Before 5pm, Talks & lectures

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Books Aloud

Some of Dundee’s most passionate readers share their favourite books with you.

Dundee Contemporary Arts

Sat 29 Nov

Free / 01382 909900

Part of Book Week Scotland.

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

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.

…and 5 more dates until 23 Mar 2015

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

Wed 26 Nov

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

Meet outside.

Thu 27 Nov

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

Meet outside.

Fri 28 Nov

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

Meet outside.

…and 153 more dates until 1 May 2015

Gavin Francis: Empire Antarctica – Ice, Silence and Emperor Penguins

Although he went to Antarctica as an on-base medical doctor, Gavin Francis ended up spending a lot of time with emperor penguins during his fourteen months on the most icy and isolated of continents. Hear him talk about his life-changing experience among the birds.

Central Library, Edinburgh

Sat 29 Nov

Free / 0131 242 8100

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Save Money and the Environment – Small Steps = Big Changes

Learn more about budgeting your household expenses. Presented in partnership with Dynamic Earth.

Craigroyston High School, Edinburgh

Wed 26 Nov

Free / 0131 477 7801

Wed 3 Dec

Free / 0131 477 7801

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

Elite Business Conference and Exhibition

Two-day conference with speakers, seminars and networking opportunities for those looking to grow their business or start one up.

The Old Truman Brewery, London E1

Wed 18 Mar 2015

Free / 020 8214 1066

Thu 19 Mar 2015

Free / 020 8214 1066

An Evening with Gervase Phinn

The Yorkshire writer and radio personality talks about his life and work.

Guildhall Theatre, Derby

Sat 9 May 2015

£16 (£15) / 01332 255800

The Lowry, Salford

Sun 30 Nov

Quays Theatre

£20 / 08432 086000

Onyeka: African People in Sixteenth Century Scotland

A talk from historian Onyeka on African people in Scotland during the sixteenth century.

Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh

Wed 3 Dec

Free / 07958 671267

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Tibetan Buddhist Meditation with the Gar Trinley Yongkhyab Ling Sangha

Experience traditional Tibetan Buddhist meditation practice.

Abbey Mount Centre, Edinburgh

Sun 30 Nov

£3 suggested donation / 0131 661 2780

Sun 7 Dec

£3 suggested donation / 0131 661 2780

Sun 14 Dec

£3 suggested donation / 0131 661 2780

Sun 21 Dec

£3 suggested donation / 0131 661 2780

Chris Hadfield: You Are Here

Canadian astronaut Hadfield is probably best known for singing Bowie's 'Space Oddity' in the International Space Station which made him a viral star. His new book is the best of photographs of the earth from space.

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

Sun 7 Dec

£15 / 020 7591 3000

Dundee Afternoon Lecture: Christopher Whatley

Christopher Whatley discusses the Kirk and the struggle for hearts and minds in Angus during the Jacobite risings.

Tower Building, Dundee

Wed 11 Feb 2015

Prices to be confirmed / 01382 384310

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

Selected Symposium: Making Connections

Symposium inviting makers and attendees to question how craft practice connects to new forms of consumption, the rise of the creative city, digital process and hybrid practices.

Dovecot Studios, Edinburgh

Mon 1 Dec

£20 (£15) / 0131 550 3660

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Twenty Years of Democracy: Art and Activism in South Africa

One day symposium co-hosted by Africa in Motion and the University of Glasgow focusing on South Africa's first democratic election in 1994 and the role of art, music, film, literature and theatre in the anti-apartheid struggle. Keynote speech from Albie Sachs.

CCA, Glasgow

Wed 3 Dec

£15 (£10) / 0141 352 4900

The Adventure Travel Show

A show dedicated to the world of adventure and off-the-beaten-track travel, packed with inspiration and travel advice. Booking is essential.

Olympia, London W14

Sat 17 Jan 2015

£8–£10 one day entry (Weekend £12–£15; Under 16 free) / 02073 851200

Sun 18 Jan 2015

£8–£10 one day entry (Weekend £12–£15; Under 16 free) / 02073 851200

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 Anatomy of a Building: Denys Lasdun and the Royal College of Physicians

An examination of the Royal College of Physicians building, one of the most striking and imaginative works of post-WW II architecture.

Royal College of Physicians Museum, London NW1

Wed 26 Nov

Free / 020 3075 1649

Thu 27 Nov

Free / 020 3075 1649

Fri 28 Nov

Free / 020 3075 1649

…and 55 more dates until 13 Feb 2015

Balls Pond Christmas Open Studios

A chance to look at the studio of ceramic artist Kate Malone.

Balls Pond Studio, London N1

Sat 6 Dec

Free

Sun 7 Dec

Free

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Bannock Bunkum

A trip through the untold stories of the war of independence. There's even a sing-along and battle re-enactment.

Wellgate Centre, Dundee

Wed 26 Nov

Free ticketed

Part of Book Week Scotland.

Christmas Tour of the National Gallery

A Christmas-themed guided tour of the Gallery's permanent collection.

Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh

Sat 20 Dec

Free / 0131 624 6200

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

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.

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

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