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Robert Clough: Labour – A Party Fit For Imperialism

Robert Clough discusses his book, Labour – A Party Fit For Imperialism.

CCA, Glasgow

Sun 9 Nov

Free / 0141 352 4900

An Fhèis Mhòr: Scotland's Festival Of Paddlesport

Celebrate the diversity of paddlesport (that's canoeing and kayaking, mostly) at this watery festival featuring the Canoe Polo tournament and Pool Slalom competitions. There's also the thrilling Tay Descent race to watch as its competitors journey down the rapids to Perth, and the National Indoor Kayak Championships…

Various venues, Perth

Sun 26 Oct

Free / 0131 317 7314

Part of Homecoming Scotland.

Write Shoot Cut

Monthly short film networking night taking open submissions for screening and discussion.

Filmhouse, Edinburgh

Mon 10 Nov

£6 (£5) / 0131 228 2688

Mon 8 Dec

£6 (£5) / 0131 228 2688

Chris O’Dowd and Nick Murphy

Director Nick Murphy and writer/funny man Chris O'Dowd discuss their new book, Moone Boy.

Dulwich Books, London SE21

Tue 28 Oct

£6 entry and a copy of the book (Entry only £3) / 020 8670 1920

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

Sun 26 Oct

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

Meet outside.

Mon 27 Oct

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

Meet outside.

Tue 28 Oct

£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

  • 10:00 – 17:00 Game Masters National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

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 Game Masters National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

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 Game Masters National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh
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Gordon Buchanan: Lost Adventures

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

Lyric Theatre, Belfast

Tue 11 Nov

Danske Bank Stage

£14.50 (£12.50) / 028 9038 1081

macrobert, Stirling

Sun 2 Nov

£12.50–£14.50 / 01786 466666

Mitchell Library, Glasgow

Tue 4 Nov

£12.50–£14.50 / 0141 287 2999

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Jodi Picoult: Leaving Time

Popular author Jodi Picoult talks about her latest book, Leaving Time.

Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee

Thu 6 Nov

Free but ticketed / 01382 223181

Part of Dundee Literary Festival.

Free / 01382 223181

Eastwood Park Theatre, Glasgow

Sat 8 Nov

£5–£7 / 0141 577 4956

Theatre At The Mill, Newtownabbey

Sun 9 Nov

£6 (£4) / 028 9034 0202

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The Royal Philosophical Society of Glasgow Lectures

Come listen to ideas fly around at these lectures intended to advance knowledge of arts and sciences.

John Anderson Building, Glasgow

Wed 29 Oct

Free donation welcome / 0141 548 3444

Sir Muir Gray, Director of the NHS National Knowledge Service on evidence based medicine. Talk followed by Q&A and drinks.

Wed 26 Nov

Free donations welcome / 0141 548 3444

V&A Dundee on the new V&A Dundee.

Wed 10 Dec

Free donations welcome / 0141 548 3444

Orkney Research Centre for Archaeology on Excavations at the Ness of Brodgar.

The Eagle's Way: Jim Crumley

Jim Crumley discusses his book The Eagle's Way.

Lochee Community Library, Dundee

Wed 26 Nov

Free ticketed / 01382 431835

Part of Book Week Scotland.

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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 26 Oct

£10 (£6) / 0141 287 0500

Part of Creative Mackintosh Festival.

Saturday Night at the Planetarium

Space out on a Saturday night, with this combination of live planetarium events and pre-recorded 360° fulldome film shows.

Winchester Science Centre & Planetarium

Sat 8 Nov

£8–£15 / 01962 863791

The theme of this event is Reading the Sky: Where Am I?

Sat 22 Nov

£8–£15 / 01962 863791

The theme of this event is Reading the Sky: Where Am I?

Bouchard Finlayson Wine Tasting

Wine tasting hosted by Bouchard Finlayson.

Fishers in the City, Edinburgh

Mon 27 Oct

£50 / 0131 225 5109

Doug Allan: Life Behind the Lens

Nature photographer Doug Allan talks about his travels and experiences working on nature programmes including Frozen Planet, Blue Planet and Planet Earth.

Craignish Village Hall, Lochgilphead

Sun 16 Nov

£10 (£8) / 01852 500746

Doug is also signing copies of his book Freeze Frame.

The Macphail Centre, Ullapool

Thu 20 Nov

£10 (£8) / 01854 613336

The Sunart Centre/Arainn Shuaineirt, Acharacle

Mon 17 Nov

£10 (£8) / 01397 709228

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Evening Talk: Chocolate – History, Facts and Myths

The Chocolate Tree are Scottish craft chocolate makers; one of very few chocolatiers in the UK who make their own chocolate. They work directly with growers of cacao to encourage the growing of heirloom cacao which will sustain biodiversity and fine flavour chocolate into the future, as well as providing growers with the…

Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh

Thu 4 Dec

Lecture Theatre, 20A Inverleith Row

£5 (Members £3) / 0131 248 2909

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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.

Tron Theatre, Glasgow

Mon 3 Nov

Victorian Bar

Free / 0141 552 3748

… and breathe! – the asthma challenge by Clive Page.

Mon 1 Dec

Free / 0141 552 3748

Mon 5 Jan 2015

Free / 0141 552 3748

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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

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…

Victoria & Albert Museum, London SW7

Tue 18 Nov

The Lydia & Manfred Gorvy Lecture

£9 (£7) / 020 7942 2000

A Salmon's Tale: Spawning

Staff from Kyle of Sutherland Fisheries take you to witness a Scottish wildlife spectacle – Atlantic salmon spawning. Booking is essential.

Various venues: Bonar Bridge

Mon 10 Nov

£10 / 01863 766702

Please note: Participants meet in the picnic area

Tibetan Buddhist Meditation with the Gar Trinley Yongkhyab Ling Sangha

Experience traditional Tibetan Buddhist meditation practice.

Abbey Mount Centre, Edinburgh

Sun 26 Oct

£3 suggested donation / 0131 661 2780

Sun 2 Nov

£3 suggested donation / 0131 661 2780

Sun 9 Nov

£3 suggested donation / 0131 661 2780

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The Word is Scots: Liz Lochhead and the Mother Tongue

Liz Lochhead talks about her work and the use of Scots language.

Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh

Tue 28 Oct

£12.50 / 0131 556 5100

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.

Alfred Brendel: A Pianist's A–Z

Alfred Brendel may have retired from the concert platform, but not from performing. Here he talks from a lifetime of experience of the classical scene.

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

Mon 10 Nov

Strathclyde Suite

£10 / 0141 353 8000

Part of Piano Festival.

Annual Hamish Henderson Lecture

Dolina McLennan presents this year's folk music lecture.

Edinburgh City Chambers

Sat 8 Nov

Free / 0131 529 4003

Part of Carrying Stream Festival.

Another Athens Symposium

A one-day symposium inviting speakers to investigate the city and how people interact with it.

Forest Centre +, Edinburgh

Thu 4 Dec

Free / 0131 229 4948

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