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Neu! Reekie!

Avant-garde spoken word, film and music fusion night describing itself as 'playing host to the sinister and the sanguine'.

Pilrig St Paul's Church, Edinburgh

Fri 27 Feb

£8.50 (£7) / 0131 553 1876

Lovers Freeze, with Hector Bizerk, Helen Mort, Eyes of Others, Paul Hullah and Martin Metcalfe.

  • 19:00 – 23:00 Neu! Reekie! Pilrig St Paul's Church, Edinburgh

Guardian Live Event: John Gray And Will Self - Is Free Will An Illusion?

The author John Gray discusses his latest novel, The Soul Of The Marionette and the issues it raises.

Islington Assembly Hall, London N1

Wed 18 Mar

£15 (£13.50) / 020 7527 2000

Michael Portillo: Life: A Game Of Two Halves: Talk

The broadcaster and former politician discusses and answers questions about his career.

Guildhall Arts Centre, Grantham

Sun 22 Mar

£15 (£13) / 01476 406158

The Harlequin, Redhill

Fri 20 Mar

£13–£15 / 01737 276 500

Theatre Royal, Windsor

Mon 23 Mar

£27 / 01753 853888

An Evening with Pam Ayres

A cosy evening of poetry, stories and incredible wit from the lady herself.

Corn Exchange, King's Lynn

Fri 17 Apr

Phone for prices / 01553 764864

Electric Palace Bridport

Mon 30 Mar

£24.50; £22.50 adv / 01308 428 354

The Hawth, Crawley

Fri 3 Apr

£23 / 01293 553636

Mon 13 Apr

£23 / 01293 553636

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Elegies From Angels, Punks and Raging Queens

An evening of free verse set to blues, jazz and rhythm and blues, celebrating the lives of AIDS victims.

Criterion Theatre, London W1V

Sun 31 May

£30–£40 / 0844 847 1778

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Solas Festival

An age-free arts festival with music, literature and spoken word, visual art and crafts, film and theatre as well as a programme of talks and debates. This year's line-up features comedians Josie Long, Robin Ince, hip-hop giants Stanley Odd, social and political historian TM Devine, novelist James Robertson, journalist…

The Bield, Tibbermore

Fri 19 Jun

Times & prices vary / 0141 416 1650

Sat 20 Jun

Times & prices vary / 0141 416 1650

Sun 21 Jun

Times & prices vary / 0141 416 1650

Holly Smale: Book Signing

The writer signs copies of her book All That Glitters, part of the Geek Girl series of comic novels.

Waterstones, Bluewater West, Greenhithe

Sat 28 Feb

Free / 01322 624831

The Circus Slam

A poetry slam hosted by Max Scratchmann and Emily Elver. The winner receives a place in the 2016 Scottish National Slam Championships.

Dalriada, Edinburgh

Fri 27 Feb

£3 / 0131 454 4500

Monty Don: Talk

The gardening writer and presenter talks about his life and work, including his travels to gardens all over the world and what really happens behind the scenes when filming.

Exeter Corn Exchange

Sun 8 Mar

£16 / 01392 665938

Hertford Theatre

Fri 20 Mar

£18 / 01992 531500

Alasdair Gray: Spheres of Influence I

The centrality of Alasdair Gray's work as a visual artist and writer is traceable by drawing connections between his epic work and that of the artists who've come before and after him. This exhibition looks at the influences on Gray himself, and his own influence on others, drawing on works in the Gallery's collection.

Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow

Fri 27 Feb

Free / 0141 287 3050

Part of The Alasdair Gray Season.

Sat 28 Feb

Free / 0141 287 3050

Part of The Alasdair Gray Season.

Sun 1 Mar

Free / 0141 287 3050

Part of The Alasdair Gray Season.

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Davina McCall @ The BBC Good Food Eat Well Show

See her live in the Healthy Kitchen, where she will be demonstrating some of the brilliant recipes from her new book, 5 weeks to Sugar-Free, live.

Olympia, London W14

Sat 28 Feb

£15 (Children £7.50 6-15; £13; £13) / 02073 851200

Customer Experience Transformation: Gambling

The conference aims to achieve innovative and progressive transformation to grow a profitable customer base across the gambling sector.

IQPC, London SW1V

Tue 28 Apr

£699–£1599 / 020 7368 9300

Wed 29 Apr

£699–£1599 / 020 7368 9300

Thu 30 Apr

£699–£1599 / 020 7368 9300

Glasgow Comic Con

Indulge your love of all things graphic at this fiesta of films, comics and fandoms. There's also book dealers, toy sellers, indie comic publishers and comic creators – everything your comic-loving heart desires. Special guests tbc.

