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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.

Bernadette Russell: 366 Days of Kindness

Bernadette Russell's one-woman storytelling/stand-up show, which recounts her mission to be kind to a stranger every day for an entire year (plus one day).

Chapter Art Centre, Cardiff

Wed 28 May

£12 (£10) / 0292 030440

  • 20:00

Derby Theatre

Fri 25 Apr

£9 (£6) / 01332 593939

  • 20:00

Conversation about The James Plays

The creative team behind National Theatre of Scotland's The James Plays discuss their ambitious new project with Jackie McGlone.

The Hub, Edinburgh

Mon 18 Aug

£6 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Bright Club: Edinburgh

The hardworking staff at Edinburgh's universities are let out for the night to share their tales about the weird, wonderful, and often very funny, world of research.

The Stand, Edinburgh

Tue 29 Apr

£5 / 0131 558 7272

  • 20:30

Strange Psychologies

Four lectures explore the dark side of human behaviour: deviant sexuality, criminal profiling, Narcissism and British serial killers. Aimed at at the general public – aka no white beard or set of round specs necessary.

The Lighthouse, Glasgow

Thu 22 May

£11 (or all four for £40) / 0141 276 5360

Today: British Serial Killers.

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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

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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Edinburgh Skeptics

Regular meet-ups of Edinburgh's most enquiring minds, breaking down doctrine with pints and chat.

The Banshee Labyrinth, Edinburgh

Thu 15 May

Free / 07896 745991

Tonight's talk, 'Cryptozoology – Science, Pseudoscience or Something Else?' comes courtesy of statistical ecologist and aquatic biologist Charles Paxton.

  • 19:30

Professor Robert Winston: The Desire to Take Medicine

The reproductive health expert and television presenter talks about the appeal of medicine in this first RCP Public Lecture. Booking is essential.

Royal College of Physicians Museum, London NW1

Wed 18 Jun

Free / 020 3075 2389

  • 18:30 – 20:00

Words and Deeds: An Evening with Artist Hugh Buchanan

A unique chance for art lovers to hear celebrated artist Hugh Buchanan, who has worked on commissions for the Prince of Wales, the House of Commons and the National Trust. Let Hugh inspire you as he talks about his passion for museums and how these beautiful buildings and their contents influence his own work. Whether you…

The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow

Fri 16 May

£7.50 / 0141 241 6210

Part of Festival of Museums.

  • 18:15 – 21:00
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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.

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

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Do You Need God to Forgive?

Exploring what forgiveness means to different faiths with Usama Hasan, a London-based Imam, Catherine Pepinster who edits the weekly Catholic Newspaper The Tablet and Jonathan Wittenberg, Senior Rabbi of Masorti Judaism UK.

St Ethelburga's, London EC2N

Mon 19 May

£11 / 020 7496 1610

The Future Is Feminine

Rachel Elnaugh, entrepreneur and former dragon from Dragons Den, shares her perspective that the 'Future is Feminine'. Ticket includes welcome juice from Imbibery London, with part of the price going to the Rugby Portobello Trust.

Chic & Seek, London W11

Tue 29 Apr

£45 / 020 7243 6073

  • 18:30 – 21:00

Hilton London Kensington, W11

Tue 29 Apr

£45

  • 18:30 – 21:00

How to Make a Micro Budget Film and Sell It

One-day film masterclass in the art of the micro budget – going from screenwriting all the way to marketing. From Intense Productions.

The Comedy Store Manchester

Mon 5 May

£79–£99 (Students £79) / 0870 593 2932

The Corinthian Club, Glasgow

Mon 28 Apr

£79–£99 (Students £79) / 0141 552 1101

Goldsmiths, University Of London, SE14

Sat 3 May

£79–£99 (Students £79) / 020 7919 7171

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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

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Still Life with Bird's Nest by Jan van Huysum

Senior Curator Tico Seifert talks about this 18th century Dutch flower painting.

Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh

Fri 23 May

Free / 0131 624 6200

  • 12:45 – 13:15

Tibetan Buddhist Meditation with the Gar Trinley Yongkhyab Ling Sangha

Experience traditional Tibetan Buddhist meditation practice.

Abbey Mount Centre, Edinburgh

Sun 27 Apr

£3 suggested donation / 0131 661 2780

  • 15:00 – 17:00

Sun 4 May

£3 suggested donation / 0131 661 2780

  • 15:00 – 17:00

Sun 11 May

£3 suggested donation / 0131 661 2780

  • 15:00 – 17:00
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The Underground of Song

Alison McMorland and Geordie MacIntyre explore significant songs from the first stirrings of the Scottish Folk revival, with the influence of Hamish Henderson illuminating how songs inspired and gave voice to new generations of singers. This presentation of songs and commentary was triggered by Henderson’s article in the…

Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh

Tue 6 May

£6 (£4) / 0131 556 9579

Part of TradFest.

Walter Scott and the Storytellers

Is ‘storyteller’ a polite word for ‘liar’? Or are storytellers the speakers of terrible truths? Walter Scott puts storytelling at the centre of his art. In this study afternoon storyteller Anna Fancett and researcher Lisa McKenna explore Scott as ‘Wizard of the North’ and master storyteller.

National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh

Tue 6 May

£6 (£4) / 0131 556 9579

Part of TradFest.

Bright Club: Glasgow

Bright Club features its usual intoxicating blend of comedy and academia as lecturers from the city's universities turn their studies into entertaining stories.

The Stand, Glasgow

Wed 30 Apr

£5 / 0844 335 8879

  • 20:30
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Castle Archer Weapons Talk

Learn the gritty history of a variety of weapons, from the longbow to the cannon to the broadsword.

Dirleton Castle, North Berwick

Sun 4 May

Included in admission

  • 14:00 – 15:00

Loch Fyne Food Fair

In operation since 1990, the Loch Fyne Food Fair celebrates the best local produce Scotland has to offer. Alongside Loch Fyne Oysters own seafood stands, the event features live music throughout both days, a craft tent and a dedicated children’s area hosting a whole range of exciting activities. For 2014, the fest has…

Loch Fyne Oyster Bar, Cairndow

Sat 17 May

Free (parking £3) / 01499 600482

  • 11:00 – 18:00
  • 19:00

Sun 18 May

Free (parking £3) / 01499 600482

  • 11:00 – 18:00

Man at Arms Guided Tour

The Man at Arms tells bloodthirsty tales of siege warfare and castle life, with a selection of medieval weapons to show off.

Dirleton Castle, North Berwick

Sat 26 Apr

Included in admission / 01620 850330

  • 14:00 – 15:30

Sat 10 May

Included in admission / 01620 850330

  • 14:00 – 15:00

Museum Lates: Retro-future

Put on your very best pair of steampunk specs for this 'steam-powered journey' through the NMS collections, exhibiting design and technology from across the ages. Radio 1's Vic Galloway hosts the evening, with a live performance from Withered Hand and DJ Lord Holyrude spinning vintage beats. Plus Red Door Gallery hosts…

National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

Fri 16 May

£12 (£10) for Lates only; £20 (£18) for Lates + jewellery workshop / 0300 123 6789

  • 19:00

Being an Artist

Eight coaching sessions to help you step fully into the life of an artist, with advice on how to keep your ambition front and centre.

Summerhall, Edinburgh

Mon 28 Apr

£200 for eight weeks / 07545 036082

Please note: This course runs 31 Mar–9 Jun 2014.

  • 19:00 – 21:00

Mon 5 May

£200 for eight weeks / 07545 036082

Please note: This course runs 31 Mar–9 Jun 2014.

  • 19:00 – 21:00

Mon 12 May

£200 for eight weeks / 07545 036082

Please note: This course runs 31 Mar–9 Jun 2014.

  • 19:00 – 21:00
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