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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.

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.

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.

Alexander McCall Smith

The twinkly-eyed and hugely successful author reads from his work, talks to Mary Ann Kennedy and takes questions from the floor.

The Sunart Centre/Arainn Shuaineirt, Acharacle

Sat 27 Sep

Entry with Day Ticket / 01397 709228

Part of Three Lochs Book and Art Festival.

  • 15:30 – 17:00

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.

  • 12:30
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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

  • 12:45 – 13:30

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.

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.

American Impressionists in the Garden

Garden historian Caroline Holmes discusses European gardens.

Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh

Tue 30 Sep

Hawthornden Lecture Theatre

Free / 0131 624 6200

  • 12:45 – 13:30

An ‘Unprofitable’ Sport? Bans, Billionaires and the Growth of Golf

Laurie Rae, Senior Curator at the British Golf Museum, talks about how the game has developed over the years.

Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh

Fri 26 Sep

Hawthornden Lecture Theatre

Free / 0131 624 6200

  • 12:45 – 13:30
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Antonia Fraser

In conversation with military historian and author Allan Mallinson, the internationally bestselling historian Antonia Fraser vividly brings to life a dramatic and violent year of pre-Victorian political and social history – the passing of the Great Reform Bill of 1832.

Cheltenham Town Hall

Fri 10 Oct

£8 / 0844 576 2210

Part of Cheltenham Literature Festival.

The Architecture of Diplomacy: The British Ambassador’s Residence in Washington

The British Ambassador’s Residence in Washington D.C. is a compelling example of architect Sir Edwin Lutyens’ work. Anthony Seldon reveals its fascinating history, featuring previously untold stories of visiting royalty and even The Beatles.

Cheltenham Town Hall

Tue 7 Oct

£8 / 0844 576 2210

Part of Cheltenham Literature Festival.

Are You Happy?

What is happiness? How do we measure it – or increase it? Using the results of an Arts and Humanities Research Council funded project, economist Richard Layard, Director of the Institute for Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship Gerald Lidstone and Mandy Rose, Director of Searching for Happiness and the Digital Cultures…

The Salon, Cheltenham

Sat 4 Oct

£7

Part of Cheltenham Literature Festival.

Art and Nature – Neville Gabie, Philippa Mitchell & Mary Bourne

Three artists discuss their ideas about the relationship of art to nature.

Kinloss and Findhorn Church Hall, Forres

Sun 28 Sep

£5 / 01309 690162

Part of Findhorn Bay Arts Festival.

  • 17:00

The Art of Golf Course Design

Talk by golf designer Scott Macpherson.

Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh

Fri 10 Oct

Hawthornden Lecture Theatre

Free / 0131 624 6200

  • 12:45 – 13:30
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Arthur Jafa and Kara Keeling: Touching the Imperceptible

Cinematographer, director and cultural critic Arthur Jafa and Prof Kara Keeling of USC, author of The Witch's Flight: The Cinematic, the Black Femme, and the Image of Common Sense, in a (kind of) conversation about blackness, queerness and cinema.

Tramway, Glasgow

Sat 27 Sep

£6 for Saturday pass; £14 for weekend pass / 0845 330 3501

Part of ARIKA14 Episode 6: Make a Way Out of No Way.

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.

  • 12:00 – 13:00

Bill Granger’s Italian Lunch

Join ‘Australia’s Jamie Oliver’ for a mouthwatering lunch in the beautiful Spiegeltent to celebrate the popular TV chef’s latest cookbook, Bill’s Italian Food. Italian food is given an inspiring makeover to tantalise the tastebuds as well as fit around our busy lives.

Spiegeltent, Cheltenham

Sat 11 Oct

£25

Part of Cheltenham Literature 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 26 Sep

£8 (£7) / 01865 333623

  • 14:00 – 15:30

Fri 3 Oct

£8 (£7) / 01865 333623

  • 14:00 – 15:30

Fri 10 Oct

£8 (£7) / 01865 333623

  • 14:00 – 15:30
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Blackwell's Literary Walking Tour

On this walking tour, discover the university and the city where authors such as Graham Greene, Dorothy L Sayers and TS Eliot lived and learned.

Blackwell's, Oxford

Tue 23 Sep

£8 (£7) / 01865 333623

  • 14:00 – 15:30

Tue 30 Sep

£8 (£7) / 01865 333623

  • 14:00 – 15:30

Tue 7 Oct

£8 (£7) / 01865 333623

  • 14:00 – 15:30
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