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An Evening with Pam Ayres

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

The Anvil, Basingstoke

Thu 1 May

£19.50 adv booking required / 01256 844244

  • 19:45

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.

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Neu! Reekie!

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

Pilrig St Paul's Church, Edinburgh

Fri 30 May

£7 in advance; £9 on the door / 0131 553 1876

This time 'round Neu! Reekie! offers up hip hop/funk act Bang Dirty; TS Eliot and Costa Prize nominated poet Helen Mort; electroacoustic sounds from Wolf (aka Kim Moore, formerly of Zoey Van Goey); an animation showcase from John Davide; and more to be announced. Plus all ye good people get a free pint of Heverlee.

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.

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.

The Bongo Club, Edinburgh

Fri 2 May

£5 / 07989 508436

'The Ampersand Edition' featuring mash-ups and collaborations. Award-winning dancer and choreographer Ruth Mills teams up with Gerry Campbell (formerly Belle & Sebastian); poet Ryan Van Winkle teams up with Lake Montgomery; Billy Liar joins forces with Lach. Part of The Bongo Lives!.

  • 19:00

Tron Theatre, Glasgow

Wed 30 Apr

£5 / 07989 508436

With Raymond Soltysek, Amy Shipway and Stephen Watt. Ticket includes a complimentary glass of anCnoc whisky.

  • 20:30

Caesura

An eclectic and experimental night of poetry, performance and spoken word, held on the second Friday of each month.

Summerhall, Edinburgh

Fri 9 May

£3 / 07719 481092

For Caesura #23, it's experimental writer Dorothy Alexander, sound poet Luke Poot, musician Sam Cunningham-Siggs and playwright Karen Strang under the spotlight.

Fri 13 Jun

£3 / 07719 481092

Caesura lays out an epic line-up for tonight's show, with Alan Halsey, Geraldine Monk, Jow Lindsay and Lila Matsumoto.

  • 19:00

Illicit Ink Underground

Illicit Ink keeps things dark and playful at this bimonthly, themed writers' performance night.

The Bongo Club, Edinburgh

Sun 4 May

£5 (£3) / 0131 558 8844

More sinister stories on the Illicit Ink stage under the theme 'Word Games'.

  • 20:00 – 22:00
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Creative and Therapeutic Writing Workshop

Unearth your creative potential and look after your health and well-being while you're at it. A ten-week course with Manu Rodriguez. Register via email.

Summerhall, Edinburgh

Tue 29 Apr

£100 for ten weeks (£80) / 0845 874 3001

Please note: This course runs 1 Apr–3 Jun 2014.

  • 18:00 – 20:00

Tue 6 May

£100 for ten weeks (£80) / 0845 874 3001

Please note: This course runs 1 Apr–3 Jun 2014.

  • 18:00 – 20:00

Tue 13 May

£100 for ten weeks (£80) / 0845 874 3001

Please note: This course runs 1 Apr–3 Jun 2014.

  • 18:00 – 20:00
…and 3 more dates until 3 Jun

Iain Macwhirter: The Road to Referendum

The political columnist presents his new book, a companion to the three-part television series of the same name.

The Glad Café, Glasgow

Fri 2 May

Over-18s only

£10 / 0141 636 6119

  • 19:30

Summerhall, Edinburgh

Thu 29 May

£10 (£8) / 0845 874 3001

  • 19:00

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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UKIP Conference & Nigel Farage

The UK Independence Party Conference along with political talks from elected leader Nigel Farage.

The Guildhall, Portsmouth

Mon 28 Apr

Free / 023 9282 4355

  • 19:30

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.

Anson Rooms, Bristol

Sat 18 Oct

£22.50

EPIC Studios, Norwich

Sat 15 Nov

£27.50 adv / 01603 766400

  • 20:00

Guildhall, Gloucester

Tue 6 May

£19.50 / 01452 503050

  • 19:30

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An Audience With Everton Legends: Talk

Kevin Ratcliffe and Neville Southall talk to John Keith and take questions from the audience.

Floral Pavilion Theatre, New Brighton

Fri 25 Apr

£12 / 0151 666 0000

  • 19:30

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.

Cheltenham Town Hall

Fri 2 May

£15 / 0844 576 2210

  • 19:30

Exeter Corn Exchange

Sun 27 Apr

£15 / 01392 665938

  • 19:30

Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage

Sat 26 Apr

£17 (£15) / 01438 363200

  • 19:30

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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

Fri 25 Apr

Free / 07760 669011

  • 11:00 – 17:00

Sat 26 Apr

Free / 07760 669011

  • 11:00 – 17:00

Tue 29 Apr

Free / 07760 669011

  • 11:00 – 17:00
…and 14 more dates until 17 May

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

Jack the Ripper: A 21st Century Investigation

Former murder squad detective Trevor Marriott attempts to solve the Ripper case, following a 12-year re-investigation of the evidence.

The Customs House, South Shields

Mon 22 Sep

£12–£14 (Children £12; £12; £12) / 0191 454 1234

  • 19:45

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

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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Carol Ann Duffy And Friends

The Poet Laureate hosts readings of poetry by writers from Manchester Metropolitan University and established poets.

Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Mon 12 May

The Studio

£12 (£10) / 0161 833 9833

  • 19:00

Mon 19 May

The Studio

£12 (£10) / 0161 833 9833

  • 19:00

Dr Kazuo Inamori: Lecture

A talk by the Japanese philanthropist, entrepeneur and head of Japan Airlines.

Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford

Fri 9 May

Phone for prices / 0870 750 0659

  • 18:00 – 20:00
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Sick Sick Sick: The Books of Ornery Women

A reading group to get into the nitty gritty of the online Alt-Lit scene, looking at the writing of emerging female writers. Organised by MAP magazine, with meetings every six to eight weeks.

CCA, Glasgow

Mon 12 May

£4 / 0141 352 4900

Things get shaken up tonight with Remastered, a performance of Katherine Angel’s Unmastered: A Book on Desire, Most Difficult to Tell.

  • 19:00

Thu 29 May

Free / 0141 352 4900

This month's reading to be announced.

  • 18:30

St Mungo's Mirrorball

A showcase of the finest poetry talent on the Glasgow scene.

CCA, Glasgow

Thu 1 May

Free / 0141 352 4900

Tonight's verse comes courtesy of Gerrie Fellows (Window for a Small Blue Child) and Jacob Polley (The Havocs).

  • 19:00

Thu 8 May

Free / 0141 352 4900

Tonight's featured poet is Belfast's Miriam Gamble, with her Clydebuilt mentees – Susan Mansfield, Jane Hartshorn, Julie Martis and Tracy Patrick – also taking the stage.

  • 19:00

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

Chris Bambery: A People's History of Scotland

Ahead of the referendum, writer and broadcaster Bambery delves into the history of Scotland with his new book.

Word Power Bookshop, Edinburgh

Wed 18 Jun

Free / 0131 662 9112

  • 18:30

Stroud Valleys Artspace

Wed 30 Apr

£5 per session / 01453 751440

  • 18:30 – 20:30
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