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All Back to Bowie’s

David Greig and The Barnett Consequentials David Bowie said ‘Scotland, stay with us’. At the Fringe, a group of Scottish artists take him up on his kind invitation. So pull up a futon, it’s all back to Bowie’s for an #indyref mix of politics, poetry, polemic and pop. Different guests every day make for an hour of…

Stand in the Square, Edinburgh

Sat 2 Aug

£8 (£6)

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 3 Aug

£8 (£6)

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Mon 4 Aug

£8 (£6)

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 20 more dates until 24 Aug

The Alternative Edinburgh Walking Tour

Get off the tourist paths and see a different side of the city, learning about everything from its literary past to the disco pioneer who grew up near (but note: not in) the bins at the back of Tesco.

Omni Centre, Edinburgh

Sat 2 Aug

Free (donations welcome) / 0131 524 7770

Please do not contact the venue.

  • 15:30

Sun 3 Aug

Free (donations welcome) / 0131 524 7770

Please do not contact the venue.

  • 15:30

Thu 7 Aug

Free (donations welcome) / 0131 524 7770

Please do not contact the venue.

  • 15:30
…and 13 more dates until 31 Aug

Auld Reekie: Most Haunted City in Europe?

Ash Pryce, founder of Edinburgh Skeptics, examines the evidence for and against Edinburgh's ghostly claims.

Stafford Centre, Edinburgh

Sat 2 Aug

Free

  • 17:00 – 18:00

Sun 3 Aug

Free

  • 17:00 – 18:00

Mon 4 Aug

Free

  • 17:00 – 18:00
…and 16 more dates until 23 Aug

A Novel Cure

Hosted by Canongate In need of life rejuvenation? Join School of Life bibliotherapist Ella Berthoud as she offers advice and inspiration from the world’s most renowned writers and prescribes much needed literary tonics to cure life’s ills and ails.

Hendrick's Carnival of Knowledge, Edinburgh

Thu 7 Aug

MA'AM

Free

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Balancing The Books

Professor Charlie Jeffrey of the University of Edinburgh chairs a debate discussing the future of public services in Edinburgh following the Referendum.

The Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh

Fri 15 Aug

£5 (£3.50) / 0800 092 7500

Part of Festival of Politics.

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Auditioning Effectively for the Camera

The New York Film Academy Roger Del Pozo is the director of Performing Arts enrolment at the New York Film Academy and a casting director in NYC. Employing insights gathered from over 10 years working for some of the New York's busiest casting companies, he will take you through every step of what it takes to audition…

Fringe Central, Edinburgh

Fri 15 Aug

Rehearsal Room

Free / 0131 226 0000

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

BBC: Front Row

Mark Lawson presents BBC Radio 4's daily arts show with the hits, misses, debates and talking points of the Festivals and Fringe so far, along with interviews with writers and performers, and live performances. Please note - This is a free event ticketed via a random draw. To enter the draw please visit…

BBC @ Potterrow, Edinburgh

Thu 14 Aug

BBC

Free / 0131 226 0000

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

2014 Edinburgh International Culture Summit

Arts and culture leaders discuss the possibilities of the arts to foster understanding between nations. Speakers include Nandi Mandela, Irina Bokova, Jordi Savall and Ea Sola. The four Debating Chamber sessions are open to the public; email to book. Booking is essential.

The Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh

Sun 10 Aug

Free / 0800 092 7500

  • 16:00 – 18:00

Mon 11 Aug

Free / 0800 092 7500

Closing Plenary in the Debating Chamber.

  • 14:30 – 15:30

39 years

"39 years is the average age of death for someone on the streets. Streetwork are on the streets 365 days of the year reaching those in desperate and destitute situations. Damaged and damaging people rough sleeping, begging, drinking, and involved in sex work all at risk on the streets. Join Streetwork to consider the…

St John's Episcopal Church, Edinburgh

Sun 10 Aug

Free By donation / 0131 229 7565

Part of just Festival.

£500,000? Fine! Why Data Protection Matters

bto As you hire a cast for your latest production, send out mass promotional e-mails from a database or blog into the wee small hours, do you stop to consider whose personal data you are processing and whether what you are doing is subject to data protection laws? The specialist Data Protection Defence Team from BTO…

Fringe Central, Edinburgh

Wed 20 Aug

Lecture Theatre 1

Free / 0131 226 0000

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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A Century on the Edge: From Cold War to Hot World, 1945–2045

A talk by Paul Rogers, Professor of Peace Studies, University of Bradford about the lessons of war. Chaired by Dr Andrea Birdsall.

