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Beacon of Light: The New Edinburgh International Festival and the Arts in Post-war Society

The development of the Edinburgh International Festival and how it promotes discussion.

The Hub, Edinburgh

Thu 21 Aug

£6 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International 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).

Chapter Art Centre, Cardiff

Wed 28 May

£12 (£10) / 0292 030440

  • 20:00

Derby Theatre

Fri 25 Apr

£9 (£6) / 01332 593939

  • 20:00

Conversation about The James Plays

The creative team behind National Theatre of Scotland's The James Plays discuss their ambitious new project with Jackie McGlone.

The Hub, Edinburgh

Mon 18 Aug

£6 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Strange Psychologies

Four lectures explore the dark side of human behaviour: deviant sexuality, criminal profiling, Narcissism and British serial killers. Aimed at at the general public – aka no white beard or set of round specs necessary.

The Lighthouse, Glasgow

Thu 22 May

£11 (or all four for £40) / 0141 276 5360

Today: British Serial Killers.

Professor Robert Winston: The Desire to Take Medicine

The reproductive health expert and television presenter talks about the appeal of medicine in this first RCP Public Lecture. Booking is essential.

Royal College of Physicians Museum, London NW1

Wed 18 Jun

Free / 020 3075 2389

  • 18:30 – 20:00
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Words and Deeds: An Evening with Artist Hugh Buchanan

A unique chance for art lovers to hear celebrated artist Hugh Buchanan, who has worked on commissions for the Prince of Wales, the House of Commons and the National Trust. Let Hugh inspire you as he talks about his passion for museums and how these beautiful buildings and their contents influence his own work. Whether you…

The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow

Fri 16 May

£7.50 / 0141 241 6210

Part of Festival of Museums.

  • 18:15 – 21:00

Do You Need God to Forgive?

Exploring what forgiveness means to different faiths with Usama Hasan, a London-based Imam, Catherine Pepinster who edits the weekly Catholic Newspaper The Tablet and Jonathan Wittenberg, Senior Rabbi of Masorti Judaism UK.

St Ethelburga's, London EC2N

Mon 19 May

£11 / 020 7496 1610

Doug Allan: In the Company of Giants

Illustrated talk from the award-winning cameraman, who has worked on the shows Blue Planet, Planet Earth and Ocean Giants.

Cheltenham Town Hall

Fri 2 May

£15 / 0844 576 2210

  • 19:30

Exeter Corn Exchange

Sun 27 Apr

£15 / 01392 665938

  • 19:30

Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage

Sat 26 Apr

£17 (£15) / 01438 363200

  • 19:30

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The Future Is Feminine

Rachel Elnaugh, entrepreneur and former dragon from Dragons Den, shares her perspective that the 'Future is Feminine'. Ticket includes welcome juice from Imbibery London, with part of the price going to the Rugby Portobello Trust.

Chic & Seek, London W11

Tue 29 Apr

£45 / 020 7243 6073

  • 18:30 – 21:00

Hilton London Kensington, W11

Tue 29 Apr


  • 18:30 – 21:00

Still Life with Bird's Nest by Jan van Huysum

Senior Curator Tico Seifert talks about this 18th century Dutch flower painting.

Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh

Fri 23 May

Free / 0131 624 6200

  • 12:45 – 13:15
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The Underground of Song

Alison McMorland and Geordie MacIntyre explore significant songs from the first stirrings of the Scottish Folk revival, with the influence of Hamish Henderson illuminating how songs inspired and gave voice to new generations of singers. This presentation of songs and commentary was triggered by Henderson’s article in the…

Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh

Tue 6 May

£6 (£4) / 0131 556 9579

Part of TradFest.

Walter Scott and the Storytellers

Is ‘storyteller’ a polite word for ‘liar’? Or are storytellers the speakers of terrible truths? Walter Scott puts storytelling at the centre of his art. In this study afternoon storyteller Anna Fancett and researcher Lisa McKenna explore Scott as ‘Wizard of the North’ and master storyteller.

National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh

Tue 6 May

£6 (£4) / 0131 556 9579

Part of TradFest.

World Book Night with Blackwell's

Blackwell's celebrates with readings and chat from a host of its favourite authors, including Jenni Fagan, John Burnside and Angela Jackson. Booking is essential.

