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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

Tue 30 Sep

Times & prices vary / 07813 159823

Wed 1 Oct

Times & prices vary / 07813 159823

Thu 2 Oct

Times & prices vary / 07813 159823

…and 29 more dates until 31 Oct

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 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

Hall For Cornwall, Truro

Tue 30 Sep

£23.50–£27.50 / 01872 262466

  • 19:30

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Lewis Pugh: Achieving the Impossible

Lewis Pugh on completing a long distance swim in all of the world's oceans and in each of the seven seas. Lewis is also signing copies of his book Achieving The Impossible.

Royal Geographical Society (With The Institute Of British Geographers), London SW7

Wed 22 Oct

£20 / 020 7591 3000

  • 19:00 – 21:00

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

Liverpool Echo Arena & Convention Centre

Sat 11 Oct

£33 / 0844 800 0400

  • 19:30

New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

Tue 30 Sep

£30.50 / 0870 607 7533

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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

Pervez Hoodbhoy on Humanism in Pakistan: Problems and Prospects

Distinguished nuclear physicist and social activist Pervez Hoodbhoy offers his thoughts about humanism in Pakistan.

Friends House, London NW1

Fri 10 Oct

£8 ( £5; £5)

  • 18:30 – 21:00

Naomi Klein: This Changes Everything – Capitalism Vs The Climate

In her provocative new book Klein argues that radical political change is needed in the fight against climate change. She is in conversation with columnist and writer Owen Jones.

Maxima Forum, Cheltenham

Sat 11 Oct

£10

Part of Cheltenham Literature Festival.

Westminster Central Hall, London SW1H

Mon 6 Oct

Glasgoes Poetic

Written and spoken word at this festival of all things versified, which brings together several poetical events happening in Glasgow, and adds in a few more of its own, all aiming to get you celebrating caesura and enthusing about iambs.

Various venues: Glasgow

Tue 30 Sep

Times vary / Free / 07918 601799

Wed 1 Oct

Times vary / Free / 07918 601799

Thu 2 Oct

Times vary / Free / 07918 601799

…and 8 more dates until 10 Oct

Gordon Buchanan: Lost Adventures

Gordon's tales of his adventures, expedition and wildlife experiences.

Beacon Arts Centre, Greenock

Mon 20 Oct

The Beacon Theatre

£14.50 / 01475 723723

Caird Hall, Dundee

Fri 24 Oct

£14.50 / 01382 434940

Eastgate Theatre & Arts Centre, Peebles

Fri 10 Oct

£12.50–£14.50 (Children £5) / 01721 725777

  • 19:30 – 21:00

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Journeys into the Art and Spirit of Different Cultures

An exploration of different forms of artistic expression in Christian, Jewish and Muslim traditions.

Assembly Roxy, Edinburgh

Fri 3 Oct

£7–£10 for both days; £6–£8 for one day / 0131 623 3030

  • 19:30 – 21:00

Sat 4 Oct

£7–£10 for both days; £6–£8 for one day / 0131 623 3030

  • 19:30 – 21:00

Italian Cultural Institute, Edinburgh

Thu 2 Oct

Free / 0131 668 2232

  • 18:00 – 20:30

Paranormal Scotland

Hallowe'en festival based in Stirling that has its 'serious face' on during the day, with talks, lectures, discussion and investigations into all things paranormal, then becomes more light-hearted – but, simultaneously, spooky – in the evening, with films, ghost hunts and psychic medium shows.

Various venues: Stirling

Fri 31 Oct

Times & prices vary

Sat 1 Nov

Times & prices vary

Sun 2 Nov

Times & prices vary

Fused Festival

Friday night welcomes young people of all musical abilities to take part in songwriting and music-making activities presented by professional musicians. Saturday night is gig night headlined by indie-folk band Randolph’s Leap. Featured artists include Rising Pacific, Cameron Roxburgh, Deep As Grass, The Canary Trap and…

Albert Halls, Stirling

Fri 24 Oct

Over-12s only

£3 (children free) / 01786 473544

  • 18:00

Generation by Night

Early evening talks, demonstrations, hands-on art-making sessions, live music and other creative responses to the Generation art programme.

Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh

Thu 2 Oct

Free / 0131 225 6671

Part of Generation.

  • 17:00 – 19:00

Thu 9 Oct

Free / 0131 225 6671

Part of Generation.

  • 17:00 – 19:00

Thu 16 Oct

Free / 0131 225 6671

Part of Generation.

  • 17:00 – 19:00
…and 2 more dates until 30 Oct

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art One, Edinburgh

Thu 9 Oct

Free / 0131 624 6200

Graham Fagen discusses his charmingly titled 1998 installation Peek-a-Jobby, and there's a DJ set from A La Fu Part of Generation.

