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Celtic Media Festival

Promoting the languages and cultures of the Celtic countries, this three-day celebration of broadcasting, screen and film talent gives awards in categories including documentary, drama and animation. The main events are talks, interviews and discussion panels.

Eden Court Theatre and Cinema, Inverness

Wed 22 Apr 2015

Times vary / Prices to be confirmed / 0141 302 1737

Thu 23 Apr 2015

Times vary / Prices to be confirmed / 0141 302 1737

Fri 24 Apr 2015

Times vary / Prices to be confirmed / 0141 302 1737

Centuries of Change

Acclaimed historian Ian Mortimer guides us through the most significant developments of the past 1000 years and examines which century saw the most change, and what this means for our future.

Maxima Forum, Cheltenham

Wed 8 Oct

£8

Part of Cheltenham Literature Festival.

Charles Clarke and Margaret Hodge

Some problems facing our society continue to defy the efforts of successive governments. It’s no secret that many difficult long-term issues are simply set aside and disappear from the short-term political agenda. Two of the UK’s most experienced politicians ask why, debate this perennial problem and seek a solution.

Maxima Forum, Cheltenham

Sun 12 Oct

£10

Part of Cheltenham Literature Festival.

Cheltenham: A Literary History

Home to the world’s longest-running Literature Festival, Cheltenham has become synonymous with great writing. It was here that P.G. Wodehouse stumbled across his Jeeves, Lewis Carroll found his looking glass and Cecil Day-Lewis first turned his hand to detective novels. David Elder (Literary Cheltenham) and Anne Strathie…

Cheltenham Town Hall

Tue 7 Oct

£6 / 0844 576 2210

Part of Cheltenham Literature Festival.

China: Exploding the Business Myth

As the West becomes increasingly mired in debt, China grows more confident. But with this superpower on the rise, which facts have become distorted in the telling? Economics Editor of the Independent Ben Chu (Chinese Whispers) and author Tim Clissold (Chinese Rules) look at the facts, fiction, and question what we know of…

The Inkpot, Cheltenham

Tue 7 Oct

£8

Part of Cheltenham Literature Festival.

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Choosing the Future: How Scotland's Citizens Voted

John Curtice, a Professor of Government at Strathclyde University and one of Scotland’s leading analysts of voting intentions, reflect on the results from Thursday's referendum.

University of Glasgow

Tue 23 Sep

Free / 0141 330 2001

  • 18:00 – 19:30

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.

At-Bristol

Thu 11 Dec

£15 / 0845 345 1235

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

Sun 7 Dec

£15 / 020 7591 3000

Chris Stewart

Two decades ago, Chris Stewart, of rock band Genesis, moved to a remote mountain farm in Andalucia. He discusses his latest book, the lure of the Alpujarra and the grand tradition of travel writing from the region.

Cheltenham Town Hall

Sat 4 Oct

£8 / 0844 576 2210

Part of Cheltenham Literature Festival.

Chris Tarrant

The broadcaster discusses his touching, deeply personal account of a much-loved father who was involved in some of WWII’s most significant campaigns, including the Dunkirk evacuation and the D-Day landings.

Garden Theatre, Cheltenham

Sun 12 Oct

£10

Part of Cheltenham Literature Festival.

The Churches Conservation Trust Annual Lecture

Learn more about the restoration projects the Churches Conservation Trust are undertaking from this year's lecturer, an award-winning writer and journalist Clive Aslet. Booking is essential.

Charterhouse, London EC1M

Thu 16 Oct

£30 (includes refreshments) / 0800 206 1463

  • 18:30 – 22:00
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Classical Thrillers

Masters of historical fiction Lindsey Davis (Enemies at Home) and Simon Scarrow (Brothers In Blood) take an in- depth look at the classical settings and characters that shape their bestselling novels. Chaired by writer and comedian Natalie Haynes, best known for her BBC Radio 4 comedy slot Natalie Haynes Stands up for the…

The Salon, Cheltenham

Fri 10 Oct

£8

Part of Cheltenham Literature Festival.

Clydesdale Women's Heritage Bike Ride

Learn a bit more about the feminism behind cycling on this gentle guided bike ride.

Glasgow Women's Library

Sat 4 Oct

Free / 0141 550 2267

  • 14:00 – 16:00

Collision Investigation: Fate Or Fatal Consequences?

Talk by Marco Venturini of Police Scotland on the role of the Collision Investigator.

Fraser Noble Building, Aberdeen

Tue 23 Sep

£5.50 (£4) / 01224 272000

Part of TechFest.

