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Sir Ranulph Fiennes: Living Dangerously

The explorer discusses his record-breaking experiences and expeditions.

Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

Wed 30 Oct


Birmingham Town Hall

Wed 13 Nov

£25–£27.50 / 0121 345 0600

  • 19:30

Bristol Hippodrome

Mon 22 Jul

£26.90–£35.40 / 0844 847 2325

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Gill Sims: Why Mummy Drinks

Gill Sims is a mum on a mission against the idealised lives we see on Instagram. Her blog, Peter and Jane, an honest account of family life, spun into a book, Why Mummy Swears. Now she is releasing the follow-up Why Mummy Drinks. Join Gill for a Q&A about her life and career so far.

The Brewhouse, Taunton

Fri 6 Sep

£16 / 01823 283244

The Castle, Wellingborough

Fri 27 Sep

Prices to be confirmed / 01933 270007

Cheltenham Town Hall

Thu 11 Jul

£17 / 0844 576 2210

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…and at 8 other places

Tony Blackburn

One of Britain's most famous radio DJs commemorates the time he has spent on the airwaves in his autobiography, 'Poptastic!: My Life in Radio'.

Alban Arena, St Albans

Thu 19 Sep

£28.50 / 01727 844488

The Central Theatre, Chatham

Sun 6 Oct


Cheltenham Town Hall

Tue 17 Dec

£36.60 / 0844 576 2210

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Launch: Tim Craven’s Lake Effect

A special night of Tapsalteerie poetry to celebrate the launch of Tim Craven’s debut poetry pamphlet, Lake Effect. Reading alongside Craven will be Kate Tough and Calum Rodger. Originally from Stoke-on-Trent, Tim Craven lives in Edinburgh where he is completing a PhD examining the characterisation of mental illness in…

Scottish Poetry Library, Edinburgh

Tue 16 Jul

Free / 0131 557 2876

  • 19:30 – 21:00

I Can Make You Fail Slightly Less

Dominic Berry Are you aware of the devastation that is possible by just one negative thought…? Do you know what will help you more: the wise words of Buddha or the fetish uniform of superhero He-Man…? Winner of Best Spoken Word Artist at Saboteur Awards 2017 and Poet in Residence at Glastonbury Festival, Dominic Berry…

ZOO Playground, Edinburgh

Fri 2 Aug

Playground 3

£10 (£9)

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 3 Aug

Playground 3

£10 (£9)

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 4 Aug

Playground 3

£10 (£9)

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 22 more dates until 26 Aug

Michael Palin

The Python turned adventurer discusses his life and (highly enviable) career.

Alhambra Theatre, Bradford

Thu 27 Jun

£33.50 / 01274 432000

City Hall, Salisbury

Thu 4 Jul

£29.50–£39.50 / 01722 434434

The Hexagon, Reading

Fri 5 Jul

£32.50–£39.50 / 0118 960 6060

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Alice Oswald At The Word Café

Award-winning poet Alice Oswald performs with other local poets and musicians at The Word Café @ The Barrel House, Totnes.

Barrel House, Totnes

Wed 26 Jun

£8.80 / 01803 849290

My Scotland With Val Mcdermid

Join us as Val McDermid returns to her home town to launch My Scotland, with photographs by Alan McCredie. Val takes us to the landscapes she has known all her life, and the places where her stories and characters reside. Tickets are £2 available in store

Kirkcaldy Galleries

Tue 25 Jun

Free / 01592 583206

Under The Wig:'miscarriages Of Justice I Have Known'

Lecture by William Clegg QC (Author)

Dedham Assembly Rooms, Colchester

Sun 24 Nov

£12 / 01206 323921

An Evening with Bradley Wiggins

The professional road and track racing cyclist shares stories from his career, in conversation with TV presenter Matt Barbet.

The Anvil, Basingstoke

Fri 27 Sep

Prices to be confirmed / 01256 844244

Cambridge Corn Exchange

Tue 24 Sep

Prices to be confirmed / 01223 357851

De Montfort Hall, Leicester

Thu 19 Sep

Prices to be confirmed / 0116 233 3111

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Book Club - Now We Shall Be Entirely Free

Join our friendly book group on Wednesday 3rd July from 5pm-6pm to discuss the delightful Now We Shall Be Entirely Free by Andrew Miller. 'Now We Shall Be Entirely Free, a high grade cat-and-mouse manhunt that covers the length of Britain during the Napoleonic Wars - a sort of The 39 Steps with added malice - is…

Waterstones, Wakefield

Wed 3 Jul

Free / 01924 387613

Book Launch: Kavita Puri - Partition Voices

We are delighted to be hosting the launch of Kavita Puri's Partition Voices: Untold British Stories. About the book: Dotted across homes in Britain are people who were witnesses to one of the most tumultuous events of the twentieth century. Yet their memory of India's partition has been shrouded in silence. Kavita…

Waterstones West End, Edinburgh

Thu 11 Jul

£2 / 0131 226 2666

Dr 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.

