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BBC: The Infinite Monkey Cage

BBC Radio 4 Physicist Brian Cox and comedian Robin Ince bring the monkey cage to the Fringe, with their witty and irreverent look at the world through scientists’ eyes, ably assisted by a panel of scientists and celebrities. This is a free event ticketed via random draw. To enter the draw, please visit…

BBC @ Potterrow, Edinburgh

Sat 2 Aug

BBC

Free / 0131 226 0000

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Write Shoot Cut

Monthly short film networking night taking open submissions for screening and discussion.

Filmhouse, Edinburgh

Mon 11 Aug

£6 (£5) / 0131 228 2688

  • 18:15

Mon 8 Sep

£6 (£5) / 0131 228 2688

  • 18:15

Mon 13 Oct

£6 (£5) / 0131 228 2688

  • 18:15
…and 2 more dates until 8 Dec

5x15

Hosted by 5x15 Five speakers, 15 minutes, one high-octane evening of enlightening, and inspirational spoken word cabaret. Join 5x15 for their signature event, bringing speakers from diverse backgrounds to reveal their most innovative ideas and abiding passions. Tickets include one delightful cocktail.

Hendrick's Carnival of Knowledge, Edinburgh

Fri 8 Aug

The Odditorium

£12

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

All Back to Bowie’s

David Greig and The Barnett Consequentials David Bowie said ‘Scotland, stay with us’. At the Fringe, a group of Scottish artists take him up on his kind invitation. So pull up a futon, it’s all back to Bowie’s for an #indyref mix of politics, poetry, polemic and pop. Different guests every day make for an hour of…

Stand in the Square, Edinburgh

Sat 2 Aug

£8 (£6)

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 3 Aug

£8 (£6)

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Mon 4 Aug

£8 (£6)

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 20 more dates until 24 Aug

Consciousness

Hosted by Guerilla Science Are you awake? Are you dreaming? How much of our world is a construction of our brain, a mere figment of our imagination? Join neuroscientist Anil Seth as he reveals what science can and cannot tell us about the mysteries of consciousness. Tickets include one delightful cocktail.

Hendrick's Carnival of Knowledge, Edinburgh

Sat 9 Aug

The Odditorium

£12

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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Pillow Talk and Sweet Nothings

Hosted by 5x15 Ernest Hemingway - Boxer, bullfighter, soldier … romantic? Naomi Wood explores the four marriages, inflammatory letters, billet-doux and sensual telegrams that reveal the softer side of renowned hard-man Ernest Hemingway. Tickets include one delightful cocktail.

Hendrick's Carnival of Knowledge, Edinburgh

Fri 8 Aug

The Odditorium

£12

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Skeptics on the Fringe

Daily informal talks from the Edinburgh Skeptics, exploring myth, superstition and pseudo-science. Ages 18+.

The Banshee Labyrinth, Edinburgh

Sat 2 Aug

Chamber Room

Free / 07896 745991

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & PBH's Free Fringe.

Sun 3 Aug

Chamber Room

Free / 07896 745991

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & PBH's Free Fringe.

Mon 4 Aug

Chamber Room

Free / 07896 745991

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & PBH's Free Fringe.

…and 19 more dates until 23 Aug

The Alternative Edinburgh Walking Tour

Get off the tourist paths and see a different side of the city, learning about everything from its literary past to the disco pioneer who grew up near (but note: not in) the bins at the back of Tesco.

Omni Centre, Edinburgh

Sat 2 Aug

Free (donations welcome) / 0131 524 7770

Please do not contact the venue.

  • 15:30

Sun 3 Aug

Free (donations welcome) / 0131 524 7770

Please do not contact the venue.

  • 15:30

Thu 7 Aug

Free (donations welcome) / 0131 524 7770

Please do not contact the venue.

  • 15:30
…and 13 more dates until 31 Aug

Folklore Tapes – Only Timelessness

Folklore Tapes is an ongoing research and musical heritage project covering and sound tracking the folklore of the UK in volumes of tapes housed in bespoke books, boxes and hand stamped envelopes. The live performance will include both the audio and visual material from the upcoming release, as well as a short factual…

The Glad Café, Glasgow

Sat 2 Aug

£7 / 0141 636 6119

  • 19:30 – 22:00

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 11 Aug

Free / 0141 221 7705

Today: 'Geoengineering – Human Innovation, or Hubris?' with Colin McInnes, Professor of Engineering Science at the University of Strathclyde.

  • 19:00 – 21:30

Mon 18 Aug

Free / 0141 221 7705

Today: 'Create Your Own Cult, The Scientology Way' with Dr Martin Poulter, who has been a Scientology-watcher since 1995. (You probably won't be creating an actual cult this evening though, just FYI). Part of Glasgow City of Science.

  • 19:00 – 21:30

Mon 25 Aug

Free / 0141 221 7705

Today: 'The Decline of Violence', looking at criminologists' cataclysmic warnings in the 80s/90s of a future filled with ‘Superpredators’ – and how wrong they were. Lawyer Helen Dale presents.

