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George III

Former Controller of BBC Two Janice Hadlow presents The Strangest Family: The Private Lives of George III, Queen Charlotte and the Hanoverians, an intensely moving account of the king’s doomed attempt to create a happy, harmonious family.

Cheltenham Town Hall

Wed 8 Oct

£8 / 0844 576 2210

Part of Cheltenham Literature Festival.

the girls are workshops - Live Music Photography

Emily Barker, Picture editor at the girls are guides you through taking an excellent live music shot. Emily will be joined by some of our regular photographers who will answer questions and offer advice on obtaining a publishable live music shot. Win a chance to have your review or photograph published on thegirlsare.com.

The Forge, London NW1

Sat 18 Oct

Free / 020 7383 7808

the girls are workshops - Live Music Reviews

Editor and founder of the girls are, Annette Barlow, Deputy Editor Cheri Amour and Jazz & Classical Editor Rosie Hanley offer advice and tips on how to write an engaging live music review. Win a chance to have your review or photograph published on thegirlsare.com. FREE ENTRY

The Forge, London NW1

Sat 18 Oct

Free / 020 7383 7808

A Good School For All?

Education excites the fiercest arguments: should schools promote British values? Should we teach facts or learning skills and what defines a good school? Camila Batmanghelidjh of Kids Company, The Times journalist Caitlin Moran, Conservative MP and Education Minister Nick Gibb, Educating Essex’s Stephen Drew, and the…

Maxima Forum, Cheltenham

Sat 4 Oct

£12

Part of Cheltenham Literature Festival.

The Great Outdoors

What really goes on in the long grass? What lies beneath the mystery of the moor? Which butterflies can tell you how far it is to the pub? Writers Will Atkins (The Moor) and John Lewis-Stempel (Meadowland) and natural navigator Tristan Gooley (The Walker’s Guide to Outdoor Clues and Signs) discuss the great outdoors and…

Maxima Forum, Cheltenham

Fri 3 Oct

£8

Part of Cheltenham Literature Festival.

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The Great Partition

The 1947 partition of India promised both political and religious freedom. In reality, the geographical divide created an even greater schism, exposing huge numbers of the population to desperate and devastating consequences. John Keay (Midnight’s Descendants), Yasmin Khan (The Great Partition), Basharat Peer (Curfewed…

Cheltenham Town Hall

Fri 10 Oct

£8 / 0844 576 2210

Part of Cheltenham Literature Festival.

Great Tapestry of Scotland

More than 1,000 volunteer stitchers, led by stitch coordinator Dorie Wilkie, worked for 55,000 hours using 300 miles of wool to create the 160 panels of The Great Tapestry of Scotland. Join Dorie, artist (and DJCAD graduate) Andrew Crummy and Eleanor Updale to hear more about this extraordinary work of art, a remarkable…

Bonar Hall, Dundee

Sun 26 Oct

£3 (Concessions £2) / 01382 434940

Part of Dundee Literary Festival.

  • 16:30 – 17:30

H is for Hawk

Acclaimed poet, writer and illustrator Helen Macdonald discusses her quest to train a goshawk, Britain’s wildest, most lethal bird of prey, and the spiritual journey it led her on.

Cheltenham Town Hall

Sun 12 Oct

£7 / 0844 576 2210

Part of Cheltenham Literature Festival.

Hatchet Job?

Both feared and revered, The Sunday Times journalists A. A. Gill, Lynn Barber and Camilla Long are known for their honest, acerbic and often extremely funny appraisals of books, food, films and celebrities. They join us in conversation to discuss what makes a good interviewee and what might drive them to write a scathing…

Garden Theatre, Cheltenham

Sun 5 Oct

£10

Part of Cheltenham Literature Festival.

Having Put Herself in the Picture: Tracing a Line through Kate Davis' Recent Work

Dr Dominic Paterson talks about the work of Kate Davis.

Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh

Mon 27 Oct

Hawthornden Lecture Theatre

Free / 0131 624 6200

  • 12:45 – 13:30
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A History Of The 20th Century In 100 Maps

The 20th century was a golden age of map-making. With many never reprinted and discussed until now, leading specialist Tim Bryars and Curator of Antiquarian Mapping at the British Library Tom Harper show the storytelling power of maps – from a Somme trench to the Edwardian opium trade, from the peak of imperial pageantry…

Garden Theatre, Cheltenham

Tue 7 Oct

£8

Part of Cheltenham Literature Festival.

