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The History of Fighting Fantasy and Adventure Gamebooks

Jonathan Green tells the story of how Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone's The Warlock of Firetop Mountain did something truly magical – kick start a literary revolution as the first ever adventure game book. The author of The Warlock of Firetop Mountain also discusses how You Are The Hero, a history of Fighting Fantasy…

North London Tavern, NW6

Sun 2 Nov

£10 / 07941 962356

Part of Kilburn Literary Festival.

John Challis: Only Fools & Boycie

John Challis, who played Boycie in BBC comedy Only Fools & Horses, shares stories and anecdotes from his career.

Waterstones, Macclesfield

Sat 1 Nov

Free / 01625 424212

Laura Bates: Everyday Sexism

The Founder of the Everyday Sexism project, Laura Bates talks about her book a collection of women's daily experiences of gender inequality.

Bonar Hall, Dundee

Fri 24 Oct

£3 (Concessions £2) / 01382 434940

Part of Dundee Literary Festival.

Man at Arms Guided Tour

The Man at Arms tells bloodthirsty tales of siege warfare and castle life, with a selection of medieval weapons to show off.

Dirleton Castle, North Berwick

Sat 29 Nov

Included in admission / 01620 850330

Sun 30 Nov

Included in admission / 01620 850330

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

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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

Alan Gallop: The U-Boat Story

Alan Gallop discusses German U-Boat submarines, which were used for rapid attack. He uses rare illustrations of the U-Boats in action and explores how crews spent up to four months at a time in difficult conditions.

Basingstoke Discovery Centre

Thu 20 Nov

£3 / 01256 478670

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.

An Afternoon with Shona MacLean

The writer dicusses her work.

Aberdeen Central Library

Sat 29 Nov

Free ticketed / 01224 652500

Part of Book Week Scotland.

Annual Hamish Henderson Lecture

Dolina McLennan presents this year's folk music lecture.

Edinburgh City Chambers

Sat 8 Nov

Free / 0131 529 4003

Part of Carrying Stream Festival.

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Around the world in 80 teas

P.M. David Silva & Sons was established in 1945 during the Plantation Raj in Ceylon’s world famous Dimbula valley. The remaining family company bring the world’s most sought after teas that are hand plucked and ethically sourced from the very people and estates that have worked there for over three generations. Find…

Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa, St Andrews

Sun 9 Nov

Free Booking required / 01334 474371

Part of Dundee Science Festival.

Mon 10 Nov

Free Booking required / 01334 474371

Part of Dundee Science Festival.

Around the world in 80 teas plus Laurent Perrier Afternoon Tea

As above but also with an award-winning afternoon tea experience - with a delicious selection of delicate pastries and cakes, created by the hotel’s Pastry Chef, including homemade scones and lemon pancakes, with clotted cream and strawberry and pink Champagne preserve.

Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa, St Andrews

Sun 9 Nov

£20–£33 / 01334 474371

Part of Dundee Science Festival.

Mon 10 Nov

£20–£33 / 01334 474371

Part of Dundee Science Festival.

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.

Biomimicry Website Launch 

Biomimicry, the emulation of nature’s genius, is becoming a hot topic on science and technology issues. Come along to this fascinating talk and workshop about rediscovering the wisdom of the natural world. • 2pm – 2.30pm Talk: Biomimicry, Biomimetics or Bionics? The State of the Art of learning from Nature • 2.30pm – 3pm…

D'Arcy Thompson Zoology Museum, Dundee

Sat 8 Nov

Free / 01382 384310

Part of Dundee Science Festival.

Blackwell's Historic Oxford Walking Tour

Learn all about Oxford's history from Saxon times. Featuring the story of Saint Frideswide and her avoidance of King Algar. Also includes a visit to the 11th century castle.

Blackwell's, Oxford

Fri 24 Oct

£8 (£7) / 01865 333623

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Brian Allan: Truth, Lies and Ufology

How the intelligence services created the modern UFO myth… did many icons of modern Ufology originate on alien worlds, or were they based on pioneering German technology captured at the end of WWII?  Did US intelligence use Ufology as a smokescreen to hide its own technological wonders.

Albert Halls, Stirling

Sat 1 Nov

£5 (£4.50) / 01786 473544

Part of Paranormal Scotland.

Cancer diagnosis and treatment – Next generation technology

The Institute for Medical Science and Technology (IMSaT) is developing new techniques for diagnosis and treatment of cancer. You will be offered a guided tour of IMSaT’s research labs, along with short talks on their world-leading work based on the results in MRI, ultrasound and photonics.

Institute for Medical Science and Technology, Dundee

Sat 8 Nov

Free Booking required / 01382 388355

Part of Dundee Science Festival.

Care: My Story

A screening of films about young people growing up in care. Followed by a Q&A session.

Glasgow Film Theatre

Sat 25 Oct

Free / 0141 332 6535

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.

Royal Geographical Society (With The Institute Of British Geographers), London SW7

Sun 7 Dec

£15 / 020 7591 3000

Chris O’Dowd and Nick Murphy

Director Nick Murphy and writer/funny man Chris O'Dowd discuss their new book, Moone Boy.

Dulwich Books, London SE21

Tue 28 Oct

£6 entry and a copy of the book (Entry only £3) / 020 8670 1920

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Clare Twomey: The Story of Making

A talk from ceramic artist Clare Twomey. Booking is essential.

Yorkshire Museum

Sat 1 Nov

Free / 01904 687687

Combating kidney dialysis vascular access

More than 250,000 patients across Europe require kidney dialysis. Vascular access sites are used to remove and return blood to/from the patient during dialysis. These sites fail in at least half of patients within the first year, leading to increased infections, hospital stays and operations. Dr Shona Matthew at the…

Tower Building, Dundee

Mon 3 Nov

Free / 01382 383396

Part of Dundee Science Festival.

Deepening the Practice 2

Conversations and talks about finding the right performance style for you.

Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh

Fri 5 Dec

£10 / 0131 556 9579

Dr Jane Pettegree: Singing in the Stacks

Dr Pettegree of the Dept of English talks about the treasures to be found in the university's 18th century music library.

St Leonard's Chapel, St Andrews

Wed 29 Oct


Dr Jonathan Kemp

When not playing bass in St Andrews' own jazz-fusion band, Dr Jonathan Kemp researches acoustics and here he presents a paper on the motion of the lips in brass instrument playing (tip: they're the primary resonator and, as such, largely control the pitch of the final sound).

Byre Theatre, St Andrews

Wed 5 Nov


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