Talks & lectures

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Gordon Buchanan: Lost Adventures

Gordon's tales of his adventures, expedition and wildlife experiences.

Broxbourne Civic Hall, Hoddesdon

Sun 15 Mar

Prices to be confirmed

Exeter Corn Exchange

Mon 16 Mar

Prices to be confirmed / 01392 665938

Kings Theatre, Cheddar

Mon 9 Mar

Prices to be confirmed

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Game Masters

Massive touring exhibition celebrating the varied history of computer gaming. With more than 125 playable games to work your way through, get stuck into arcade games, physical games (think Dance Battle et al), consoles, PCs and many more. On top of this, there's also displays of concept art, interactive displays and…

National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

Wed 4 Mar

Exhibition Gallery 1

£10 (£8; Children £6.30; under 5s free; Family £23–£28; Students £5 on Tue) / 0300 123 6789

Thu 5 Mar

Exhibition Gallery 1

£10 (£8; Children £6.30; under 5s free; Family £23–£28; Students £5 on Tue) / 0300 123 6789

Fri 6 Mar

Exhibition Gallery 1

£10 (£8; Children £6.30; under 5s free; Family £23–£28; Students £5 on Tue) / 0300 123 6789

…and 45 more dates until 20 Apr

Enlightened! A Walking Tour of Edinburgh's New Town in the Age of Reason

Explore the New Town with Enlightened! walking tours and learn about how clever Edinburgh's people of yore were. Booking is essential.

Dundas House, Edinburgh

Tue 10 Mar

£10 (groups of five or more £8 per person) / 07459 109460

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Tue 17 Mar

£10 (groups of five or more £8 per person) / 07459 109460

Meet outside.

Tue 24 Mar

£10 (groups of five or more £8 per person) / 07459 109460

Meet outside.

…and 10 more dates until 28 Apr

West End Festival

Taking over the West End of Glasgow each year, the festival treats the ears to a great musical line-up, tantalises all the senses with a carnival and delves into the creative depths of local studios and exhibitions with the Hidden Lane open days.

Various venues: Glasgow

Fri 5 Jun

Times & prices vary / 0141 341 0844

Sat 6 Jun

Times & prices vary / 0141 341 0844

Sun 7 Jun

Times & prices vary / 0141 341 0844

…and 21 more dates until 28 Jun

Planetarium Shows

Take a tour of the night sky in the planetarium. Learn about constellations, asteroids and galaxies and more. Booking is essential.

Mills Observatory, Dundee

Fri 6 Mar

£1 (Children £0.50) / 01382 435967

Fri 27 Mar

£1 (Children £0.50) / 01382 435967

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ScotHot 15

An exhibition which brings together Scotland's hospitality industry.

SECC, Glasgow

Wed 4 Mar

0131 2257205

Thu 5 Mar

0131 2257205

Express Yourself

Learn about jewellery and the people who make it, including leading UK jeweller and fashion designer Jean Muir.

National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

Wed 4 Mar

Times to be confirmed / Free / 0300 123 6789

Thu 5 Mar

Times to be confirmed / Free / 0300 123 6789

Fri 6 Mar

Times to be confirmed / Free / 0300 123 6789

…and 44 more dates until 19 Apr

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

Ingenious Impressions: Lunchtime Talks

Hear about various aspects of early book production from a selection of curators, academics and students. These talks cover everything from ancient books featured in the movies to the first printed map.

Hunterian Museum & Art Gallery, Glasgow

Wed 4 Mar

Free / 0141 330 4221

Wed 11 Mar

Free / 0141 330 4221

Wed 18 Mar

Free / 0141 330 4221

…and 12 more dates until 10 Jun

John George Haigh of Kensington: Acid Bath Murderer

Jonathan Oates delivers a talk on John George Haigh, who is known as 'the acid bath murderer'.

Kensington Central Library, London W8

Thu 12 Mar

Free / 020 7361 3010

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Love Food? Rise of Food Banks

An evening of community food and discussion. Featuring input from Oxfam, Poverty Alliance and Dennistoun's Everlasting Foodbank.

