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Blabbermouth

This 12-hour live celebration of Scottish music and spoken word features a collection of artists, actors, politicians, journalists, sportspeople, singers and scientists performing their favourite pieces of Scottish writing. A chance to celebrate Scotland's contribution to the world in the final hours before the referendum.

Assembly Hall, Edinburgh

Wed 17 Sep

£10 (£8) per session; £30 (£20) for day ticket / 0131 473 2000

You’ll Have Had Your Vote Then

Oliver Escobar, an expert in participatory democracy from the University of Edinburgh, explains how – no matter the referendum result – we can all remain politically active.

Thomson's Land, Edinburgh

Fri 26 Sep

Free

  • 19:00 – 20:30

After the Referendum: What Now?

Glasgow Skeptics presents a panel discussion to ask what happens now the votes are in. Chaired by journalist and broadcaster David Torrance with panelists Lesley Riddoch, Alex Massie, Stephen Paton and Duncan Hothersall.

The Admiral, Glasgow

Mon 22 Sep

Free / 0141 221 7705

  • 19:00 – 21:00

Glasgow Skeptics

A biweekly event where speakers expound on science, pseudoscience, politics and policy to increase public understanding and engagement of these issues.

The Admiral, Glasgow

Tue 16 Sep

Free / 0141 221 7705

Tonight, the fourth edition of PubhD.

  • 19:00 – 21:30

Mon 22 Sep

Free / 0141 221 7705

Today: 'After the Referendum: What Now?' – A panel discusses the repercussions of the Referendum, whichever way it goes. With Scottish politics expert Dr Neil McGarvey; journalist and commentator Lesley Riddoch; and Spectator blogger and libertarian Alex Massie. Part of Glasgow City of Science.

  • 19:00 – 21:30

Sunday Herald and Bloody Scotland Independence Debate

The referendum will have been and gone by the time Bloody Scotland takes place, so a panel, including William McIlvanney and Tom Devine, discuss the result and what is next for the country.

Albert Halls, Stirling

Sat 20 Sep

£9.50 (£8.50) / 01786 473544

Part of Bloody Scotland.

  • 15:15 – 16:45
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Ann Widdecombe

With characteristic verve and integrity, Ann Widdecombe reflects on her diverse and extraordinary career and the people and events that have influenced her along the way. Expect humour and controversy in equal measure…

Cheltenham Town Hall

Fri 10 Oct

£10 / 0844 576 2210

Part of Cheltenham Literature Festival.

An Audience with Peter Hain

A talk by Peter Hain, MP and author.

Theatre At The Mill, Newtownabbey

Wed 19 Nov

£11–£15 (£9–£13) / 028 9034 0202

  • 19:45 – 22:00

Becoming POTUS: The Race for the White House

As Hillary Clinton considers whether to seek the Democratic nomination, we introduce the key players in the complicated and expensive business of running for President. Is it increasingly more theatre than politics? Join the BBC’s Mark Mardell and Justin Webb, Washington bureau chief of The Sunday Times Toby Harnden…

Maxima Forum, Cheltenham

Sun 5 Oct

£10

Part of Cheltenham Literature Festival.

The Brighton 'Grand Hotel' Bombing: Work in Progress Performance

A work in progress reading of a new play by Brighton-based Wildspark Theatre company, framed by a two-part symposium discussing the history, memory and legacy of the Troubles.

Sallis Benney Theatre, University Of Brighton

Wed 15 Oct

£5 (whole symposium & performance £20–£50; Symposium Part 1 or 2 & Performance £15–£30) / 01273 643010

  • 19:00 – 21:00

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
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Does Privacy Exist Anymore?

Guest Director Shami Chakrabarti, Privacy playwright James Graham, Luke Harding (The Snowden Files) and Mark Huband (Trading Secrets) explore freedom of information, the relationship between the state and corporate data giants and the limits we can tolerate in the name of personal freedom. Is Cheltenham, home of GCHQ…

Garden Theatre, Cheltenham

Sat 11 Oct

£8

Part of Cheltenham Literature Festival.

Dr Stravroula Pipyrou: Lost in Fantasma

Dr Stravroula Pipyrou, a lecturer in St Andrews' Department of Social Anthropology, gives a lecture subtitled 'Embodiment and Governance in Mafia Dance'.

Byre Theatre, St Andrews

Wed 22 Oct

Free

  • 14:30

The Establishment: And How they Get Away with it

Behind our democracy lurks an unaccountable network wielding enormous power and reaping huge profits. Alongside The Independent Senior Writer Boyd Tonkin, columnist and author Owen Jones journeys into the heart of our establishment, in a bid to expose this shadowy and complex system; from the lobbies of Westminster to the…

The Studio, Cheltenham

Sun 12 Oct

£7

Part of Cheltenham Literature Festival.

