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Independence and Monetary Reform: How Can Scotland Change the Banking and Monetary System?

With the independence referendum just around the corner, an evening of discussions about the nation's financial matters.

CCA, Glasgow

Thu 4 Sep

Free / 0141 352 4900

  • 19:30 – 21:30

Summerhall, Edinburgh

Thu 4 Sep

Free / 0131 560 1581

  • 19:30 – 21:30


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

Shaping our Creative City with Gillian Easson

A short talk by Gillian Easson discussing creative initiatives happening in Dundee. Followed by a Q&A session and an open discussion.

McManus: Dundee's Art Gallery and Museum

Tue 2 Sep

Free / 01382 307200

  • 18:00 – 19:00

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

The Auld Acquaintance: Q&A with Chris Cairns

Cartoonist Chris Cairns discusses his work on the Scottish independence referendum, which has been featured on the Wings Over Scotland blog.

Leiper Fine Art, Glasgow

Thu 11 Sep

Free / 0141 204 2372

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The Auld Acquaintance: Q&A with David Kerr

Designer and illustrator David Kerr discusses his work on the Scottish independence referendum, which has been featured on the Bella Caledonia website.

Leiper Fine Art, Glasgow

Wed 10 Sep

Free / 0141 204 2372

The Auld Acquaintance: Q&A with Frank Boyle

Cartoonist Frank Boyle discusses his work on the Scottish independence referendum, which has been featured in the Edinburgh Evening News.

Leiper Fine Art, Glasgow

Fri 12 Sep

Free / 0141 204 2372

Battle of Prestonpans Talk

A talk about the Battle of Prestonpans, from historian Arran Johnston. Ages 12+.

Prestongrange Museum, Prestonpans

Sun 14 Sep

£3.60 (includes a hot drink and a cake) / 0131 653 2904

  • 14:00 – 15:30

CASA Night of Ideas

A celebration of Latin American culture in the heart of East London.

The Rose Lipman Building, London N1

Sat 13 Sep

£7 inc coffee all night and breakfast; £5 adv, inc coffee all night and breakfast

  • 18:00 – 06:00

Do Not Adjust Your Stage Presents: The Wunderkammer

Improv group Do Not Adjust Your Stage and guests present an monthly evening that's half comedy show, half Ted talk, with a different theme each time. BYOB!

The Nursery Theatre, London SE1

Fri 12 Sep

£6 online; £8 on the door

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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


  • 14:30

Edinburgh Ragged University Talks

Talks on a variety of themes organised by the Ragged University, promoting the message that learning is much more palatable when served up with a nice cold pint. All welcome.

Counting House, Edinburgh

Thu 11 Sep

Free / 0131 667 7533

Tonight: 'A Different Kind of Revolution' by Ciaran Healy and ‘How Accents Work’ By Lauren Hall-Lew.

  • 19:00

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.

The Future of the Northern Ireland Economy Forum

St James's Place hosts two events that examine the economic changes that Northern Ireland faces.

Roe Park Resort, Limavady

Wed 10 Sep

Free / 028 9072 6500

  • 13:30 – 16:00

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

Mon 8 Sep

Free / 0141 221 7705

Tonight: 'Is Scotland Going to Vote Yes?' with John Curtice, Professor of Politics at the University of Strathcylde. Curtice looks at the polls just ten days before the referendum goes off. Part of Glasgow City of Science.

  • 19:00 – 21:30

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
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Imagining Scotland – Pasts, Presents, Futures

A symposium examining different aspects of Scottish Independence, spanning talks on history, philosophy and politics. Panel members include Alan McCombes (Radical Scotland), artist Julia Taudevin, journalist Alex Massie, Prof Johnny Rodger (GSA) and Hannah McGill (film critic).

The Arches, Glasgow

Sun 14 Sep

Free / 0141 565 1000

In Conversation with Lord Dick Taverne: Is Politics Bad at Science?

Director of Sense about Science, Tracey Brown talks to its founder Dick Taverne. As a Life Liberal Democrat Peer and former MP, Lord Taverne has been perfectly positioned to witness how much reason, science and rationality echo along the corridors of power and inform policy decisions on topics such as drugs policies…

Muirhead Tower, Birmingham

Sat 6 Sep


Part of British Science Festival.

Live Referendum Debate

Mearns FM hold an impartial independence debate with guests from both sides invited to answer your questions.

Stonehaven Town Hall

Sun 14 Sep

Free / 01569 765341

  • 19:00

A One to One with Greg Clark and Alice Roberts

Greg Clark, the recently appointed UK Minister for Universities and Science, joins Alice Roberts to reflect on government science policy and initiatives, and to look to the future, including the Government's plans to ensure the UK's place as an international leader in science, technology and innovation. Join us to hear…

Elgar Concert Hall, Birmingham

Thu 11 Sep


Part of British Science Festival.

Our World in 2050

Among the predictions of dire consequences that threaten us over the next 30 years or so, there is the occasional cornucopian vision promising wealth, health and leisure for all nine billion of us. Jonathon Porritt asks what's the truth of this futuristic guessing-game? Is there a realistic view that avoids the extremes…

Poynting Physics Building, Birmingham

Tue 9 Sep


Part of British Science Festival.

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Robert Lewellyn: Electric Cars Are Rubbish. Aren't They?

Robert has driven just about every electric car there is, some amazing, and some downright dangerous. How could something as mundane, questionable and just plain annoying as a battery make any difference in the world? Best known for his work as a battery powered mechanoid (Kryten) in Red Dwarf, or a scruffy presenter…

Canada Water Culture Space, London SE16

Fri 26 Sep

£12 (£10) / 020 8692 4446

Saidiya Hartman: Waywardness

Talk by Prof Saidiya Hartman of Columbia University on the theme of waywardness and how it encourages other forms of existence to be developed.

Tramway, Glasgow

Fri 26 Sep

£4 for Friday evening pass; £14 for weekend pass / 0845 330 3501

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

  • 19:00 – 19:45

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

Tackle The Issues

Tackle the Issues gives members of the public the chance to question a panel of politicians.

The Ropetackle Arts Centre, Shoreham-by-Sea

Tue 30 Sep

£4 / 01273 464440

With Simon Fanshawe, Lord Bassam, Sue Dare, Lisa Rodrigues, and Tim Loughton.

  • 19:30

Talking Peace Festival

A festival of events taking place around International Peace Day. Featuring talks, comedy, art, food and more, all promoting the importance of dialogue in resolving conflict.

Shoreditch Village Hall, London N1

Mon 8 Sep

Free / 020 3542 6421

  • 18:00 – 22:00