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An Evening with Gervase Phinn

The Yorkshire writer and radio personality talks about his life and work.

Guildhall Theatre, Derby

Sat 9 May

£16 (£15) / 01332 255800

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.

An Evening with Pam Ayres

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

Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

Sun 29 Mar

£22 / 023 8071 1811

Waterstones, Deansgate, Manchester

Sun 8 Mar

Free, ticketed / 0161 837 3000

Waterstones New Street, Birmingham

Fri 13 Mar

Free / 0843 290 8151

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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 Fashion Research Network Presents: Surfaces And Boundaries: The Legacy Of Guy Bourdin

Curator Alistair O' Neill introduces a series of talks and panel discussions exploring the photographers' legacy in contemporary image making and placing his work in a historical context.

Somerset House, London WC2R

Fri 13 Mar

£20 (£15) / 020 7845 4600

Gayle Forman: I Was Here

The award-winning YA author Gayle Forman introduces her latest novel I Was Here.

Foyles, London WC2H

Sat 7 Mar

Free / 020 7437 5660

Macastory's Jacobites, Fights and a Prince in Tights

Meet the Jacobites and learn about their daring adventures and incredible escapes.

Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh

Sun 22 Mar

Free / 0131 624 6200

Poetry Café: Elvis McGonagall

Make poetry one of your five a day at our Poetry Café, where lunch is included in the price of the ticket. Performing at the final Poetry Café of this year’s festival is stand-up poet, armchair revolutionary and recumbent rocker Elvis McGonagall. Elvis is the 2006 World Slam Champion, and a regular guest on Bang Said the…

Byre Theatre, St Andrews

Sun 8 Mar

£6 (£4.50)

Sponsored by Stuart's the Baker's, Buckhaven Part of StAnza: Scotland's Poetry Festival.

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Professor Sir Simon Wessely And Maggi Hambling In Conversation

The psychiatrist and contemporary artist discuss Hambling's latest exhibition, entitled War Requiem & Aftermath.

Somerset House, London WC2R

Wed 29 Apr

Free / 020 7845 4600

Rogue Writers Sundays

A weekly group for creative writer types. Bring something to read, be it flash fiction, poetry, or that short story you've been working on.

The White Horse, Edinburgh

Sun 8 Mar

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 557 3512

Sun 15 Mar

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 557 3512

Sun 22 Mar

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 557 3512

…and 40 more dates until 27 Dec

Round Table: Simon Armitage

Simon Armitage has won numerous awards for his poetry, plays and broadcasting work and was awarded a CBE in 2010 for services to poetry. He has worked on projects as varied as translations of the medieval poems ‘Sir Gawain and the Green Knight’ and ‘The Death of King Arthur’ (his translation of which was shortlisted for…

The Green Room, St Andrews

Sat 7 Mar

£5.75 (£3.75)

Part of StAnza: Scotland's Poetry Festival.

Rt Hon Peter Lilley MP

Join us at St John's as our monthly series of topical debate continues hosted by the Reverend Graham Buckle.

St John's Smith Square, London SW1P

Fri 13 Mar

Free / 020 7222 1061

Waterstones, Norwich

Sat 7 Mar

Free / 01603 767292

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WW1 Series: From Shell-shock To Ptsd: War Neuroses From The First World War To The Present Day

Hear from two experts outlining the changing understanding and treatment of war neuroses from the First World War to the present day.

Nobles Hospital, Isle of Man

Thu 30 Apr

18th Century Drawing Collections And Charles Rogers FRS FSA (1711 To 1784)

Michael Liversidge explores the live of the artist Charles Rogers and the collection of drawings he assembled in the later past of the 18th Century.

Plymouth City Museum And Art Gallery

Wed 18 Mar

£6.60 (£4.50) / 01752 304774/264878

Aliens Love Underpants

  • Directed by: Adam Bampton-Smith
  • Written by: Adam Bampton-Smith

A close encounter of the 'pantastic' kind.

De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea

Sun 24 May

£12.65–£14.06 / 01424 229111

Rose Theatre, Kingston upon Thames

Fri 26 Jun

Prices to be confirmed / 0844 482 1556

Sat 27 Jun

Prices to be confirmed / 0844 482 1556

Sun 28 Jun

Prices to be confirmed / 0844 482 1556

Evidence-Based Design: The Art Of Displaying Art In Healthcare Settings: Talk

Consultant Surgeon Fraser M Smith talks about the rationale behind displaying art in healthcare settings, including examples of hospital art both from Cumbria and other national and international centres.

Tullie House Museum And Art Gallery, Carlisle

Tue 3 Mar

Free / 01228 618718

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Oliver Kamm

The author and The Times columnist discusses his latest book, Accidence Will Happen.

The Bodleian Library, Oxford

Tue 24 Mar

£12 / 01865 277178

  • 12:00 – 13:00 Oliver Kamm The Bodleian Library, Oxford

Guildhall, Bath

Wed 4 Mar

£8 / 01225 394 041

On Seeing the Author

Thinking about the author has always been important in thinking about the words within a play, songs, poetry and books. Explore how people have imagined ancient authors over time in this fascinating new exhibition.

Palace Green Library, Durham

Mon 2 Mar

£4.50 / 0191 334 2932

Mon 9 Mar

£4.50 / 0191 334 2932

Mon 16 Mar

£4.50 / 0191 334 2932

…and 5 more dates until 20 Apr


Weekly writing and theatre skills workshops for budding playwrights aged 14–17, led by professionals from the Traverse.

Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Mon 2 Mar

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 228 1404

Please note: This is a ten-week course from 16 Feb to 2 Mar.

  • 16:30 – 18:30 Scribble Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Vocabularies of Active Female Desire: A FemGenSex Symposium

Despite years of heated debate, reaching back as far as the feminist sex wars of the 1970s & 1980s, issues surrounding the depiction of active female desire remain high on the cultural agenda. We will explore various media and discursive traditions.

Middlesex University, London NW4

Mon 30 Mar

Free / 020 8411 5765

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

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