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An Fhèis Mhòr: Scotland's Festival Of Paddlesport

Celebrate the diversity of paddlesport (that's canoeing and kayaking, mostly) at this watery festival featuring the Canoe Polo tournament and Pool Slalom competitions. There's also the thrilling Tay Descent race to watch as its competitors journey down the rapids to Perth, and the National Indoor Kayak Championships…

Various venues, Perth

Sat 25 Oct

Free / 0131 317 7314

Part of Homecoming Scotland.

Sun 26 Oct

Free / 0131 317 7314

Part of Homecoming Scotland.

Another Athens Symposium

A one-day symposium inviting speakers to investigate the city and how people interact with it.

Forest Centre +, Edinburgh

Thu 4 Dec

Free / 0131 229 4948

Caroline Watt: Things That Go Bump In The Mind

Have you ever seen a ghost? If not, you probably know someone who has. What lies behind these strange and compelling phenomena? Are they glimpses of the afterlife? Or are they conjured up by our amazing brains..?

Albert Halls, Stirling

Sun 2 Nov

£5 (£4.50) / 01786 473544

Part of The Scottish Paranormal Festival.

Anthony Peake: Awakened State

Déjà Vu is known to be the most common “altered-state” of consciousness. Anthony Peake presents a radical new explanation of the phenomenon that is rooted in modern science. This world premiere presentation will be, quite literally, a life-changing experience, and in it he will be discussing his research for his…

Albert Halls, Stirling

Sun 2 Nov

£5 (£4.50) / 01786 473544

Part of The Scottish Paranormal Festival.

Dave Hodrien: UFOs & The Music Industry

Dave Hodrien discusses the links between UFOs and the music industry, including how the subject has been portrayed, bands who regularly include UFOs in their song lyrics, and singers who have a passion for the subject or even claim to have had actual experiences themselves. A lively talk with plenty of audio and video…

Albert Halls, Stirling

Sat 1 Nov

£5 (£4.50) / 01786 473544

Part of The Scottish Paranormal Festival.

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Ellis Taylor: Otherworlds & Others

Ellis’s presentation will focus on some of his many otherworldly experiences and encounters. He will describe his feelings about them, what he’s learned, and the subjects that these feelings have moved him to investigate, and prompted others to watch him.

Smith Art Gallery & Museum, Stirling

Sat 1 Nov

£5 (£4.50) / 01786 471917

Part of The Scottish Paranormal Festival.

The Adventure Travel Show

A show dedicated to the world of adventure and off-the-beaten-track travel, packed with inspiration and travel advice. Booking is essential.

Olympia, London W14

Sat 17 Jan 2015

£8–£10 one day entry (Weekend £12–£15; Under 16 free) / 02073 851200

Sun 18 Jan 2015

£8–£10 one day entry (Weekend £12–£15; Under 16 free) / 02073 851200

Albert's Band: To Infinity and Beyond

Music associated with space accompanies this intergalactic experience.

Royal Albert Hall, London SW7

Sat 25 Oct

£8.14 (Children £5.08) / 020 7589 8212

This event takes place in the Elgar Room.

The Anatomy of a Building: Denys Lasdun and the Royal College of Physicians

An examination of the Royal College of Physicians building, one of the most striking and imaginative works of post-WW II architecture.

Royal College of Physicians Museum, London NW1

Mon 27 Oct

Free / 020 3075 1649

Tue 28 Oct

Free / 020 3075 1649

Wed 29 Oct

Free / 020 3075 1649

…and 77 more dates until 13 Feb 2015

Bamse & Wojtek

Bamse was a huge St. Bernard dog, owned by Captain Hafto of the Norwegian Navy during WW2. He went to sea on the minesweeper Thorodd and achieved legendary status in Montrose. Wojtek was one of WW2’s most unusual combatants - a 500-pound cigarette-smoking, beer-drinking brown bear. Mascot of the Polish army, Wojtek took…

Bonar Hall, Dundee

Sun 26 Oct

£3 (Concessions £2) / 01382 434940

Part of Dundee Literary Festival.

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Bannock Bunkum

A trip through the untold stories of the war of independence. There's even a sing-along and battle re-enactment.

Wellgate Centre, Dundee

Wed 26 Nov

Free ticketed

Part of Book Week Scotland.

Biomimicry, Climate and the Resilient Future

Biomimicry, the emulation of nature’s genius, is becoming a hot topic on science and technology issues. Biomimicry UK is an interdisciplinary research network which is aiming to provide resources, consultancy and publications for academia, industry and organisations interested in rediscovering the wisdom of the natural…

University of Dundee Botanic Garden

Sun 16 Nov

Free Booking required / 01382 381190

Part of Dundee Science Festival.

Books Aloud

Some of Dundee’s most passionate readers share their favourite books with you.

Dundee Contemporary Arts

Sat 29 Nov

Free / 01382 909900

Part of Book Week Scotland.