Redmond's of Dennistoun, Glasgow

Mon 9 Mar

Free

Winter Astronomy Evenings

Find out about the history of the Royal Observatory Edinburgh and discover more about the night sky. Booking is essential.

Royal Observatory, Edinburgh

Fri 6 Mar

£4 (£3; Children £3) / 0131 6688404

Fri 13 Mar

£4 (£3; Children £3) / 0131 6688404

Fri 20 Mar

£4 (£3; Children £3) / 0131 6688404

…and 5 more dates until 24 Apr

The Architectural Evolution of Greyfriars Kirk 1620–2015

Dr Simon Green of the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland gives a talk about the development of the Kirk over the centuries.

Greyfriars Kirk, Edinburgh

Sun 22 Mar

Free

French Conversation with Yakety Yak Language Cafe

Improve your French conversation in a small group with an experienced tutor.

28 York Place, Edinburgh

Mon 9 Mar

£8 / 07826 555134

Mon 16 Mar

£8 / 07826 555134

Mon 23 Mar

£8 / 07826 555134

…and 18 more dates until 27 Jul

Henderson's Vegetarian Restaurant, Edinburgh

Wed 4 Mar

£8 / 07826 555134

Wed 11 Mar

£8 / 07826 555134

Wed 18 Mar

£8 / 07826 555134

…and 19 more dates until 29 Jul

The Royal Dick Bar & Bistro, Edinburgh

Wed 4 Mar

£8 / 07826 555134

Wed 11 Mar

£8 / 07826 555134

Wed 18 Mar

£8 / 07826 555134

…and 14 more dates until 24 Jun

GastroFest

Science and gastronomy converge at this foodie mini-fest organised by Edinburgh International Science Festival. Food producers, chefs and mixologists help sciencey types explore the experiences of taste, disgust, pleasure and other aspects of consumption through demos, workshops, exhibitions and discussions.

Various venues: Edinburgh

Sat 4 Apr

Times & prices vary / 0844 557 2686

Sun 5 Apr

Times & prices vary / 0844 557 2686

Mon 6 Apr

Times & prices vary / 0844 557 2686

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Glasgow St Patrick's Day Festival

Celebrate the Irish heritage of Glasgow and Scotland with a programme of film, talks, family activities, dancing and, of course, a whole lot of music.

The Shed, Glasgow

Tue 10 Mar

£10 / 0141 649 5020

Wed 11 Mar

£10 / 0141 649 5020

Thu 12 Mar

£10 / 0141 649 5020

…and 2 more dates until 14 Mar

Jessops Academy Live Photography Event

Cameras are demonstrated and tips handed out in this live photography event.

Glasgow Caledonian University

Sat 16 May

£8 / 0141 354 0069

Queer, Trans, Intersex People of Colour Shorts

A series of shorts by and for queer, trans, intersex and people of colour. Some shorts are accompanied by a guest speaker to expand on the themes of the evening.

CCA, Glasgow

Fri 20 Mar

Free / 0141 352 4900

Artist and filmmaker Jamika Ajalon leads the Q&A. Shorts include 'Holy Mother' directed by Vivek Shraya; 'Ache in my Name' directed by Vivek Shraya; 'Whitebirchblues' directed by Jamika Ajalon; 'Sight' directed by Thirza Cuthand; 'Trying to Leave My Body' directed by M Lamar; 'Flowers' directed by Gui-gui Yang and 'The locations of the m/othership' diected by Jamika Ajalon.

Tickets available online only Part of GLITCH 2015.

Sat 21 Mar

Free / 0141 352 4900

Featuring 'Ashes' directed by Apichatpong; 'Vigil' directed by Paul Wong; 'Anedonia' directed by Thirza Cuthand and 'A Nation Is Coming' directed by Kent Monkman.

Tickets available online only. Part of GLITCH 2015.

Free / 0141 352 4900

Featuring 'I’m not your Inspiration: Maki Yamazaki' directed by Sandra Alland; 'Flow' directed by Yau Ching and 'The Worlds of Bernice Bing' directed by Madeline Lim.

