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The Big Glasgow Comic & Craft Fair

The Big Glasgow Comic Page presents a day of assorted geekery complete with 17 vendors selling back issues, graphic novels, original art, fan art, toys, t-shirts, jewellery, crafts, cupcakes and loads more. Cosplay/fancy dress encouraged with a competition for under and over 16s.

The Arches Café Bar & Restaurant, Glasgow

Sat 6 Jun

Free / 0141 565 1035

Sat 5 Sep

Free / 0141 565 1035

Walkabout, Glasgow

Sat 7 Mar

Free / 0141 332 8209

Over 18s

Sat 2 May

Free / 0141 332 8209

Over 18s

Sat 18 Jul

Free / 0141 332 8209

Over 18s

…and 2 more dates until 5 Nov

Blind Poetics

A free monthly night of spoken word and poetry, hosted by Alec Beattie. There are limited open mic slots available, email blindpoetics@gmail.com to express an interest.

Blind Poet, Edinburgh

Mon 9 Mar

Free / 0131 667 4268

Featuring Russell Jones

Nothing but the Poem

Poetry discussion forum with no preparation or previous knowledge required, focusing on a different poet each month.

The Saltire Society, Edinburgh

Sat 14 Mar

£5 (£4) / 0131 557 2876

March’s reading group tackles WB Yeats

Tue 14 Apr

£5 (£4) / 0131 557 2876

April’s reading group tackles Rosemary Tonks

Sat 16 May

£5 (£4) / 0131 557 2876

May’s reading group tackles Swedish poet Tomas Transtromer.

Haydn's Oxford Symphony: Talk

The historian Tim Porter explains why this masterpiece was performed in Oxford in a story of politics and revolution which spans Europe.

Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

Wed 1 Apr

Lecture Theatre

£9 inc tea & coffee (£8) / 01865 278002

In The Mirror Of Death

In the Mirror of Death we learn to uncover the wisdom that is within us all. Discover how to face uncertainty and change, transform difficulty and fear, how to prepare for death and support others to die with dignity. It's not as morbid as you think.

The Rigpa Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Centre, London N1

Sat 21 Mar

£60 (£40) / 020 7700 0185

Sun 22 Mar

£60 (£40) / 020 7700 0185

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Antonia Fraser

Biographer and historian Antonia Fraser discusses her recent publication My History, an account of her youth and the development of her love of history.

Daunt Books, Marylebone, London W1U

Thu 19 Mar

£7 / 020 7224 2295

The StAnza Slam

The StAnza Slam has become a highlight of the festival and a fixture of the Scottish slam scene, proving a milestone for such rising stars as Carly Brown, who went onto compete in the national and then world slam championships. A weird and wonderful night is guaranteed whether you come to compete for the coveted StAnza…

Byre Theatre, St Andrews

Sat 7 Mar

£4 (£3)

Part of StAnza: Scotland's Poetry Festival.

The Big Glasgow Comic & Craft Fair and After Party

There ain't no party like a Big Glasgow Comic & Craft Fair after party, right? Cosplay and fancy dress is encouraged – there's a competition to win, after all.

Walkabout, Glasgow

Sat 7 Mar

Free / 0141 332 8209

The Work Of The Thames Ironworks Heritage Trust: Talk

Trust founder Gavin Redknap will give a detailed discussion on the topic.

London Canal Museum, N1

Thu 5 Nov

Free, plus admission £4, child/mems £2, concs £3, family £10, under 4s free / 020 7713 0836

>erasure

This collaboration between poet/artist Kevin Reid, poets Jo Bell and George Szirtes, and artists Sonja Benskin Mesher, Dean Pasch, Michael Powell and Dave Kirkwood takes the 1910 crime novel ‘Lying Lips’ by William Le Queux as its source. A process of erasure, added text and visual art creates a tale that explores truth…

Town Hall, St Andrews

Fri 6 Mar

Free / 01334 470770

This exhibition is presented in partnership with Fife Contemporary Art & Craft Part of StAnza: Scotland's Poetry Festival.

  • 10:00 – 17:00 >erasure Town Hall, St Andrews

Sat 7 Mar

Free / 01334 470770

This exhibition is presented in partnership with Fife Contemporary Art & Craft Part of StAnza: Scotland's Poetry Festival.

  • 10:00 – 17:00 >erasure Town Hall, St Andrews

Sun 8 Mar

Free / 01334 470770

This exhibition is presented in partnership with Fife Contemporary Art & Craft Part of StAnza: Scotland's Poetry Festival.

  • 10:00 – 17:00 >erasure Town Hall, St Andrews
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Harrow Writers Circle

Meet other budding authors from the local area at this mixed ability writer's group.

