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Secret Arcade

A showcase of unique arcade games posters, plus DJ sets, a secret arcade, a zine launch and more.

Secret Location: Glasgow

Sat 30 May


Shami Chakrabati: On Liberty

Director of the civil liberties advocacy organization Liberty, Shami Chakrabarti CBE, talks about her life, her work and her new book On Liberty. With an introduction by Suzi Feay.

Alleyn's School, London SE22

Thu 21 May

£12 (£6) / 02085 571541

Story Ceilidh

A performance of Scottish traditional stories of the sea, witches, magic, love, loss and humour accompanied by original live music. Presented by Alex Patience, originally from Fraserburgh but with fisher family connections to the Black Isle and to Lewis.

Stonehaven Town Hall

Sat 9 May

£9 (£8; Children £6) / 01569 765341

A Taste of Outlander

Mary's Meanders host this evening of Outlander -themed entertainment, featuring readings from the books, a three-course meal inspired by food from the series and live traditional music from local band Boorach.

The Star & Garter Hotel, Linlithgow

Thu 7 May


Thu 14 May


Thu 21 May


…and 23 more dates until 29 Oct

Tracy Edwards Round The World Sailor: Talk

In this presentation Tracy describes the project to repair Maiden, which until recently was languishing in the Indian Ocean, and her return to the UK, and will retell the story of how she skippered Maiden's crew to success in 1990.

Gatehouse Theatre, Stafford

Tue 28 Apr

Phone for prices / 01785 254653

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The Turbulent Tudors At Hampton Court - Lecture With Jonathan Foyle

Dr Foyle sheds light on significant characters of the age, including Cardinal Wolsey, Henry VIII and Thomas Cromwell, exploring how their architectural visions were influenced by their political leanings.

Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey

Thu 30 Apr

Hampton Court House School

£10 / 0844 482 7777

Uncut Poets

Exeter's poetry platform presented by Gemma Green and Alasdair Paterson.

Exeter Phoenix

Thu 30 Apr

£5 / 01392 667080

Thu 28 May

£5 / 01392 667080

Whitlit Crime Evening: Peter James and Jane Wenham Jones

Peter James talks to Jane Wenham Jones about his life and work.

The Horsebridge Arts & Community Centre, Whitstable

Wed 13 May

£7.50 / 01227 281174

Write by the Sea Weekend Retreat

A weekend writing retreat in North Berwick, complete with food, drink and a masterclass from award-winning author, Janice Galloway.

The Barefoot Sanctuary, North Berwick

Fri 15 May


Writers Group: Workshop

A writers' workshop.

G Live, Guildford

Wed 6 May

£80 (£70) / 0844 770 1797

New Brewery Arts, Cirencester

Thu 30 Apr

£4 / 01285 657181

Tue 26 May

£4 / 01285 657181

Tue 30 Jun

£4 / 01285 657181

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A poetry-packed night organised by Kevin Cadwallender, where ten poets get ten minutes with a mix of big names and emerging voices. Oh, and there's a raffle. Hurray!

Persevere Bar, Edinburgh

Wed 6 May

£3 / 0131 554 0271

  • 19:30 – 22:00 10Red Persevere Bar, Edinburgh

21st Century Bohemian Style: Discussion

Learn what it means to be a bohemian in the 21st century.

Fashion And Textile Museum, London SE1

Thu 30 Apr

£15 adv booking required (£12 adv booking required) / 020 7407 8664

30th Eric Symes Abbott Memorial Lecture: Blessed Are The Hypocrites ?

The Reverend Lucy Winkett speaks in memory of Eric Symes Abbott, exploring the Christian ideal of mercy as a public value in the era of trial by Twitter.

Westminster Abbey, London SW1P

Thu 21 May

Free / 020 7222 5152


A bi-monthly celebration of poetry and spoken word.

Nuffield Theatre, Southampton

Mon 15 Jun

£3–£5 / 02380 671771

  • 19:30 – 21:30 451 Nuffield Theatre, Southampton

5×15 Five Speakers, Fifteen Minutes Each

Five outstanding individuals to tell of their lives, passions and inspirations, in an evening looking at the modern world and shame curated by Jon Ronson author of Men Who Stare at Goats, The Psychopath Test and So You've Been Publicly Shamed (out March 2015).

Conway Hall, London WC1R

Mon 25 May


Tabernacle Arts Centre, London W11

Tue 28 Apr

£12.84–£16.05 / 020 7221 9700

Mon 18 May

£32.10 / 020 7221 9700

Mon 15 Jun

£16.05–£26.75 / 020 7221 9700

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Above The Parapet: Women In Public Life: Talk

Dr Purna Sen talks about the project's research on women in public life.

London School Of Economics, WC2A

Wed 20 May

Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building

Free / 020 7955 6043

Adam Hatton: Jaguar XE: Talk

The Creative Director Of Exterior Design at Jaguar talks about the design for the compact sports saloon.

Malvern Theatres

Thu 16 Jul

Forum Theatre

£8 / 01684 892 277

Adrian Cooper And Martin Self: Talk

The men discuss their recent collaborative project at Hooke Park, Dorset, looking at the relationship between art, architecture, and the woodland.

Hauser & Wirth Somerset, Bruton

Fri 5 Jun

£10 (£8) / 01749 814060

The Adventures of Andy Kershaw

To say Andy Kershaw has led a varied life is an understatement. From being Billy Bragg's driver to presenting Whistle Test and Live Aid, then going on to report for the BBC from Iraq, North Korea and Rwanda. Catch him while he's taking a rare sit down to talk about his life.

Whitcliffe Mount College, Cleckheaton

Sat 9 May


African Books To Inspire

Talks and readings by writers and personalities sharing their favourite works by African authors, chaired by journalist and arts curator Hannah Pool.

The British Library, London NW1

Fri 3 Jul

£7–£10 / 0843 208 1144

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The Africans of Georgian Britain: Active agents of Change

Historian Onyeka tells the untold story of Africans in Georgian Britain and the role they played in the development of society at the National Portrait Gallery's Late Shift events.

National Portrait Gallery, London WC2H

Thu 28 May

£7 / 020 7312 2463

After The End Of The Truth: Panel Discussion

Italian philosopher & politician Gianni Vattimo, post postmodernist Hilary Lawson and historian of ideas Hannah Dawson discuss the conception of fantasy and reality.

Globe at Hay, Hay-on-Wye

Sat 23 May


£10; £7 adv; £5 early bird / 01497 821762

'After the Witch Trials of Islandmagee': A Talk And Reading

Georgia Rhoades talks about her new play about the witches of Islandmagee and is joined by Denis Bohr, Mary Murphy and Maeve Connelly.

The Playhouse, Londonderry

Tue 28 Apr

Free / 028 7126 8027

The Age Of Elegance: Talk

Gina Merrett Smith talks about fashion designer and perfumer Charles Frederick Worth, and his company House Of Worth.

Octagon Theatre, Yeovil

Thu 14 May

£5 / 01935 422884

Ahmet Ogut Exhibition Event: In Conversation

An in-conversation with Ahmet Ogut and Annie Fletcher, co-curator of Ogut's exhibition, Forward, at the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (7 March-14 June 2015).

Chisenhale Gallery, London E3

Tue 26 May

Free / 020 8981 4518

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