The 1865, Southampton

Wed 4 Dec

£21.45–£29.15 / 023 8022 2605

Alexandra Palace, London N22

Sun 24 Nov

£39.75–£50.75 (£21.87) / 020 8365 2121

Alexandra Palace Theatre, London N22

Sun 24 Nov

£35–£45 / 0208 365 2121

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An Evening With Jim Cregan

Born in Yeovil, Jim Cregan's career as a rock guitarist, songwriter and producer has spanned over fifty years, touring and recording albums with stars such as Elton John, Cat Stevens, Family, Willie Nelson, Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel, Joe Cocker, The Gypsy Kings, and Katie Melua, among many others. However, he is…

Waterstones, Yeovil

Wed 31 Jul

£3 / 01935 479832

Every Breath You Take - With Mark Broomfield

Dr Mark Broomfield will take us on a fascinating journey through the atmosphere that will leave us breathless. We breathe in and out every few seconds. But what's really in the air all around us? From the atmosphere on distant planets to the stuff that gets into our lungs, from holes in the ozone layer to lazy and…

Shrewsbury Baptist Church

Fri 12 Jul


Guid Crack Storytelling Session

Regular storytelling club involving song and music aplenty.

Waverley Bar, Edinburgh

Fri 28 Jun

suggested donation £4–£5 / 0131 557 1050

Four legs Good, Two Legs Bad with Daniel Serridge

An Obscurity of Poets

Evening celebrating poetry hosted by poet and storyteller Andrew James Brown.

Mascara Bar, London N16

Thu 27 Jun


  • 20:00 – 23:30

Thu 25 Jul


  • 20:00 – 23:30

Thu 29 Aug


  • 20:00 – 23:30
…and 3 more dates until 28 Nov

Only Fools And Boycie – An intimate evening with Only Fools And Horses actor John Challis

29th October 2019 7.30pm Enjoy an intimate evening with John Challis, one of the nation's greatest comedy actors, best known as Boycie in BBC1's Only Fools and Horses. In this one-off show the national treasure will reveal secrets from the set with stories and anecdotes from his dazzling career. Having worked with some…

Groundlings Theatre, Portsmouth

Tue 29 Oct

£18 / 023 9273 7370

The Amazing Dyslexic Poetry Show

Sam Rapp – The Dyslexic Poet Sam Rapp is The Dyslexic Poet. She's an inspirational woman. A writer, playwright and award-winning performance poet. Receiving rave reviews at the Faversham Fringe, The Amazing Dyslexic Poetry Show is a must-see! It illuminates her experiences being dyslexic, both positive and negative and…

Lauriston Hall, Edinburgh

Tue 6 Aug

Small Hall

£5 (£3) / 0131 229 9821

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Wed 7 Aug

Small Hall

£5 (£3) / 0131 229 9821

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 8 Aug

Small Hall

£5 (£3) / 0131 229 9821

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 2 more dates until 10 Aug

Aye Write! presents Jane Harper

The Dry has been translated into 27 languages and film rights have been optioned to Reese Witherspoon. Her latest novel The Lost Man tells the tragic story of the Bright brothers and confirms her status as the Queen of Outback Noir. It has has been called 'gripping, atmospheric and ultimately deeply satisfying' by Val…

Mitchell Theatre, Glasgow

Mon 15 Jul

£6 / 0141 353 8000

Black Sea Bookshop Supper: Caroline Eden

Celebrated travel journalist, Caroline Eden’s award-winning Black Sea: Dispatches and Recipes Through Darkness and Light is a feasting journey between three great cities – Odessa, built on a dream by Catherine the Great, through Istanbul, the fulcrum balancing Europe and Asia and on to tough, stoic, lyrical Trabzon. From…

Topping & Company Booksellers, Bath

Fri 28 Jun

01225 428111

A Celebration Of Middle Grade Publishing And The Launch Of The True Colours Of Coral Glen By Juliette Forrest

The True Colours of Coral Glen launch will be a dazzling celebration of all things Middle Grade (S2 / year 9) with readings from Barbara Henderson, Louise Peterkin, Victoria Williamson and Juliette Forrest – some of the most exciting voices in Scottish children’s writing and poetry. After a chat about Juliette Forrest’s…

Waterstones, Glasgow

Thu 11 Jul

Free / 0141 332 9105

Chinese Cuisine: Does Cultural Authenticity Matter?

An expert range of panellists discuss what constitutes 'authentic' when it comes to Chinese cuisine.

Asia House, London W1G

Tue 25 Jun

£10 (£8; Members £5; Students free)

Clare Mackintosh: After the End

The number one Sunday Times bestselling author discusses her newest book.

Jaffe and Neale Bookshop, Chipping Norton

Thu 27 Jun

£5 / 01608 641033

Dada, Surrealism, Bowie and Pop: The Puzzle of Avant-Garde Art

Mighty Fine Theatre Expect the unexpected at the Scottish Arts Club. Is David Bowie an out-of-this-world star? Is Barry Humphries upside down? Will the audience have a clue? The Dada Surrealist Appreciation, Re-Enactment and Preservation Association will continue to solve the puzzle of the avant-garde, why Dada…

Scottish Arts Club, Edinburgh

Fri 9 Aug

Scottish Arts Club Lounge

£15 (£12) / 0131 229 8157

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 10 Aug

Scottish Arts Club Lounge

£15 (£12) / 0131 229 8157

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Wed 14 Aug

Scottish Arts Club Lounge

£15 (£12) / 0131 229 8157

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 2 more dates until 17 Aug