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Hispanic Festival

The Hispanic Festival celebrates its tenth year with a month of events showcasing Spanish and Latin American culture, curated by people who are authentically Spanish and Latin American. Watch out for the Flamenco performances, for which this festival is renowned.

Various venues, Edinburgh

Sat 20 Sep

Times & prices vary / 07813 159823

Sun 21 Sep

Times & prices vary / 07813 159823

Mon 22 Sep

Times & prices vary / 07813 159823

…and 39 more dates until 31 Oct

An Evening with Sir Roger Moore

Interviewed by Gareth Owen, Hollywood legend, knight and raconteur Sir Roger Moore candidly discusses his life and career, from The Saint and The Persuaders to his stint as 007 and beyond. Followed by an audience Q&A.

Churchill Theatre, Bromley

Thu 2 Oct

£26 / 08441 717620

Floral Pavilion Theatre, New Brighton

Sun 5 Oct

£26 (£24) / 0151 666 0000

  • 19:30

Grand Opera House, York

Wed 24 Sep

£26 / 0844 871 3024

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A Life in Music: Jimmy Page

Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page talks about his life, career and new book with Guardian music editor, Michael Hann. His autobiography – Jimmy Page – discusses his life in the world-famous band, as well as his life off-stage and is illustrated by personal photographs.

Cadogan Hall, London SW1X

Wed 15 Oct

£20 / 020 7730 4500

An Evening with Duncan Norvelle and Paper Lace

Laughter and music from comedian Duncan Norvelle, rockers Paper Lace and supporting acts, with funds going the British Heart Foundation.

Connaught Hall, Attleborough

Sun 21 Sep

£15

  • 19:30 – 23:00

Glasgow Skeptics

A biweekly event where speakers expound on science, pseudoscience, politics and policy to increase public understanding and engagement of these issues.

The Admiral, Glasgow

Mon 22 Sep

Free / 0141 221 7705

Today: 'After the Referendum: What Now?' – A panel discusses the repercussions of the Referendum, whichever way it goes. With Scottish politics expert Dr Neil McGarvey; journalist and commentator Lesley Riddoch; and Spectator blogger and libertarian Alex Massie. Part of Glasgow City of Science.

  • 19:00 – 21:30
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Game Masters

Exhibition celebrating the varied history of computer gaming. Featuring over 100 playable games, rare original game artwork, 2D objects and interviews with game designers.

National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

Fri 5 Dec

Exhibition Gallery 1

£10 (£8; Children £6.30; under 5s free; Family £23–£28; Students £5 on Tue) / 0300 123 6789

  • 10:00 – 17:00

Sat 6 Dec

Exhibition Gallery 1

£10 (£8; Children £6.30; under 5s free; Family £23–£28; Students £5 on Tue) / 0300 123 6789

  • 10:00 – 17:00

Sun 7 Dec

Exhibition Gallery 1

£10 (£8; Children £6.30; under 5s free; Family £23–£28; Students £5 on Tue) / 0300 123 6789

  • 10:00 – 17:00
…and 134 more dates until 20 Apr 2015

GFT Tour

Learn the fascinating story of the GFT and its predecessor the Cosmo with this glimpse behind-the-scenes.

Glasgow Film Theatre

Sun 21 Sep

Free / 0141 332 6535

  • 10:00 – 13:00

Midlands Model Engineering Exhibition

Get a load of thousands of examples of model railway layouts and engines, sit in on some lectures and workshops and connect with fellow model engineering enthusiasts at the massive tradeshow.

Warwickshire Exhibition Centre, Leamington Spa

Thu 16 Oct

£4.50–£9.50 / 01926 614101

  • 10:00 – 17:00

Burning the Circle – Bronze Age Festival

An examination and celebration of Bronze Age Arran with boat building, fire-lighting, demonstrations, craftwork and historical talks.

Brodick Castle & Country Park, Isle Of Arran

Sat 27 Sep

Main event free with Brodick Country Park entry / 0844 493 2152

  • 11:00 – 23:00

Sun 28 Sep

Main event free with Brodick Country Park entry / 0844 493 2152

  • 11:00 – 16:00

How to Speak Money

John Lanchester blows open the world of finance, exploring everything from the trading floor to the jargon-filled language of the economic elite, taken from his book How to Speak Money.

The Salon, Cheltenham

Sat 4 Oct

£8

Part of Cheltenham Literature Festival.

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Ian Gow: Scotland's Lost Houses

National Trust of Scotland curator Ian Gow looks to the photographic record to talk about the grand houses lost to dry rot, mining subsidence, lack of funds, and fire.

Central Library, Edinburgh

Wed 24 Sep

Free / 0131 242 8100

  • 18:00

John Byrne and Peter Capaldi in Conversation

Artist and playwright John Byrne in conversation with actor, director and fellow GSA attendee Peter Capaldi. Booking is essential.

Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh

Wed 8 Oct

Hawthornden Lecture Theatre

£15 (£12) / 0131 624 6560

  • 18:30 – 19:30

Laurie Lee’s Cider with Rosie

In the centenary year of Laurie Lee’s birth, we celebrate his vivid memoir, Cider with Rosie, this year’s Big Read at Cheltenham, by bringing together four Lee devotees; Cerys Matthews and Michael Morpurgo, who introduce the new Vintage Classic anniversary editions, travel writer Chris Stewart and Joanna Trollope, who…

Garden Theatre, Cheltenham

Sat 4 Oct

£10

Part of Cheltenham Literature Festival.

Mackintosh Italian Dinner

A three-course Italian dinner hosted by the Charles Rennie Mackintosh Society, with stories from Dr George Rawson about Mackintosh's trip to Italy. Booking is essential.

The Mackintosh Church, Glasgow

Sat 4 Oct

£29.50 / 0141 946 6600

  • 19:00 – 22:00

Marvel: 75 Years

In 1939, the first Marvel Comic hit the newsstands, irrevocably changing the face of graphic fiction. Fantastic Four and X-Men writer Mike Carey (The Girl with All the Gifts), former Marvel editor Alan Cowsill (Marvel Comics: 75 Years of Cover Art) and The Hulk writer Monty Nero (Death Sentence) discuss the iconic brand’s…

The Studio, Cheltenham

Sun 5 Oct

£10

Part of Cheltenham Literature Festival.

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Mary Beard: He-he-he! What Made the Ancient Romans Laugh?

Historian Mary Beard has a look at what made the Romans laugh – and what this can tell us about the culture.

Cheltenham Town Hall

Sun 5 Oct

£8 / 0844 576 2210

Part of Cheltenham Literature Festival.

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…

Cambridge Corn Exchange

Fri 3 Oct

£29.50 / 01223 357851

Colston Hall, Bristol

Mon 22 Sep

£29.50 / 0117 922 3686

Grand Opera House, York

Sun 28 Sep

£30.50 / 0844 871 3024

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Steampunk Science

Delve into all things science and technology, from their historic roots to their future potential. This is an evening to examine some of today's innovative research.

University of Edinburgh

Fri 26 Sep

Free / 0131 650 1000

The Sunday Times Must Reads

Andrew Holgate, Literary Editor of The Sunday Times, presents his ‘Must Reads’ of 2014. Debut novelists Nathan Filer (The Shock of the Fall) and Emma Healey (Elizabeth is Missing) join Andrew to talk about their much-heralded books.

Cheltenham Town Hall

Sun 5 Oct

£7 / 0844 576 2210

Part of Cheltenham Literature Festival.

Tibetan Buddhist Meditation with the Gar Trinley Yongkhyab Ling Sangha

Experience traditional Tibetan Buddhist meditation practice.

Abbey Mount Centre, Edinburgh

Sun 21 Sep

£3 suggested donation / 0131 661 2780

  • 15:00 – 17:00

Sun 28 Sep

£3 suggested donation / 0131 661 2780

  • 15:00 – 17:00

Sun 5 Oct

£3 suggested donation / 0131 661 2780

  • 15:00 – 17:00
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The World's Worst Serial Killers

A two-hour audiovisual show presented by retired murder squad detective Trevor Marriott. Please note that this show not for the squeamish or faint-hearted as many of the photographs shown are of a very graphic nature, which some may find disturbing.

Darwen Library Theatre

Fri 31 Oct

£12 (£10) / 01254 706006

  • 19:30

Ferneham Hall, Fareham

Sun 28 Sep

£12.50 / 01329 231942

  • 19:30

Hazlitt Arts Centre, Maidstone

Thu 20 Nov

£16 (Children £15; £15; £15; £15) / 01622 758611

  • 19:30

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Yvonne McEwen: Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service (QAIMNS) During the First World War

Yvonne Mcewen presents original research into the under-studied history of Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service (QAIMNS) during the First World War.

Edinburgh Napier University

Tue 23 Sep

Surgeons' Hall Museum, Edinburgh

Tue 11 Nov

Free / 0131 527 1600

  • 18:00

After Dark: Adults Only

Go to the science centre after all the kids have gone to sleep for the night, with the chance to get hands on with all the fun science activities that you have begrudgingly have to let them have first dibs at during the day. Plus, live shows in the UK's biggest capacity digital planetarium.

Winchester Science Centre & Planetarium

Wed 15 Oct

£8–£10 / 01962 863791

  • 18:00 – 22:00

Thu 6 Nov

£8–£10 / 01962 863791

  • 18:00 – 22:00

Tue 2 Dec

£8–£10 / 01962 863791

  • 18:00 – 22:00

After the Referendum: What Now?

Glasgow Skeptics presents a panel discussion to ask what happens now the votes are in. Chaired by journalist and broadcaster David Torrance with panelists Lesley Riddoch, Alex Massie, Stephen Paton and Duncan Hothersall.

The Admiral, Glasgow

Mon 22 Sep

Free / 0141 221 7705

  • 19:00 – 21:00

Bunkered Terrain - Scottish Golf Landscapes: Commission for The Art of Golf

Dr Patricia Macdonald talks about the project to make aerial images of Scottish golf courses.

Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh

Tue 14 Oct

Hawthornden Lecture Theatre

Free / 0131 624 6200

  • 12:45 – 13:30
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