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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

The Hawth, Crawley

Fri 3 Apr

£23 / 01293 553636

Mon 13 Apr

£23 / 01293 553636

Hertford Theatre

Thu 16 Apr

£22.50 / 01992 531500

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Indie Author Fair 2015 @Foyles

A chance to meet over 50 indie authors, chat with them and buy their books. This free event is part of the London Book Fair Indie Author Fringe Festival.

Foyles, London WC2H

Fri 17 Apr


Caitlin Moran: How to Build a Girl

The columnist and author is off on tour to get lairy and talk about men, women, Bowie, feminism, massive hair and the revolution in her own light-hearted but thought-provoking style.

Hackney Empire, London E8

Wed 15 Apr

£22–£25 / 020 8985 2424

The Lowry, Salford

Tue 14 Apr

£28 / 08432 086000

Pavilion Theatre, Glasgow

Mon 13 Apr

£25 / 0141 332 1846

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John Niven

The author in conversation with Jenni Fagan.

Looking Glass Books, Edinburgh

Fri 17 Apr

Free / 0131 229 2902

The River Beat: Talk

An illustrated talk with Robert Jeffries about the history of England's first police force.

London Canal Museum, N1

Thu 2 Apr

Free, plus admission £4, child/mems £2, concs £3, family £10, under 4s free / 020 7713 0836

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Jay Rayner: My Dining Hell

Restaurant critic Jay Rayner discusses people's love for reading bad reviews, reads from his own catalogue of bad reviews and covers some of his worst experiences.

Cornerstone Arts Centre, Didcot

Sat 20 Jun

£15 (£13.50) / 01235 515144

Lakeside Arts Centre, Nottingham

Thu 16 Apr

£16 / 0115 846 7777

Sundial Theatre, Cirencester

Fri 24 Apr

£15 / 01285 654228


Teabox's storytelling team offer up a monthly evening of unexpected tales for adults. Delivered in their classic quirky style the team share their experiences of laughter, love and adventure.

The Tea Box, Richmond

Fri 3 Apr


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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

Theatre By The Lake, Keswick

Sun 3 May

£10–£15 ( £7; Children £7 under 16s) / 01768 774411


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

Alasdair Gray: Spheres of Influence I

The centrality of Alasdair Gray's work as a visual artist and writer is traceable by drawing connections between his epic work and that of the artists who've come before and after him. This exhibition looks at the influences on Gray himself, and his own influence on others, drawing on works in the Gallery's collection.

Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow

Thu 2 Apr

Free / 0141 287 3050

Part of The Alasdair Gray Season.

Fri 3 Apr

Free / 0141 287 3050

Part of The Alasdair Gray Season.

Sat 4 Apr

Free / 0141 287 3050

Part of The Alasdair Gray Season.

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The Big Glasgow Comic & Craft Fair

The Big Glasgow Comic Page presents a day of assorted geekery complete with 17 vendors selling back issues, graphic novels, original art, fan art, toys, t-shirts, jewellery, crafts, cupcakes and loads more. Cosplay/fancy dress encouraged with a competition for under and over 16s.

The Arches Café Bar & Restaurant, Glasgow

Sat 6 Jun

Free / 0141 565 1035

Sat 5 Sep

Free / 0141 565 1035

Walkabout, Glasgow

Sat 2 May

Over-18s only

Free / 0141 332 8209

Sat 18 Jul

Free / 0141 332 8209

Over 18s

Sat 31 Oct

Free / 0141 332 8209

Over 18s

Thu 5 Nov

Free / 0141 332 8209

Over 18s

Dom Joly - Here Comes The Clown

Dom Joly shot to fame in 2000 with his anarchic Channel 4 hidden-camera comedy programme Trigger Happy TV. Join him as he talks about how his life changed from that day on and suddenly he was famous.

Salisbury Playhouse

Fri 29 May

£8 / 01722 320333

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

Exploring: The Ghost Cities of China

Exploring: The Ghost Cities of China with Wade Shepard, Paul French and Owen Hatherley.

Waterstones, London W1J

Mon 20 Apr

Free / 020 7851 2400

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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Jane Alexander: The Last Treasure Hunt

The launch of The Last Treasure Hunt, the debut novel from Edinburgh author, Jane Alexander.

Golden Hare, Edinburgh

Thu 2 Apr

Free / 0131 629 1396

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.

Alban Arena, St Albans

Sat 20 Jun

£19.50–£22.50 / 01727 844488

Artrix, Bromsgrove

Thu 9 Apr

£22 / 01527 577330

Gala, Durham

Wed 15 Jul

£20 / 0191 332 4041

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June Andrews – Dementia: The One Stop Guide

Author June Andrews discusses her book, Dementia: The One Stop Guide.

Waterstones West End, Edinburgh

Thu 2 Apr

Free / 0131 226 2666

Robert Irwin And Elif Shafak - Tales Of The Marvellous And News Of The Strange

Historian and writer on Arabic literature joins the journalist for a discussion on Arabic short stories.

Salisbury Playhouse

Thu 4 Jun

£8 / 01722 320333

Bloomsbury Book Club With Polly Samson

Polly Samson will discuss her lyrical, haunting and exquisite new novel, The Kindness, with Bloomsbury editor-in-chief Alexandra Pringle. Novelist, journalist, lyricist for Pink Floyd, and short story writer, Polly Samson discusses her writing.

Bloomsbury Publishing, London WC1B

Thu 14 May

£10; £20 including book

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Books in Focus: Kandinsky's Klänge

A close-up look at Wassily Kandinsky's 1913 book Klänge (Sounds), which features woodcuts and texts detailing the artist's journey to pure abstraction.

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art Two, Edinburgh

Thu 2 Apr

Free / 0131 624 6200

Christie's Lates - Travel, Science And Natural History

Christie's South Kensington is celebrating its 40th anniversary by keeping our doors open late the first Tuesday of every month. Anyone can drop in 6.30 - 9 pm for a post-work drink, and to hear experts talk about art, interior design and collecting

Christie's, London SW7

Tue 7 Apr

Free / 020 7930 6074

Curatorial Lecture

In this lecture, Drawing Room co-director Katharine Stout will explore current trends in drawing, expanding upon her Drawing Biennial 2015 essay, Drawing as a flexible tool in a post-digital age.

Drawing Room, London SE1

Tue 14 Apr

£10 (£8) / 020 7394 5657

Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

Thu 2 Apr

£8 adv booking essential (£7 adv booking essential) / 01865 278002

Elif Shafak With Jacqueline Rose

The best-selling novelist talks about her work, which blend Western and Eastern traditions of storytelling into a rich tapestry of tales incorporating the experiences of women, minorities and subcultures.

Brighton Dome

Sun 10 May

Studio Theatre

£10 / 01273 709709

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