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Enlightened! A Walking Tour of Edinburgh's New Town in the Age of Reason

Explore the New Town with Enlightened! walking tours and learn about how clever Edinburgh's people of yore were. Booking is essential.

Dundas House, Edinburgh

Thu 2 Oct

£10 (groups of five or more £8 per person) / 07459 109460

Meet outside.

Fri 3 Oct

£10 (groups of five or more £8 per person) / 07459 109460

Meet outside.

Sat 4 Oct

£10 (groups of five or more £8 per person) / 07459 109460

Meet outside.

…and 208 more dates until 1 May 2015

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.

Thu 9 Oct

Free / 0131 225 6671

Part of Generation.

Thu 16 Oct

Free / 0131 225 6671

Part of Generation.

…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.

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.

Thu 11 Dec

Free / 0131 624 6200

Julie Roberts talks about how institutional constraints on the female body affect her work. Part of Generation.

Thu 8 Jan 2015

Free / 0131 624 6200

Ciara Phillips, Claire Barclay and Kate Davis discuss their work. Part of Generation.

Make and Mend Upcycling Course

A five-week course that takes discarded materials and turns them into a useful and beautiful object for your home using a variety of craft techniques.

Craigroyston High School, Edinburgh

Thu 2 Oct

£26 for five-week term (£14–£15) / 0131 477 7801

Thu 9 Oct

£26 for five-week term (£14–£15) / 0131 477 7801

Thu 16 Oct

£26 for five-week term (£14–£15) / 0131 477 7801

Thu 23 Oct

£26 for five-week term (£14–£15) / 0131 477 7801

Times Eyewitness: The News in Pictures

Award-winning The Times photographer Jack Hill has travelled the world covering the biggest stories of our age. He reflects on his nomadic life and shares some of the pictures that are most important to him.

The Studio, Cheltenham

Fri 3 Oct

£8

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.

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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

Deepening the Practice 1

Workshop and conversation to get ideas bouncing around about how to develop different programmes for different audiences.

Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh

Fri 10 Oct

£10 / 0131 556 9579

The Kala Chethena Kathakali Theatre Company

Classic dance-drama from South India.

The Hindu Temple of Scotland, Glasgow

Sun 5 Oct

£5

Preceded by an illustrated talk by Barbara Vijayakumar and a demonstration of the key gestures in the story to be seen.

Keep Britain Tidy: And Other Posters from the Nanny State

Public information posters dictate our lives – everything from food to seat belts, from alcohol consumption to Keep Britain Tidy campaigns. Cambridge University lecturer Hester Vaizey charts the changes in social attitudes through this rare collection.

The Inkpot, Cheltenham

Wed 8 Oct

£8

Part of Cheltenham Literature Festival.

Literature Talk and Film with Dr Jane Mackay: Lord Lytton's Last Days of Pompeii

Investigate the work of Lytton before checking out a film adaptation of his book.

Lincoln Drill Hall

Fri 28 Nov

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Margaret Atwood: MaddAddam

Margaret Atwood discusses the hugely-anticipated final novel in her dystopian trilogy. A man-made plague has swept the earth but a small group survives, along with the green-eyed Crakers - a gentle species bio-engineered to replace humans. Told with wit, dizzying imagination and dark humour, Booker Prize-winning…

Cheltenham Town Hall

Sat 4 Oct

£10 / 0844 576 2210

Part of Cheltenham Literature Festival.

Portrait Gallery Thematic Tours

Thematic guided tour of Portrait Gallery exhibitions. Meet in the Grand Hall.

Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh

Sat 4 Oct

Free / 0131 624 6200

The theme of this tour is 'Colours'.

Sat 1 Nov

Free / 0131 624 6200

The theme of this tour is 'Hidden Gems: The Discovery of Medals, Miniatures and Medallions'.

Saturday Showcase: Ming, The Golden Empire

Panel discussion on the Ming exhibition, with Principal Curator Dr Kevin McLoughlin; Dr Yupin Chung of Glasgow Museums; and Dr Julian Ward of the University of Edinburgh.

National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

Sat 4 Oct

£10 (£8) / 0300 123 6789

Stanley & Rachel Johnson

Picking up where his first acclaimed volume of recollections left off, Stanley Johnson regales us – in this interview with daughter Rachel – with more rip- roaring tales of his life story and his clan of outrageously talented children, including a columnist, a Member of Parliament, a banker, a singer, a sustainability…

Cheltenham Town Hall

Sun 5 Oct

£10 / 0844 576 2210

Part of Cheltenham Literature Festival.

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.

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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.

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

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

Afternoon Tea with the Archers

Now in its 64th year The Archers is more popular than ever, with a growing online community following the twists and turns of life in Ambridge. The show’s editor Sean O’Connor, cast members Charles Collingwood (Brian Aldridge), Angela Piper (Jennifer Aldridge) and Louiza Patikas (Helen Archer), discuss its enduring appeal…

Spiegeltent, Cheltenham

Sat 4 Oct

£25

Part of Cheltenham Literature Festival.

Afternoon Tea with Val McDermid

Bestselling crime writer Val McDermid showcases her two new novels – her latest chilling, page-turning crime novel The Skeleton Road; and the second book of the Austen Project, a modern reimagining of the much loved Jane Austen classic Northanger Abbey.

Spiegeltent, Cheltenham

Sun 12 Oct

£15

Part of Cheltenham Literature Festival.

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Agatha Christie and The Monogram Murders

Join Sophie Hannah, author of the new Poirot novel The Monogram Murders, Agatha Christie’s grandson Mathew Prichard and curator of the Agatha Christie estate John Curran as they celebrate the English crime writer and best selling novelist of all time and her most famous Belgian detective Hercule Poirot. Chaired by author…

Cheltenham Town Hall

Wed 8 Oct

£8 / 0844 576 2210

Part of Cheltenham Literature Festival.

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.

Alcázar, Alhambra and the Legacy of the Moors

The Islamic presence in the Iberian Peninsula lasted nearly 800 years, leaving an indelible architectural stamp and a rich body of learning in science, art and philosophy, later transmitted to the rest of Europe. Art historian Lara Eggleton and travel writer Jason Webster (Blood Med; Andalus) reveal the cultural legacy of…

The Inkpot, Cheltenham

Fri 3 Oct

£8

Part of Cheltenham Literature Festival.

Alice Roberts

Scientist and TV presenter Alice Roberts gives us a fresh and accessible look at our own bodies and our evolution, examining the strokes of genius alongside glitches and imperfections that make us who we are.

Maxima Forum, Cheltenham

Wed 8 Oct

£8

Part of Cheltenham Literature Festival.

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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