Followed by a panel led discussion on how being a queer and/or trans and/or intersex person of colour inter-relates with surviving and thriving creatively with Maki Yamazaki, Raju Sachi Singh, Raisa Kabir, Zou Zhou and Rosie Lewis.

Tickets available online only. Part of GLITCH 2015.

Free / 0141 352 4900

With 'I Am the Transcender' directed by Nicola Desouza; 'On the Road Again' directed by Azra K; 'My Asian Boyfriend' directed by Wayne Yung; 'Single White Male' directed by Vivek Shraya; 'Shooting Geronimo' directed by Kent Monkman and 'When the Kid Was a Kid' directed by Anahita Ghazvini Zadeh.

Tickets available online only. Part of GLITCH 2015.

Sun 22 Mar

Free / 0141 352 4900

Featuring 'Waltzing Tomatoes' directed by Coffee + Sponge; '60 Unit Bruise' directed by Paul Wong; 'Magnetics' directed by Jeepneys; 'The Homecoming: A Short Film About Ajamu' directed by Topher Campbell; 'Future Perfect' directed by Cameron Cobb; 'Project/ed' directed by Raju Sachi Singh and 'We Come From Earth, We Come from space' directed by Black Salt Collective.

Tickets available online only. Part of GLITCH 2015.

…and 2 more dates until 28 Mar

Rosslyn Chapel: The History of a Mystery

Delve into Rosslyn Chapel's rich past with local historian and author Ian Robertson, as this three lecture series explores the family, facts and fiction behind the famously mysterious building.

Rosslyn Chapel, Edinburgh

Wed 4 Mar

£18 (£3; Students £9) / 0131 440 2159

Wed 11 Mar

£18 (£3; Students £9) / 0131 440 2159

Wed 18 Mar

£18 (£3; Students £9) / 0131 440 2159

Sir Ranulph Fiennes: A Life at the Limits

Sir Ranulph Fiennes talks to long-time friend and expedition partner Anton Bowring about his life, his adventures and his ancestral heritage.

Octagon, Sheffield

Tue 14 Jul

£21 / 0114 222 8777

Pavilion Theatre, Worthing

Tue 30 Jun

£21 / 01903 206206

Birmingham Town Hall

Mon 29 Jun

£21 / 0121 345 0600

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Women and Trade Unions

A presentation led by Ann Henderson, which looks at examples of women speaking up for employment rights and equality from the early part of the 20th century.

National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh

Thu 19 Mar

Free / 0131 623 3734

Alastair Campbell: Time to Talk

Journalist, author and former Director of Communications and Strategy for Tony Blair, Alastair Campbell, talks about winning, drawing on the experiences of all kinds of successful people, from athletes to rulers.

Rose Theatre, Kingston upon Thames

Mon 16 Mar

Prices to be confirmed / 0844 482 1556

Beauty Pre-Designed: All Walks Beyond the Catwalk Panel Discussion

Mal Burkinshaw and Dr Jill Burke, participants in the Beauty by Design exhibition, in conversation with Debra Bourne and Alyson Walsh, with reference to the way the fashion industry must take responsibility for the impact of the images of beauty that it projects.

Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh

Mon 16 Mar

Hawthornden Lecture Theatre

Free / 0131 624 6200

The Big Outdoor Show

An activity weekend where outdoor enthusiasts and families can visit or camp. Featuring seminars with famous explorers, mountain bike displays, wakeboarding and evening fun.

Willen Lake, Milton Keynes

Fri 22 May

£9.50–£49.50 (Family £24.50; Family £125.50–£149.50; Children £0–£19.50; Seniors £7.50) / 0871 220 0260

Book Week Scotland

A 'national book festival' for Scotland courtesy of Creative Scotland, the Scottish Book Trust and many other collaborators across the country. A packed programme of star-studded author events, kids' activities and the distribution of free books all combine to form a week-long national celebration of reading.

Various venues: Scotland

Mon 23 Nov

Times & prices vary

Tue 24 Nov

Times & prices vary

Wed 25 Nov

Times & prices vary

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