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Blabbermouth

This 12-hour live celebration of Scottish music and spoken word features a collection of artists, actors, politicians, journalists, sportspeople, singers and scientists performing their favourite pieces of Scottish writing. A chance to celebrate Scotland's contribution to the world in the final hours before the referendum.

Assembly Hall, Edinburgh

Wed 17 Sep

£10 (£8) per session; £30 (£20) for day ticket / 0131 473 2000

An Evening with Sir Roger Moore

Interviewed by Gareth Owen, Hollywood legend, knight and raconteur Sir Roger Moore candidly discusses his life and career, from The Saint and The Persuaders to his stint as 007 and beyond. Followed by an audience Q&A.

Princess Theatre, Torquay

Sat 27 Sep

£26 / 0870 847 2315

Delphi: A History of the Centre of the Ancient World

Journey to the centre of the ancient world with academic, author and broadcaster Michael Scott, as he uncovers the importance of the city and sanctuary of Delphi, right up to the present day.

The Inkpot, Cheltenham

Mon 6 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

Dancing Horses

Dressage is sometimes criticised as being ‘pointless’ but pirouettes and piaffes evolved from vital horsemanship skills on the battlefield, and it is unarguably one of the most technically demanding Olympic disciplines. Olympic and Paralympic gold medallists Carl Hester (Making It Happen) and Natasha Baker talk to Jill…

The Salon, Cheltenham

Mon 6 Oct

£8

Part of Cheltenham Literature Festival.

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Mackintosh Architecture Lunchtime Talk – On the Drawing Board

Pamela Robertson of the Hunterian delivers the talk.

The Mackintosh House, Glasgow

Wed 1 Oct

Free / 0141 330 5431

  • 13:00 – 13:15

Me & T Monthly

A supportive space for people who have friends, family or partners who are transgender or exploring their gender.

LGBT Centre for Health & Wellbeing, Edinburgh

Sun 21 Sep

Free / 0131 523 1100

  • 14:00 – 16:00

Sun 28 Sep

Free / 0131 523 1100

  • 14:00 – 16:00

Sun 5 Oct

Free / 0131 523 1100

  • 14:00 – 16:00
…and 12 more dates until 28 Dec

Planetarium Shows

Take a tour of the night sky in the planetarium. Learn about constellations, asteroids and galaxies and more. Booking is essential.

Mills Observatory, Dundee

Wed 17 Sep

£1 (Children £0.50) / 01382 435967

  • 14:00 – 15:00

Shazia Hobbs: The Gori's Daughter

Celebrate The Gori's Daughter, the first novel from Shazia Hobbs, about Aisha, a girl of mixed Kashmiri and Glaswegian heritage.

Glasgow Women's Library

Thu 25 Sep

Free / 0141 550 2267

  • 12:30 – 14:00

Sunday Herald and Bloody Scotland Independence Debate

The referendum will have been and gone by the time Bloody Scotland takes place, so a panel, including William McIlvanney and Tom Devine, discuss the result and what is next for the country.

Albert Halls, Stirling

Sat 20 Sep

£9.50 (£8.50) / 01786 473544

Part of Bloody Scotland.

  • 15:15 – 16:45
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Tibetan Buddhist Meditation with the Gar Trinley Yongkhyab Ling Sangha

Experience traditional Tibetan Buddhist meditation practice.

Abbey Mount Centre, Edinburgh

Sun 21 Sep

£3 suggested donation / 0131 661 2780

  • 15:00 – 17:00

Sun 28 Sep

£3 suggested donation / 0131 661 2780

  • 15:00 – 17:00

Sun 5 Oct

£3 suggested donation / 0131 661 2780

  • 15:00 – 17:00
…and 11 more dates until 21 Dec

Unlimited Shelf Space: Digital Distribution in Games and Music

A panel of speakers from the games and music sectors explore the creative and business challenges and opportunities of distributing content digitally. The discussion is chaired by Alasdair McGill, Head of Enterprise & Entrepreneurial Strategy at the University of Dundee.

Avery & Co, Dundee

Thu 30 Oct

Free / 01382 201533

  • 17:00 – 20:00

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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

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
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