The Art School, Glasgow

Sat 4 Jul

£8–£20 (tbc) / 0141 352 4900

CCA, Glasgow

Sat 4 Jul

£8–£20 (tbc) / 0141 352 4900

Waterstones Liverpool One

Wed 18 Mar

£3 ( £2) / 0151 709 9820

Scottish Book Trust Writing Seminars

Seminars designed to offer writers who have an interest in publication advice from industry experts.

CCA, Glasgow

Tue 3 Mar

£2 (Members free) / 0141 352 4900

All About Agents. Ages 14+ (accompanied by an adult).

Tue 17 Mar

£2 (Members free) / 0141 352 4900

Writing for 8–12 Year Olds. Event for ages 14+ when accompanied by an adult.

Tue 31 Mar

£2 (Members free) / 0141 352 4900

Publishing and Performing Your Poetry. For ages 14+ when accompanied by an adult.

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Aye Write! Glasgow's Book Festival

Now in its tenth year, Glasgow book festival Aye Write! will once again be hosted at the iconic Mitchell Library, celebrating an eclectic mix of national, international and local writers. The festival never fails in treating its audiences to big-name speakers, with past guests including Ian Rankin, Chris Brookmyre and…

Mitchell Library, Glasgow

Fri 17 Apr

Times & prices vary / 0141 353 8000

Sat 18 Apr

Times & prices vary / 0141 353 8000

Sun 19 Apr

Times & prices vary / 0141 353 8000

…and 6 more dates until 25 Apr

Big Sunday Dundee WestFest

Big Sunday is Dundee WestFest’s own mini festivalette. Magdalen Green is filled with stalls, children’s rides, art activities, live music, sport tasters, a beer garden and food vendors.

Magdalen Green, Dundee

Sun 7 Jun

Times & prices to be confirmed / 01382 433 647

Carry On Collecting: Sex, Gender & Ethnography: Talk

A talk about ethnographic collections formed in Britain in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, which were invariably informed by contemporaneous notions of gender and sex. The chiefly male collectors misrepresented and misappropriated objects associated with concepts of gender and sex, found beyond Europe, to fit…

The Manchester Museum

Mon 2 Mar

Free, adv booking required / 0161 275 2634

Dr David Starkey: The Tudors And Us: Talk

The historian talks about the dramatic twists and turns of 16th England, with its colourful leaders and unstable politics.

Lowther Pavillion, Lytham St. Annes

Wed 15 Apr

£16 (£14) / 01253 658666

Mercury Theatre, Colchester

Mon 9 Mar

£14 / 01206 573948

Fringe by the Sea

With a spot of sea air and an entertaining line-up of music, comedy, theatre, film, author and children’s events, North Berwick's multi-arts festival offers a respite from the madness of Edinburgh in festival season.

Various venues: North Berwick

Mon 10 Aug

Times & prices vary / 01620 890787

Tue 11 Aug

Times & prices vary / 01620 890787

Wed 12 Aug

Times & prices vary / 01620 890787

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John Cooper Clarke

The legendary Mancunian punk poet, who is a spiritual godfather to the likes of Mike Skinner and Plan B hauls his insatiable laconic wit on tour.

Artrix, Bromsgrove

Thu 9 Apr

£22 / 01527 577330

Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells

Sat 28 Mar

£25.75 / 01892 530613

Bingley Arts Centre

Thu 19 Mar

Sold out / 01274 567983

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Mascariciul

A satirical comedy performance in Romanian.

Leicester Square Theatre, London WC2H

Sun 29 Mar

£12.50–£30 / 0844 873 3433

Paula Hawkins: Talk

The author talks about her debut novel, The Girl On The Train.

Waterstones, Leeds

Thu 5 Mar

Free, ticketed / 0113 244 4588

Poetry Under Attack: An Evening In Support Of Imprisoned Qatari Poet Mohammad Al-Ajami

Join poets from around the world to celebrate poetry and our right to freedom of expression Poets across the Middle East are facing persecution. Join us to hear, among others: Imtiaz Dharker, winner of the Queen's Gold Medal for poetry Sabrina Mahfouz, poet and artist

The Amnesty International Human Rights Action Centre, London EC2A

Fri 27 Feb

Free / 020 7033 1500

Supper Book Club with Kirsty Wark

Listen to Kirsty Wark talk about her work as you enjoy a Valvona & Crolla supper.

Valvona & Crolla Vincaffè, Edinburgh

Tue 3 Mar

£20 / 0131 557 0088

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