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An Evening with Pam Ayres

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

The Plough Arts Centre, Great Torrington

Sun 31 May

£26 (£24) / 01805 624 624

Irvine Welsh: A Decent Ride

The renowned Scottish author returns with his latest novel, A Decent Ride, which follows one his most popular characters – hustler cabbie Terry Lawson (Juice).

HMV Aberdeen

Sun 19 Apr

Free / 0844 561 1334

Jackie Holt and Ruth Bailey: Knit Your Own Broons

Jackie Holt and Ruth Bailey's new book, Knit Your Own Broons, pretty much does what it says on the tin – teaches readers how to knit mini woolly versions of The Broons. Booking is essential.

Mitchell Library, Glasgow

Sun 19 Apr

£9 / 0141 287 2999

Part of Aye Write!.

Man, Medicine And Nature: Sir Hans Sloane's Motivations For Collecting: Talk

Speaker Alice Marples, from King's College London, talks about the items the physician collected and why he collected what he did.

British Museum, London WC1B

Thu 30 Apr

Room 1

Free / 020 7323 8181

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.

Mill on the Fleet, Gatehouse of Fleet

Sun 19 Apr

£5.95–£8.94 / 01557 814099

Stereo, Glasgow

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

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Russian Literature Festival SLOVO, 11th Of April, Waterstones Piccadilly

We are delighted to invite you to attend Russian Literature Festival SLOVO, to which we invited the most influential Russian writers and journalists.

Waterstones, London W1J

Sat 18 Apr

Sun 19 Apr

£10–£75 / 020 7851 2400

18th SCI/RSC Medicinal Chemistry Symposium

This meeting will focus on first disclosures and new strategies in medicinal chemistry and pharmaceutical research. The theme of the conference will be 'Drugging the undruggable'

Churchill College, Cambridge

Sun 13 Sep

£550; £460 early bird (£445; £370 early bird; £235 NUS; £195 early bird NUS) / 01223 336000

Mon 14 Sep

£550; £460 early bird (£445; £370 early bird; £235 NUS; £195 early bird NUS) / 01223 336000

Tue 15 Sep

£550; £460 early bird (£445; £370 early bird; £235 NUS; £195 early bird NUS) / 01223 336000

Wed 16 Sep

£550; £460 early bird (£445; £370 early bird; £235 NUS; £195 early bird NUS) / 01223 336000

2015 Frow Lecture - Frances O'Grady

Frances O'Grady, TUC General Secretary, will give the sixth annual Frow Lecture. Her topic is 'The future of the left - where next for Labour, trade unions and the working class?'

The University Of Salford

Sat 16 May

Free / 0161 295 5223

An A-Z Of The Beaney: Lecture

Canterbury Museums and Galleries' Learning Officer Martin Crowther talks about the museum's collections.

The Beaney, Canterbury

Thu 23 Apr

£6 ( £4) / 01227 862162

Aaron Fickling: Talk

The contemporary artist Aaron Fickling talks about his work.

The Forum, Norwich

Sat 18 Apr

£5 ( £3) / 01603 727950

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The Abraham Debating Club

The LJCC Abraham debating club where you are invited to debate, listen and disagree over a wide range of controversial topics.

JW3, London NW3

Thu 23 Apr

£5 / 020 7433 8988

AC Grayling: The Meanings of Life

Lakin McCarthy Entertainment Ltd. Is there one kind of life that is the true and right life for all human beings, or are many kinds of good lives possible? If the latter, does this mean that there are no absolutes in morals and our understanding of human nature and the world? These are philosophical questions – and…

Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh

Sat 22 Aug

The Music Hall

£12 / 0131 220 4348

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Adam Strickson: Author’s Event

The author and theatre director reads from his own work to provide an insight into the themes of George Morland's paintings.

Leeds University

Sat 30 May

Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery

Free / 01133 432 778

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 4 May

Free / 01706 873 324

Mon 1 Jun

Free / 01706 873 324

Mon 6 Jul

Free / 01706 873 324

…and 4 more dates until 2 Nov

Africa Writes 2015

Annual literature festival of the Royal African Society, featuring talks, readings, book launches and signing, workshops and discussions.

The British Library, London NW1

Sat 4 Jul

Free / 0843 208 1144

Sun 5 Jul

Free / 0843 208 1144

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Afternoon Tea With Wendy Cope

A completely fresh and entertaining setting for a poetry reading from the quiet phenomenon who has proved quality can be popular! A compilation of 25 years work "TWO CURES FOR LOVE" and her recent collection "FAMILY VALUES".

CAST, Doncaster

Sat 20 Jun

£17.50 inc afternoon tea / 01302 303959

An Afternoon With Bobby Crush At The Paino

A performance by the legendary piano entertainer, star of stage, TV, Royal Variety Shows and the London Palladium.

Solihull Arts Complex

Tue 2 Jun

£13 / 0121 704 6962

Fashion And Textile Museum, London SE1

Wed 17 Jun

£15 inc tea or coffee / 020 7407 8664

Agnes Varda: Screen Talk

On a rare appearance to the UK, the French film director and professor talks about working in cinema, with an illustrated exploration of her career complimented with extracts from her work.

Duke of York's Picturehouse, Brighton

Sun 3 May

£10 phone for availability / 0871 902 5728

Agony Aunts: Panel Discussion

In conversation with the journalist Richard Barber and three agony aunts, Irma Kurtz, Keren Smedley and Anna Raeburn, spanning over 40 years' experience in magazines, radio and newspapers.

The Horsebridge Arts & Community Centre, Whitstable

Sun 17 May

£5 / 01227 281174

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Ahmet Ogut Exhibition Event: Happy Together: Collaborators Collaborating

Happy Together: Collaborators Collaborating: a live event and film shoot featuring a discussion between ten of Ogut's previous collaborators, chaired by writer and academic Andrea Phillips.

Chisenhale Gallery, London E3

Sat 25 Apr

£5 / 020 8981 4518

Alan Bissett: Greatest Theatrical Hits

Award-winning novelist, playwright and performer Alan Bissett performs some of his greatest hits, featuring scenes from The Red Hourglass, The Moira Monologues and The Pure, the Dead and the Brilliant.

Mitchell Library, Glasgow

Sat 18 Apr

£9 / 0141 287 2999

Part of Aye Write!.

Alan Johnson

The Labour politician talks about the second volume of his memoirs, Please, Mr. Postman.

Henrietta Barnet School, London NW11

Sat 20 Jun

£9 / 020 8458 8999

  • 17:00 – 18:00 Alan Johnson Henrietta Barnet School, London

Alan Johnson: Please, Mister Postman

The former home secretary discusses the second instalment of his autobiography.

Salisbury Arts Centre

Sat 30 May

£10 / 01722 321744

Part of Salisbury Festival.

Alas, Poor Darwin…?

Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas / Fair Pley If Darwin was alive today he’d be very, very angry about what we’ve done with his idea. Evolutionary theory can be used to explain pretty much any human behaviour, but that doesn’t mean it should be. Is it natural for married men to have affairs? Are good novelists more…

Stand in the Square, Edinburgh

Sun 16 Aug

£8 (£7)

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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