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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…

Alban Arena, St Albans

Mon 8 Sep

£29.50 / 01727 844488

  • 19:30

Colston Hall, Bristol

Mon 22 Sep

£31.71 / 0117 922 3686

  • 19:30

Eden Court Theatre, Inverness

Sun 14 Sep

£29.50 / 01463 234234

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…and at 1 other place

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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…and at 2 other places

Mike McGear McCartney

The performing artist, musician and rock photographer talks about his life and career, and probably big bro Paul.

Assembly Rooms, Tamworth

Fri 23 May

£16 / 01827 709618

  • 19:30

City Varieties Music Hall, Leeds

Sat 19 Apr

£19.50–£22.50 ( £17.50) / 0113 243 0808

  • 19:30

Fairfield Halls, Croydon

Thu 15 May

£16 / 020 8688 9291

  • 20:00

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Lunchtime Talks at Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museums

A series of free talks taking place on Wednesday lunchtimes in various Aberdeen museums. Booking essential for talks at the Maritime Museum. Booking is essential.

Aberdeen Art Gallery

Wed 30 Apr

Free / 01224 523700

'James Mcbey' by Ann Steed, Curator.

  • 12:30 – 13:00

Wed 7 May

Free / 01224 523700

'Marie Laurencin' by Griffin Coe, Curator.

  • 12:30 – 13:00

Wed 14 May

Free / 01224 523700

A tour of the exhibition from Aberdeen Artists Society.

  • 12:30 – 13:00
…and 2 more dates until 28 May

Aberdeen Maritime Museum

Wed 23 Apr

Free / 01224 337700

'30 Years Of Aberdeen Maritime Museum' by John Edwards.

  • 12:30 – 13:00

The Gifford Lecture Series

Lectures that look at the study of Natural Theology in broad terms, with the goal to advance modern theological thought. This year's theme is 'Givenness and Revelation'. Booking is essential.

University of Glasgow

Tue 20 May

Free / 0141 330 3593

Today's lecture: 'The aporia of revelation: The epistemological interpretation'.

  • 17:30 – 19:30

Wed 21 May

Free / 0141 330 3593

Today's lecture: 'Understanding revelation: A phenomenological reappropriation'.

  • 17:30 – 19:30

Tue 27 May

Free / 0141 330 3593

Today's lecture: 'Christ as saturated phenomenon: The Icon of the invisible'.

  • 17:30 – 19:30

Wed 28 May

Free / 0141 330 3593

Today's lecture: 'Trinity as a logic of manifestation'.

  • 17:30 – 19:30
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Free Cinema

Monthly event where participants talk around the themes, content and messages of film and its meaning in the wider world. Featuring alternative works that challenge the conventional form. Ages 18+.

Deptford Lounge, London SE8

Thu 15 May

Free

  • 18:30 – 21:30

Thu 19 Jun

Free

  • 18:30 – 21:30

One for the Road!

Taking a tour of London and learn about the highs and lows of drinking – from alcohol-fuelled hijinks to the consequences of addition. Run in conjunction with the This Bewitching Poison exhibition at the Royal College of Physicians.

Royal College of Physicians Museum, London NW1

Thu 1 May

£10 / 020 7034 4901

  • 14:00 – 16:30

Wed 28 May

£10 / 020 7034 4901

  • 18:30 – 21:00

Sat 7 Jun

020 7034 4901

  • 11:00 – 13:30
…and 3 more dates until 16 Oct

Neil Gaiman and Tori Amos: Comic Connections

The creative collaborators team up for this chat, with celebrated writer and comic nerd Gaiman talking about his career and influences, alongside Amos – for whom Gaiman has written liner notes and programme intros.

The British Library, London NW1

Fri 16 May

Sold out / 0843 208 1144

  • 18:30 – 20:00

Phil Bergerson: American Artifacts – Talk and Signing

Canadian photographer Bergerson discusses his new photo book, American Artifacts, looking at modern day America and incorporating text from dystopian sci-fi writer Margaret Atwood.

Stills, Edinburgh

Thu 24 Apr

Free (ticketed) / 01620 895985

Brassed Off: Theatre Talk

A behind-the-scenes talk about the stage version of the celebrated movie.

King's Theatre, Edinburgh

Wed 30 Apr

£5 / 0131 529 6000

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From Scotland to the Somme – A Family at War

A more personal foray into the history of the First World War, as journalist Stephen Jardine reflects on the recollections of Scottish soldiers, including those of his grandfather. Booking is essential.

