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One Day in May Book Festival

Book festival from the charity Scottish Love in Action, featuring appearances from Jeremy Strong, Alasdair Gray, Alexander McCall Smith and more.

Greyfriars Kirk, Edinburgh

Sat 30 May

£6–£10

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

An Evening with Pam Ayres

A cosy evening of poetry, stories and incredible wit from the lady herself.

The Plough Arts Centre, Great Torrington

Sun 31 May

£26 (£24) / 01805 624 624

Steve Backshall's Wild World

Steve Backshall talks about his adventures, expeditions, his new novel Tiger Wars and his last book, Looking for Adventure.

Birmingham Town Hall

Sun 1 Nov

£16–£18 / 0121 345 0600

Freddie Flintoff: 2nd Innings

Emma Brunjes Productions Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff, hero of the historic 2005 victorious Ashes England team, is hitting the road celebrate the 10 years anniversary and share his memories of that long hot summer, as well as some behind the crease insights to the game. Freddie is joined on stage by comedy writer and…

Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

Thu 27 Aug

The Grand

£20 / 0131 556 6550

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 28 Aug

The Grand

£20 / 0131 556 6550

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 29 Aug

The Grand

£20 / 0131 556 6550

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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In The Crowd: Rick Buckler

Rick Buckler talks about his autobiography, The Jam and his life behind a drum kit.

The Fleece, Bristol

Sat 20 Jun

£10 / 0117 945 0996

A Symposium On Leon Golub

Discussion with speakers Jon Bird, Michaela Crimmin, Samm Kunce, Philip Golub, Avery Gordon, Oscar Murillo and Martha Rosler.

Royal College Of Art, London SW7

Fri 1 May

Gorvy Lecture Theatre

£5 (£4) / 020 7590 4444

How The Koala Learned To Hug: People's Theatre Company (Over 3s)

  • Written by: Steven Lee

Children's story based on the book by Steven Lee, includes sing along songs, games and the opportunity to have your book signed by the author.

The Gwyn Hall, Neath

Fri 8 May

Auditorium

£7 (£5.50; Children £5; £23) / 0300 365 6677

Jonathan Davidson & Sally Goldsmith

Poetry reading from the Coventry-based poet and the Poet in Residence for Stratford on Avon Poetry Festival in July 2015.

Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham

Sat 2 May

£8 (£5) / 01242 572573

SohoCreate - Music And Emotion

A discussion between Tracey Thorn and Carol Morley on their recent collaboration and the process of compiling a soundtrack.

Soho Theatre, London W1D

Sun 7 Jun

£75 adv / 020 7478 0100

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Glastonwick 2015

Three days of entertainment from 21 bands, musicians and poets alongside beers, cider and food.

The Ropetackle Arts Centre, Shoreham-by-Sea

Sat 30 May

£12; £20; £10 / 01273 464440

Sun 31 May

£12; £20; £10 / 01273 464440

Sarah Forbes & James Brown: Elspeth Hart and the School for Show-offs

The new Elspeth Hart series is launched by author Sarah Forbes and illustrator James Brown.

Waterstones West End, Edinburgh

Sat 9 May

Free / 0131 226 2666

Watford Filmfair Comic-Con

A host of guest stars – John Challis (Only Fools and Horses), Paul Blake (Star Wars), Norman Lovett (Red Dwarf) – plus you can pick up memorabilia, listen to guests talk and get your photo taken with the stars.

Watford Leisure Centre

Sun 7 Jun

prices vary

2015 MMA London Forum: Mobile Acceleration

MMA London Forum will focus on Mobile Acceleration and showcase how mobile has played an innovative role in brands customer experience, product development and advertising market effectiveness.

Etc Venues, London EC2M

Mon 8 Jun

£550 ( £450)

Aliens Love Underpants

  • Directed by: Adam Bampton-Smith
  • Written by: Claire Freedman

A close encounter of the 'pantastic' kind.

Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells

Fri 10 Jul

£12.50 / 01892 530613

Sat 11 Jul

£12.50 / 01892 530613

Birmingham Town Hall

Sun 25 Oct

£12.50 / 0121 345 0600

Mon 26 Oct

£12.50 / 0121 345 0600

Cambridge Corn Exchange

Sat 25 Jul

£15 / 01223 357851

Sun 26 Jul

£15 / 01223 357851

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Anthony Trollope Treasures Display

A display dedicated to the English author including items from his archive and personal effects and the library's manuscript copy of Trollope's autobiography,

The British Library, London NW1

Wed 29 Apr

Free / 0843 208 1144

Thu 30 Apr

Free / 0843 208 1144

Fri 1 May

Free / 0843 208 1144

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Capital Comic Con

A chance to indulge in the world of comics, superheroes and graphic novels with stalls offering back issues, books and merchandise as well as a number of special guests.

Summerhall, Edinburgh

Sat 10 Oct

£5–£15 / 0131 560 1581

Charlie Bears Signing

Charlie Bears Charlie Bears Signing Event Sunday 28th June.

World Of Bears, Taunton

Sun 28 Jun

Free

Comic Book Day

Get free comics and meet your favourite superheroes at this fun day out.

Geek-aboo, Glasgow

Sat 2 May

Free / 0141 221 3117

David Attenborough: Wild Neighbours: Talk

The Environment Trust annual talk given by the patron Sir David Attenborough, with guests Elly Berry and Judy Puddifoot from BBC2's Young Vets.

Rose Theatre, Kingston upon Thames

Sat 16 May

Sold out / 0844 482 1556

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DesignMarket

An arts market encompassing furniture, graphic design, homewares and fashion from the best designers as selected by the Fruitmarket, and taking over all of the gallery's spaces for the weekend.

Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh

Fri 29 May

0131 225 2383

  • 17:00 – 21:00 DesignMarket Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh

Sat 30 May

0131 225 2383

  • 11:00 – 18:00 DesignMarket Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh

Sun 31 May

0131 225 2383

  • 12:00 – 17:00 DesignMarket Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh

The Electric Garden Of Our Minds: Paolozzi's Space Age Cut Outs: Talk

Discover more about the work of the artist with Craig Hartley, Senior Assistant Keeper (Prints).

Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

Wed 29 Apr

Seminar Room

Free / 01223 332900

Energy Manager's Forum

Two free half-day workshops, designed to discuss best practice around energy efficiency and energy management and renewables. Free to Energy Managers, Facilities Managers, FDs etc.

The Grand, Bristol

Wed 29 Apr

Free / 0871 376 9042

Glasgow Comic Con

Indulge your love of all things graphic at this fiesta of films, comics and fandoms. There's also book dealers, toy sellers, indie comic publishers and comic creators – everything your comic-loving heart desires. Special guests tbc.

The Art School, Glasgow

Sat 4 Jul

£8–£20 (tbc) / 0141 352 4900

CCA, Glasgow

Sat 4 Jul

£8–£20 (tbc) / 0141 352 4900

Harness Your Inner Perfectionist

We all like to be perfectionist - good at what we do, but too much of it leads to stress.

Shoreditch Town Hall, London EC1V

Sat 2 May

Free / 020 7739 6176

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