Blackwell's, Edinburgh

Wed 23 Apr

Free (ticketed) / 0131 622 8222

  • 18:00

The World's Worst Serial Killers

A two-hour audiovisual show presented by retired murder squad detective Trevor Marriott. Please note that this show not for the squeamish or faint-hearted as many of the photographs shown are of a very graphic nature, which some may find disturbing.

Arts Centre, Swindon

Thu 18 Sep

£12 (£10) / 01793 614837

  • 19:30

The Camberley Theatre

Wed 4 Jun

£12 ( £10.50; £10.50) / 01276 707600

  • 19:30

Carnegie Theatre, Workington

Fri 9 May

£12 (£10) / 01900 602122

  • 19:30

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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 29 Apr

£5 / 0131 558 7272

  • 20:30
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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

Wed 30 Apr

£5 / 0844 335 8879

  • 20:30

Castle Archer Weapons Talk

Learn the gritty history of a variety of weapons, from the longbow to the cannon to the broadsword.

Dirleton Castle, North Berwick

Sun 4 May

Included in admission

  • 14:00 – 15:00

Edinburgh Skeptics

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

The Banshee Labyrinth, Edinburgh

Thu 15 May

Free / 07896 745991

Tonight's talk, 'Cryptozoology – Science, Pseudoscience or Something Else?' comes courtesy of statistical ecologist and aquatic biologist Charles Paxton.

  • 19:30

Foodie Quine presents Wild Food and Coastal Foraging with Mark Williams

Grab some waterproof footwear and a basket and head out into the woods with food blogger Foodie Quine and forager Mark Williams in search of wild edibles. Plus, snack on a few foodie treats along the way.

Skatie Shore, Stonehaven

Sat 26 Apr

£45 (Children aged 8–16 £20)

Sun 27 Apr

£45 (Children aged 8–16 £20)

The Global Migrations of the Scottish People since 1600: Issues, Debates, Controversies

Scholars from around the globe – from Scotland to America to New Zealand – speak on topics of emigration, myth, memory, diaspora and much more. Designed to be accessible to a public audience; early booking recommended.

National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

Fri 4 Jul

Free / 0131 6511254

  • 17:00

Sat 5 Jul

Free / 0131 6511254

  • 09:00 – 17:00

Sun 6 Jul

Free / 0131 6511254

  • 09:00 – 18:00
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How to Make a Micro Budget Film and Sell It

One-day film masterclass in the art of the micro budget – going from screenwriting all the way to marketing. From Intense Productions.

The Comedy Store Manchester

Mon 5 May

£79–£99 (Students £79) / 0870 593 2932

The Corinthian Club, Glasgow

Mon 28 Apr

£79–£99 (Students £79) / 0141 552 1101

Goldsmiths, University Of London, SE14

Sat 3 May

£79–£99 (Students £79) / 020 7919 7171

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Scotland's Storytelling Renaissance

Why has live storytelling come back into the cultural mainstream in Scotland? Is it a folk tradition or a contemporary art and why has a tech savvy generation tapped into story? Storyteller and founding Director of the Scottish Storytelling Centre, Donald Smith offers some insights and opens up the issues for discussion…

University of Edinburgh

Fri 9 May

Free / 0131 650 1000

Part of TradFest.

Scottish Independence Referendum Q&A with Alistair Carmichael

Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael hosts this Q&A focusing on issues surrounding Scotland's constitutional future and the September referendum.

Murrayfield Parish Church, Edinburgh

Thu 24 Apr

Free FRee but ticketed / 0131 244 9066

  • 19:30 – 21:00

This Bewitching Poison Weekend

A full-on day to explore the This Bewitching Poison exhibition about the history of alcohol, including special curator tours, family activities including dressing-up and drawing, a tour of the medicinal garden and more. Garden access ticketed.

Royal College of Physicians Museum, London NW1

Sat 14 Jun

Free / 020 3075 1649

  • 10:00 – 17:00

Sun 15 Jun

Free / 020 3075 1649

  • 10:00 – 17:00

Allan Ramsay: Reviving Scots Song

Before Burns and Robert Fergusson, Allan Ramsay was the genial agitator of Scots culture, reviving poetry, song and theatre in Auld Reikie. Here distinguished musicologist Fred Freeman demonstrates Ramsay’s contribution to Scotland’s national music.

National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh

Mon 5 May

Free / 0131 556 9579

Part of TradFest.

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