Books in Focus

The Galleries' Books in Focus sessions are in-depth looks at famous artists' books and the people who made them. Booking is essential.

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art Two, Edinburgh

Thu 6 Nov

Free / 0131 624 6200

Books produced by Scottish and international artists during WW I, including Wyndham Lewis, Leger, Marinetti and FCB Cadell.

  • 11:30 – 12:30 Books in Focus Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art Two, Edinburgh

Brian Taylor: The Book That Changed my Life

Brian Taylor, BBC Political editor, Scotland, has been a journalist since 1977. He covers politics in all of its guises - UK, European but mostly Scottish. He is a proud, patriotic Dundonian and fanatical supporter of Dundee United Football Club, losing no opportunity to trumpet their many glories. We’re delighted to…

Coldside Community Library, Dundee

Sat 25 Oct

Free but ticketed / 01382 432849

Part of Dundee Literary Festival.

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The Day Today: Festival chat show

Wake up your brain cells with our very own festival chat show! Hosted by Literary Dundee’s Anna Day, this free event will feature festival guests and others on topics - bookish and otherwise - of the day.

Bonar Hall, Dundee

Sat 25 Oct

Free but ticketed / 01382 434940

Part of Dundee Literary Festival.

Different sorts of truths: Jenny Brown, Gavin Francis & Stuart Kelly

Novelist and non-fiction writer Chuck Palahniuk said ‘You can tell a more over-the-top incredible story if you use a non-fiction form.’ Today we invite leading agent Jenny Brown, Gavin Francis – winner of the Scottish Book of the Year Award 2013 for his memoir Empire Antarctica – and author and critic Stuart Kelly to talk…

Bonar Hall, Dundee

Sat 25 Oct

£3 (Concessions £2) / 01382 434940

Part of Dundee Literary Festival.

Discussion: Untangling The Politics Of Black Hair

Taking the political and cultural significance of black hair as our starting point, the panel will discuss the relationship between hair and post-colonialist beauty ideals, and the impact this has had on perceptions of identity.

New Art Exchange, Nottingham

Sat 22 Nov

Free / 0115 924 8630

Drawing Inspiration from Charles Rennie Mackintosh

A guided tour of Mackintosh's work with Pamela Robertson, followed by a practical demonstration of architectural sketching with Steve McQueen. Booking is essential.

Hunterian Museum & Art Gallery, Glasgow

Fri 31 Oct

£35 / 0141 330 1835/1860

The Eagle's Way: Jim Crumley

Jim Crumley discusses his book The Eagle's Way.

Bonar Hall, Dundee

Sat 25 Oct

£3 (Concessions £2) / 01382 434940

Part of Dundee Literary Festival.

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Elite Business Conference and Exhibition

Two-day conference with speakers, seminars and networking opportunities for those looking to grow their business or start one up.

The Old Truman Brewery, London E1

Wed 18 Mar 2015

Free / 020 8214 1066

Thu 19 Mar 2015

Free / 020 8214 1066

Festival Bookclub Lecture with Chris Murray and Daniel Cook

Learn more about Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein with Dr Chris Murray and Dr Daniel Cook. Did you know Shelley’s mother Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin lived on Dundee’s South Baffin Street? That Frankenstein has inspired more than 130 films? That the novel resulted from a competition between Mary, her future husband Percy Bysshe…

Bonar Hall, Dundee

Sat 25 Oct

Free but ticketed / 01382 434940

Part of Dundee Literary Festival.

Free Learning Lunchtime Talks

A series of free lunchtime talks on current affairs and local issues. No booking required.

Forest Centre & Millennium Country Park, Bedford

Mon 3 Nov

Free / 01234 767037

Savings: Making your money work harder. Mark Hawksford and Steven Town from NFU Mutual shed some light on getting a better return on your savings.

Mon 10 Nov

Free / 01234 767037

The East/West Line: Caryl Jones talks about the future of the rail link from Oxford to Cambridge, and how it may potentially improve the Marston Vale line.

Mon 19 Jan 2015

Free / 01234 767037

The Brickworks: David Syzmanski talks about the incredible history of what was previously the biggest Brickworks in the world, in neighbouring Stewartby.

…and 7 more dates until 23 Mar 2015

Free Tour of London

Journey through British History on this 2.5 hour walking tour. Meet at the Churchill Statue – and look for the guide in an orange shirt.

Parliament Square, London SW1P

Sat 25 Oct

Free

Sun 26 Oct

Free

Mon 27 Oct

Free

…and 65 more dates until 31 Dec

Fridays at Eleven

A variety of different speakers, from artists to historians, at these monthly talks.

National Mining Museum Scotland, Newtongrange

Fri 7 Nov

Free / 0131 663 7519

Mining the Deep Ocean: Progress and Issues by Professor Dorrick Stow, Head of the Institute of Petroleum Engineering at Heriot Watt University

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