

Alban Arena, St Albans

Mon 8 Sep

£29.50 / 01727 844488

  • 19:30

Cambridge Corn Exchange

Fri 3 Oct

£29.50 / 01223 357851

  • 19:30

Colston Hall, Bristol

Mon 22 Sep

£31.71 / 0117 922 3686

  • 19:30

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…and at 5 other places

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.

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