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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

Gala, Durham

Wed 15 Jul

£20 / 0191 332 4041

Inchyra Arts Club, Perth

Tue 9 Jun

£20.90 / 01738 860066

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Storytelling With Gareth P. Jones

A lively, interactive performance from award-winning author, Gareth P. Jones.

Lauderdale House, London N6

Sat 9 May

£4.50 (£3) / 020 8348 8716

David Mitchell

Meet David Mitchell (no, not the Peep Show fella), the author of Cloud Atlas and The Bone Clocks.

Dulwich Books, London SE21

Thu 18 Jun

£10 includes a paperback copy of The Bone Clocks, drinks and canapés / 0131 225 3436

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


The Tolerance Trap - What Happened To The Kick-Ass Gay Rights Movement? With Suzanna Danuta Walters

Housmans welcome Suzanna Danuta Walters on a rare visit from the USA to discuss her latest book 'The Tolerance Trap', a call to arms for the gay rights movement not to settle for complacency, and regain its radical agenda.

Housmans Bookshop, London N1

Thu 30 Apr

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Kirstin Innes & Helen Mathers: A New Look at the Oldest Profession

Ex-List writer Kirstin Innes discusses her new novel Fishnet and Helen Mathers talks about her book Patron Saint of Prostitutes.

Mitchell Library, Glasgow

Sat 25 Apr

£9 / 0141 287 2999

Part of Aye Write!.

Travels, Tribes and Treasure

Explore faraway places with storyteller Anna Lehr.

Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh

Sun 26 Apr

Free / 0131 624 6200

The Edinburgh Outlander Experience

Visit locations from Diana Gabaldon's Outlander novels as visited by characters Claire and Jamie. Hear stories of the Jacobites, the Stuarts, witchcraft, clans and how the fictional story intermingles with history.

Mercat Cross, Edinburgh

Sat 2 May

£14 (£12)

Sat 9 May

£14 (£12)

Sat 16 May

£14 (£12)

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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

Liz Kessler Launches Read Me Like A Book

Internationally-bestselling children's author Liz Kessler launches her first YA novel. For over 15 years the book was confined to her desk drawer due to its LGBT themes, but this year it will finally be released.

Waterstones Hampstead, London NW3

Thu 14 May

£5 / 0843 290 8361

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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

Crime Panel: Three Authors With Killer Ideas

Crime authors Helen Cadbury, Leigh Russell and Alison Taft answer all your questions about their art.

Cleckheaton Library

Fri 8 May

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

The Chequer Mead Arts Centre, East Grinstead

Mon 15 Jun

£15; £13 disabled ( £13; £13) / 01342 302000

Greenwich Theatre, London SE10

Thu 2 Jul

£15 (£12.50) / 020 8858 7755

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Kate Mosse

The best-selling novelist and playwright talks to lecturer Dr Jeremy Scott about her career and novels.

The Horsebridge Arts & Community Centre, Whitstable

Sun 17 May

£5 / 01227 281174

Michael Palin: Travelling To Work

To celebrate his third volume of diaries being published, Palin looks back on 25 years of travelling the world and almost 50 years of popping up on radio, TV and film. Palin is best known for Monty Python with John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Terry Gilliam and the late Graham Chapman. Between movies, he also…

Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

Fri 9 Oct


Belfast Waterfront

Fri 30 Oct

£32.50 / 028 9033 4400

Buxton Opera House

Mon 12 Oct

£30.50 / 0845 127 2190

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Peter & Dan Snow: The Battle of Waterloo Experience

Author Peter and historian Dan (both Snows) talk about their new book about the Battle of Waterloo.

Army & Navy Club, London SW1Y

Thu 30 Apr

£10; £32.50 inc/ dinner (£7; £30 inc/ dinner) / 020 7881 6600

Birmingham Town Hall

Mon 21 Sep

£15–£17.50 / 0121 345 0600

Railway Electrification Infrastructure & Systems (REIS 2015)

With more than 27 presentations from 20+ industry experts, a chance to visit one of four London depots, and a wealth of networking opportunities; REIS 2015 is a must-attend for railway professionals!

Royal College of Physicians Museum, London NW1

Mon 8 Jun

£2047 ( £1522; £1050) / 020 3075 1649

Tue 9 Jun

£2047 ( £1522; £1050) / 020 3075 1649

Wed 10 Jun

£2047 ( £1522; £1050) / 020 3075 1649

Thu 11 Jun

£2047 ( £1522; £1050) / 020 3075 1649

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.

Stereo, Glasgow

Sun 26 Apr

£5 / 0141 222 2254

Can't Buy Me Love: With Luke Wright, Jonnie Common, Kirstin Innes, Katy Hastie and The Creative Martyrs

Andy Kershaw: No Off Switch

Veteran DJ and journalist Andy Kershaw signs copies of new autobiography No Off Switch and answers questions about a colourful life that's taken him from driving vans for Billy Bragg, to reporting from war zones around the world, to presenting a pioneering late-night music show.

Whitcliffe Mount College, Cleckheaton

Sat 9 May


Baroness Trumpington: Coming Up Trumps

The author and TV personality looks backs over her long and remarkable life.

The Theatre Chipping Norton

Sun 26 Apr

£11 / 01608 642 350

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Poetry Book Launch: House Arrest & Disobedience

Author Sumeet Grover will read from his new poetry collection, answer questions and discuss his work. The poems in the book centre around violence against women in India, along with poems on poverty, nonviolent resistance and alternate sexuality.

The Poetry Cafe, London WC2H

Sat 13 Jun

Free / 020 7420 9880

Secret Arcade

A showcase of unique arcade games posters, plus DJ sets, a secret arcade, a zine launch and more.

Secret Location: Glasgow

Sat 30 May



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 1 May


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…and 14 more dates until 2 Sep 2016

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

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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