Afternoon events, Talks & lectures

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Generation by Night

Early evening talks, demonstrations, hands-on art-making sessions, live music and other creative responses to the Generation art programme.

Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh

Thu 2 Oct

Free / 0131 225 6671

Part of Generation.

  • 17:00 – 19:00

Thu 9 Oct

Free / 0131 225 6671

Part of Generation.

  • 17:00 – 19:00

Thu 16 Oct

Free / 0131 225 6671

Part of Generation.

  • 17:00 – 19:00
…and 2 more dates until 30 Oct

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art One, Edinburgh

Thu 9 Oct

Free / 0131 624 6200

Graham Fagen discusses his charmingly titled 1998 installation Peek-a-Jobby, and there's a DJ set from A La Fu Part of Generation.

  • 17:00 – 19:00

Thu 13 Nov

Free / 0131 624 6200

An artist's talk from Ross Sinclair and a site-specific DJ set from Loops Haunt. Part of Generation.

  • 17:00 – 19:00

Thu 11 Dec

Free / 0131 624 6200

Julie Roberts talks about how institutional constraints on the female body affect her work. Part of Generation.

  • 15:00 – 17:00

Thu 8 Jan 2015

Free / 0131 624 6200

Ciara Phillips, Claire Barclay and Kate Davis discuss their work. Part of Generation.

  • 17:00 – 19:00

Laurie Lee’s Cider with Rosie

In the centenary year of Laurie Lee’s birth, we celebrate his vivid memoir, Cider with Rosie, this year’s Big Read at Cheltenham, by bringing together four Lee devotees; Cerys Matthews and Michael Morpurgo, who introduce the new Vintage Classic anniversary editions, travel writer Chris Stewart and Joanna Trollope, who…

Garden Theatre, Cheltenham

Sat 4 Oct

£10

Part of Cheltenham Literature Festival.

The NHS – What’s the Prognosis?

Amidst a slew of apocalyptic headlines and on-going scandals, can the NHS deliver the best care and value for the taxpayer? The Sunday Times campaigning journalist Camilla Cavendish, Max Pemberton (The Doctor Will See You Now), GP and NHS campaigner David Wrigley and Cathy Corrie of Reform debate the issues with BBC…

Maxima Forum, Cheltenham

Sat 11 Oct

£10

Part of Cheltenham Literature Festival.

Chris Hadfield: You Are Here

Canadian astronaut Hadfield is probably best known for singing Bowie's 'Space Oddity' in the International Space Station which made him a viral star. His new book is the best of photographs of the earth from space.

Royal Geographical Society (With The Institute Of British Geographers), London SW7

Sun 7 Dec

£15 / 020 7591 3000

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
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Ming: 50 years that changed China

Co-curator of the British Museum’s major exhibition on the Ming dynasty Craig Clunas brings to life one of China’s most glorious époques through a close look at its art and people.

Garden Theatre, Cheltenham

Mon 6 Oct

£8

Part of Cheltenham Literature Festival.

Studyrama Go Abroad Fair

The UK's first multi-national study fair offering practical advice and the chance to talk to 40 universities from the US, Canada, Australia and Europe. Ideal for A-level students, undergraduates or graduates interested in following an international curriculum abroad.

Andaz Hotel, London EC2M

Thu 16 Oct

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.

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.

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

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.

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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.

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

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.

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