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Round Table In Conversation

This year our Round Table events extend to include an intimate In Conversation. Join the American poet Alice Notley to hear her talk about her work and life. Alice Notley, associated with the second wave of the New York School of poets, has published over thirty books of poetry, including recently ‘Songs and Stories of…

The Green Room, St Andrews

Sat 7 Mar 2015

£5.75 (£3.75)

Sponsored by St Leonards School Part of StAnza: Scotland's Poetry Festival.

Saba Douglas-Hamilton: A Life with Elephants

Elephant conservationist and wildlife TV presenter Saba Douglas-Hamilton discusses animal stories and tells tales of her life in Kenya.

Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh

Mon 9 Mar 2015

£17.50 (£13.50) / 0131 248 4848

Science Meets Art

George Donald talks through his drawing of a life model.

Tron Theatre, Glasgow

Mon 5 Jan 2015

Free / 0141 552 4267

Part of Glasgow City of Science.

Mon 2 Feb 2015

Free / 0141 552 4267

Part of Glasgow City of Science.

Scifi Wales

North Wales' premier science fiction event features a line-up of celebrity guests, exclusive talks, cosplay, a retro arcade and more.

Venue Cymru, Llandudno

Sat 5 Sep 2015

£10–£150 / 01492 872000

SCO Explore: Mahler

Dr Michael Downes of the University of St Andrews explores the work of Gustav Mahler, with soprano Karen Cargill on hand.

National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh

Sat 31 Jan 2015

£25 / 0131 623 3734

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‘Scotland's gem!’: The Diverse Social Circles of Jane, Duchess of Gordon

Art historian Heather Carroll discusses the life of the Scottish duchess.

Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh

Wed 28 Jan 2015

Free / 0131 624 6200

Shakespeare to Wordsworth: The London Poetry Walk

Shall I compare thee to a summer's day? Or shall I just tell you that this guided walk between Waterloo and Westminster Bridges explores sites of poetic interest, and is led by actor Lance Pierson? Probably the latter.

Embankment Tube Station, London WC2N

Thu 1 Jan 2015

Prices to be confirmed / 020 7731 6544

Shedding Light on Homeopathy

Elizabeth Adalian delivers a lecture on homeopathy as a method of healing.

New Acropolis, London N1

Thu 23 Apr 2015

£5 (£3) / 020 7359 0059

SHMU Multi-Ethnic Recording Project

Simon Gall discusses SHMU's Multi-Ethnic Recording Project.

The Elphinstone Institute, Aberdeen

Tue 27 Jan 2015

£3 / 01224 272 996

Short course: King Lear at the National Theatre

A three-week course exploring different approaches to Shakespeare's tragedy. Booking is essential.

National Theatre: Dorfman, London SE1

Mon 19 Jan 2015

Clore Learning Centre

Free / 0207 452 3000

Please note: This course runs Mon 19 Jan–Mon 2 Feb 2015.

Mon 26 Jan 2015

Clore Learning Centre

Free / 0207 452 3000

Please note: This course runs Mon 19 Jan–Mon 2 Feb 2015.

Mon 2 Feb 2015

Clore Learning Centre

Free / 0207 452 3000

Please note: This course runs Mon 19 Jan–Mon 2 Feb 2015.

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Sophie Kromholz: Lecture

Lecture by art historian Sophie Kromholz on the life of the print.

Edinburgh Printmakers

Thu 29 Jan 2015

£5 or two for £8 / 0131 557 2479

Space Lecture

Talks on the vast subject of space, aimed at adults. Each month covers a different topic.

Winchester Science Centre & Planetarium

Wed 14 Jan 2015

£6–£10 / 01962 863791

  • 16:30 – 21:00 Space Lecture Winchester Science Centre & Planetarium

Wed 11 Feb 2015

£6–£10 / 01962 863791

  • 16:30 – 21:00 Space Lecture Winchester Science Centre & Planetarium

Wed 11 Mar 2015

£6–£10 / 01962 863791

  • 16:30 – 21:00 Space Lecture Winchester Science Centre & Planetarium

Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival

While the main focus of this festival is obviously going to be on the Scotland's aqua vitae, there's a wide-ranging programme of events going on in the meantime. Distilleries, shops, restaurants, pubs and villages throughout Speyside – home to more than half of Scotland's whisky distilleries – welcome visitors with an…

Various venues: Speyside

Thu 30 Apr 2015

Times & prices vary

Fri 1 May 2015

Times & prices vary

Sat 2 May 2015

Times & prices vary

…and 2 more dates until 4 May 2015

Stirling Literary Society in Late 19th Century New Zealand

Kathleen O'Donnell speaks about the Stirling Literary Society of late 19th century New Zealand. Part of Stirling Literary Society's 25th anniversary series of lectures. Preceded by a short AGM.

