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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

Colston Hall, Bristol

Mon 22 Sep

£31.71 / 0117 922 3686

  • 19:30

Eden Court Theatre, Inverness

Sun 14 Sep

£29.50 / 01463 234234

Also on at:

…and at 2 other places

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.

Arts Centre, Swindon

Thu 18 Sep

£12 (£10) / 01793 614837

  • 19:30

The Camberley Theatre

Wed 4 Jun

£12 ( £10.50; £10.50) / 01276 707600

  • 19:30

Carnegie Theatre, Workington

Fri 9 May

£12 (£10) / 01900 602122

  • 19:30

Also on at:

…and at 2 other places

Mike McGear McCartney

The performing artist, musician and rock photographer talks about his life and career, and probably big bro Paul.

Assembly Rooms, Tamworth

Fri 23 May

£16 / 01827 709618

  • 19:30

Fairfield Halls, Croydon

Thu 15 May

£16 / 020 8688 9291

  • 20:00

Forest Arts Centre, New Milton

Sat 24 May

£14 (£13) / 01425 612393

  • 20:00

Also on at:

Lunchtime Talks at Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museums

A series of free talks taking place on Wednesday lunchtimes in various Aberdeen museums. Booking essential for talks at the Maritime Museum. Booking is essential.

Aberdeen Art Gallery

Wed 30 Apr

Free / 01224 523700

'James Mcbey' by Ann Steed, Curator.

  • 12:30 – 13:00

Wed 7 May

Free / 01224 523700

'Marie Laurencin' by Griffin Coe, Curator.

  • 12:30 – 13:00

Wed 14 May

Free / 01224 523700

A tour of the exhibition from Aberdeen Artists Society.

  • 12:30 – 13:00
…and 2 more dates until 28 May

Aberdeen Maritime Museum

Wed 23 Apr

Free / 01224 337700

'30 Years Of Aberdeen Maritime Museum' by John Edwards.

  • 12:30 – 13:00

Falls of Clyde Victorian Grand Tour

Guided time travelling trip to the Falls of Clyde.

Falls of Clyde Wildlife Reserve – Scottish Wildlife Trust, New Lanark

Sat 17 May

Free / 01555 665262

  • 14:00 – 16:00

Sat 12 Jul

Free / 01555 665262

  • 14:00 – 16:00
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The Gifford Lecture Series

Lectures that look at the study of Natural Theology in broad terms, with the goal to advance modern theological thought. This year's theme is 'Givenness and Revelation'. Booking is essential.

University of Glasgow

Tue 20 May

Free / 0141 330 3593

Today's lecture: 'The aporia of revelation: The epistemological interpretation'.

  • 17:30 – 19:30

Wed 21 May

Free / 0141 330 3593

Today's lecture: 'Understanding revelation: A phenomenological reappropriation'.

  • 17:30 – 19:30

Tue 27 May

Free / 0141 330 3593

Today's lecture: 'Christ as saturated phenomenon: The Icon of the invisible'.

  • 17:30 – 19:30

Wed 28 May

Free / 0141 330 3593

Today's lecture: 'Trinity as a logic of manifestation'.

  • 17:30 – 19:30

Lunch with the Literati

Fencible Productions The Scottish Arts Club in Edinburgh's Rutland Square hosts a series of five encounters with Scotland's greatest masters of prose and poetry. You will be presented with the illustrated life and work of James Boswell, Robert Burns, Sir Walter Scott, Robert Louis Stevenson and Arthur Conan Doyle. One…

Scottish Arts Club, Edinburgh

Sun 3 Aug

Scottish Arts Club

£12 (£10) / 0131 229 8157

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Mon 4 Aug

Scottish Arts Club

£12 (£10) / 0131 229 8157

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Tue 5 Aug

Scottish Arts Club

£12 (£10) / 0131 229 8157

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 2 more dates until 7 Aug

Create:Eat:Whisky

A 'multi-sensory whisky adventure' that explores the whisky making process through its sights, sounds and tastes. Devised by food and art enthusiasts Jelly & Gin.

Nestle Condensed Milk Factory, Edinburgh

Wed 14 May

£15–£25

Part of Homecoming Scotland.

Thu 15 May

£15–£25

Part of Homecoming Scotland.

Fri 16 May

£15–£25

Part of Homecoming Scotland.

…and 3 more dates until 19 May

Free Cinema

Monthly event where participants talk around the themes, content and messages of film and its meaning in the wider world. Featuring alternative works that challenge the conventional form. Ages 18+.

Deptford Lounge, London SE8

Thu 15 May

Free

  • 18:30 – 21:30

Thu 19 Jun

Free

  • 18:30 – 21:30

Italian Conversation with Yakety Yak Language Cafe

Improve your Italian conversation in a small group with an experienced tutor.

The Purple Pig Café, Edinburgh

Tue 22 Apr

£8 per session; £28–£35 for six-session card / 07826 555134

  • 14:00 – 15:00

Tue 29 Apr

£8 per session; £28–£35 for six-session card / 07826 555134

  • 14:00 – 15:00

Tue 6 May

£8 per session; £28–£35 for six-session card / 07826 555134

  • 14:00 – 15:00
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Junipalooza

A chance to show the world how much you love gin, with three days of sampling small batch gins, craft gins, your ol' favourite gins and more. Plus you can get a fancy schmancy cocktail shook up by some of the UK's best bartenders and have a go at blending your own gin in a masterclass.