From Subjection to Subjection

The US population represents only 4.44% of the population of the globe, but, since the US has the highest incarceration rate in the world, its prison population is about 25% of the global prison population. Activist Reina Gossett, academic Saidiya Hartman and Charlene Sinclair, Director of the Centre for Race, Religion…

Tramway, Glasgow

Sun 28 Sep

£6 for a Sunday pass; £14 for a weekend pass / 0845 330 3501

Part of ARIKA14 Episode 6: Make a Way Out of No Way.

Future of Christianity

Exploring the challenges facing Christianity in the 21st century – from thorny gender issues to the church’s often controversial role in politics, economics and public life – minister and author John Bell (Ten Things They Never Told Me About Jesus), Francis Spufford (Unapologetic) and former Roman Catholic nun Lavinia…

The Inkpot, Cheltenham

Sat 4 Oct

£7

Part of Cheltenham Literature Festival.

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God & Mammon

There was a time when banks were seen as bastions of security and integrity – today the trust in financial institutions has never been lower. Ann Pettifor (Just Money), David Marquand (Mammon’s Kingdom) and Ibrahim Mogra, Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain, ask if the City can learn from religious wisdom…

The Inkpot, Cheltenham

Mon 6 Oct

£7

Part of Cheltenham Literature Festival.

The Great Partition

The 1947 partition of India promised both political and religious freedom. In reality, the geographical divide created an even greater schism, exposing huge numbers of the population to desperate and devastating consequences. John Keay (Midnight’s Descendants), Yasmin Khan (The Great Partition), Basharat Peer (Curfewed…

Cheltenham Town Hall

Fri 10 Oct

£8 / 0844 576 2210

Part of Cheltenham Literature Festival.

The Inevitable Crisis

In his book War and Gold, MP Kwasi Kwarteng examines the fascinating history of international finance, revealing patterns of debt and war-waging. He is joined by the BBC’s Hugh Pym, whose book Inside the Banking Crisis looks at our own more recent financial troubles.

Garden Theatre, Cheltenham

Wed 8 Oct

£8

Part of Cheltenham Literature Festival.

Is Democracy at Risk?

Is there still any point in voting? How do we encourage younger generations to engage with the political process in an age of voter apathy? Comedian Russell Kane, columnists Philip Coggan (The Last Vote) and Owen Jones (The Establishment) and political writer Stephen Coleman examine the challenges democracy faces in 21st…

Garden Theatre, Cheltenham

Sun 12 Oct

£8

Part of Cheltenham Literature Festival.

The Land Where Lemons Grow

Enjoy an historical and horticultural tour of Italy’s perfumed lemon groves. Helena Attlee maps the citron’s migration from Himalayan foothills to southern Italian shores, traces the juice of Seville oranges through ancient Roman and Renaissance cookbooks and exposes early manifestations of the Mafia during the 19th…

Spiegeltent, Cheltenham

Mon 6 Oct

£15

Part of Cheltenham Literature Festival.

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Langside Talks

A series of talks at Langside Library covering a variety of topics.

Langside Library, Glasgow

Thu 25 Sep

Free / 0141 276 0777

Biographer Roy Laycock discusses his research concerning the life of Arthur Roberts, a black WW1 soldier whose box of memorabilia was found in an attic in Mount Vernon

  • 18:00 – 19:00

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.

  • 14:30 – 15:30

Naomi Klein: This Changes Everything – Capitalism Vs The Climate

In her provocative new book Klein argues that radical political change is needed in the fight against climate change. She is in conversation with columnist and writer Owen Jones.

Westminster Central Hall, London SW1H

Mon 6 Oct

The NHS – What’s the Prognosis?

Amidst a slew of apocalyptic headlines and on-going scandals, can the NHS deliver the best care and value for the taxpayer? The Sunday Times campaigning journalist Camilla Cavendish, Max Pemberton (The Doctor Will See You Now), GP and NHS campaigner David Wrigley and Cathy Corrie of Reform debate the issues with BBC…

Maxima Forum, Cheltenham

Sat 11 Oct

£10

Part of Cheltenham Literature Festival.

Onions and the Dark Net

Adrian Smales and Bruce Ramsay (from Edinburgh Napier University) discuss the state's interest in our digital lives.

Cabaret Voltaire, Edinburgh

Fri 26 Sep

Free / 0131 247 4704

  • 20:30 – 21:30
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