Hitlist - the best events, talks and sport


* Ian Rankin's picks

* Bonfire Night Fireworks Displays Come on, who doesn’t love the cheap thrill of banging sparkly things? Meadowbank Stadium, Edinburgh. Glasgow Green, Glasgow, both Mon 5 Nov from 6.30pm.

Glasgow Craft Mafia Massed gathering of emergent Scottish designers and crafteteers, with a range of handcrafted jewellery, textiles and accessories on sale. Don’t criticise the crochet, though – you don’t want to wake up with a knitted horse’s head in your bed. Universal, Glasgow, Thu 1 Nov.

License Pending Third outing for the new Scottish spoken word and cabaret collective, whose members include Martin O’Connor and current Slam champion Drew Taylor. Tron Theatre, Glasgow, Thu 8 Nov.

Scotland and Slavery A day of talks examining Scotland’s role in the slave trade and movement for abolition. Speakers will include Professor Tom Devine, Professor John Cairns, the Rev Dr Iain Whyte, Sheila Asante, Dr Alex Murdoch, Professor Geoffrey Palmer and Dr Eric J Graham. Email events@nls.uk to book. National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh, Tue 13 Nov.


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