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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

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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An eclectic and experimental night of poetry, performance and spoken word, held on the second Friday of each month.

The Saltire Society, Edinburgh

Thu 12 Mar

£5 (£4) / 07719 481092

With Maria Fusco, Sarah Kelly, Jim Ferguson and Anthony Autumn

Thu 14 May

£5 (£4) / 07719 481092

A night of experimental poetry with Elizabeth-Jane Burnett

  • 18:30 Caesura The Saltire Society, Edinburgh

Dr David Starkey: The Tudors And Us: Talk

The historian talks about the dramatic twists and turns of 16th England, with its colourful leaders and unstable politics.

Lowther Pavillion, Lytham St. Annes

Wed 15 Apr

£16 (£14) / 01253 658666

Mercury Theatre, Colchester

Mon 9 Mar

£14 / 01206 573948

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).

Gardyne Theatre, Dundee

Sun 12 Apr

£12.50 / 01382 434940

Music Hall, Aberdeen

Sat 18 Apr

£13.75 / 01224 641122

Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh

Sun 19 Apr

£12.50 / 0131 248 4848

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Paula Hawkins: Talk

The author talks about her debut novel, The Girl On The Train.

Queen's Hall Arts Centre, Hexham

Wed 29 Apr

£5 / 01434 652477

Ash Dykes: Breaking Mongolia: The Lonely Snow Leopard

Dykes talks about the challenges he faced during his solo walk across Mongolia.

The Dukes, Lancaster

Tue 17 Mar

The Rake

£14 (£12) / 01524 598 500

Eden Court Theatre and Cinema, Inverness

Tue 24 Mar

£13 (£11) / 01463 234234

Elegies From Angels, Punks and Raging Queens

An evening of free verse set to blues, jazz and rhythm and blues, celebrating the lives of AIDS victims.

Criterion Theatre, London W1V

Sun 31 May

£30–£40 / 0844 847 1778

Head on Fire: Closing the Divide Between Physical and Mental Health

A discussion on mental health issues, with author Matt Haig speaking about his new book Reasons To Stay Alive, performances from poet Jenny Lindsay of Rally & Broad, Richard Holloway as chair and music from Withered Hand.

St George's Tron Church, Glasgow

Tue 10 Mar

£6 / 0141 332 2795

£1 from every ticket sold ia donated to the Mental Health Foundation. Tickets are also available from Waterstones Argyle Street.

Stuart Maconie: The People's Songs

The popular TV and radio presenter, journalist and author talks about his new book and epic radio series, a social history of modern Britain told through pop singles.

Clwyd Theatr Cymru, Mold

Wed 29 Apr

Anthony Hopkins Theatre

£19 (£17) / 0845 330 3565

Guildhall Theatre, Derby

Sun 17 May

£14 (£12) / 01332 255800

The Horsebridge Arts & Community Centre, Whitstable

Sat 7 Mar

Sold out / 01227 281174

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Germaine Greer: The Disappearing Woman: Talk

Talk by the feminist icon and public figure, with an opportunity to ask questions and join in the discussion.

Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton

Wed 27 May

£15 (£13) / 01902 321321

Matt Haig: Reasons to Stay Alive

Author Matt Haig discusses his new work, Reasons to Stay Alive. An authentically optimistic book that explores his experiences of depression and anxiety and offers insight and advice on the illness that will effect one in five of us at some point in our lives.

Bar 1:22, Huddersfield

Wed 11 Mar

pay what you want on the night / 01484 480252

Foyles, London WC2H

Thu 12 Mar

£5 / 020 7437 5660

The Ropetackle Arts Centre, Shoreham-by-Sea

Tue 24 Mar

£8 / 01273 464440

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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.

The Harlequin, Redhill

Fri 20 Mar

£13–£15 / 01737 276 500

Theatre Royal, Windsor

Mon 23 Mar

£27 / 01753 853888

Monty Don: Talk

The gardening writer and presenter talks about his life and work, including his travels to gardens all over the world and what really happens behind the scenes when filming.

Exeter Corn Exchange

Sun 8 Mar

£16 / 01392 665938

Hertford Theatre

Fri 20 Mar

£18 / 01992 531500


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 1 Apr

£3 / 0131 554 0271

  • 19:30 10Red Persevere Bar, Edinburgh

Wed 6 May

£3 / 0131 554 0271

  • 19:30 – 22:00 10Red Persevere Bar, Edinburgh
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An Evening with Gervase Phinn

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

Guildhall Arts Centre, Grantham

Fri 6 Mar

£17.50 / 01476 406158

Guildhall Theatre, Derby

Sat 9 May

£16 (£15) / 01332 255800

The Haymarket, Basingstoke

Thu 2 Apr

£17.50 / 01256 844244

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Little Italy: Talk

Tudor Allen discusses London's Italian quarter.

Estorick Collection Of Modern Italian Art, London N1

Tue 10 Mar

£8 (£5) / 020 7704 9522

Modern British Art In Context: Talk

Dexter Dalwood, John-Paul Stonard and Jennifer Scott discuss the Holburne's exhibition Gwen John to Lucian Freud: Home And The World.

The Holburne Museum, Bath

Sat 7 Mar

£8 / 01225 388588

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

La Traviata Talk

A talk on Verdi's tragic opera as the Glyndebourne company prepares to perform its latest production of the drama.

Regent Theatre, Ipswich

Sun 26 Apr


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Vincent Deary: Book Signing

The author and psychotherapist signs copies of his book How We Are, which uses literary, philosophical and cultural sources to examine what it means to be human.

Waterstones Hampstead, London NW3

Mon 9 Mar

£5 ( £3) / 0843 290 8361

Allen: Talk

A talk by Tudor Allen (Archivist, Camden Local Studies and Archive Centre) on the story of London's Italian quarter

Estorick Collection Of Modern Italian Art, London N1

Tue 10 Mar

£8 adv booking required (£5 adv booking required) / 020 7704 9522

  • 19:30 – 20:30 Allen: Talk Estorick Collection Of Modern Italian Art, London

Caitlin Moran

The author discusses her book How To Build A Girl and shares witty anecdotes about her career and life experiences.

St David's Hall, Cardiff

Thu 16 Apr

£25 / 029 2087 8444

Dynamo At Campfire

World famous magician and illusionist Steven Frayne, more popularly known as Dynamo, will be ditto's Campfire guest speaker.

The Lighthouse, London N1

Thu 19 Mar


An Evening of Murder with Dr Lucy Worsley

An illustrated tour through the dark story of our fascination with murder, with Dr Lucy Worsley, BBC TV presenter, renowned historian and Chief Curator at the charity Historic Royal Palaces.

Cambridge Arts Theatre

Sun 15 Mar

£12.50–£22.50 / 01223 503333

Mercury Theatre, Colchester

Fri 10 Apr

£10–£19.50 / 01206 573948

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