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Sunday Herald and Bloody Scotland Independence Debate

The referendum will have been and gone by the time Bloody Scotland takes place, so a panel, including William McIlvanney and Tom Devine, discuss the result and what is next for the country.

Albert Halls, Stirling

Sat 20 Sep

£9.50 (£8.50) / 01786 473544

Part of Bloody Scotland.

  • 15:15 – 16:45

Ian Gow: Scotland's Lost Houses

National Trust of Scotland curator Ian Gow looks to the photographic record to talk about the grand houses lost to dry rot, mining subsidence, lack of funds, and fire.

Central Library, Edinburgh

Wed 24 Sep

Free / 0131 242 8100

  • 18:00

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

Colston Hall, Bristol

Mon 22 Sep

£29.50 / 0117 922 3686

G Live, Guildford

Sat 20 Sep

£29.50 / 0844 770 1797

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An Evening with Duncan Norvelle and Paper Lace

Laughter and music from comedian Duncan Norvelle, rockers Paper Lace and supporting acts, with funds going the British Heart Foundation.

Connaught Hall, Attleborough

Sat 20 Sep

£15

  • 19:30 – 23:00

Sun 21 Sep

£15

  • 19:30 – 23:00

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
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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

Me & T Monthly

A supportive space for people who have friends, family or partners who are transgender or exploring their gender.

LGBT Centre for Health & Wellbeing, Edinburgh

Sun 21 Sep

Free / 0131 523 1100

  • 14:00 – 16:00

Sun 28 Sep

Free / 0131 523 1100

  • 14:00 – 16:00

Sun 5 Oct

Free / 0131 523 1100

  • 14:00 – 16:00
…and 12 more dates until 28 Dec

Onions and the Dark Net

Adrian Smales and Bruce Ramsay (from Edinburgh Napier University) discuss the state's interest in our digital lives.

Cabaret Voltaire, Edinburgh

Fri 26 Sep

Free / 0131 247 4704

  • 20:30 – 21:30

The Sci-Fun Roadshow

Have fun with more than fifty hands-on science activities.

Dalkeith Library

Wed 15 Oct

Free / 0131 663 2083

Part of Midlothian Science Festival.

  • 12:00 – 16:00

Steampunk Science

Delve into all things science and technology, from their historic roots to their future potential. This is an evening to examine some of today's innovative research.

University of Edinburgh

Fri 26 Sep

Free / 0131 650 1000

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10 Reasons why renewable energy is important for Scotland

Talk on the seas around Scotland and their potential as an energy source.

Fraser Noble Building, Aberdeen

Thu 25 Sep

£5.50 (£5) / 01224 272000

Part of TechFest.

  • 19:00

10 Years Of Who Do You Think You Are?

To celebrate ten years and one hundred episodes of the famous genealogy documentary, actor Brian Blessed shares his experiences of discovering his past. Dan Waddell, author of Who Do You Think You Are: The Genealogy Handbook, and members of the show’s production team join him to celebrate this much-loved British…

Maxima Forum, Cheltenham

Wed 8 Oct

£12

Part of Cheltenham Literature Festival.

101 Legendary Whiskies

Back by popular demand, whisky expert Ian Buxton takes us on a tastebud-tingling tour of some of the world’s finest and rarest whiskies, revealing entertaining and unusual stories behind their creation along the way.

Spiegeltent, Cheltenham

Thu 9 Oct

£20

Part of Cheltenham Literature Festival.

11+ Information Session

Learn more about Explore Learning's 11+ prep class.

Explore Learning, High Wycombe

Tue 23 Sep

Free / 01494 411147

  • 18:30 – 19:30

Thu 25 Sep

Free / 01494 411147

  • 18:30 – 19:30

The 1939 Cheltenham Booker Prize

Which 1939 book deserves to win our very own Booker? You have the vote! Man Booker Prize Literary Director Ion Trewin and our judging panel Clare Clark, Louise Doughty, Natalie Haynes, Daljit Nagra and John Sutherland discuss the merits of Geoffrey Household’s Rogue Male, Christopher Isherwood’s Goodbye to Berlin, James…

The Inkpot, Cheltenham

Sat 11 Oct

£8

Part of Cheltenham Literature Festival.

