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An Audience with Jonathan Miller

Talk from the actor, writer and comedian, who co-created Beyond the Fringe with Peter Cook, Dudley Moore and Alan Bennett.

Civic Hall, Stratford-upon-Avon

Sat 15 Nov

£13

Theatre At The Mill, Newtownabbey

Tue 28 Oct

£11–£15 (£9–£13) / 028 9034 0202

An Audience with Peter Hain

A talk by Peter Hain, MP and author.

Theatre At The Mill, Newtownabbey

Wed 19 Nov

£11–£15 (£9–£13) / 028 9034 0202

Bach as Artist or Preacher?

Talk from John Butt, director of the Dunedin Consort and a world-renowned Bach scholar, on the roles of emotion and meaning in Bach's church cantatas, followed by a performance of the two cantatas under discussion, BWV 21 Ich hätte viel Bekümmernis and BWV 150 Nach dir, Herr, verlanget mich by the Mayfield Singers and…

Mayfield Salisbury Parish Church, Edinburgh

Thu 1 Jan 2015

Free / 0131 667 1522

Performance by Mayfield Singers and Players. Part of Festival of Sacred Music.

Sat 31 Jan 2015

Free / 0131 667 1522

Part of Festival of Sacred Music.

Beauty By Design: Fashioning the Renaissance Opening Talk

A discussion of the Beauty by Design exhibition.

Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh

Wed 19 Nov

Hawthornden Lecture Theatre

Free / 0131 624 6200

Behind Helix: with Adam Rutherford, Daniel Locke & David Blandy

Helix is a collaborative digital graphic novel created by artist David Blandy, scientist and writer Adam Rutherford, and illustrator Daniel Locke, telling the history of DNA from the perspective of a 500-year-old man kept alive by genetic therapy, with a story spanning 40,000 years. Take a step inside this fascinating…

Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee

Sat 8 Nov

Free Booking required / 01382 223181

Part of Dundee Science Festival.

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Behind Helix: with Dr Adam Rutherford, Daniel Locke and David Blandy

Helix is a collaborative digital graphic novel created by artist David Blandy, scientist and writer Dr Adam Rutherford and illustrator Daniel Locke, telling the history of DNA from the perspective of a 500-year-old man kept alive by genetic therapy, with a story spanning 40,000 years. Adam, David and Daniel are currently…

Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee

Sat 8 Nov

Free but ticketed / 01382 223181

Part of Dundee Literary Festival.

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.

Beyond Endurance: The Life and Works of Sir James Mann Wordie

One hundred years ago, Shackleton’s ship ‘Endurance’ sailed to Antarctica and became stuck fast in the ice of the Weddell Sea. The story of the crew’s survival on the sea ice for months has become the stuff of legend. One of the crew members was Scottish geologist James Wordie, whose influence went on to change the face…

National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh

Thu 27 Nov

Free ticketed / 0131 623 3734

Part of Book Week Scotland.

Bill Herbert on Jade Ladder: Contemporary Chinese Poetry

Former Dundee Makar Bill Herbert presents a talk on the book Jade Ladder: Contemporary Chinese Poetry. The book, which he co-edited, demonstrates the diversity of Chinese poetry in English.

Smith Art Gallery & Museum, Stirling

Mon 16 Feb 2015

£3–£5 / 01786 471917

Bouchard Finlayson Wine Tasting

Wine tasting hosted by Bouchard Finlayson.

Fishers in the City, Edinburgh

Mon 27 Oct

£50 / 0131 225 5109

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Breathe

A look at the complex, fundamental process of breathing through the lenses of science, medicine, and literature. Developed by Orlando Gough through dialogue with staff and patients in the Churchill Hospital Respiratory Medicine department.

The North Wall Arts Centre, Oxford

Sat 1 Nov

£14 (£10) / 01865 319450

Part of Breath Festival.

