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The History of Fighting Fantasy and Adventure Gamebooks

Jonathan Green tells the story of how Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone's The Warlock of Firetop Mountain did something truly magical – kick start a literary revolution as the first ever adventure game book. The author of The Warlock of Firetop Mountain also discusses how You Are The Hero, a history of Fighting Fantasy…

North London Tavern, NW6

Sun 2 Nov

£10 / 07941 962356

Part of Kilburn Literary Festival.

United Nations Association Edinburgh International Peace Conference

Two day conference on the theme of 'Sustainable Peace: Rights, Reconciliation and Restoration'.

Moray House Campus, Edinburgh

Sat 25 Oct

£20 (Students £10; one day ticket £12; one day student ticket £6)

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.

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.

Conway Hall, London WC1R

Wed 12 Nov

£12.84–£16.05 / 020 7242 8032

De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea

Sat 22 Nov

£22 / 01424 229111

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

Wed 12 Nov

£20 / 020 7591 3000

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John Challis: Only Fools & Boycie

John Challis, who played Boycie in BBC comedy Only Fools & Horses, shares stories and anecdotes from his career.

Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

Sat 7 Mar 2015

Second Space

£16

City Varieties Music Hall, Leeds

Tue 28 Oct

£15.50–£18.50 / 0113 243 0808

Fairfield Halls, Croydon

Fri 23 Jan 2015

£15 / 020 8688 9291

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Only Human?

A weekend festival exploring the relations between humans and the 'more than human'. Featuring a broad range of talks, exhibitions, performances and more.

Gilmorehill Centre, Glasgow

Fri 14 Nov

Free / 0141 330 2892

  • 11:00 – 20:00 Only Human? Gilmorehill Centre, Glasgow

Sat 15 Nov

Free / 0141 330 2892

  • 11:00 – 20:00 Only Human? Gilmorehill Centre, Glasgow

Sun 16 Nov

Free / 0141 330 2892

  • 11:00 – 20:00 Only Human? Gilmorehill Centre, Glasgow

Gordon Buchanan: Lost Adventures

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

Caird Hall, Dundee

Fri 24 Oct

£14.50 / 01382 434940

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

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Laura Bates: Everyday Sexism

The Founder of the Everyday Sexism project, Laura Bates talks about her book a collection of women's daily experiences of gender inequality.

Bonar Hall, Dundee

Fri 24 Oct

£3 (Concessions £2) / 01382 434940

Part of Dundee Literary Festival.

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

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

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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.

50th Anniversary Debate

A debate about Welfare Reform with the Rt Hon. Frank Field MP and Nick Timmins (senior fellow, The King's Fund).

St Mary-Le-Bow Church, London EC2V

Mon 27 Oct

Free but ticketed / 020 7248 5139

A Royal Passion: Queen Victoria and Photography

Anne Lyden, International Photography Curator, talks about how photography and Queen Victoria influenced each other.

Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh

Tue 28 Oct

Hawthornden Lecture Theatre

Free / 0131 624 6200

Abertay Historical Society: Dauvit Broun and Joanna Tucker

Dauvit Broun and Joanna Tucker from the University of Glasgow take part in this discussion – a local abbey's attitude to its charters: the cartulary of Lindores in Caprington Castle.

Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee

Wed 12 Nov

Prices to be confirmed / 01382 223181

Abertay Historical Society Talk: Jim Livesey, Graeme Morton and Annie Tineley

A peek into some new history research at the University of Dundee, with speakers Jim Livesey, Graeme Morton and Annie Tineley.

Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee

Wed 10 Dec

Prices to be confirmed / 01382 223181

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Abertay Historical Society Talk: Natasha Ferguson

Settle in for an evening lecture on the archaeological footprint of the volunteer movement between 1793 and 1815, presented by Natasha Ferguson.

Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee

Wed 13 May 2015

Prices to be confirmed / 01382 223181

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

African Echoes in New Jazz

African-jazz fusion with South African playwright, composer and musician Mxolisi Norman. Booking is essential.

The Arts Centre, Ormskirk

Thu 6 Nov

Free / 01695 584480

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

Thu 6 Nov

£8–£10 / 01962 863791

Tue 2 Dec

£8–£10 / 01962 863791

Air Quality For All

As part of the 21st Century Challenges discussion series, an expert panel gathers to discuss the problem of air pollution and how creative technology and new thinking can help us all breathe more easily.

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

Thu 30 Oct

£10 (Members £7) / 020 7591 3000

  • 19:00 – 20:30 Air Quality For All Royal Geographical Society (With The Institute Of British Geographers), London
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Alan Gallop: The U-Boat Story

Alan Gallop discusses German U-Boat submarines, which were used for rapid attack. He uses rare illustrations of the U-Boats in action and explores how crews spent up to four months at a time in difficult conditions.

Basingstoke Discovery Centre

Thu 20 Nov

£3 / 01256 478670

Albert's Band: To Infinity and Beyond

Music associated with space accompanies this intergalactic experience.

Royal Albert Hall, London SW7

Sat 25 Oct

£8.14 (Children £5.08) / 020 7589 8212

This event takes place in the Elgar Room.

Alice Rawsthorn: Hello World – Where Design Meets Life

Design critic Alice Rawsthorn delivers a talk on the influence design has on our lives and where it may take us in the future.

Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee

Fri 28 Nov

Free / 01382 381296

Alpha

A discussion group for those wanting to explore the meaning of life, especially those who haven't been to church is a while, or don't go at all.

Kings Church, Edinbrugh

Tue 28 Oct

Free / 0131 629 6119

  • 19:00 – 22:00 Alpha Kings Church, Edinbrugh

Tue 4 Nov

Free / 0131 629 6119

  • 19:00 – 22:00 Alpha Kings Church, Edinbrugh

Tue 11 Nov

Free / 0131 629 6119

  • 19:00 – 22:00 Alpha Kings Church, Edinbrugh
…and 5 more dates until 16 Dec

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.

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