  • 18:30

Colm Toibin

One of contemporary literature’s most critically acclaimed and beloved authors talks to The Sunday Times Literary Editor Andrew Holgate about his career and writing, in particular his eighth novel Nora Webster; an evocative and heartbreaking tale set in Ireland.

The Studio, Cheltenham

Wed 8 Oct

£8

Part of Cheltenham Literature Festival.

County Durham and Spanish Art

Elizabeth Conran, former director of the Bowes Museum, talks about the reason why Durham is so rich in Spanish paintings.

The Witham, Barnard Castle

Thu 25 Sep

£15 / 01833 631107

  • 10:30 – 12:30
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Cowalfest

Walking festival that takes place amid the natural splendour of the Cowal peninsula with walks focussing on heritage, wildlife or just a good work-out. As well as an extensive range of guided walks for all ages and abilities, there are also drama workshops for children, horse riding, orienteering, exhibitions, art…

Cowal Peninsula

Fri 3 Oct

Times vary / 01369 703785

Sat 4 Oct

Times vary / 01369 703785

Sun 5 Oct

Times vary / 01369 703785

…and 7 more dates until 12 Oct

Critters Evening Reception

An evening reception offering the chance to learn about the inspiration behind the larger-than-life critters nestling around the museum.

Hunterian Museum & Art Gallery, Glasgow

Fri 10 Oct

Free / 0141 330 4221

National Biology Week.

  • 17:30 – 19:00

Culture Laser Live

Weekly podcast series, The Multi-Coloured Culture Laser, enters the festival fray for a night of performance, discussion, drinking, and hilarious October action. Host Ryan Van Winkle, poet and cultural behemoth from the United States of America via Auld Reekie, welcomes a selection of guests to take to the sofa with him…

Bonar Hall, Dundee

Fri 24 Oct

Free but ticketed / 01382 434940

Part of Dundee Literary Festival.

  • 20:30 – 22:00

The Cumnock Hour

A panel discussion with composer and festival director James MacMillan; BBC presenter and journalist James Naughtie; local poet Rab Wilson; and eminent Dunfermline Athletic goalkeeper-turned-solicitor and Cumnock Tryst Board Member, Derek Stillie.

Dumfries Arms, Cumnock

Fri 3 Oct

£4 / 01290 429230

Part of The Cumnock Tryst.

  • 17:00

Curating Picasso

Is there anything left to say about the art world’s greatest names? How do you capture public imagination and create fresh debate? Tate Britain’s Head of Displays and curator of Picasso and Modern British Art Chris Stephens and Courtauld Institute of Art’s Sarah Wilson (Picasso/Marx: and Social Realism in France) confront…

The Studio, Cheltenham

Thu 9 Oct

£7

Part of Cheltenham Literature Festival.

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Dancing Horses

Dressage is sometimes criticised as being ‘pointless’ but pirouettes and piaffes evolved from vital horsemanship skills on the battlefield, and it is unarguably one of the most technically demanding Olympic disciplines. Olympic and Paralympic gold medallists Carl Hester (Making It Happen) and Natasha Baker talk to Jill…

The Salon, Cheltenham

Mon 6 Oct

£8

Part of Cheltenham Literature Festival.

The Dark Net

Beyond the familiar online world of Google, Facebook and Amazon lies a vast network of sites, communities and cultures where freedom is pushed to its limits. Jamie Bartlett steers us through the internet’s darker side.

The Inkpot, Cheltenham

Sat 11 Oct

£7

Part of Cheltenham Literature Festival.

David Hempleman-Adams

One of the world’s greatest adventurers takes us through his extraordinary memoir and travelogue, detailing many of his daring and record-breaking feats from across the globe.

Cheltenham Town Hall

Sat 4 Oct

£8 / 0844 576 2210

Part of Cheltenham Literature Festival.

David Kynaston: Modernity Britain 1957-1959

The celebrated historian David Kynaston talks to James Runcie about the birth of modern Britain. The late 1950s was an action-packed, often dramatic time in which the contours of modern Britain began to take shape. These were the 'never had it so good' years, when the Carry On film series and the TV soap Emergency…

Cheltenham Town Hall

Fri 3 Oct

£8 / 0844 576 2210

Part of Cheltenham Literature Festival.

David McCandless: Knowledge is Beautiful

Data journalist McCandless' new book Knowledge is Beautiful is packed full of stunning infographics covering everything from national military budgets to Dr Who's journeys.

One Canada Square (Level 39), London E14

Mon 10 Nov

£20

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