  • 18:30 Breathe The North Wall Arts Centre, Oxford
  • 21:00 Breathe The North Wall Arts Centre, Oxford

Brian Allan: Truth, Lies and Ufology

How the intelligence services created the modern UFO myth… did many icons of modern Ufology originate on alien worlds, or were they based on pioneering German technology captured at the end of WWII?  Did US intelligence use Ufology as a smokescreen to hide its own technological wonders.

Albert Halls, Stirling

Sat 1 Nov

£5 (£4.50) / 01786 473544

Part of Paranormal Scotland.

Bright Club: Edinburgh

The hardworking staff at Edinburgh's universities are let out for the night to share their tales about the weird, wonderful, and often very funny, world of research.

The Stand, Edinburgh

Tue 28 Oct

£5 / 0131 558 7272

Tue 25 Nov

£5 / 0131 558 7272

Bright Club: Glasgow

Bright Club features its usual intoxicating blend of comedy and academia as lecturers from the city's universities turn their studies into entertaining stories.

The Stand, Glasgow

Mon 24 Nov

£5 / 0844 335 8879

Cafe Science Extra… Fats: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

It is now widely acknowledged that increased consumption of a Western-type high calorie diet, along with a sedentary lifestyle, has contributed to a marked increase in the global prevalence of obesity. However, fat is also an essential component of our diet which fulfils a wide range of biological functions. This talk…

Dundee Science Centre

Wed 12 Nov

Free / 01382 386669

Part of Dundee Science Festival.

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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.

At-Bristol

Thu 11 Dec

£15 / 0845 345 1235

The Savoy Theatre, Monmouth

Wed 10 Dec

£6 / 01600 772467

Claire Bloom in conversation with Richard Digby Day

Richard Digby Day talks to Claire Bloom CBE, one of the country's most fascinating actresses, with a career stretching from her debut in Chaplin's Limelight to Queen Mary in The King's Speech, as well as an unforgettable Blanche in a 1974 production of A Streetcar Named Desire.

Lauderdale House, London N6

Fri 24 Oct

£25 / 0208 348 8716

Colin Prior: The Journey So Far

Top notch landscape photographer Colin Prior discusses his work, touching on his current projects in Scotland and Pakistan's Karakoram mountains.

Eastgate Theatre & Arts Centre, Peebles

Thu 30 Oct

£10 / 01721 725777

Combating kidney dialysis vascular access

More than 250,000 patients across Europe require kidney dialysis. Vascular access sites are used to remove and return blood to/from the patient during dialysis. These sites fail in at least half of patients within the first year, leading to increased infections, hospital stays and operations. Dr Shona Matthew at the…

Tower Building, Dundee

Mon 3 Nov

Free / 01382 383396

Part of Dundee Science Festival.

Common Cause : Commonwealth Scots and the Great War Talk

David Forsyth, Senior Curator at the National Museum of Scotland, gives an audio visual presentation telling the personal stories of Commonwealth soldiers with Scottish roots and their contribution to the First World War.

Bishopbriggs Library, Glasgow

Tue 25 Nov

Free ticketed / 0141 772 4513

Part of Book Week Scotland.

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Community Discussion: The Future of LGBT Equality in Scotland

Now that the Referendum is out of the way, and with the general election coming up, this is a panel discussion to explore what LGBT people and their allies hope for the future. Booking is essential.

Eric Liddell Centre, Edinburgh

Wed 26 Nov

Free / 0131 447 4520

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.

Cutting Communication Time

Dr John Reid lectures on the development of the telegraph and telephone in the 19th century.

Regent Building, Aberdeen

Tue 21 Oct

Free

Daniel Gray

Join Daniel Gray as he takes you on a photographic journey he made with Alan McCredie. This is every day Scotland, captured at its most crucial point for 300 years.

Cumbernauld Library

Thu 27 Nov

Free / 01236 618087

Part of Book Week Scotland.

David McCandless: Knowledge is Beautiful

Data journalist McCandless' new book Knowledge is Beautiful is packed full of stunning infographics covering everything from national military budgets to Dr Who's journeys.

One Canada Square, London E14

Mon 10 Nov

£20

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