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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.

Cafe Science Dundee

A meeting to explore and debate the latest scientific issues over a coffee or a glass of wine.

Avery & Co, Dundee

Mon 24 Nov

Free / 01382 201533

The New Age of Renewable Energy with Dr David Rodley

Science on a Winter's Evening

An evening of science talks. Professor Harald Haas explains his pioneering use of LEDs to deliver high speed wireless communications. Dr Steve Brusatte shares the latest insights into dinosaurs. And guests can enjoy displays, interactive activities, live music and refreshments.

Michael Swann Building, Edinburgh

Thu 4 Dec

Free / 0131 650 5753

David Mitchell: Thinking About it Only Makes it Worse

The comedian, TV star, writer and actor talks about his latest book Thinking About it Only Makes it Worse which is a look at the absurdities of modern living.

De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea

Sat 22 Nov

£22 / 01424 229111

Free Learning Lunchtime Talks

A series of free lunchtime talks on current affairs and local issues. No booking required.

Forest Centre & Millennium Country Park, Bedford

Mon 19 Jan 2015

Free / 01234 767037

The Brickworks: David Syzmanski talks about the incredible history of what was previously the biggest Brickworks in the world, in neighbouring Stewartby.

Mon 26 Jan 2015

Free / 01234 767037

As the local Hospice celebrates 15 years, Rebecca Eastwick takes a look at how their support has helped the community.

Mon 9 Feb 2015

Free / 01234 767037

General Sosabowski and the Second World War: John Dale tells the tales of famous Polish General Sosabowski, and his local connections to Bedford after WWII.

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Robert Lewellyn: Electric Cars Are Rubbish. Aren't They?

Best known for his work as a battery powered mechanoid (Kryten) in Red Dwarf, or a scruffy presenter of Scrapheap Challenge, Robert Llewellyn will argue that batteries and electric cars are the key to a very different future.

The Horsebridge Arts & Community Centre, Whitstable

Sat 29 Nov

£14; £12 adv (£10) / 01227 281174

2015 Heriot-Watt Chaplaincy Annual Public Lecture

Professor Alister McGrath gives a talk on 'God, Science and Faith: Richard Dawkins versus CS Lewis on the Meaning of Life'; given that Prof McGrath is the author of The Dawkins Delusion, no prizes for guessing whose side he's going to come down on. Booking is essential.

Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh

Mon 9 Feb 2015

Free / 0131 449 5111

Attendees must arrive before 6.15pm.

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

Do Our Genes Still Fit? The Neuroscience of Appetite and Obesity

Gareth Leng, Professor of Experimental Physiology at the University of Edinburgh, presents this year's Edinburgh Neuroscience Public Christmas Lecture exploring the link between obesity and our genes. Booking is essential.

University of Edinburgh

Doug Allan

Nature photographer Doug Allan gives an illustrated talk about his travels and experiences working on nature programmes.

An Lanntair Arts Centre and Cinema, Isle of Lewis

Sat 22 Nov

£12 / 01851 708480

  • 19:30 Doug Allan An Lanntair Arts Centre and Cinema, Isle of Lewis

The Brunton, Musselburgh

Mon 24 Nov

£7.50 (£5.50) / 0131 665 2240

Discussing his latest book Freeze Frame – The Adventures of a Wildlife Cameraman on Ice.

Lochgelly Centre

Tue 25 Nov

Prices to be confirmed / 01592 418141

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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

Sat 22 Nov

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

Meet outside.

Sun 23 Nov

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

Meet outside.

Mon 24 Nov

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

Meet outside.

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Game Masters

Massive touring exhibition celebrating the varied history of computer gaming. Withe more than 125 playable games to work your way through, get stuck into arcade games, physical games (think Dance Battle et al), consoles, PCs and many more. On top of this, there's also displays of concept art, interactive displays and…

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

Sat 6 Dec

Exhibition Gallery 1

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

Sun 7 Dec

Exhibition Gallery 1

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

…and 134 more dates until 20 Apr 2015

Glasgow Café Scientifique

Explore the latest ideas in science and technology, outside a traditional academic context, at this forum for debating and promoting public engagement. Children welcome.

Tron Theatre, Glasgow

Mon 1 Dec

Victorian Bar

Free / 0141 552 3748

The Science and Art of Brewing by Keith Lugton

Mon 5 Jan 2015

Free / 0141 552 3748

Mon 2 Feb 2015

Free / 0141 552 3748

…and 9 more dates until 2 Nov 2015

Henry Collingham: Lecture

Lecture from designer Henry Collingham about 3D printing and how it will affect our lives.

Edinburgh Printmakers

Thu 27 Nov

£5 (2 for £8) / 0131 557 2479

Jilli Blackwood: The yellow brick road

Textiles artist Jilli Blackwood talks about her work.

Riverside Museum, Glasgow

Mon 24 Nov

Free / 0141 287 2660

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Man at Arms Guided Tour

The Man at Arms tells bloodthirsty tales of siege warfare and castle life, with a selection of medieval weapons to show off.

Dirleton Castle, North Berwick

Sat 29 Nov

Included in admission / 01620 850330

Sun 30 Nov

Included in admission / 01620 850330

Sun 28 Dec

Free / 01620 850330

Palestine: What Hope Peace?

Independent journalist, and filmmaker Kerry-anne Mendoza introduces her new film on the Israel/Palestine conflict.

CCA, Glasgow

Sat 22 Nov

Free / 0141 352 4900

Peter Hennessy Lecture: The Nature Of Memory: Talk

The renowned historian reflects on memory and its place in historical enquiry.

The British Library, London NW1

Tue 2 Dec

£10 (£8) / 0843 208 1144

Tina Hammett: Taming Fibromyalgia

Tina Hammett, author of Taming Fibromyalgia, shares her experience of living with the disease, and the steps she took towards taming it.

Brickendon Hall, Hertford

Sat 22 Nov

Free (ticketed)

Please note: Participants are advised to bring along a notepad and pen to this talk.

Tony Benn: A Celebration

Friends, musicians and performers pay tribute to Tony Benn.

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

Sun 30 Nov

£20–£21.50 the major concert (Spoken word £7–£7.50; Both events £25–£26.50) / 0141 353 8000

Please note: The spoken word event runs from 4.30–6pm, and the major concert runs from 7.30–10.30pm.

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An Afternoon with Shona MacLean

The writer dicusses her work.

Aberdeen Central Library

Sat 29 Nov

Free ticketed / 01224 652500

Part of Book Week Scotland.

The Astrology of Love and Relationships

This talk is aimed at offering a better understanding of relationships and matters of the heart. If you're attending, it's advisable to either know or have your birth chart, as there's astrology involved. The answer could be written in the stars, y'know.

New Acropolis, London N1

Wed 21 Jan 2015

£5 (£3) / 020 7359 0059

Deepening the Practice 2

Conversations and talks about finding the right performance style for you.

Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh

Fri 5 Dec

£10 / 0131 556 9579

East Kent Transformed by You

A chance to work with designers, entrepreneurs and other like-minded people to develop ideas to improve the local area.

Woolfe Lecture Theatre, Canterbury

Sat 29 Nov

Free / 01227 760 955

Tibetan Buddhist Meditation with the Gar Trinley Yongkhyab Ling Sangha

Experience traditional Tibetan Buddhist meditation practice.

Abbey Mount Centre, Edinburgh

Sun 23 Nov

£3 suggested donation / 0131 661 2780

Sun 30 Nov

£3 suggested donation / 0131 661 2780

Sun 7 Dec

£3 suggested donation / 0131 661 2780

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