Smith Art Gallery & Museum, Stirling

Mon 18 May 2015

Free / 01786 471917

Sunday Assembly

Do you like the whole ritual, communal, hanging-out-together and talking-about-stuff aspect of religion, and don't see why you can only have it if you believe in a supreme being? Sounds like the Sunday Assembly is for you. The 'godless congregation' meets every Sunday to hear talks, sing songs and celebrate life.

The Stand, Newcastle upon Tyne

Sun 28 Dec

Free / 0844 693 3336

The theme is Resolutions

Free / 0844 693 3336

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Talking Trees

Let the RBGE's volunteer storytellers grow your imaginations with tall tales from around the world. Have you visited our Little Free Library located beside the Glasshouses or The Dell area located in the John Hope Gateway?

Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh

Sun 18 Jan 2015

John Hope Gateway

Free / 0131 248 2909

Sun 15 Feb 2015

John Hope Gateway

Free / 0131 248 2909

Time For Tea

Free tea, cake and a gallery talk for the over 55s.

Impressions Gallery, Bradford

Fri 16 Jan 2015

Free / 01274 737843

  • 11:30 – 13:30 Time For Tea Impressions Gallery, Bradford

The Two Roberts and the Gay Neo-Romantics

Curator Matthew Storey talks about Colquhoun and MacBryde and how their personal experiences affected their art.

Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh

Mon 16 Feb 2015

Hawthornden Lecture Theatre

Free / 0131 624 6200

Undressing Beauty: Women, Dress and the Early Modern

Talk by dress historian Elisabeth Gernerd on the role of clothing in painting.

Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh

Wed 14 Jan 2015

Free / 0131 624 6200

Visually Impaired Tour & Workshop

Free tours of selected exhibitions incorporating verbal description for the visually impaired, followed by a practical workshop. Booking is essential.

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art Two, Edinburgh

Wed 21 Jan 2015

Free / 0131 624 6560

A tour of the Two Roberts exhibition.

Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh

Wed 18 Feb 2015

Free / 0131 624 6560

A tour of the Beauty by Design exhibition.

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Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh

Fri 30 Jan 2015

Hawthornden Lecture Theatre

Free / 0131 624 6200

Weegie Wednesdays

Monthly forum offering writers, poets, publishers, booksellers, librarians, creative writing students or anyone else with a literary interest the chance to get together socially to talk about books and publishing. First timers, please contact the organisers via the website.

CCA, Glasgow

Wed 14 Jan 2015

Free / 0141 352 4900

With Alex Gray

West End Festival

Taking over the West End of Glasgow each year, the festival treats the ears to a great musical line-up, tantalises all the senses with a carnival and delves into the creative depths of local studios and exhibitions with the Hidden Lane open days.

West End, Glasgow

Fri 5 Jun 2015

Times & prices vary / 0141 341 0844

Sat 6 Jun 2015

Times & prices vary / 0141 341 0844

Sun 7 Jun 2015

Times & prices vary / 0141 341 0844

…and 21 more dates until 28 Jun 2015

‘While the World was Dying, Did You Wonder Why?’: Punk, Politics and British (fan)zines, 1976–84

Prof Matthew Worley of the University of Reading talks about the remarkable explosion of British fanzines in the punk era.

Roland Levinsky Building, Plymouth

Winter Astronomy Evenings

Find out about the history of the Royal Observatory Edinburgh and discover more about the night sky. Booking is essential.

Royal Observatory, Edinburgh

Fri 9 Jan 2015

£4 (£3; Children £3) / 0131 6688404

Fri 16 Jan 2015

£4 (£3; Children £3) / 0131 6688404

Fri 23 Jan 2015

£4 (£3; Children £3) / 0131 6688404

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