The Hub, Edinburgh

Wed 27 Aug

£6 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

A Forensic Investigation

Hosted by 5x15 Join forensic expert Professor Sue Black OBE as she discusses her fascination with the astounding inner workings of the human body and her illustrious career in forensic science. From identifying human bodies in Kosovo to uncovering evidence for the UN’s War Crimes Tribunal, listen in awe as she recounts…

Hendrick's Carnival of Knowledge, Edinburgh

Fri 8 Aug

The Odditorium

£12

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

A Trade Union for Writers

The Writers' Guild of Great Britain WGGB is the TUC affiliated union for writers negotiating terms, agreements and conditions with BBC, ITV, C4, PACT and theatre organisations. We lobby for writers at Westminster, Holyrood, and Brussels. At a regional level, meetings and events are held to meet people within the…

Fringe Central, Edinburgh

Mon 18 Aug

Meeting Room

Free / 0131 226 0000

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Aaron Kreisler, Kushana Bush, Yvonne Todd and Steve Carr in Discussion

Curator Aaron Kreisler and New Zealand artists Kushana Bush, Yvonne Todd and Steve Carr discuss their parts in the Where Do I End and You Begin exhibition.

City Art Centre, Edinburgh

Sun 3 Aug

Free / 0131 529 3993

  • 15:00

Actor CV and Headshot Reviews

Actors can get one-to-one advice on their headshots and CVs from film, theatre and commercials casting directors Thom Hammond and Michael Cox.

Underbelly, Edinburgh

Mon 18 Aug

Free / 08445 458252

  • 12:00 – 14:00

Tue 19 Aug

Free / 08445 458252

  • 12:00 – 13:30
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Adelaide Fringe Info Session

Adelaide Fringe It’s all about Adelaide. Every summer artists from around the globe head down under to Australia’s biggest open-access arts festival. Find out what, where, why and how you can be part of this four week explosion of art, performance and fun.

Fringe Central, Edinburgh

Wed 20 Aug

Lecture Theatre 1

Free / 0131 226 0000

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Advice for Humans

Hosted by Canongate After an unusual incident, Andrew Martin is found walking naked through the streets of Cambridge not feeling quite himself. Food sickens him, clothes confuse him and his loving wife and teenage son feel repulsive to him. He feels lost amongst a crazy species and hates everyone on the planet. Who is…

Hendrick's Carnival of Knowledge, Edinburgh

Thu 7 Aug

The Odditorium

£12

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Andy Wightman: Stop Thief!

Commentator, activist and author Andy Wightman gives an audiovisual presentation.

City Art Centre, Edinburgh

Sat 30 Aug

Free / 0131 529 3993

Part of Edinburgh Art Festival.

  • 14:00

The Annual Thelwall Lecture: John Thelwall and Slavery

The influence of the radical John Thelwall on Wordsworth and Coleridge is becoming increasingly recognised. In this talk, ProfessorMichael Scrivener will discuss how Thelwall's own ideas were shaped by slavery and the abolition movement.

Dove Cottage and the Wordsworth Museum, Grasmere

Sat 2 Aug

Free / 01539 435544

  • 16:30 – 17:30

Arthur Melville in Context

Chris Brickley of Bonhams' auctioneers considers the career of the highly original Victorian painter Arthur Melville.

Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh

Tue 5 Aug

Hawthornden Lecture Theatre

Free / 0131 624 6200

  • 12:45 – 13:30
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Artist Talk: David Shrigley

Glasgow's favourite art son David Shrigley gives a talk as part of the city's cultural Commonwealth programming.

Glasgow Sculpture Studios

Thu 14 Aug

Free / 0141 353 3708

Part of Culture 2014.

  • 17:00

Artist Talk: Scott Myles

Scottish artist Scott Myles gives a talk as part of the city's larger Commonwealth programming.

Glasgow Sculpture Studios

Sat 2 Aug

Free / 0141 353 3708

Part of Culture 2014.

  • 14:00

Battle of Prestonpans Talk

A talk about the Battle of Prestonpans, from historian Arran Johnston. Ages 12+.

Prestongrange Museum, Prestonpans

Sun 14 Sep

£3.60 (includes a hot drink and a cake) / 0131 653 2904

  • 14:00 – 15:30

BBC: Four Thought

Live, unscripted, thought-provoking talks with a personal dimension from BBC Radio 4.

Eden Court Theatre and Cinema, Inverness

Thu 21 Aug

Free (ticketed) / 01463 234234

Part of Inverness Book Festival.

BBC: Radio 4's Bookclub

BBC Radio 4 Led by James Naughtie, a group of readers talk to acclaimed authors about their best known novels. This is a free event ticketed via random draw. To enter the draw, please visit bbc.co.uk/tickets. Follow @BBCEdFest for listings. This is a free event ticketed via random draw. To enter the draw, please…

BBC @ Potterrow, Edinburgh

Sat 23 Aug

BBC

Free / 0131 226 0000

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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