  • 19:00 – 21:30
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The Theatre of Dissection

Hosted by Antique Beat and A Curious Invitation The nineteenth century marked the golden age of death in art. Built on the dead bodies of the poor, Dr Richard Barnett of the Welcome Trust, tells the story of this revolution in medical art and the challenges in bringing these sometimes disturbing images to a wider…

Hendrick's Carnival of Knowledge, Edinburgh

Sun 10 Aug

The Odditorium

£12

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Auld Reekie: Most Haunted City in Europe?

Ash Pryce, founder of Edinburgh Skeptics, examines the evidence for and against Edinburgh's ghostly claims.

Stafford Centre, Edinburgh

Sat 2 Aug

Free

  • 17:00 – 18:00

Sun 3 Aug

Free

  • 17:00 – 18:00

Mon 4 Aug

Free

  • 17:00 – 18:00
…and 16 more dates until 23 Aug

BBC: The Brig Society

BBC Radio 4 Star of BBC Radio 4’s The Now Show and serial stand-up, Marcus Brigstocke, invites you to a special one-off recording from his smash-hit series, The Brig Society. With fully working cast and multiple jokes. This is a free event ticketed via random draw. To enter the draw, please visit bbc.co.uk/tickets.

BBC @ Potterrow, Edinburgh

Mon 4 Aug

BBC

Free / 0131 226 0000

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Bizarre Bodies

British Psychological Society How do you know what shape you are? Let two scientists take you on a mind-blowing, body-bending tour. Grow a long nose, get a new hand, feel arms disappear. Not magic, but psychology, like you’ve never felt before. Age category: PG

University of Edinburgh

Thu 7 Aug

Anatomy Lecture Theatre

Free

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 8 Aug

Anatomy Lecture Theatre

Free

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Jodi Picoult: Leaving Time

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

Theatre At The Mill, Newtownabbey

Sun 9 Nov

£6 (£4) / 028 9034 0202

  • 14:30
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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…

Alban Arena, St Albans

Mon 8 Sep

£29.50 / 01727 844488

  • 19:30

Cambridge Corn Exchange

Fri 3 Oct

£29.50 / 01223 357851

  • 19:30

Colston Hall, Bristol

Mon 22 Sep

£31.71 / 0117 922 3686

  • 19:30

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…and at 5 other places

A Novel Cure

Hosted by Canongate In need of life rejuvenation? Join School of Life bibliotherapist Ella Berthoud as she offers advice and inspiration from the world’s most renowned writers and prescribes much needed literary tonics to cure life’s ills and ails.

Hendrick's Carnival of Knowledge, Edinburgh

Thu 7 Aug

MA'AM

Free

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

BBC: Simon Mayo Drivetime

BBC Radio 2 Simon Mayo broadcasts live from the BBC's Edinburgh venue. Join us for a mix of live music, in-depth interviews and a daily dose of the Radio 2 Book Club. This is a free event ticketed via random draw. To enter the draw, please visit bbc.co.uk/tickets. Follow @BBCEdFest for listings. This is a free event…

BBC @ Potterrow, Edinburgh

Mon 18 Aug

BBC

Free / 0131 226 0000

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Tue 19 Aug

BBC

Free / 0131 226 0000

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Wed 20 Aug

BBC

Free / 0131 226 0000

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 21 Aug

BBC

Free / 0131 226 0000

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Careers in Film, the Digital Revolution and Crowd-Funding

The New York Film Academy Blake Babbitt (383 Productions founder) is a producer and director based out of New York City. He will conduct an exciting and well-rounded filmmaking workshop that emphasises various careers in the film industry, the digital revolution and how to create a successful crowd-funding campaign.

Fringe Central, Edinburgh

Sun 17 Aug

Lecture Theatre 1

Free / 0131 226 0000

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Objecting to War

Chaired by Sir Adam Roberts, Professor Martin Ceadel looks at those who opposed the war.

The Hub, Edinburgh

Tue 12 Aug

£6 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

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Paul Atterbury Presents Antiques Roadshow: World War One in 100 Family Treasures

Memories of WWI brought to life by Paul Atterbury from Antiques Roadshow.

The Savoy Theatre, Monmouth

Thu 14 Aug

£5 / 01600 772467

  • 18:00 – 21:30

Polly Toynbee

Business School @ The Fringe: The Media Series Polly Toynbee, a Guardian columnist, is one of the most influential social democratic thinkers in Britain. Chris Carter will talk to Polly about the affirmative role of effective social affairs and political journalism. Age category: 12+

University of Edinburgh Business School

Sat 23 Aug

Business School Auditorium

Free

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Science Meets Art

George Donald talks through his drawing of a life model.

Tron Theatre, Glasgow

Mon 4 Aug

Free / 0141 552 4267

Part of Glasgow City of Science.

  • 19:00 – 21:00

Mon 1 Sep

Free / 0141 552 4267

Part of Glasgow City of Science.

  • 19:00 – 21:00

Mon 6 Oct

Free / 0141 552 4267

Part of Glasgow City of Science.

  • 19:00 – 21:00
…and 4 more dates until 2 Feb 2015

The Scottish Independence Referendum

BBC Scotland’s Isabel Fraser chairs a debate about how the Referendum campaign being viewed around the world.

The Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh

Sat 16 Aug

Free / 0800 092 7500

Part of Festival of Politics.

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

Fri 24 Oct

Free / 0131 317 7314

Part of Homecoming Scotland.

  • 18:00 – 21:00
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