Evening events, Talks & lectures

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Thomas Heatherwick at the Royal Geographical Society

Designer Heatherwick talks about his latest projects.

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

Thu 23 Oct

£25 / 020 7591 3000

A Question of Science Dinner

Theoretical physicist and author Professor Jim Al-Khalili takes up hosting duties at this three-course dinner and champagne reception, with an opportunity to discuss your love of all things scientific with academics, working scientists and other experts in the field. Price also includes entry into a general knowledge…

Glasgow Science Centre

Thu 23 Oct

table of ten £950 / 0141 420 5005

Part of Glasgow City of Science.

Gordon Buchanan: Lost Adventures

Gordon's tales of his adventures, expedition and wildlife experiences.

Caird Hall, Dundee

Fri 24 Oct

£14.50 / 01382 434940

Lyric Theatre, Belfast

Tue 11 Nov

Danske Bank Stage

£14.50 (£12.50) / 028 9038 1081

macrobert, Stirling

Sun 2 Nov

£12.50–£14.50 / 01786 466666

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David Mitchell: Thinking About it Only Makes it Worse

The comedian, TV star, writer and actor talks about his latest book Thinking About it Only Makes it Worse which is a look at the absurdities of modern living.

Conway Hall, London WC1R

Wed 12 Nov

£12.84–£16.05 / 020 7242 8032

De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea

Sat 22 Nov

£22 / 01424 229111

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

Wed 12 Nov

£20 / 020 7591 3000

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Russell Brand

Brand talks about his ideas for a brighter world with The Guardians's Owen Jones. His latest book lays into government corruption, media fascists and the inevitability of revolution.

Emmanuel Centre, London SW1P

Thu 23 Oct


The Waterfront, Greenock

Thu 23 Oct

£15 (£10) / 01475 732201

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John Thackara: Creativity and Innovation – Making a Difference

John Thackara, founder of Doors of Perception and author of In The Bubble: Designing In A Complex World, delivers a talk on creativity and making a difference.

Òran Mór, Glasgow

Thu 23 Oct

Free / 01382 381296

Alice Rawsthorn: Hello World – Where Design Meets Life

Design critic Alice Rawsthorn delivers a talk on the influence design has on our lives and where it may take us in the future.

Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee

Fri 28 Nov

Free / 01382 381296

Write Shoot Cut

Monthly short film networking night taking open submissions for screening and discussion.

Filmhouse, Edinburgh

Mon 10 Nov

£6 (£5) / 0131 228 2688

Mon 8 Dec

£6 (£5) / 0131 228 2688

Architecture for All: Living on the River

A discussion on the pros and cons of living on the water.

Old Royal Naval College, London SE10

Thu 23 Oct

£10 (£5) / 020 8269 4799

Black & Blue – Artists In Conversation

Discussion with artists Penny Clayden and Chris Day, chaired by Alice Kettle.

Free Space Gallery, London NW5

Fri 12 Dec

Free / 07950 695699

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Doug Allan: Life Behind the Lens

Nature photographer Doug Allan talks about his travels and experiences working on nature programmes including Frozen Planet, Blue Planet and Planet Earth.

Craignish Village Hall, Lochgilphead

Sun 16 Nov

£10 (£8) / 01852 500746

Doug is also signing copies of his book Freeze Frame.

The Macphail Centre, Ullapool

Thu 20 Nov

£10 (£8) / 01854 613336

The Sunart Centre/Arainn Shuaineirt, Acharacle

Mon 17 Nov

£10 (£8) / 01397 709228

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Edinburgh Ragged University Talks

Talks on a variety of themes organised by the Ragged University, promoting the message that learning is much more palatable when served up with a nice cold pint. There will be food provided and everyone is invited to bring an item of food to put on the table to share. All welcome.

Counting House, Edinburgh

Thu 13 Nov

Free / 0131 667 7533

Talks include ‘3D Printing: no-hype, promise, just extraordinary art and design!’ by Ann Marie Shillito and 'Cerebral Diabetes and the Reversal of the Flynn Effect' by Mike McInnes.

Science Meets Art

George Donald talks through his drawing of a life model.

Tron Theatre, Glasgow

Mon 3 Nov

Free / 0141 552 4267

Part of Glasgow City of Science.

Mon 1 Dec

Free / 0141 552 4267

Part of Glasgow City of Science.

Mon 5 Jan 2015

Free / 0141 552 4267

Part of Glasgow City of Science.

