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A Life in Music: Jimmy Page

Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page talks about his life, career and new book with Guardian music editor, Michael Hann. His autobiography – Jimmy Page – discusses his life in the world-famous band, as well as his life off-stage and is illustrated by personal photographs.

Cadogan Hall, London SW1X

Wed 15 Oct

£20 / 020 7730 4500

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.

Churchill Theatre, Bromley

Thu 2 Oct

£26 / 08441 717620

Floral Pavilion Theatre, New Brighton

Sun 5 Oct

£26 (£24) / 0151 666 0000

  • 19:30

Royal and Derngate, Northampton

Mon 6 Oct

£26 / 01604 624 811

  • 19:30
  • 19:30

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A Life in Music: Gary Kemp

The Guardian's Alexis Petredis talks to Spandau Ballet's Gary Kemp about his ten-year career with the band, followed by a screening of their documentary Soulboys of the Western World.

The Hippodrome Casino, London WC2H

Thu 2 Oct

£20 / 0844 248 5144

Scottish Church Music up to the Reformation

Dr Jamie Reid-Baxter talks about Scottish church music up to the Reformation, from Columban chant to the music of Carver and Peebles, followed by a performance by Sang Scule of some of the music discussed.

Mayfield Salisbury Parish Church, Edinburgh

Sat 7 Mar 2015

Free / 0131 667 1522

Part of Festival of Sacred Music.

  • 19:00

Midlands Model Engineering Exhibition

Get a load of thousands of examples of model railway layouts and engines, sit in on some lectures and workshops and connect with fellow model engineering enthusiasts at the massive tradeshow.

Warwickshire Exhibition Centre, Leamington Spa

Thu 16 Oct

£4.50–£9.50 / 01926 614101

  • 10:00 – 17:00
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Alexei Kudrin: New Realities and Challenges for Emerging Markets After (and in) Crisis – The Case of Russia

Special talk presented by Professor Alexei Kudrin, former Russian Minister of Finance (2000–2011), former Deputy Prime Minister (2000–2004, 2007–2011), Dean of the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences of the St Petersburg State University, honorary professor of the Department of Economics of St Petersburg State University…

University of Edinburgh

Wed 1 Oct

Free

Mackintosh Subway Tour

An architectural tour of Charles Rennie Mackintosh's works using the Glasgow Subway to shuttle between his key works including House for an Art Lover, the Lighthouse and Scotland Street School Museum.

Scotland Street School Museum, Glasgow

Sun 5 Oct

£10 (£6) / 0141 287 0500

Part of Creative Mackintosh Festival.

  • 10:00 – 16:00

Sun 12 Oct

£10 (£6) / 0141 287 0500

Part of Creative Mackintosh Festival.

  • 10:00 – 16:00

Sun 19 Oct

£10 (£6) / 0141 287 0500

Part of Creative Mackintosh Festival.

  • 10:00 – 16:00

Sun 26 Oct

£10 (£6) / 0141 287 0500

Part of Creative Mackintosh Festival.

  • 10:00 – 16:00

An Audience with Bret 'The Hitman' Hart

An evening with legendary WWE and WCW pro wrestler Bret 'The Hitman' Hart. Also featuring comedian Adger Brown, John Gwynne, plus a Q&A session and photo opportunities.

Edgbaston, Birmingham

Sun 9 Nov

£50–£100 / 0121 4464422

King Power Stadium, Leicester

Sat 8 Nov

£30–£100

Metrodome Leisure Complex, Barnsley

Thu 6 Nov

£25–£100 / 01226 730098

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The Book Reborn

We are constantly told that the physical book is on borrowed time, soon to be a dusty memory. The University of Dundee’s Jon Rogers and Mike Shorter, Bronac Ferran (The Creative Exchange) and the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s Andrew Prescott explore how 3D technology is transforming the physical book in…

The Inkpot, Cheltenham

Sat 11 Oct

£7

Part of Cheltenham Literature Festival.

Clydesdale Women's Heritage Bike Ride

Learn a bit more about the feminism behind cycling on this gentle guided bike ride.

Glasgow Women's Library

Sat 4 Oct

Free / 0141 550 2267

  • 14:00 – 16:00
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Debt, Tax and Justice

A discussion on the links between tax and debt justice and what can be done to make the systems fairer.

The Augustine Church, Edinburgh

Thu 16 Oct

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 220 1677

Part of Edinburgh World Justice Festival.

  • 19:00 – 21:00

Devolving Transport: Can Further Powers Deliver Better Transport in Scotland?

Public debate on whether or not devolution will lead to better transport in Scotland.

