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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

…and 4 more dates until 16 Aug

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.

Alban Arena, St Albans

Sat 20 Jun

£19.50–£22.50 / 01727 844488

Gala, Durham

Wed 15 Jul

£20 / 0191 332 4041

Inchyra Arts Club, Perth

Tue 9 Jun

£24.20 / 01738 860066

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Lincoln City FC Business Academy

The monthly networking event offers professionals the chance to meet and create relationships.

Sincil Bank Stadium, Lincoln

Tue 21 Jul

£10–£30 / 01522 88052

Tue 18 Aug

£10–£30 / 01522 88052

Tue 15 Sep

£10–£30 / 01522 88052

…and 2 more dates until 17 Nov

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.

The Camberley Theatre

Wed 29 Apr

£18 / 01276 707600

David Mitchell

Meet David Mitchell (no, not the Peep Show fella), the author of Cloud Atlas and The Bone Clocks.

Dulwich Books, London SE21

Thu 18 Jun

£10 includes a paperback copy of The Bone Clocks, drinks and canapés / 0131 225 3436

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Borders Book Festival

Taking place in the National Trust's Georgian Harmony Garden, the Borders Book Festival attracts world-class literary figures.

Harmony Garden, Melrose

Thu 11 Jun

Times & prices vary / 0844 493 2257

Fri 12 Jun

Times & prices vary / 0844 493 2257

Sat 13 Jun

Times & prices vary / 0844 493 2257

Sun 14 Jun

Times & prices vary / 0844 493 2257

Edinburgh International Book Festival

The world’s largest public celebration of the written word takes place in the first UNESCO City of Literature in the beautiful Charlotte Square Gardens. As well as leading Scottish and international authors, the varied programme always manages to cover poets, politicians, historians, journalists and children's authors…

Charlotte Square Gardens, Edinburgh

Sat 15 Aug

Times & prices vary / 0845 373 5888

Sun 16 Aug

Times & prices vary / 0845 373 5888

Mon 17 Aug

Times & prices vary / 0845 373 5888

…and 14 more dates until 31 Aug

One Day in May Book Festival

Book festival from the charity Scottish Love in Action, featuring appearances from Jeremy Strong, Alasdair Gray, Alexander McCall Smith and more.

Greyfriars Kirk, Edinburgh

Sat 30 May

£6–£10

West End Festival

Taking over the West End of Glasgow each year, the festival treats the ears to a great musical line-up, tantalises all the senses with a carnival and delves into the creative depths of local studios and exhibitions with the Hidden Lane open days.

Various venues: Glasgow

Fri 5 Jun

Times & prices vary / 0141 341 0844

Sat 6 Jun

Times & prices vary / 0141 341 0844

Sun 7 Jun

Times & prices vary / 0141 341 0844

…and 21 more dates until 28 Jun

Aberfeldy Festival

Community festival with film screenings, street entertainment, storytelling, workshops and fireworks alongside a bumper line-up of bands.

Various venues: Aberfeldy

Fri 6 Nov

Times & prices vary / 01887 822997

Sat 7 Nov

Times & prices vary / 01887 822997

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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

Book Week Scotland

A 'national book festival' for Scotland courtesy of Creative Scotland, the Scottish Book Trust and many other collaborators across the country. A packed programme of star-studded author events, kids' activities and the distribution of free books all combine to form a week-long national celebration of reading.

Various venues: Scotland

Mon 23 Nov

Times & prices vary

Tue 24 Nov

Times & prices vary

Wed 25 Nov

Times & prices vary

…and 4 more dates until 29 Nov

Faints Fits And Funny Turns For The Physician: Conference

A one-day conference updating delegates on balance disorders and the common conditions they present.

Royal College of Physicians Museum, London NW1

Thu 30 Apr

Times to be confirmed / £222; £174 adv (£72; £48; £164 subscriber) / 020 3075 1649

Gaelic Voices with Catriona Lexy Campbell and Alison Lang

An evening with two Gaelic writers, Catriona Lexy Campbell and Alison Lang.

CCA, Glasgow

Sun 21 Jun

Clubroom

£6 (£3; swc members free) / 0141 352 4900

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

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Glastonwick 2015

Three days of entertainment from 21 bands, musicians and poets alongside beers, cider and food.

The Ropetackle Arts Centre, Shoreham-by-Sea

Fri 29 May

£12; £20; £10 / 01273 464440

Sat 30 May

£12; £20; £10 / 01273 464440

Sun 31 May

£12; £20; £10 / 01273 464440

Granta 131: The Map Is Not The Territory - With Janine di Giovanni And Charles Glass

Looking at the human realities behind the topographies of war, Janine di Giovanni and Charles Glass will be in conversation with Granta magazine editor Sigrid Rausing about their contributions to the issue.

The Frontline Club, London W2

Tue 5 May

£12.50 (£10) / 020 7479 8960

Jatinder Verma: Who Owns Shakespeare?: Panel Discussion

A discussion asking: who owns Shakespeare? Do we need a multicultural Shakespeare?

Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry

Wed 29 Apr

National Grid Room

£6 (£4.50) / 02476 524524

K2 - The Tragedy And The Triumph

Record-breaking British polar explorer and adventurer, keynote speaker and business coach Adrian Hayes presents his powerful story of his 2013 tragic failure and 2014 stunning success summiting the world's second highest mountain, the notorious K2.

Lakeside Arts Centre, Nottingham

Thu 25 Jun

£13 / 0115 846 7777

Magnus Mills Book Signing

Magnus Mills will be at the Owl reading from his new novel The Field of the Cloth of Gold.

Owl Bookshop, London NW5

Mon 27 Apr

Free ticketed / 020 7485 7793

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Owen Jones: Author Event

The award-winning writer presents his latest book, The Establishment: And How They Get Away With It.

The Apex, Bury St Edmunds

Sat 23 May

£10 / 01284 758000

Penfest

A community arts festival, with poetry, music and art at the forefront. Events include the Penicuik Turner Prize Exhibition and craft sessions for all ages, with enough music and storytelling to keep the grumpiest of young visitors happy.

Various venues: Penicuik

Sat 5 Sep

Times & prices vary

Sun 6 Sep

Times & prices vary

Mon 7 Sep

Times & prices vary

…and 6 more dates until 13 Sep

Railway Electrification Infrastructure & Systems (REIS 2015)

With more than 27 presentations from 20+ industry experts, a chance to visit one of four London depots, and a wealth of networking opportunities; REIS 2015 is a must-attend for railway professionals!

Royal College of Physicians Museum, London NW1

Mon 8 Jun

£2047 ( £1522; £1050) / 020 3075 1649

Tue 9 Jun

£2047 ( £1522; £1050) / 020 3075 1649

Wed 10 Jun

£2047 ( £1522; £1050) / 020 3075 1649

Thu 11 Jun

£2047 ( £1522; £1050) / 020 3075 1649

Tidelines Book Festival

Largs-based book festival with a great little line-up of events for kids and adults alike.

Various Venues, Largs

Fri 11 Sep

Times & prices vary

Sat 12 Sep

Times & prices vary

Sun 13 Sep

Times & prices vary

The Tolerance Trap - What Happened To The Kick-Ass Gay Rights Movement? With Suzanna Danuta Walters

Housmans welcome Suzanna Danuta Walters on a rare visit from the USA to discuss her latest book 'The Tolerance Trap', a call to arms for the gay rights movement not to settle for complacency, and regain its radical agenda.

Housmans Bookshop, London N1

Thu 30 Apr

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