Factory 7, London EC2A

Fri 6 Jun

£15–£25 in advance; £20–£35 on the door (masterclasses £25) / 020 7269 9750

Price include five tokens to sample gins (15ml gin, available with tonic water).

  • 12:00 – 18:00

Sat 7 Jun

£15–£25 in advance; £20–£35 on the door (masterclasses £25) / 020 7269 9750

Price include five tokens to sample gins (15ml gin, available with tonic water).

  • 12:00 – 18:00

Sun 8 Jun

£15–£25 in advance; £20–£35 on the door (masterclasses £25) / 020 7269 9750

Price include five tokens to sample gins (15ml gin, available with tonic water).

  • 12:00 – 18:00

One for the Road!

Taking a tour of London and learn about the highs and lows of drinking – from alcohol-fuelled hijinks to the consequences of addition. Run in conjunction with the This Bewitching Poison exhibition at the Royal College of Physicians.

Royal College of Physicians Museum, London NW1

Thu 1 May

£10 / 020 7034 4901

  • 14:00 – 16:30

Wed 28 May

£10 / 020 7034 4901

  • 18:30 – 21:00

Sat 7 Jun

020 7034 4901

  • 11:00 – 13:30
…and 3 more dates until 16 Oct

Victoriana Dundee: Bazaar at the Museum

An after-hours event in the style of the bazaars and exhibitions held at the McManus in the past. With key characters from Dundee's past brought to life by character actors, plus music, stories, Victorian Instagram and more. Booking is essential.

McManus: Dundee's Art Gallery and Museum

Sat 17 May

Free / 01382 307200

Part of Festival of Museums.

  • 18:30 – 20:30

Free (ticketed) / 01382 307200

Part of Festival of Museums.

GastroFest

Science and gastronomy converge at this foodie mini-fest organised by Edinburgh International Science Festival. Food producers, chefs and mixologists help sciencey types explore the experiences of taste, disgust, pleasure and other aspects of consumption through demos, workshops, exhibitions and discussions.

Various venues, Edinburgh

Sun 20 Apr

Times & prices vary / 0844 557 2686

How 'Venetian' Was Titian?

Tom Nichols of the University of Glasgow talks about the tensions between Titian's highly individual painting and the conservative social and cultural mores of the Venice of the time.

Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh

Tue 13 May

Hawthornden Lecture Theatre

Free / 0131 624 6200

  • 12:45 – 13:30
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Neil Gaiman and Tori Amos: Comic Connections

The creative collaborators team up for this chat, with celebrated writer and comic nerd Gaiman talking about his career and influences, alongside Amos – for whom Gaiman has written liner notes and programme intros.

The British Library, London NW1

Fri 16 May

Sold out / 0843 208 1144

  • 18:30 – 20:00

Phil Bergerson: American Artifacts – Talk and Signing

Canadian photographer Bergerson discusses his new photo book, American Artifacts, looking at modern day America and incorporating text from dystopian sci-fi writer Margaret Atwood.

Stills, Edinburgh

Thu 24 Apr

Free (ticketed) / 01620 895985

Planetarium Shows

Take a tour of the night sky in the planetarium. Learn about constellations, asteroids and galaxies and more. Booking is essential.

Mills Observatory, Dundee

Mon 12 May

£1 (Children £0.50) / 01382 435967

  • 14:00

Mon 9 Jun

£1 (Children £0.50) / 01382 435967

  • 14:00

Wed 9 Jul

Times to be confirmed / £1 (Children £0.50) / 01382 435967

…and 3 more dates until 17 Sep

West End Festival

Taking over the West End of Glasgow each year, the festival treats the ears to a great musical line-up, tantalises all the senses with a carnival and delves into the creative depths of local studios and exhibitions with the Hidden Lane open days.

West End, Glasgow

Fri 6 Jun

Times & prices vary (free–£20)

Sat 7 Jun

Times & prices vary (free–£20)

Sun 8 Jun

Times & prices vary (free–£20)

…and 21 more dates until 29 Jun

Brassed Off: Theatre Talk

A behind-the-scenes talk about the stage version of the celebrated movie.

King's Theatre, Edinburgh

Wed 30 Apr

£5 / 0131 529 6000

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High Command in War

Chaired by historian Trevor Royle, Sir Hew Strachan aims to look beyond the accepted role of command during the First World War and portray the generals that could not cope or who had murderous intent.

The Hub, Edinburgh

Sun 10 Aug

£6 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

How War Reporting has Changed: A Century On

A look at how times have changed when it comes to war reporting.

The Hub, Edinburgh

Fri 22 Aug

£6 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Imagining the Future of Medicine

A series of talks including words from a neuroscientist, a surgeon and a physical performance group. Hosted by Mock the Week 's Dara Ó'Briain.

Royal Albert Hall, London SW7

Mon 21 Apr

£20–£30 / 020 7589 8212

Killing Civilians

A look at the human suffering of those not directly involved in the conflict.

The Hub, Edinburgh

Tue 26 Aug

£6 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Beacon of Light: The New Edinburgh International Festival and the Arts in Post-war Society

The development of the Edinburgh International Festival and how it promotes discussion.

The Hub, Edinburgh

Thu 21 Aug

£6 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

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