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United Nations Association Edinburgh International Peace Conference

Two day conference on the theme of 'Sustainable Peace: Rights, Reconciliation and Restoration'.

Moray House Campus, Edinburgh

Sat 25 Oct

£20 (Students £10; one day ticket £12; one day student ticket £6)

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.

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

Thu 23 Oct

Free

Fri 24 Oct

Free

Sat 25 Oct

Free

…and 67 more dates until 31 Dec

Only Human?

A weekend festival exploring the relations between humans and the 'more than human'. Featuring a broad range of talks, exhibitions, performances and more.

Gilmorehill Centre, Glasgow

Fri 14 Nov

Free / 0141 330 2892

  • 11:00 – 20:00 Only Human? Gilmorehill Centre, Glasgow

Sat 15 Nov

Free / 0141 330 2892

  • 11:00 – 20:00 Only Human? Gilmorehill Centre, Glasgow

Sun 16 Nov

Free / 0141 330 2892

  • 11:00 – 20:00 Only Human? Gilmorehill Centre, Glasgow

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 Paranormal Scotland.

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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.

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.

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 Paranormal Scotland.

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

How to get to 100 and Enjoy It

An interactive exhibition showing how the population is changing and examining the chances of living long enough to receive that telegram from the Queen.

The Lowry, Salford

Mon 10 Nov

Free / 02380 592579

Tue 11 Nov

Free / 02380 592579

Wed 12 Nov

Free / 02380 592579

…and 2 more dates until 14 Nov

Millenium Point, Birmingham

Tue 25 Nov

02380 592579

Wed 26 Nov

02380 592579

Thu 27 Nov

02380 592579

Fri 28 Nov

02380 592579

National Assembly For Wales, Cardiff

Tue 2 Dec

Free / 02380 592579

Wed 3 Dec

Free / 02380 592579

Thu 4 Dec

Free / 02380 592579

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Loch Ness Monster Session? And Jonathan Downes: "Chupacabras”

The Loch Ness Monster: Jonathan Bright will be presenting his views on the possible relation of the Loch Ness ‘monster’ to the paranormal and his analysis of a recent photo he took on the loch, along with other mind-boggling images from his investigations in Scotland. The Chupacabras of Puerto Rico: In the mid-1990s in…

Albert Halls, Stirling

Fri 31 Oct

£5 (£4.50) / 01786 473544

Part of Paranormal Scotland.

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

Thu 23 Oct

Free / 020 3075 1649

Fri 24 Oct

Free / 020 3075 1649

Mon 27 Oct

Free / 020 3075 1649

…and 79 more dates until 13 Feb 2015

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

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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.

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.

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 23 Oct

£8 (£7) / 01865 333623

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.

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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.

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 Paranormal Scotland.

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.

The Devoted and Disgruntled Roadshow

Nationally touring talking shop for anyone interested in theatre – whether they make it, produce it or watch it.

101, Greenham

Thu 23 Oct

Free / 08455 218218

A conversation on the topic 'How do we make Great Outdoor Arts?'

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