National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh

Mon 30 Jun

Free / 0131 623 3734

  • 18:00

Literary Lunch with Siri Hustvedt

Discuss all manner of bookish things with bestselling author Siri Hustvedt (What I Loved) over a two- or three-course lunch. Organised by Dulwich Books.

Belair House, London SE21

Thu 29 May

£25–£30 / 020 8670 1920

Lost Railways of Scotland

Lifelong trainspotter and author Julian Holland gives an illustrated talk exploring the fascinating history of Scotland's forgotten railways. Booking is essential.

National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh

Thu 5 Jun

Free / 0131 623 3734

  • 18:00

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 26 Apr

Included in admission / 01620 850330

  • 14:00 – 15:30

Sat 10 May

Included in admission / 01620 850330

  • 14:00 – 15:00

Regeneration: The Talk

A behind-the-scenes talk about the play.

King's Theatre, Edinburgh

Wed 1 Oct

£5 / 0131 529 6000

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Running Beyond Limits

Talks from Andrew Murray, the man who ran from John O'Groats to the Sahara (some people will do anything to escape the rain), and Phil Mack, one of Scotland's most experienced sports physiotherapists. All profits go to the Royal Hospital for Sick Kids, Edinburgh.

Eastgate Theatre & Arts Centre, Peebles

Wed 30 Apr

£2–£5 / 01721 725777

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.

French Conversation with Yakety Yak Language Cafe

Improve your French conversation in a small group with an experienced tutor.

Bia Bistrot, Edinburgh

Tue 22 Apr

£8 per session; £28–£35 for six-session card / 07826 555134

  • 18:15 – 19:15

Tue 29 Apr

£8 per session; £28–£35 for six-session card / 07826 555134

  • 18:15 – 19:15

Tue 6 May

£8 per session; £28–£35 for six-session card / 07826 555134

  • 18:15 – 19:15
…and 12 more dates until 29 Jul

Galilean Society Lectures

All manner of spacey things are discussed at these monthly meetings, with the aim of promoting science to the general public (i.e., those of us without PhDs).

Albany Learning and Conference Centre, Glasgow

Sat 26 Apr

£2 / 0141 332 2444

Learn about the research behind virtual 3D computerised craniofacial models in 'Depicting the Dead: Craniofacial Analysis for Forensic and Archaeological Investigations' with Professor Caroline Wilkinson, Professor of Craniofacial Identification, Centre for Anatomy & Human Identification, University of Dundee.

  • 15:00 – 17:00

Imagining the Future of Medicine

A series of talks including words from a neuroscientist, a surgeon and a physical performance group. Hosted by Mock the Week 's Dara Ó'Briain.

Royal Albert Hall, London SW7

Mon 21 Apr

£20–£30 / 020 7589 8212

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An Introduction to Modern Art: Looking

Art historian Ola Wojtkiewicz leads a series of monthly sessions which consist of informal themed discussions in the gallery, designed to help you develop an understanding and appreciation of modern art. Booking is essential.

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art One, Edinburgh

Mon 28 Apr

£15 (£12) / 0131 624 6560

  • 10:30 – 12:30

Mon 26 May

£15 (£12) / 0131 624 6560

  • 10:30 – 12:30

Nidaros and Its Satellite Churches

A talk by archaeologist Øivind Lunde on the links between Trondheim's Nidaros Cathedral and Orkney's St Magnus Cathedral.

St Olaf's Episcopal Church, Kirkwall

Sat 21 Jun

£10 (£8) / 01856 872024

Part of St Magnus Festival.

  • 15:00

Georgian Glasgow

Learn about the art, politics and key people and industries of Glasgow during the Georgian period on this tour of Glasgow Museums' artifacts. Booking is essential.

Glasgow Museums Resource Centre

Tue 29 Apr

Free / 0141 276 9300

  • 14:30 – 15:30

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

Highlights Tours at Glasgow Museums

Get a closer look at some of the best specimens Glasgow Museums has in its collections. Booking is essential.

Glasgow Museums Resource Centre

Tue 22 Apr

Free / 0141 276 9300

Today: Highlights of the Model Ship Collection.

  • 14:30 – 15:30

Thu 24 Apr

Free / 0141 276 9300

Today: Highlights of the Transport and Technology Collection.

  • 14:30 – 15:30
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