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Robert Lewellyn: Electric Cars Are Rubbish. Aren't They?

Best known for his work as a battery powered mechanoid (Kryten) in Red Dwarf, or a scruffy presenter of Scrapheap Challenge, Robert Llewellyn will argue that batteries and electric cars are the key to a very different future.

Black Box, Belfast

Fri 7 Nov

£6 (£3)

Scottish Ballet: The Nutcracker – Ballet Cafe

An informal afternoon for adults to take part in a gentle beginners' dance session, listen to an illustrated talk on The Nutcracker and relax for a chat over a cup of tea and cake.

The Studio at the Edinburgh Festival Theatre

Mon 15 Dec

£10 / 0131 529 6000

Scottish History through Scottish Novels

Delve into 20th and 21st century Scottish literature to explore the culture and politics of contemporary Scotland. Books include Jamse Douglas Brown's The House with the Green Shutters and Muriel Spark's The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie.

Craigroyston High School, Edinburgh

Wed 5 Nov

£50 for 11 weeks (£14–£25) / 0131 477 7801

Wed 12 Nov

£50 for 11 weeks (£14–£25) / 0131 477 7801

Wed 19 Nov

£50 for 11 weeks (£14–£25) / 0131 477 7801

…and 2 more dates until 3 Dec

Seeing God in …

A series of talks examining different traditions, objects and places and how these things are associated with different faiths across the world.

St Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art, Glasgow

Sun 2 Nov

Free / 0141 276 1625

Today's lecture is 'Seeing God in the Reformation'.

  • 14:00 – 15:00 Seeing God in … St Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art, Glasgow

Silent Voices from the Past

Art collective Wilson-Eflerová talk about their new work.

University Of Portsmouth

Tue 4 Nov

Eldon Building

Prices to be confirmed / 023 9284 8484

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Space Lecture

Talks on the vast subject of space, aimed at adults. Each month covers a different topic.

Winchester Science Centre & Planetarium

Wed 12 Nov

£6–£10 / 01962 863791

  • 16:30 – 21:00 Space Lecture Winchester Science Centre & Planetarium

Wed 10 Dec

£6–£10 / 01962 863791

  • 16:30 – 21:00 Space Lecture Winchester Science Centre & Planetarium

Wed 14 Jan 2015

£6–£10 / 01962 863791

  • 16:30 – 21:00 Space Lecture Winchester Science Centre & Planetarium
…and 2 more dates until 11 Mar 2015

The Speculative Society: 250 Years of Debate, Argument - and Delight

Professor David Purdie tells the story of Edinburgh's Speculative Society, which promoted public speaking and prose composition.

Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh

Wed 19 Nov

Hawthornden Lecture Theatre

Free / 0131 624 6200

Sunday Assembly

Do you like the whole ritual, communal, hanging-out-together and talking-about-stuff aspect of religion, and don't see why you can only have it if you believe in a supreme being? Sounds like the Sunday Assembly is for you. The 'godless congregation' meets every Sunday to hear talks, sing songs and celebrate life.

CCA, Glasgow

Sun 23 Nov

Free / 0141 352 4900

Sun 14 Dec

Free / 0141 352 4900

The Stand, Newcastle upon Tyne

Sun 30 Nov

Free / 0844 693 3336

Sun 28 Dec

Free / 0844 693 3336

Talking Trees

Let the RBGE's volunteer storytellers grow your imaginations with tall tales from around the world. Have you visited our Little Free Library located beside the Glasshouses or The Dell area located in the John Hope Gateway?

Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh

Sun 16 Nov

John Hope Gateway

Free / 0131 248 2909

Sun 21 Dec

John Hope Gateway

Free / 0131 248 2909

Sun 18 Jan 2015

John Hope Gateway

Free / 0131 248 2909

Sun 15 Feb 2015

John Hope Gateway

Free / 0131 248 2909

Tina Hammett: Taming Fibromyalgia

Tina Hammett, author of Taming Fibromyalgia, shares her experience of living with the disease, and the steps she took towards taming it.

Brickendon Hall, Hertford

Sat 22 Nov

Free (ticketed)

Please note: Participants are advised to bring along a notepad and pen to this talk.

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The Two Roberts: An Introduction

Senior Curator Patrick Elliott talks about Colquhoun and MacBryde.

Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh

Mon 24 Nov

Hawthornden Lecture Theatre

Free / 0131 624 6200

Virgin Astronaut

You don’t have to be “the Right Stuff” to be an astronaut these days! As Future Astronaut No. 245 with Virgin Galactic, Nigel Henbest provides an insider’s guide to life in space over the past 50 years. Nigel relates his own experiences and training so far – including a memorable flight on the “Vomit Comet” – and…

Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee

Sat 8 Nov

Free Booking required / 01382 868608

Part of Dundee Science Festival.

War Artists Series - the Second World War: Fighting Fronts & Home Fronts

Talk on WW 2 Scottish art from Dr Patricia Andrew.

Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh

Tue 25 Nov

Hawthornden Lecture Theatre

Free / 0131 624 6200

Wassailing and Carolling

Learn about wassailing – the tradition of singing and drinking the health of apples hoping they'll be just as healthy next year. Plus, some traditional carols to round things off.

Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh

Sat 6 Dec

£10 / 0131 556 9579

The Wildlife Wonders on Our Doorstep – Revisited

Wildlife speaker Brian Pettit speaks about the local wildlife.

The Exchange, Sturminster Newton

Sun 16 Nov

£5 / 01258 475137

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Work of the London Transport Museum and the Role of the Friends

The Chairman of the London Transport Museum Friends discusses the role of both the museum and its Friends in preserving the transport heritage of the capital. Booking is essential.

Basingstoke Discovery Centre

Thu 4 Dec

£3 / 01256 478670

Yati Durant discusses Tony Conrad's Invented Acoustical Tools

Yati Durant, Lecturer in Music, Sound & Moving Image; Programme Director of MSc in Composition for Screen, and Music Director of the Edinburgh Film Music Orchestra, leads a discussion on Tony Conrad's innovative musical devices.

Inverleith House, Edinburgh

Sat 15 Nov

Free / 0131 248 2971

Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh

Sat 15 Nov

Inverleith House

Free Book at ihouse@rbge.co.uk / 0131 248 2909

Zombie Science: Brain of the Dead

Discover how a Zombie brain works in this spoof lecture, presented by a Theoretical Zombiologist, featuring interactive demonstrations and a multi-media presentation. This is the science you need to survive the inevitable Zombie apocalypse. Supported by the Wellcome Trust and University of Glasgow.

Student Centre, Dundee

Sat 15 Nov

Free / 0141 258 2564

Part of Dundee Science Festival.