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The Big Glasgow Comic & Craft Fair and After Party

There ain't no party like a Big Glasgow Comic & Craft Fair after party, right? Cosplay and fancy dress is encouraged – there's a competition to win, after all.

Walkabout, Glasgow

Sat 7 Mar

Free / 0141 332 8209

Fran Maclvey

Fran MacIlvey, author of Trapped: My Life With Cerebral Palsy, holds a book signing and question and answer session.

Blackwell's, Edinburgh

Thu 5 Mar

Free / 0131 622 8218

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

Tue 3 Mar

Free / 0141 287 3050

Part of The Alasdair Gray Season.

Wed 4 Mar

Free / 0141 287 3050

Part of The Alasdair Gray Season.

Thu 5 Mar

Free / 0141 287 3050

Part of The Alasdair Gray Season.

…and 81 more dates until 25 May

Can Can

Kick your legs and indulge in some spoken word and poetry at this Shindigs Scottish Artspace event.

Constitution Bar, Edinburgh

Wed 18 Mar

Free donations welcome / 0131 538 9374

  • 19:30 – 22:00 Can Can Constitution Bar, Edinburgh

War Requiem & Aftermath: James Cahill And Maggi Hambling In Conversation

Spring 2015 will see the launch of Maggi Hambling: War Requiem & Aftermath, a major new book by James Cahill. This 'in conversation' event will see Maggi Hambling talk to James Cahill about the exhibition of the same name and book.

Somerset House, London WC2R

Wed 18 Mar

Inigo Rooms

Free / 020 7845 4600

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Edinburgh Creative Writers' Club

Creative writers of all stripes – poets, short story scribes, script writers, flash fiction junkies – are invited to discuss all things writing, from procuring an agent to overcoming writer's block.

Novotel Edinburgh Centre

Mon 9 Mar

Free / 0131 656 3500

Mon 16 Mar

Free / 0131 656 3500

Mon 23 Mar

Free / 0131 656 3500

…and 40 more dates until 28 Dec

Bill Varley: Cool And Anti-Cool A Survey Of Contemporary Art: Lecture

The speaker talks about aspects of contemporary art.

Hatton Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne

Tue 10 Mar

Seminar Room

Free / 0191 222 6059

Gaelic Rhyme Time

Interactive sessions learning basic Gaelic including greetings, colours, numbers and your own name. Ages 0–3 years.

Hillhead Library, Glasgow

Fri 6 Mar

Free / 0141 339 7223

For children pre-5

Fri 13 Mar

Free / 0141 339 7223

For children pre-5

Fri 20 Mar

Free / 0141 339 7223

For children pre-5

…and 40 more dates until 25 Dec

Housing Policy: Lecture

With Charles Goodhart, Director of the Financial Regulation Research Programme. He was a member of the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee from June 1997-May 2000.

London School Of Economics, WC2A

Wed 4 Mar

CLM 4.02, Clement House

Free / 020 7955 6043

In Conversation With Zinnie Harris

AC Grayling MA talks to the award-winning British playwright about her work including her drama How To Hold Your Breath, which is currently on stage at the Royal Court Theatre.

The Royal Court Theatre, London SW1W

Fri 6 Mar

Free with ticket to Mar 6 performance of How To Hold Your Breath / 020 7565 5000

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Ingenious Impressions: The Coming of the Book

The first major UK exhibition to explore the history of the printed book, this features treasures from the University of Glasgow collection and focuses on themes such as the transition from vellum to paper, the identity and role of the first printers, the content of the earliest printed books and book ownership and…

Hunterian Museum & Art Gallery, Glasgow

Tue 3 Mar

Free / 0141 330 4221

Wed 4 Mar

Free / 0141 330 4221

Thu 5 Mar

Free / 0141 330 4221

…and 93 more dates until 21 Jun

The Moth StorySLAM: Hair

The celebrated NYC radio show continue their debut UK event series.

The Book Club, London EC2A

Wed 4 Mar

Free / 020 7684 8618

Beneath The Surface: The Scientific Analysis Of Arms And Armour: Lecture

Speakers David Edge, Robert Hill and Alan Williams talk about the different scientific techniques that are used to analyse the construction of armour, including X-ray, XRF, and metallography.

