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Sunday Herald and Bloody Scotland Independence Debate

The referendum will have been and gone by the time Bloody Scotland takes place, so a panel, including William McIlvanney and Tom Devine, discuss the result and what is next for the country.

Albert Halls, Stirling

Sat 20 Sep

£9.50 (£8.50) / 01786 473544

Part of Bloody Scotland.

  • 15:15 – 16:45

An Evening with Duncan Norvelle and Paper Lace

Laughter and music from comedian Duncan Norvelle, rockers Paper Lace and supporting acts, with funds going the British Heart Foundation.

Connaught Hall, Attleborough

Sat 20 Sep

£15

  • 19:30 – 23:00

Sun 21 Sep

£15

  • 19:30 – 23:00

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

Grand Opera House, York

Wed 24 Sep

£26 / 0844 871 3024

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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

Game Masters

Exhibition celebrating the varied history of computer gaming. Featuring over 100 playable games, rare original game artwork, 2D objects and interviews with game designers.

National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

Fri 5 Dec

Exhibition Gallery 1

£10 (£8; Children £6.30; under 5s free; Family £23–£28; Students £5 on Tue) / 0300 123 6789

  • 10:00 – 17:00

Sat 6 Dec

Exhibition Gallery 1

£10 (£8; Children £6.30; under 5s free; Family £23–£28; Students £5 on Tue) / 0300 123 6789

  • 10:00 – 17:00

Sun 7 Dec

Exhibition Gallery 1

£10 (£8; Children £6.30; under 5s free; Family £23–£28; Students £5 on Tue) / 0300 123 6789

  • 10:00 – 17:00
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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

Burning the Circle – Bronze Age Festival

An examination and celebration of Bronze Age Arran with boat building, fire-lighting, demonstrations, craftwork and historical talks.

Brodick Castle & Country Park, Isle Of Arran

Sat 27 Sep

Main event free with Brodick Country Park entry / 0844 493 2152

  • 11:00 – 23:00

Sun 28 Sep

Main event free with Brodick Country Park entry / 0844 493 2152

  • 11:00 – 16:00

How to Speak Money

John Lanchester blows open the world of finance, exploring everything from the trading floor to the jargon-filled language of the economic elite, taken from his book How to Speak Money.

The Salon, Cheltenham

Sat 4 Oct

£8

Part of Cheltenham Literature Festival.

Ian Gow: Scotland's Lost Houses

National Trust of Scotland curator Ian Gow looks to the photographic record to talk about the grand houses lost to dry rot, mining subsidence, lack of funds, and fire.

Central Library, Edinburgh

Wed 24 Sep

Free / 0131 242 8100

  • 18:00

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.

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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

Colston Hall, Bristol

Mon 22 Sep

£29.50 / 0117 922 3686

G Live, Guildford

Sat 20 Sep

£29.50 / 0844 770 1797

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Steampunk Science

Delve into all things science and technology, from their historic roots to their future potential. This is an evening to examine some of today's innovative research.

University of Edinburgh

Fri 26 Sep

Free / 0131 650 1000

The Sunday Times Must Reads

Andrew Holgate, Literary Editor of The Sunday Times, presents his ‘Must Reads’ of 2014. Debut novelists Nathan Filer (The Shock of the Fall) and Emma Healey (Elizabeth is Missing) join Andrew to talk about their much-heralded books.

Cheltenham Town Hall

Sun 5 Oct

£7 / 0844 576 2210

Part of Cheltenham Literature Festival.

After Dark: Adults Only

Go to the science centre after all the kids have gone to sleep for the night, with the chance to get hands on with all the fun science activities that you have begrudgingly have to let them have first dibs at during the day. Plus, live shows in the UK's biggest capacity digital planetarium.

Winchester Science Centre & Planetarium

Wed 15 Oct

£8–£10 / 01962 863791

  • 18:00 – 22:00

Thu 6 Nov

£8–£10 / 01962 863791

  • 18:00 – 22:00

Tue 2 Dec

£8–£10 / 01962 863791

  • 18:00 – 22:00

Bunkered Terrain - Scottish Golf Landscapes: Commission for The Art of Golf

Dr Patricia Macdonald talks about the project to make aerial images of Scottish golf courses.

Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh

Tue 14 Oct

Hawthornden Lecture Theatre

Free / 0131 624 6200

  • 12:45 – 13:30
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GFT Tour

Learn the fascinating story of the GFT and its predecessor the Cosmo with this glimpse behind-the-scenes.

Glasgow Film Theatre

Sun 21 Sep

Free / 0141 332 6535

  • 10:00 – 13:00

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 22 Sep

Free / 0141 221 7705

Today: 'After the Referendum: What Now?' – A panel discusses the repercussions of the Referendum, whichever way it goes. With Scottish politics expert Dr Neil McGarvey; journalist and commentator Lesley Riddoch; and Spectator blogger and libertarian Alex Massie. Part of Glasgow City of Science.

  • 19:00 – 21:30

Lewis Pugh: Achieving the Impossible

Lewis Pugh on completing a long distance swim in all of the world's oceans and in each of the seven seas. Lewis is also signing copies of his book Achieving The Impossible.

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

Wed 22 Oct

£20 / 020 7591 3000

  • 19:00 – 21:00

Me & T Monthly

A supportive space for people who have friends, family or partners who are transgender or exploring their gender.

LGBT Centre for Health & Wellbeing, Edinburgh

Sun 21 Sep

Free / 0131 523 1100

  • 14:00 – 16:00

Sun 28 Sep

Free / 0131 523 1100

  • 14:00 – 16:00

Sun 5 Oct

Free / 0131 523 1100

  • 14:00 – 16:00
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Onions and the Dark Net

Adrian Smales and Bruce Ramsay (from Edinburgh Napier University) discuss the state's interest in our digital lives.

Cabaret Voltaire, Edinburgh

Fri 26 Sep

Free / 0131 247 4704

  • 20:30 – 21:30
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Portrait Gallery Architecture Tours

Tours of Sir Robert Rowand Anderson's splendid building. Booking is essential.

Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh

Sat 18 Oct

Free / 0131 624 6200

  • 14:00 – 14:45

Sat 15 Nov

Free / 0131 624 6200

  • 14:00 – 14:45

The Sci-Fun Roadshow

Have fun with more than fifty hands-on science activities.

Dalkeith Library

Wed 15 Oct

Free / 0131 663 2083

Part of Midlothian Science Festival.

  • 12:00 – 16:00

Scran Salon

Chat with like-minded people about food and drink while indulging in a beer, milkshake or other beverage of your choice, along with some food tastings.

Bonar Hall, Dundee

Sun 26 Oct

Free but ticketed / 01382 434940

Part of Dundee Literary Festival.

  • 20:00 – 21:00

The Raven, Glasgow

Mon 22 Sep

Free / 0141 332 6151

  • 19:00 – 21:00

World Space Weekend

Celebrate our connection with the universe by holding pieces of the moon, meeting characters from Star Wars and viewing special planetarium shows, in this weekend featuring everything from space engineers to scientists.

Winchester Science Centre & Planetarium

Sat 11 Oct

Included in admission / 01962 863791

  • 10:00 – 17:00

Sun 12 Oct

Included in admission / 01962 863791

  • 10:00 – 17:00

10 Reasons why renewable energy is important for Scotland

Talk on the seas around Scotland and their potential as an energy source.

Fraser Noble Building, Aberdeen

Thu 25 Sep

£5.50 (£5) / 01224 272000

Part of TechFest.

  • 19:00
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