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Blabbermouth

This 12-hour live celebration of Scottish music and spoken word features a collection of artists, actors, politicians, journalists, sportspeople, singers and scientists performing their favourite pieces of Scottish writing. A chance to celebrate Scotland's contribution to the world in the final hours before the referendum.

Assembly Hall, Edinburgh

Wed 17 Sep

£10 (£8) per session; £30 (£20) for day ticket / 0131 473 2000

90% Of Everything

There are 40,000 freighters on the seas, carrying 80% of the world’s trade and 90% of its energy. Rose George (Deep Sea and Foreign Going) and Horatio Clare (Down to the Sea in Ships) steer a course through the thrilling adventures of life on the high seas and the murky waters of international shipping.

The Inkpot, Cheltenham

Sun 5 Oct

£7

Part of Cheltenham Literature 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

  • 09:00 – 18:00

Sun 18 Jan 2015

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

  • 09:30 – 17:00

Agatha Christie and The Monogram Murders

Join Sophie Hannah, author of the new Poirot novel The Monogram Murders, Agatha Christie’s grandson Mathew Prichard and curator of the Agatha Christie estate John Curran as they celebrate the English crime writer and best selling novelist of all time and her most famous Belgian detective Hercule Poirot. Chaired by author…

Cheltenham Town Hall

Wed 8 Oct

£8 / 0844 576 2210

Part of Cheltenham Literature Festival.

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.

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Aldous Huxley: Brave New World

Aldous Huxley’s visionary work caused a sensation upon its publication. Huxley biographer Nicholas Murray (Aldous Huxley: An English Intellectual) examines the novel’s roots and explores why, more than eighty years on, it still has the power to challenge and disturb.

The Salon, Cheltenham

Fri 10 Oct

£8

Part of Cheltenham Literature Festival.

All Your Base

Designed for Backend developers and those interested in DevOps and system architecture, this is the only curated database conference of its kind in the UK. Featuring expert talks from database creators, industry leaders and developers.

Saïd Business School, Oxford

Fri 17 Oct

£175–£275 / 01865 288800

  • 08:30 – 17:30

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.

  • 10:00 – 18:00

Sun 26 Oct

Free / 0131 317 7314

Part of Homecoming Scotland.

  • 10:00 – 16:00

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

Tue 16 Sep

Free / 020 3075 1649

  • 09:00 – 17:00

Wed 17 Sep

Free / 020 3075 1649

  • 09:00 – 17:00

Thu 18 Sep

Free / 020 3075 1649

  • 09:00 – 17:00
…and 106 more dates until 13 Feb 2015

The Architecture of Diplomacy: The British Ambassador’s Residence in Washington

The British Ambassador’s Residence in Washington D.C. is a compelling example of architect Sir Edwin Lutyens’ work. Anthony Seldon reveals its fascinating history, featuring previously untold stories of visiting royalty and even The Beatles.

Cheltenham Town Hall

Tue 7 Oct

£8 / 0844 576 2210

Part of Cheltenham Literature Festival.

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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.

  • 12:00 – 13:00

Blackwell's Literary Walking Tour

On this walking tour, discover the university and the city where authors such as Graham Greene, Dorothy L Sayers and TS Eliot lived and learned.

Blackwell's, Oxford

Thu 18 Sep

£8 (£7) / 01865 333623

  • 11:00 – 12:30

Thu 25 Sep

£8 (£7) / 01865 333623

  • 11:00 – 12:30

Thu 2 Oct

£8 (£7) / 01865 333623

  • 11:00 – 12:30
…and 3 more dates until 23 Oct

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 2 Oct

Free / 0131 624 6200

This session focuses on books made by small Scottish presses such as Weproductions, the Moschatel Press and Morning Star Press.

  • 11:30 – 12:30

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

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.

  • 11:00 – 12:00

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
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The Cabaret Convention 2014

Annual convention for performers, business owners and those wanting to get into cabaret with panel discussions, workshops, live performances and more.

The Proud Archivist, London N1

Sat 11 Oct

£12.85 / 020 7749 6852

Convention runs 11am–4.30pm. Cabaret until 11pm.

  • 11:00 – 23:00

Celebrity Culture: Where Will It All End?

Forget 15 minutes of fame – today it is more like 5. With a smartphone in every pocket, are we all paparazzi now? Mark Ellen (Rock Stars Stole My Life!), India Knight (In Your Prime), The Sunday Times film critic Camilla Long and Boyd Hilton, TV and reviews editor of Heat Magazine question the future of celebrity culture.

Cheltenham Town Hall

Sat 11 Oct

£10 / 0844 576 2210

Part of Cheltenham Literature Festival.

Centuries of Change

Acclaimed historian Ian Mortimer guides us through the most significant developments of the past 1000 years and examines which century saw the most change, and what this means for our future.

Maxima Forum, Cheltenham

Wed 8 Oct

£8

Part of Cheltenham Literature Festival.

Charles Clarke and Margaret Hodge

Some problems facing our society continue to defy the efforts of successive governments. It’s no secret that many difficult long-term issues are simply set aside and disappear from the short-term political agenda. Two of the UK’s most experienced politicians ask why, debate this perennial problem and seek a solution.

Maxima Forum, Cheltenham

Sun 12 Oct

£10

Part of Cheltenham Literature Festival.

County Durham and Spanish Art

Elizabeth Conran, former director of the Bowes Museum, talks about the reason why Durham is so rich in Spanish paintings.

The Witham, Barnard Castle

Thu 25 Sep

£15 / 01833 631107

  • 10:30 – 12:30
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David Hempleman-Adams

One of the world’s greatest adventurers takes us through his extraordinary memoir and travelogue, detailing many of his daring and record-breaking feats from across the globe.

Cheltenham Town Hall

Sat 4 Oct

£8 / 0844 576 2210

Part of Cheltenham Literature Festival.

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.

  • 10:00 – 10:45

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.

  • 11:00 – 12:00

Dinosaur Cove

Step into the late Cretaceous period, when dinosaurs roamed the earth, with intrepid dinosaur expert Chris Jarvis from the Oxford University Museum of Natural History. Get a chance to examine the fossils on which the characters and stories are based and find out how palaeontologists interpret their finds. Dinosaur fun for…

The Studio, Cheltenham

Sat 4 Oct

£6

Part of Cheltenham Literature Festival.

Do No Harm: Stories of Life, Death and Brain Surgery

Neurosurgery requires agonising decision-making in the face of urgency and uncertainty. Henry Marsh’s Do No Harm reveals countless human dramas that occur in modern hospitals and advocates the need for hope when faced with great risk.

Garden Theatre, Cheltenham

Sun 5 Oct

£8

Part of Cheltenham Literature Festival.

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