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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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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

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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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.

Westminster Central Hall, London SW1H

Mon 6 Oct

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

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

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
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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.

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

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

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

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Dr David Starkey: Yorks Place in History

Dr David Starkey provides an insight into how York came to be one of the most important cities in England.

Grand Opera House, York

Sun 22 Mar 2015

£14 / 0844 871 3024

Extreme Explorers

A meeting of two inspirational extreme explorers. The first man to walk the Amazon Ed Stafford reveals his Naked and Marooned experience – described by Ranulph Fiennes as the ‘ultimate test of human limits’ – while Richard Parks’ Beyond the Horizon tells the incredible story of one man’s journey from international rugby…

The Inkpot, Cheltenham

Wed 8 Oct

£8

Part of Cheltenham Literature Festival.

Glasgow Skeptics

A biweekly event where speakers expound on science, pseudoscience, politics and policy to increase public understanding and engagement of these issues.

The Admiral, Glasgow

Mon 27 Oct

Free / 0141 221 7705

'Lies, Cover-Ups Theft and Death: Just Another Day in the Office. The Psychology of Corporate Corruption'.

  • 19:00

West End, Glasgow

Mon 10 Nov

Free

Nate Felps: Leaving Hate Behind. The son of the late Fred Phelps talks about the Westboro Baptist Church, the childhood he spent growing up in it, and how he came to leave his family behind on his 18th birthday. Venue to be confirmed.

  • 19:00

Jack the Ripper: A 21st Century Investigation

Former murder squad detective Trevor Marriott attempts to solve the Ripper case, following a 12-year re-investigation of the evidence.

St George's Theatre, Great Yarmouth

Sat 4 Oct

£12.50 / 01493 745461

  • 19:30

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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Jodi Picoult: Leaving Time

Popular author Jodi Picoult talks about her latest book, Leaving Time.

Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee

Thu 6 Nov

Free but ticketed / 01382 223181

Part of Dundee Literary Festival.

  • 18:00 – 19:00

Free / 01382 223181

  • 18:00 – 19:00

Eastwood Park Theatre, Glasgow

Sat 8 Nov

£5–£7 / 0141 577 4956

  • 19:00

Theatre At The Mill, Newtownabbey

Sun 9 Nov

£6 (£4) / 028 9034 0202

  • 14:30

Lorraine Pascale

In this illuminating interview, Lorraine Pascale (How To Be A Better Cook) shares her inspiring journey from a childhood in foster care to one of the nation’s best- loved and bestselling TV chefs.

Cheltenham Town Hall

Tue 7 Oct

£10 / 0844 576 2210

Part of Cheltenham Literature Festival.

Mackintosh Architecture Book Reading: Esther Freud – 'Mr Mac and Me'

Freud's latest novel Mr Mac and Me features Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Margaret Macdonald.

Hunterian Museum & Art Gallery, Glasgow

Sun 12 Oct

Free / 0141 330 4221

Part of Creative Mackintosh Festival.

  • 14:00 – 15:15

Mary Beard: He-he-he! What Made the Ancient Romans Laugh?

Historian Mary Beard has a look at what made the Romans laugh – and what this can tell us about the culture.

Cheltenham Town Hall

Sun 5 Oct

£8 / 0844 576 2210

Part of Cheltenham Literature Festival.

Ming: 50 years that changed China

Co-curator of the British Museum’s major exhibition on the Ming dynasty Craig Clunas brings to life one of China’s most glorious époques through a close look at its art and people.

Garden Theatre, Cheltenham

Mon 6 Oct

£8

Part of Cheltenham Literature Festival.

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