Wallace Collection, London W1U

Sat 21 Mar

Free / 020 7563 9500

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 7 Mar

Free / 0141 332 8209

Over 18s

Sat 2 May

Free / 0141 332 8209

Over 18s

Sat 18 Jul

Free / 0141 332 8209

Over 18s

…and 2 more dates until 5 Nov

Blind Poetics

A free monthly night of spoken word and poetry, hosted by Alec Beattie. There are limited open mic slots available, email blindpoetics@gmail.com to express an interest.

Blind Poet, Edinburgh

Mon 9 Mar

Free / 0131 667 4268

Featuring Russell Jones

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Changing Patterns Of Inequality In The UK: Lecture

Professor John Hills Members of LSE's CASE examines new findings on the ways in which patterns of economic inequality changed in the UK over the economic crisis from 2007-13.

London School Of Economics, WC2A

Thu 12 Mar

Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House

Free / 020 7955 6043

Code And Law Between Truth And Power: Lecture

A lecture about how the problem of control over information flow has emerged as a doubly critical vantage point from which to interrogate the exercise of power and the pursuit of justice.

London School Of Economics, WC2A

Wed 11 Mar

Old Theatre, Old Building

Free / 020 7955 6043

Conservation At The Shipley Art Gallery: Talk

Discover more about conserving the paintings in the gallery, with the opportunity to witness the conservators at work.

Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead

Tue 3 Mar

Free / 0191 477 1495

Wed 4 Mar

Free / 0191 477 1495

Tue 10 Mar

Free / 0191 477 1495

Wed 11 Mar

Free / 0191 477 1495

>erasure

This collaboration between poet/artist Kevin Reid, poets Jo Bell and George Szirtes, and artists Sonja Benskin Mesher, Dean Pasch, Michael Powell and Dave Kirkwood takes the 1910 crime novel ‘Lying Lips’ by William Le Queux as its source. A process of erasure, added text and visual art creates a tale that explores truth…

Town Hall, St Andrews

Thu 5 Mar

Free / 01334 470770

This exhibition is presented in partnership with Fife Contemporary Art & Craft Part of StAnza: Scotland's Poetry Festival.

  • 10:00 – 17:00 >erasure Town Hall, St Andrews

Fri 6 Mar

Free / 01334 470770

This exhibition is presented in partnership with Fife Contemporary Art & Craft Part of StAnza: Scotland's Poetry Festival.

  • 10:00 – 17:00 >erasure Town Hall, St Andrews

Sat 7 Mar

Free / 01334 470770

This exhibition is presented in partnership with Fife Contemporary Art & Craft Part of StAnza: Scotland's Poetry Festival.

  • 10:00 – 17:00 >erasure Town Hall, St Andrews

Sun 8 Mar

Free / 01334 470770

This exhibition is presented in partnership with Fife Contemporary Art & Craft Part of StAnza: Scotland's Poetry Festival.

  • 10:00 – 17:00 >erasure Town Hall, St Andrews

Folk Weekend Oxford

A weekend of folk music across Oxford.

Pitt Rivers Museum, University Of Oxford

Sat 18 Apr

Free / 01865 270927

Sun 19 Apr

Free / 01865 270927

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Jenni Daiches: Forgive

Author Jenni Daiches presents her new book, Forgive.

Blackwell's, Edinburgh

Tue 10 Mar

Free / 0131 622 8218

Lari Don

Children's author Lari Don reads from her picture books.

Blackwell's, Edinburgh

Sat 7 Mar

Free / 0131 622 8218

Motivate Europe Live 2015

Motivate Europe Live is Europe's ONLY annual exhibition and conference for the incentive, reward & recognition industry.

ExCel, London E16

Wed 22 Apr

Free / 020 7069 5000

Mr David Mitchell: The Tower Clocks Of Swansea: Talk

Informative talk about the history of Swansea's Tower clocks given by Mr David Mitchell, Fellow of the British Horological Institute.

National Waterfront Museum, Swansea

Sat 21 Mar

Free / 02920 573600

Paula Hawkins: Talk

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

Waterstones, Leeds

Thu 5 Mar

Free, ticketed / 0113 244 4588

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