After 5pm, Talks & lectures

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Diamond Masterclass

Join a team of experts to learn all about diamonds and metals. With wine and nibbles.

Ocean Terminal, Edinburgh

Thu 9 Apr

Free / 0131 553 1131

Thu 14 May

Free / 0131 553 1131

Thu 11 Jun

Free / 0131 553 1131

…and 5 more dates until 12 Nov

Caitlin Moran: How to Build a Girl

The columnist and author is off on tour to get lairy and talk about men, women, Bowie, feminism, massive hair and the revolution in her own light-hearted but thought-provoking style.

Hackney Empire, London E8

Wed 15 Apr

£22–£25 / 020 8985 2424

The Lowry, Salford

Tue 14 Apr

£28 / 08432 086000

Pavilion Theatre, Glasgow

Mon 13 Apr

£25 / 0141 332 1846

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Jay Rayner: My Dining Hell

Restaurant critic Jay Rayner discusses people's love for reading bad reviews, reads from his own catalogue of bad reviews and covers some of his worst experiences.

Cornerstone Arts Centre, Didcot

Sat 20 Jun

£15 (£13.50) / 01235 515144

Lakeside Arts Centre, Nottingham

Thu 16 Apr

£16 / 0115 846 7777

Sundial Theatre, Cirencester

Fri 24 Apr

£15 / 01285 654228

French Conversation with Yakety Yak Language Cafe

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

28 York Place, Edinburgh

Mon 6 Apr

£8 / 07826 555134

Mon 13 Apr

£8 / 07826 555134

Mon 20 Apr

£8 / 07826 555134

…and 14 more dates until 27 Jul

Henderson's Vegetarian Restaurant, Edinburgh

Wed 1 Apr

£8 / 07826 555134

Wed 8 Apr

£8 / 07826 555134

Wed 15 Apr

£8 / 07826 555134

…and 15 more dates until 29 Jul

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

Mon 6 Apr

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

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Mon 13 Apr

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

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Mon 20 Apr

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

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Mon 27 Apr

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

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Glasgow Café Scientifique

Explore the latest ideas in science and technology, outside a traditional academic context, at this forum for debating and promoting public engagement. Children welcome.

Exeter Phoenix

Mon 13 Apr

Free / 0141 552 3748

Mon 4 May

Free / 0141 552 3748

Mon 1 Jun

Free / 0141 552 3748

Tron Theatre, Glasgow

Mon 6 Apr

Free / 0141 552 3748

Mon 4 May

Free / 0141 552 3748

Mon 1 Jun

Free / 0141 552 3748

…and 5 more dates until 2 Nov

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 3 Apr

£4 (£3; Children £3) / 0131 6688404

Fri 10 Apr

£4 (£3; Children £3) / 0131 6688404

Fri 17 Apr

£4 (£3; Children £3) / 0131 6688404

Fri 24 Apr

£4 (£3; Children £3) / 0131 6688404

Al Pacino in the UK

Join The Godfather, Serpico and Scarface star Al Pacino as he talks about his life and career. Includes a musical act and Q&A.

The Centenary Pavilion At Leeds United AFC Ltd

Sat 16 May

£149–£499 / 0871 334 1919

Eventim Hammersmith Apollo, London W6

Fri 22 May

£40–£200 / 0844 249 4300

Cartography of Exhaustion

A talk by Peter Pál Pelbart of Ueinzz Theatre Company on power, community and resistance.

Tramway, Glasgow

Sun 19 Apr

£6 for Sunday pass / 0845 330 3501

Part of ARIKA15.

Jon Ronson: An Evening of Public Shaming

An evening of examining the behaviour of others: why do people say things on Twitter that don't come out right? Why do people on Twitter turn mob-like over people who say things that don't come out right? Ronson technically hasn't done anything wrong, but he's been studying people who have and this evening is a powerful…

The Citadel, St Helens

Sat 23 May

£16.50 / 01744 735436

Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast

Mon 18 May

£10 (£8) / 028 9024 2338

Jacksons Lane Theatre, London N6

Wed 20 May

£11 (£8) / 020 8340 5226

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The Rt Hon Alex Salmond MSP Public Lecture

A keynote lecture from former First Minister, Alex Salmond, in which he talks about his time as First Minister, the Independence Referendum and the upcoming General Election.

University Of Glasgow

Tue 21 Apr

Free (booking required)

Steve Backshall's Wild World

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

Colston Hall, Bristol

Mon 26 Oct

£16.50–£19.50 / 0117 922 3686

Mill Volvo Tyne Theatre, Newcastle upon Tyne

Sat 24 Oct

£15.50–£18.50 / 0844 493 9999

Perth Concert Hall

Mon 19 Oct

£15.50–£19.50 / 01738 621031

All Fictions are Biographical – Ueinzz Context

An open conversation about the history and practices of Ueinzz Theatre Company.

Tramway, Glasgow

Fri 17 Apr

£4 for Friday pass / 0845 330 3501

Part of ARIKA15.

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

£8–£12

Bright Club: Edinburgh

The hardworking staff at Edinburgh's universities are let out for the night to share their tales about the weird, wonderful, and often very funny, world of research.

The Stand, Edinburgh

Tue 28 Apr

£5 / 0131 558 7272

Tue 26 May

£5 / 0131 558 7272

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Create:Eat:Whisky

A multi-sensory whisky adventure that explores the whisky making process through its sights, sounds and tastes. Devised by food and art enthusiasts Jelly & Gin.

Gayfield Creative Spaces, Edinburgh

Thu 14 May

£33

Fri 15 May

£33

Sat 16 May

£33

Sun 17 May

£33

Crick Crack Club Talks: Debunking Robin Hood

A talk on Robin Hood, from Professor Ronald Hutton.

The Swedenborg Society, London WC1A

Wed 8 Apr

£8 includes a glass of wine and nibbles / 020 7405 7986

Iain Macwhirter

Political journalist for the Sunday Herald and author of the book Road to Referendum.

The Glad Café, Glasgow

Wed 29 Apr

Prices to be confirmed / 0141 636 6119

LateLab: Beauty by Design

Discussions of the Beauty by Design exhibition.

Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh

Fri 17 Apr

£10 (£8) / 0131 624 6200

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

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

£30.50–£45.50

Buxton Opera House

Mon 12 Oct

£30.50 / 0845 127 2190

Congress Theatre, Eastbourne

Sat 3 Oct

£29.50 / 01323 412000

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Science of Game of Thrones

A talk on Game of Thrones, with a bit of science thrown in there, featuring award-winning comedy performer and writer Helen Keen.

Centre For Life, Newcastle upon Tyne

Thu 2 Apr

£4 / 0191 243 8210

Season of Photography Opening Lecture

Sean O'Hagan gives his views on contemporary photography as part of the 2015 Season of Photography.

Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh

Thu 23 Apr

Hawthornden Lecture Theatre

£5 (£4) / 0131 624 6200

50 Years On The Long Mynd Talk

A talk by the countryside manager about how the hill has transformed since the National Trust acquired it 50 years ago.

Town Hall, Bishops Castle

Wed 22 Apr

£3.50

Abertay Historical Society Talk: Natasha Ferguson

Settle in for an evening lecture on the archaeological footprint of the volunteer movement between 1793 and 1815, presented by Natasha Ferguson.

Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee

Wed 13 May

Prices to be confirmed / 01382 223181

Alistair Beaton: Political Satire

Spitting Image and Not the Nine O'Clock News satirist talks about his career.

Eldon Building, Portsmouth

Fri 17 Apr

Free

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