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Adam Ant
After coming far from his face-painted days, the 1980s pop star has delivered an autobiography about the business and his battles with depression. Waterstone’s, 128 Princes Street, Edinburgh, 226 2666. 1pm. Free. Tue 26 Sep; Borders Books, 98 Buchanan Street, Glasgow, 222 7700. 6pm. Free. Tue 26 Sep.

Brenda Blethyn
An evening with one of Britain’s best loved character actresses, whose biography Mixed Fancies will have you tickled pink. Tickets available from Ottakar’s, 353 1500. Glasgow Film Theatre, 12 Rose Street, Glasgow, 332 8128, 6pm. £4. Mon 2 Oct.

Joan Bakewell
At the ripe old age of 70, the writer and broadcaster reflects on her illustrious career and what it means to be British. Royal Concert Hall, 2 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, 353 8000. 12.30pm. £4-£5. Tue 3 Oct.

100 Great Scottish Poems
Sit back and listen as Stewart Conn and friends treat you to readings of, among others, the top 20 favourite Scottish poems as voted for by BBC Radio Scotland listeners. Borders Books, 98 Buchanan Street, Glasgow, 222 7700. 6pm. Free. Wed 4 Oct; Scottish Poetry Library, 5 Crichton’s Close, Canongate, 557 2876. 5.15pm. Free. Thu 5 Oct.

Alan Spence
The poet and novelist, particularly known for his haiku, kicks off the Poetry Association of Scotland’s 2006-07 season with a reading. Scottish Poetry Library, 5 Crichton’s Close, Canongate, Edinburgh, 557 2876. 7.30pm. £3 (£2; free to PAS members). Wed 4 Oct.

Martin Amis
Amis is part of the Edinburgh Book Festival's autumn programme with his new tome, House of Meetings. Queen’s Hall, 87-89 Clerk Street, Edinburgh, 668 2019. 8pm. £8 (£6). Wed 4 Oct.

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