  • 17:00 – 19:00

Thu 13 Nov

Free / 0131 624 6200

An artist's talk from Ross Sinclair and a site-specific DJ set from Loops Haunt. Part of Generation.

  • 17:00 – 19:00

Thu 11 Dec

Free / 0131 624 6200

Julie Roberts talks about how institutional constraints on the female body affect her work. Part of Generation.

  • 15:00 – 17:00

Thu 8 Jan 2015

Free / 0131 624 6200

Ciara Phillips, Claire Barclay and Kate Davis discuss their work. Part of Generation.

  • 17:00 – 19:00

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.

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The NHS – What’s the Prognosis?

Amidst a slew of apocalyptic headlines and on-going scandals, can the NHS deliver the best care and value for the taxpayer? The Sunday Times campaigning journalist Camilla Cavendish, Max Pemberton (The Doctor Will See You Now), GP and NHS campaigner David Wrigley and Cathy Corrie of Reform debate the issues with BBC…

Maxima Forum, Cheltenham

Sat 11 Oct

£10

Part of Cheltenham Literature Festival.

Mindfulness for Depression: Theory and Practice

Public lecture exploring studies behind psychological methods of treatment in depression and how mindfulness may help.

Lasswade High School Centre

Thu 9 Oct

Free

Refreshments from 6.30pm

  • 19:00 – 21:00

World of Learning

Two days of free features and seminars showcasing the latest industry thinking in Learning and Development. The programme includes instructional workshops from mindfulness experts, professional skill workshops, a chance to test drive new technology and team building activities.

NEC, Birmingham

Tue 30 Sep

Prices to be confirmed / 0121 780 4141

Wed 1 Oct

Prices to be confirmed / 0121 780 4141

Alexei Kudrin: New Realities and Challenges for Emerging Markets After (and in) Crisis – The Case of Russia

Special talk presented by Professor Alexei Kudrin, former Russian Minister of Finance (2000–2011), former Deputy Prime Minister (2000–2004, 2007–2011), Dean of the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences of the St Petersburg State University, honorary professor of the Department of Economics of St Petersburg State University…

University of Edinburgh

Wed 1 Oct

Free

Boswell Book Festival

A quirky literary festival devoted to biography and the first modern biographer, James Boswell. Set at his former home of Auchinleck House, the fest spans talks, performances and workshops by writers, actors and artists.

Auchinleck House, Cumnock

Fri 8 May 2015

Times & prices vary

Sat 9 May 2015

Times & prices vary

Sun 10 May 2015

Times & prices vary

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Chris Hadfield: You Are Here

Canadian astronaut Hadfield is probably best known for singing Bowie's 'Space Oddity' in the International Space Station which made him a viral star. His new book is the best of photographs of the earth from space.

At-Bristol

Thu 11 Dec

£15 / 0845 345 1235

Royal Geographical Society (With The Institute Of British Geographers), London SW7

Sun 7 Dec

£15 / 020 7591 3000

Durham Book Festival

Book events for both children and adults at this two-week festival, with over 70 writers appearing in 2014. Highlights include Kate Tempest, Dennis Skinner MP and Stuart Maconie.

Various Venues: Durham

Mon 6 Oct

Prices vary / 0300 026 6600

  • 10:00 – 21:00

Tue 7 Oct

Prices vary / 0300 026 6600

  • 10:00 – 21:00

Wed 8 Oct

Prices vary / 0300 026 6600

  • 10:00 – 21:00
…and 10 more dates until 18 Oct

Edinburgh International Wedding Exhibition

A brand new wedding fair on the scene, gathering together over 200 industry experts under one roof. offering products, seminars and demonstrations.

EICC, Edinburgh

Sat 11 Oct

£8.50; £13.50 Exhibition plus Bridal & Band Showcase; £25 VIP Priority Pass / 0131 611 0330

  • 11:00 – 16:00

Environmental Art Festival Scotland: EAFS

The Environmental Art Festival Scotland (EAFS) explores our relationship with the landscape and environment through a series of environmental art commissions, performances, discussions and events.

Various venues: Dumfries & Galloway

Fri 28 Aug 2015

Times & prices vary / 07791 013943

Japan Matters: Environmental Radiation in Fukushima

Kimiaki Saito of the Japan Atomic Energy Agency discusses the situation in Fukushima Prefecture.

Chaplaincy Centre, Glasgow

Fri 10 Oct

Free / 0141 548 4144

  • 14:00 – 16:00

Ferryhill Church, Aberdeen

Thu 9 Oct

Free

  • 18:30 – 20:00

St Andrew's and St George's Church, Edinburgh

Tue 7 Oct

Free / 0131 225 3847

  • 19:00 – 20:30
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