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The Sunday Times Rich List Debate

What do the people on The Sunday Times Rich List spend their money on, and what are their obligations to society at large, if any? Joe Cerrell of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, The Sunday Times Rich List editor Ian Coxon, Freud’s chairman Matthew Freud and John Kampfner (The Rich: From Slaves to Super-Yachts…

Garden Theatre, Cheltenham

Sun 5 Oct

£8

Part of Cheltenham Literature Festival.

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

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

Altruism as a Factor of Economic Development

Speaker Harry Costin discusses how how altruistic action could be the alternative to the economic woes of our time.

New Acropolis, London N1

Fri 17 Oct

Free / 020 7359 0059

  • 19:30 – 21:00

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.

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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

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.

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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.

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 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

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.

Guardian Newsroom: Scotland Decides

A review of the result of the Scottish independence referendum with columnists Polly Toynbee and Deborah Orr and economics correspondent Phillip Inman.

The Guardian, London N1

Fri 19 Sep

£10

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.

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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

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

The Party Conferences: An Insider’s Guide

Having completed the gruelling trio of all three autumn party conferences, The Times journalists Matthew Parris and Philip Collins hotfoot it to Cheltenham to join the historian Peter Hennessy. They will share the behind-the-scenes gossip, the plotting and give their unflinching verdict on the performance of the three…

Maxima Forum, Cheltenham

Thu 9 Oct

£10

Part of Cheltenham Literature Festival.

Present Tense: North Korea

North Korea is a notoriously secretive society, rigidly maintaining its isolation from the rest of the world. Journalist John Sweeney (North Korea Undercover) and Roger Boyes of The Times discuss one of the few countries still under nominally communist rule, and ponder the fate of its oppressed population.

The Inkpot, Cheltenham

Sun 12 Oct

£8

Part of Cheltenham Literature Festival.

Present Tense: Syria

Anthony Loyd, The Times war correspondent who was recently injured reporting from Syria, evaluates the Syrian crisis with Diana Darke, author of My House in Damascus, and questions what might happen next.

The Studio, Cheltenham

Sat 4 Oct

£8

Part of Cheltenham Literature Festival.

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

Best known for his work as a battery powered mechanoid (Kryten) in Red Dwarf, or a scruffy presenter of Scrapheap Challenge, Robert Llewellyn will argue that batteries and electric cars are the key to a very different future.

Canada Water Culture Space, London SE16

Fri 26 Sep

£12 (£10) / 020 8692 4446

Russell Brand

Brand talks about his ideas for a brighter world with The Guardians's Owen Jones. His latest book lays into government corruption, media fascists and the inevitability of revolution.

Emmanuel Centre, London SW1P

Thu 23 Oct

£25

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

Saturday Evening Lecture Series

A series of key debates in modern medicine, politics and the environment.

Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee

Sat 18 Oct

Free / 01382 385108

  • 18:00 – 19:00

The Scottish Referendum in Historical Perspective

Professor Christopher Whatley and a panel of historians consider the result of the Scottish independence referendum. Afterwards, Professor Whatley signs copies of his book The Scots and the Union: Then and Now.

Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee

Sat 27 Sep

Free / 01382 223181

  • 18:00 – 19:00