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The 2014 Wellcome Book Prize

What are the challenges and pleasures of translating medicine and science onto the page? Wellcome Book Prize-shortlisted authors Adam Rutherford (Creation), Emily Mayhew (Wounded) and Sarah Wise (Inconvenient People) discuss their books and reveal the fascinating and intriguing stories behind how they were researched…

The Salon, Cheltenham

Sat 4 Oct

£7

Part of Cheltenham Literature Festival.

2015 Heriot-Watt Chaplaincy Annual Public Lecture

Professor Alister McGrath gives a talk on 'God, Science and Faith: Richard Dawkins versus CS Lewis on the Meaning of Life'; given that Prof McGrath is the author of The Dawkins Delusion, no prizes for guessing whose side he's going to come down on. Booking is essential.

Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh

Mon 9 Feb 2015

Free / 0131 449 5111

Attendees must arrive before 6.15pm.

  • 18:30 – 20:00

40 Years Of Abba

Featuring never-before-seen images of the band, ABBA interviewer Mark Ellen (Rock Stars Stole My Life!), leading Swedish music journalist Jan Gradvall, photographer Jeppe Wikström (ABBA: The Official Photo Book) and creator and member of the phenomenally successful ABBA tribute band, Björn Again Rod Stephen join Robert…

Garden Theatre, Cheltenham

Sun 12 Oct

£8

Part of Cheltenham Literature Festival.

A Royal Passion: Queen Victoria and Photography

Anne Lyden, International Photography Curator, talks about how photography and Queen Victoria influenced each other.

Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh

Tue 28 Oct

Hawthornden Lecture Theatre

Free / 0131 624 6200

  • 12:45 – 13:30

A year in growth at the Cruickshank Gardens - 2014 onwards.

Talk by botanist Mark Paterson, curator of the gardens.

Fraser Noble Building, Aberdeen

Tue 23 Sep

£5.50 (£4) / 01224 272000

Part of TechFest.

  • 20:00
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Abertay Historical Society: Dauvit Broun and Joanna Tucker

Dauvit Broun and Joanna Tucker from the University of Glasgow take part in this discussion – a local abbey's attitude to its charters: the cartulary of Lindores in Caprington Castle.

Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee

Wed 12 Nov

Prices to be confirmed / 01382 223181

  • 18:30

Abertay Historical Society Talk: Jim Livesey, Graeme Morton and Annie Tineley

A peek into some new history research at the University of Dundee, with speakers Jim Livesey, Graeme Morton and Annie Tineley.

Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee

Wed 10 Dec

Prices to be confirmed / 01382 223181

  • 18:30

Abertay Historical Society Talk: Natasha Ferguson

Settle in for an evening lecture on the archaeological footprint of the volunteer movement between 1793 and 1815, presented by Natasha Ferguson.

Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee

Wed 13 May 2015

Prices to be confirmed / 01382 223181

  • 18:00

African Echoes in New Jazz

African-jazz fusion with South African playwright, composer and musician Mxolisi Norman. Booking is essential.

The Arts Centre, Ormskirk

Thu 6 Nov

Free / 01695 584480

After Dark: Adults Only

Go to the science centre after all the kids have gone to sleep for the night, with the chance to get hands on with all the fun science activities that you have begrudgingly have to let them have first dibs at during the day. Plus, live shows in the UK's biggest capacity digital planetarium.

Winchester Science Centre & Planetarium

Wed 15 Oct

£8–£10 / 01962 863791

  • 18:00 – 22:00

Thu 6 Nov

£8–£10 / 01962 863791

  • 18:00 – 22:00

Tue 2 Dec

£8–£10 / 01962 863791

  • 18:00 – 22:00
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