A History Of War In 100 Battles

British historian and author Richard Overy takes us on a journey through the most important battles in history, examining how armed combat has evolved across the decades.

The Salon, Cheltenham

Fri 10 Oct

£8

Part of Cheltenham Literature Festival.

How to Read a Latin Poem

Our fearless panel – classics dons Mary Beard, Llewelyn Morgan and author and classicist Peter Stothard – explore the masterclasses in brevity that are the witty (and sometimes saucy) poems of Martial. With translations provided, only minimal knowledge of Latin is required!

Garden Theatre, Cheltenham

Sun 5 Oct

£8

Part of Cheltenham Literature Festival.

Howard Jacobson

Man Booker prize-winning author and journalist Howard Jacobson talks to writer and comedian David Baddiel about his writing career and introduces his latest novel J; a dystopian love story that is both tender and terrifying.

The Salon, Cheltenham

Sun 12 Oct

£8

Part of Cheltenham Literature Festival.

Ian McEwan

Should a secular court overrule sincerely held faith when a life is at risk? Religious beliefs and adult responsibility are put on trial as prize-winning author Ian McEwan discusses the themes of his new novel, The Children Act, with Alan Ward, former Lord Justice of Appeal. Chaired by Alice Thomson of The Times. In…

Maxima Forum, Cheltenham

Fri 3 Oct

£10

Part of Cheltenham Literature Festival.

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II Young European Entrepreneurs Seminar

Learn how to make your business idea a reality at this conference designed for Europeans recently arrived to the UK. From Vamos Scotland. Booking is essential.

Glasgow University Union

Thu 25 Sep

Free / 07583 388331

Part of Glasgow City of Science.

India as an Article of Faith

The concept of ‘India’ is arguably as strong as a religion. Festival Guest Director Amit Chaudhuri, historian Faisal Devji, Patrick French (India: A Portrait) and Sam Miller (A Strange Kind of Paradise: India Through Foreign Eyes) ask how this belief shapes India’s secular ideals, its arts and sciences, and how it is used…

Garden Theatre, Cheltenham

Fri 10 Oct

£8

Part of Cheltenham Literature Festival.

Irving Finkel

British Museum Assistant Keeper dives into the tale of Noah's Ark and tries to work some detective magic on the true story behind the myth.

The Salon, Cheltenham

Fri 3 Oct

£7

Part of Cheltenham Literature Festival.

Is Democracy at Risk?

Is there still any point in voting? How do we encourage younger generations to engage with the political process in an age of voter apathy? Comedian Russell Kane, columnists Philip Coggan (The Last Vote) and Owen Jones (The Establishment) and political writer Stephen Coleman examine the challenges democracy faces in 21st…

Garden Theatre, Cheltenham

Sun 12 Oct

£8

Part of Cheltenham Literature Festival.

Is there a Con in Contemporary Art?

What distinguishes great art from pretentious nonsense? Why do some artists make it and others don’t? BBC arts editor Will Gompertz (What Are You Looking At?), Sotheby’s director Philip Hook (Breakfast at Sotheby’s) and art sociologist Sarah Thornton (33 Artists in 3 Acts) join The Sunday Times art critic Waldemar…

Cheltenham Town Hall

Sun 12 Oct

£10 / 0844 576 2210

Part of Cheltenham Literature Festival.

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James Lovelock and Crispin Tickell

Leading international authority on climate change and environmental issues Crispin Tickell talks to “the most profound scientific thinker of our time” (Literary Review) James Lovelock – whose new book A Rough Ride to the Future presents a radical vision of humanity’s future as the thinking brain of our Earth-system.

Maxima Forum, Cheltenham

Tue 7 Oct

£8

Part of Cheltenham Literature Festival.

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

Jodi Picoult: Leaving Time

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

Theatre At The Mill, Newtownabbey

Sun 9 Nov

£6 (£4) / 028 9034 0202

  • 14:30

John Browne

Homophobia still pervades corporations around the world today, creating immense challenges for LGBT employees. John Browne, former CEO of BP, addresses the issues in his new part memoir, part social criticism The Glass Closet in conversation with the BBC broadcaster Paddy O’Connell.

The Inkpot, Cheltenham

Sat 4 Oct

£8

Part of Cheltenham Literature Festival.

John De Simone: Writing a 'Scottish' Piece

John De Simone of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland talks about the important of national identity in his music.

Byre Theatre, St Andrews

Wed 24 Sep

Free

  • 14:30
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