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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

  • 18:00 – 19:30

Becoming Freud: The Making Of A Psychoanalyst

Psychoanalytical writer Adam Phillips talks about his Freud's early years and career.

The Inkpot, Cheltenham

Sat 11 Oct

£8

Part of Cheltenham Literature Festival.

Becoming POTUS: The Race for the White House

As Hillary Clinton considers whether to seek the Democratic nomination, we introduce the key players in the complicated and expensive business of running for President. Is it increasingly more theatre than politics? Join the BBC’s Mark Mardell and Justin Webb, Washington bureau chief of The Sunday Times Toby Harnden…

Maxima Forum, Cheltenham

Sun 5 Oct

£10

Part of Cheltenham Literature Festival.

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.

  • 18:00 – 19:00

Ben Okri

The Man Booker prize-winning author and one of contemporary literature’s most gifted storytellers discusses his writing career and introduces his latest novel, The Age of Magic.

Parabola Arts Centre, Cheltenham

Sat 11 Oct

£8

Part of Cheltenham Literature Festival.

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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.

Big Data, Big Opportunities

From economics to stargazing, from politics to shopping habits, Big Data and the way it’s used is changing our lives. Leading experts in the field Mercedes Bunz, Mark Coté and Eric Meyer join the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s Andrew Prescott, using hands-on examples to explore the fascinating implications of big…

The Inkpot, Cheltenham

Sun 12 Oct

£7

Part of Cheltenham Literature Festival.

Bikers: know your enemy

Talk on collision avoidance by Dr Roy Allen of Aberdeen University.

Fraser Noble Building, Aberdeen

Thu 25 Sep

£5.50 (£4) / 01224 272000

Part of TechFest.

  • 18:30

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

  • 19:30 – 21:00

Bloodhound Super Sonic Car- Education in the Fast Lane.

The Bloodhound SSC is intended to be the first ever car to reach 1,000 mph. This talk outlines the challenges and some of the solutions in designing a supersonic car.

Fraser Noble Building, Aberdeen

Thu 25 Sep

£5.50 (£4) / 01224 272000

Part of TechFest.

  • 20:15
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Book Group with the Author

“Meet Merlin. He’s Lucy’s bright, beautiful son – who just happens to be autistic.” In an exclusive Festival book group, author Kathy Lette discusses her novel The Boy Who Fell to Earth, the personal inspiration behind it and what she’s got planned next. Chaired by journalist Alex Clark.

Cheltenham Town Hall

Tue 7 Oct

£15 (inc. Book) / 0844 576 2210

Part of Cheltenham Literature Festival.

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
  • 21:00

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 23 Sep

£5 / 0131 558 7272

  • 20:30

Tue 28 Oct

£5 / 0131 558 7272

  • 20:30

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 22 Sep

£5 / 0844 335 8879

  • 20:30

The Brighton 'Grand Hotel' Bombing: Work in Progress Performance

A work in progress reading of a new play by Brighton-based Wildspark Theatre company, framed by a two-part symposium discussing the history, memory and legacy of the Troubles.

Sallis Benney Theatre, University Of Brighton

Wed 15 Oct

£5 (whole symposium & performance £20–£50; Symposium Part 1 or 2 & Performance £15–£30) / 01273 643010

  • 19:00 – 21:00
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Bring to Light

A monthly meeting for conversation, innovation and inspiration.

No 1 Chocolate Factory, Glasgow

Thu 2 Oct

£11–£22 / 01413536017

Today's talk is 'Music as Medicine' – Punit Yaatri on how BrainHeart Music has changed the lives of families affected by autism and Alzheimers. Learn about the science behind the miracles and take part in a beautiful BrainHeart Meditation to experience the healing power of music for yourself.

  • 19:00 – 21:00

Caitlin Moran: How to Build a Girl

The columnist and author is off on tour to get lairy and talk about men, women, Bowie, feminism, massive hair and the revolution in her own light-hearted but thought-provoking style.

Maxima Forum, Cheltenham

Fri 3 Oct

£16

Part of Cheltenham Literature Festival.

Capability Brown

Responsible for designing over 170 parks during his illustrious career, Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown changed the landscape of 18th century England, as Roger Turner explores in this beautifully illustrated talk.

The Studio, Cheltenham

Mon 6 Oct

£6

Part of Cheltenham Literature Festival.

China: Exploding the Business Myth

As the West becomes increasingly mired in debt, China grows more confident. But with this superpower on the rise, which facts have become distorted in the telling? Economics Editor of the Independent Ben Chu (Chinese Whispers) and author Tim Clissold (Chinese Rules) look at the facts, fiction, and question what we know of…

The Inkpot, Cheltenham

Tue 7 Oct

£8

Part of Cheltenham Literature Festival.

Choosing the Future: How Scotland's Citizens Voted

John Curtice, a Professor of Government at Strathclyde University and one of Scotland’s leading analysts of voting intentions, reflect on the results from Thursday's referendum.

University of Glasgow

Tue 23 Sep

Free / 0141 330 2001

  • 18:00 – 19:30
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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

Chris Stewart

Two decades ago, Chris Stewart, of rock band Genesis, moved to a remote mountain farm in Andalucia. He discusses his latest book, the lure of the Alpujarra and the grand tradition of travel writing from the region.

Cheltenham Town Hall

Sat 4 Oct

£8 / 0844 576 2210

Part of Cheltenham Literature Festival.

Chris Tarrant

The broadcaster discusses his touching, deeply personal account of a much-loved father who was involved in some of WWII’s most significant campaigns, including the Dunkirk evacuation and the D-Day landings.

Garden Theatre, Cheltenham

Sun 12 Oct

£10

Part of Cheltenham Literature Festival.

The Churches Conservation Trust Annual Lecture

Learn more about the restoration projects the Churches Conservation Trust are undertaking from this year's lecturer, an award-winning writer and journalist Clive Aslet. Booking is essential.

Charterhouse, London EC1M

Thu 16 Oct

£30 (includes refreshments) / 0800 206 1463

  • 18:30 – 22:00

Collision Investigation: Fate Or Fatal Consequences?

Talk by Marco Venturini of Police Scotland on the role of the Collision Investigator.

Fraser Noble Building, Aberdeen

Tue 23 Sep

£5.50 (£4) / 01224 272000

Part of TechFest.

  • 18:30
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