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Guardian Live Event: John Gray And Will Self - Is Free Will An Illusion?

The author John Gray discusses his latest novel, The Soul Of The Marionette and the issues it raises.

Islington Assembly Hall, London N1

Wed 18 Mar

£15 (£13.50) / 020 7527 2000

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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Killer Girl's Night In: Talk

Authors Kate Hamer, Paula Hawkins and Clare Donoghue talk about their books, including Hamer's The Girl In The Red Coat, Hawkins's, The Girl On The Train and Donoghue's No Place To Die.

Winchester Discovery Centre

Wed 4 Mar

£5 / 01962 873603

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

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

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.

Fri 6 Mar

Free / 0141 287 3050

Part of The Alasdair Gray Season.

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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

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

Waterstones Liverpool One

Sun 8 Mar

Free / 0151 709 9820

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

The John Lilburne 400th Anniversary Conference

One-day celebration of the 400th anniversary of the birth of the Leveller activist and pamphleteer who campaigned for radical change with speakers including Martine Brant, Peter Flannery, Ted Vallance, Dr Ariel Hessayon, Katherine Clements, Jason Peacey, Dr Rachel Foxley, Jeremy Corbyn MP, Rev Hammer, Geoffrey Robertson…

Bishopsgate Institute, London EC2M

Sat 14 Mar

£12 (£10) / 020 7392 9200

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Simon Weston: My Life, My Story

A talk from Simon Weston, a British Army veteran who became known after he sustained 46% burns when the ship Sir Galahad was destroyed during the Falklands war.

Connaught Theatre, Worthing

Thu 19 Mar

Studio

£12 (£11; £10) / 01903 206206

Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Tue 31 Mar

£14 (£10) / 01752 267222

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

eDelivery Expo 2015

The meeting space for the delivery ecosystem.

NEC, Birmingham

Wed 25 Mar

Free / 0121 780 4141

Thu 26 Mar

Free / 0121 780 4141

Waterstones, Deansgate, Manchester

Sun 8 Mar

Free, ticketed / 0161 837 3000

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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Literary Afternoon Tea With David Nobbs & Helen Lederer

Scones and stories… enjoy a delicious afternoon tea with TV writer and novelist David Nobbs, creator of The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin, and comedian Helen Lederer (Absolutely Fabulous), whose first novel Losing It, is published in 2015.

Huddersfield Golf Club

Sun 8 Mar

£15 inc afternoon tea (£12 inc afternoon tea) / 01484 430528

The Little Local Lit Fest

A three-day literary event, featuring a range of activities, lectures and workshops.

Helston Museum

Thu 9 Apr

£3–£5 / 01326 564027

Fri 10 Apr

£3–£5 / 01326 564027

Sat 11 Apr

£3–£5 / 01326 564027

Alan Milburn: Lecture

A public lecture by the current Chair of the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission and Chancellor of Lancaster University.

The Dukes, Lancaster

Wed 4 Mar

The Rake

Phone for prices / 01524 598 500

Waterstones Hampstead, London NW3

Thu 12 Mar

£3–£5 inc a glass of wine / 0843 290 8361

Jo Nesbo: Blood On Snow

The successful Norwegian writer discusses his new thriller Blood On Snow and the popular Harry Hole series.

Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh

Thu 9 Apr

£12.50 / 0131 248 4848

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Jon Ronson: Talk

The writer and documentary maker talks about his book So You've Been Publicly Shamed.

The Ropetackle Arts Centre, Shoreham-by-Sea

Mon 9 Mar

£8 / 01273 464440

Waterstones, Leeds

Thu 12 Mar

£4 ( £2) / 0113 244 4588

Matt Haig: Reasons to Stay Alive

Author Matt Haig discusses his work, Reasons to Stay Alive.

Foyles, London WC2H

Thu 12 Mar

£5 / 020 7437 5660

Waterstones, York

Mon 23 Mar

£5 / 01904 620784

Waterstones, Leeds

Wed 18 Mar

£5 / 0113 244 4588

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Castle Park Arts Centre, Frodsham

Tue 10 Mar

Phone for prices / 01928 735832

Tue 24 Mar

Phone for prices / 01928 735832

Tue 14 Apr

Phone for prices / 01928 735832

Tue 28 Apr

Phone for prices / 01928 735832

Amnesia And Other Stories With Peter Carey And Hermione Lee

The Australia & New Zealand Festival of Literature & Arts, and Intelligent Life magazine host a conversation between biographer and critic Hermione Lee and novelist Peter Carey.

The Bloomsbury Theatre, London WC1H

Tue 19 May

£10 (£8) / 020 3108 1000

Bacterial Cell Walls, Antibiotics And The Origins Of Life

The Royal Society 2015 Leeuwenhoek Prize Lecture given by Professor Jeff Errington FMedSci FRS, covers the way bacteria can become resistant to antibiotics.

The British Academy, London SW1Y

Tue 17 Mar

Free / 020 7969 5200

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