Glasgow Caledonian University

Thu 9 Oct

Free / 07956 394121

  • 18:30 – 19:45

Enlightened! A Walking Tour of Edinburgh's New Town in the Age of Reason

Explore the New Town with Enlightened! walking tours and learn about how clever Edinburgh's people of yore were. Booking is essential.

Dundas House, Edinburgh

Wed 1 Oct

£10 (groups of five or more £8 per person) / 07459 109460

Meet outside.

  • 14:00 – 15:30

Thu 2 Oct

£10 (groups of five or more £8 per person) / 07459 109460

Meet outside.

  • 14:00 – 15:30

Fri 3 Oct

£10 (groups of five or more £8 per person) / 07459 109460

Meet outside.

  • 14:00 – 15:30
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An Evening in Space

Stargazing tips, news on the astronomical goings on and some useful information for rookie astronomers interested in space.

Our Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh

Fri 10 Oct

£5 (£4) / 0131 550 7800

  • 18:30 – 21:00

Gaia Weekender

Intimate gathering of like-minded women with special guests Horse McDonald and VG Lee. Price includes three nights bed, breakfast and dinner.

Drumkilbo House, Blairgowrie

Fri 24 Oct

£295 / 01828 640445

  • 17:00
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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'.

  • 19:00

West End, Glasgow

Mon 10 Nov

Free

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.

  • 19:00

Gordon Buchanan: Lost Adventures

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

Beacon Arts Centre, Greenock

Mon 20 Oct

The Beacon Theatre

£14.50 / 01475 723723

Caird Hall, Dundee

Fri 24 Oct

£14.50 / 01382 434940

Eastgate Theatre & Arts Centre, Peebles

Fri 10 Oct

£12.50–£14.50 (Children £5) / 01721 725777

  • 19:30 – 21:00

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John Byrne and Peter Capaldi in Conversation

Artist and playwright John Byrne in conversation with actor, director and fellow GSA attendee Peter Capaldi. Booking is essential.

Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh

Wed 8 Oct

Hawthornden Lecture Theatre

£15 (£12) / 0131 624 6560

  • 18:30 – 19:30

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.

Lawrence of Arabia

Lawrence of Arabia battled both enemy and government to bring about his vision for the Arab people, gaining almost mythical status along the way. Leading historians Scott Anderson (Lawrence in Arabia) and Anthony Sattin (Young Lawrence) introduce us to Lawrence as a young man, journey with him through the Middle East and…

Garden Theatre, Cheltenham

Thu 9 Oct

£8

Part of Cheltenham Literature Festival.

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Literature Talk and Film with Dr Jane Mackay: Lord Lytton's Last Days of Pompeii

Investigate the work of Lytton before checking out a film adaptation of his book.

Lincoln Drill Hall

Fri 28 Nov

£6.50 / 01522 873894

  • 12:00

Margaret Atwood: MaddAddam

Margaret Atwood discusses the hugely-anticipated final novel in her dystopian trilogy. A man-made plague has swept the earth but a small group survives, along with the green-eyed Crakers - a gentle species bio-engineered to replace humans. Told with wit, dizzying imagination and dark humour, Booker Prize-winning…

Cheltenham Town Hall

Sat 4 Oct

£10 / 0844 576 2210

Part of Cheltenham Literature Festival.

Michael Palin: Travelling To Work

To celebrate his third volume of diaries being published, Palin looks back on 25 years of travelling the world and almost 50 years of popping up on radio, TV and film. Palin is best known for Monty Python with John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Terry Gilliam and the late Graham Chapman. Between movies, he also…

Cambridge Corn Exchange

Fri 3 Oct

£29.50 / 01223 357851

Liverpool Echo Arena & Convention Centre

Sat 11 Oct

£33 / 0844 800 0400

  • 19:30

Palace Theatre, London W1D

Mon 20 Oct

£30.50 / 0844 755 0016

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Once Upon a Time: A Short History of Fairy Tale

British writer and mythographer Marina Warner explores a multitude of tales through the ages, from Red Riding Hood to Hansel and Gretel, from The Little Mermaid to Pan’s Labyrinth.

The Inkpot, Cheltenham

Fri 10 Oct

£8

Part of Cheltenham Literature Festival.

Paul Merton: Only When I Laugh

Known for his intelligent and surreal humour, Paul Merton's appearances on Have I Got News For You have seen him become an artfully rebellious fixture for over 25 years. This is an evening of laughter as he takes us on an evocative journey from his working-class Fulham childhood to the present day.

Maxima Forum, Cheltenham

Fri 3 Oct

£16

Part of Cheltenham Literature Festival.

Nottingham Playhouse

Wed 22 Oct

Prices to be confirmed / 0115 941 9419

  • 19:30 – 22:00

Sheffield Theatres

Mon 20 Oct

Crucible

£11 / 0114 249 6000

  • 19:30

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