Harrow Arts Centre, Pinner

Thu 2 Apr

£3 (£35 per year) / 02084 280124

The Poetry Of Letters: Workshop

The workshop considers how poets have used letters as devices for political, romantic, deceptive and revelatory purposes since 43BC.

Winchester Discovery Centre

Sat 18 Apr

£25 (£22.50) / 01962 873603

Adult Reading Group

Why not come along and join in with this informal and friendly group where we read and discuss a lively mix of books? A reading group is a great way of sharing the love of reading and inspiring you to try something different.

Bacup Library

Mon 6 Apr

Free / 01706 873 324

Mon 4 May

Free / 01706 873 324

Mon 1 Jun

Free / 01706 873 324

…and 5 more dates until 2 Nov

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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Expo North West / Social Media & Marketing Show

Join us for Expo North West & The Social Media and Marketing Show, suitable for all sizes and disciplines of business with free exhibition entry, free seminars and free networking.

Turf Moor, Burnley

Thu 12 Mar

Free / 0871 221 1882

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Inky Fingers Open Mic

Open mic for literature and spoken word lovers. Email ahead for a chance to perform, or just watch and admire.

The Forest Café, Edinburgh

Tue 7 Apr

Free / 0131 229 4922

The Poetry Of Prose: Workshop

This workshop will explore the prose poem, with a focus on responding to prompts and producing new work during the session.

Winchester Discovery Centre

Sat 28 Mar

£25 (£22.50) / 01962 873603

Rally & Broad

A literary-flavoured cabaret night, boasting spoken word, 'live literature', new music and dancing into the wee small hours. Hosted by Jenny Lindsay and Rachel McCrum.

The Bongo Club, Edinburgh

Fri 20 Mar

£5 / 0131 558 8844

Dance While The Sky Crashes Down, with RM Hubbert, Alan Bissett, Lynsey May, Elyssa Vulpes and the newly crowned Scottish Slam Champion.

Fri 17 Apr

£5 / 0131 558 8844

Can't Buy Me Love: With William Letford, Bella Hardy, Emma Jane Unsworth, Freddie Alexander and Faith Elliot

Stereo, Glasgow

Sun 29 Mar

£5 / 0141 222 2254

Dance While The Sky Crashes Down, with Utopiapocalypse (Sam Small & Bram Gieben), No More Tiger, Hannah Jane Walker, Calum Rodger and Josephine Sillars

Sun 26 Apr

£5 / 0141 222 2254

Can't Buy Me Love: With Luke Wright, Jonnie Common, Kirstin Innes, Katy Hastie and The Creative Martyrs

5 O'Clock Verses

StAnza’s final Five O’Clock Verses for 2015 brings together acclaimed poets from the US and the UK. Ilya Kaminsky was born in the former USSR and arrived in America in the early nineties, where his family was granted asylum. His collection ‘Dancing in Odessa’ received numerous honours and was translated into over a dozen…

Parliament Hall, St Andrews

Sat 7 Mar

£5.75 (£3.75)

Part of StAnza: Scotland's Poetry Festival.

Book Launch: Rose English

In the lead up to her summer exhibition at Camden Arts Centre, Ridinghouse launches a new monograph on artist Rose English, with live readings, interviews and talks with the author, artist and other guests.

Camden Arts Centre, London NW3

Wed 11 Mar

Free / 02074 725500

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Edinburgh Comic Con

Comics, cosplay and a whole host of talent and traders at this event, which is now in its second year. Guests include Ryan Browne, Tanya Roberts, Dan McDaid and Iain Laurie.

Potterrow, Edinburgh

Sat 11 Apr

Prices vary / 0131 650 4673

Sun 12 Apr

Prices vary / 0131 650 4673

The Gene Patent Controversy: Lecture

Professor Dan L. Burk will consider the ups and downs of approaches to gene patents in the US., the EU, Canada, and Australia.

London School Of Economics, WC2A

Fri 6 Mar

Alumni Theatre, New Academic Building

Free / 020 7955 6043

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

Guardian Live Event: Sketching The Coalition

Join the formidable Steve Bell and the Guardian's political sketch writer, John Crace, for their final verdict on the Tory-Lib Dem Coalition years.

Conway Hall, London WC1R

Tue 28 Apr

£15 (£13.50)

In Conversation: Clive Russell

The actor (Ripper Street, Game of Thrones) talks with Richard Watt about what poetry has meant to him.

Byre Theatre, St Andrews

Sat 7 Mar

£7 (£5) / 01334 475000

Part of Stanza.

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