Mon 2 Feb 2015

Free / 0141 552 4267

Part of Glasgow City of Science.

The Word is Scots: Liz Lochhead and the Mother Tongue

Liz Lochhead talks about her work and the use of Scots language.

Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh

Tue 28 Oct

£12.50 / 0131 556 5100

Bernadette Russell: 366 Days of Kindness

Bernadette Russell's one-woman storytelling/stand-up show, which recounts her mission to be kind to a stranger every day for an entire year (plus one day).

The Basement, Brighton

Thu 23 Oct

£5 / 01273 699733

All proceeds go to mental health charity MIND. Part of SICK! Festival.

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Culture Laser Live

Weekly podcast series, The Multi-Coloured Culture Laser, enters the festival fray for a night of performance, discussion, drinking, and hilarious October action. Host Ryan Van Winkle, poet and cultural behemoth from the United States of America via Auld Reekie, welcomes a selection of guests to take to the sofa with him…

Bonar Hall, Dundee

Fri 24 Oct

Free but ticketed / 01382 434940

Part of Dundee Literary Festival.

Edinburgh Skeptics

Regular meet-ups of Edinburgh's most enquiring minds, breaking down doctrine with pints and chat.

The Banshee Labyrinth, Edinburgh

Thu 30 Oct

Free / 07896 745991

Geoff Holder: Zombies From History

Fused Festival

Friday night welcomes young people of all musical abilities to take part in songwriting and music-making activities presented by professional musicians. Saturday night is gig night headlined by indie-folk band Randolph’s Leap. Featured artists include Rising Pacific, Cameron Roxburgh, Deep As Grass, The Canary Trap and…

Albert Halls, Stirling

Fri 24 Oct

Over-12s only

£3 (children free) / 01786 473544

Glasgow Skeptics

A biweekly event where speakers expound on science, pseudoscience, politics and policy to increase public understanding and engagement of these issues.

The Admiral, Glasgow

Mon 27 Oct

Free / 0141 221 7705

'Lies, Cover-Ups Theft and Death: Just Another Day in the Office. The Psychology of Corporate Corruption'.

West End, Glasgow

Mon 10 Nov


Nate Felps: Leaving Hate Behind. The son of the late Fred Phelps talks about the Westboro Baptist Church, the childhood he spent growing up in it, and how he came to leave his family behind on his 18th birthday. Venue to be confirmed.

Jodi Picoult: Leaving Time

Popular author Jodi Picoult talks about her latest book, Leaving Time.

Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee

Thu 6 Nov

Free but ticketed / 01382 223181

Part of Dundee Literary Festival.

Free / 01382 223181

Eastwood Park Theatre, Glasgow

Sat 8 Nov

£5–£7 / 0141 577 4956

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John Challis: Only Fools & Boycie

John Challis, who played Boycie in BBC comedy Only Fools & Horses, shares stories and anecdotes from his career.

Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

Sat 7 Mar 2015

Second Space


City Varieties Music Hall, Leeds

Tue 28 Oct

£15.50–£18.50 / 0113 243 0808

Fairfield Halls, Croydon

Fri 23 Jan 2015

£15 / 020 8688 9291

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Royal Geographical Society: Climb Every Mountain

Jan Faull, Archive Production Curator at BFI, introduces a screening of rare examples of mountaineers summiting great peaks.

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

Thu 23 Oct

£28 (Members £26) / 020 7591 3000

Ticket price includes autumn buffet and wine reception

Zombie Science: Genes of the Damned

Spoof lecture examining the science behind a potential zombie outbreak.

Òran Mór, Glasgow

Sun 2 Nov

Free / 0141 357 6200

Ages 13+.

Free / 0141 357 6200

Ages 18+.

2015 Heriot-Watt Chaplaincy Annual Public Lecture

Professor Alister McGrath gives a talk on 'God, Science and Faith: Richard Dawkins versus CS Lewis on the Meaning of Life'; given that Prof McGrath is the author of The Dawkins Delusion, no prizes for guessing whose side he's going to come down on. Booking is essential.

Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh

Mon 9 Feb 2015

Free / 0131 449 5111

Attendees must arrive before 6.15pm.

50th Anniversary Debate

A debate about Welfare Reform with the Rt Hon. Frank Field MP and Nick Timmins (senior fellow, The King's Fund).

St Mary-Le-Bow Church, London EC2V

Mon 27 Oct

Free but ticketed / 020 7248 5139

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